The Challenge of The Mind: An Essential Guide to Buddha's Teachings: Zen, Karma, and Enlightenment

The Challenge of The Mind: An Essential Guide to Buddha's Teachings: Zen, Karma, and Enlightenment

by Ryuho Okawa


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The Challenge of the Mind is a comprehensive guide to exploring the infinite potential of our mind from Buddha’s perspective. In this book, author Ryuho Okawa explains in simple words how we can apply the essential teachings of Buddha to our lives and cultivate deep wisdom to promote a happy, peaceful everyday life.

1. The Law of Cause and Effect
2. What is Buddha-Nature?
3. The Essence of Zen Meditation
4. Transcendental Wisdom and Forgiving Love
5. The Benefits of an Egoless Perspective
6. Practicing the Philosophy of the Middle Way
7. Enlightenment and Spiritual Powers
8. What is Karma

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942125457
Publisher: Irh Press
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 760,850
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ryuho Okawa is World Teacher, Master and CEO of Happy Science Group (a global utopian movement), and international best-selling author with a simple goal: to help people find true happiness and create a better world. Okawa's deep compassion and sense of responsibility for the happiness of each individual has prompted him to publish over 2,800 titles of religious, spiritual, and self-development teachings, covering a broad range of topics including how our thoughts influence reality, the nature of love and the path to enlightenment. Okawa also writes on topics of management, the economy, and the relationship between religion and politics in a global context. Okawa's books have been translated into 31 languages, and many of them have become best-selling titles, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

1 The Law of Cause and Effect

1 Perspectives from Different Religions: Are Humans Separate from God or Integrated with God? 14

2 The Basis of Buddhism: Equality and Fairness 19

3 Causality Is the Law of the Great Universe 23

4 The Power of Reason Underlies the Law of Causality 26

5 Applying the Idea of Causality to Spiritual Training in Life: The Principle of Self-Responsibility 29

6 The Law of Causality Is the Essence of Buddhism 33

2 What is Buddha-Nature?

1 Our Inner Potential and Condition for Attaining Enlightenment 38

2 Returning to the Original Teachings of the Buddha 42

3 Gaining a Thorough Understanding of the World of Our Mind 45

4 The Same Principle of the Mind Applies to Our Value Judgments 49

5 How Buddha-Nature Manifests 52

6 Aspiring to Realize Buddha's Ideal 56

3 The Essence of Zen Meditation

1 The Purpose of Zen Meditation 60

2 Refining the Vibrations of the Mind 63

3 Surface Consciousness and the Subconscious 67

4 Removing the Rust from Your Mind: Self-Reflection 70

5 From Self-Reflection to Meditation: Reflective Meditation 73

6 The Source of Spiritual Energy: The Essence of Zen Meditation 76

4 Transcendental Wisdom and Forgiving Love

1 What Is Transcendental Wisdom? 82

2 Intellectual Perception and Spiritually Nurturing Love 86

3 Looking into the Origins of Good and Evil 89

4 Seeing the World from the Perspective of Your Guardian Spirit 93

5 Transcendental Wisdom and Forgiving Love 97

6 A Religious Perspective and Spiritual Training 99

5 The Benefits of an Egoless Perspective

1 The True Meaning of Egolessness 104

2 The Torch Within and the Torch of Dharma 107

3 Developing Oneness with Buddha 110

4 The Determining Factor for Heaven or Hell: Egolessness 113

5 Advice on Egolessness 119

6 Egolessness and Love that Nurtures Others 124

6 Practicing the Philosophy of the Middle Way

1 Avoiding Extremes 128

2 Blaming the Outside World and Blaming the Inner Self 129

3 The Middle Way Lets You Manifest Your Buddha-Nature 134

4 Finding Balance between Body and Spirit 137

5 Cultivating a Spiritual Perspective: Practicing Self-Reflection 139

6 Knowing How to Be Content in Life 143

7 Enlightenment and Spiritual Powers

1 Spiritual Experiences as a Precondition for Enlightenment 150

2 The Influence of Spiritual Experiences on Enlightenment 151

3 The Relationship between Enlightenment and Spiritual Power 161

4 Enlightenment through Faith: The Bridge-Building Theory 163

5 A Long Way from Enlightenment: The Zen Sect 165

6 What Is True Enlightenment? 168

8 What is Karma?

1 Good Karma and Bad Karma 172

2 Ignorance Causes Bad Karma 175

3 Wisdom Crushes Ignorance 178

4 Mistaken Beliefs about Ritual Services for the Dead 182

5 Good Religions Teach Self-Reflection and Self-Responsibility 184

6 A Shared Destiny: Group Karma 189

Afterword 193

About the Author 195

About Happy Science 197

About IRH Press USA 203

Books Ryuho Okawa 204

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