You Were Born for a Reason

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As human beings, we have one thing in common: we search all our lives for lasting happiness. YOUR WERE BORN FOR A REASON tells us that happiness can indeed be found. But it is not found in the place we ordinarily look, such as status, achievements, or family. This book, which has sold nearly half a million copies since its original publication in Japan, shows us how to navigate life's obstacles from a deep and abiding source of inner peace. The authors―a Buddhist teacher, a psychotherapist, a philosopher―bring ...
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Overview

As human beings, we have one thing in common: we search all our lives for lasting happiness. YOUR WERE BORN FOR A REASON tells us that happiness can indeed be found. But it is not found in the place we ordinarily look, such as status, achievements, or family. This book, which has sold nearly half a million copies since its original publication in Japan, shows us how to navigate life's obstacles from a deep and abiding source of inner peace. The authors―a Buddhist teacher, a psychotherapist, a philosopher―bring their combined wisdom to bear on the age-old question: what is the purpose of life? They direct us toward answers contained in often-overlooked Buddhist teachings―specifically, in the words of Shinran, who is the founder of Jodo Shinshu, the largest of Japan's schools of Buddhism. In clear and compelling language, YOU WERE BORN FOR A REASON shows why human life is not only meaningful, but infinitely precious. It considers the many ills that plague modern society―suicide, murder, angst, a constant sense of futility―and guides us to the enduring truths that can renew our hearts and finally provide real happiness. CONTENTS: The Eternal Questions. Shinran's Answer/ The Root Cause of Suffering/ The Dark Mind: The Source of Suffering/ The Mind Shrouded in Ignorance/ The Dark Future Casts a Shadow on the Present/ The Tragedy at Rajagrha and the Vow of Amida/Shinran's Fulfillment of Life's Purpose/ Shinran's Masterwork Begins and Ends with a Cry of Joy/ The Clash over Whether or Not Life Has a Purpose/ The Key to the Mystery of Why We Live/ Turning a Blind Eye to Ourselves/ The Difficulty of Knowing Oneself/ Revelation of the True Self, etc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979047107
  • Publisher: Ichimannendo Publishing Inc
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 734,687
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kentetsu Takamori has lectured throughout Japan and worldwide on Buddhism. He is the author of several bestselling titles in Japanese and is the chair of the Buddhist organization Jodo Shinshu Shinrankai. Daiji Akehashi is a psychotherapist and the author of several bestselling titles in Japanese on childraising. Kentaro Ito earned a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Tokyo and is at work on several volumes of philosophy.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Human Condition
The Fragility of Happiness     3
The Infinite Preciousness of a Single Human Life     9
Living Simply for the Sake of Living     15
Temporary Pleasures     17
Work, Work, Work     23
Joy Itself Can Bring Sorrow     27
Satisfaction Just Beyond Reach     33
The Vast Immovable Wall of Death     37
The Words of Shinran
The Eternal Questions     47
Shinran's Answer     51
The Root Cause of Suffering     53
The Dark Mind: The Source of Suffering     59
The Mind Shrouded in Ignorance     63
The Dark Future Casts a Shadow on the Present     67
The Tragedy at Rajagrha and the Vow of Amida     71
Shinran's Fulfillment of Life's Purpose     85
Shinran's Masterwork Begins and Ends with a Cry of Joy     91
The Clash over Whether or Not Life Has a Purpose     95
The Key to the Mystery of Why We Live     99
Turning a Blind Eye to Ourselves     103
The Difficulty of Knowing Oneself     107
Revelation of the True Self     113
The Universal Desire for Fame and Fortune     117
The Evil Within     125
Poisoned Good     131
Confronting the Self     135
The Real Meaning of Evil     139
The Path to Rebirth in Paradise     145
Knowledge of the World to Come     151
A World Where Mind and Words Fail     157
The Changes That Are Brought by Salvation     161
Lamenting the Deviations and the Purpose of Life     167
The Path of No Hindrance     175
The Universal Purpose of Life     179
Knowing the Difference Between the Purpose and Means of Living     185
How Shinran Lived After Attaining the Purpose of Life     191
Afterword     199
Notes     201
Glossary     209
Bibliography     215
Index     221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Starts off well, then a let-down

    The book starts off well and explains why life can be full of ups and downs. Goes into some very deep Buddhist teachings, but not very useful for anyone that isn't strictly Buddhist.

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