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
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 an excellent guide to exploring the infinite potential of our mind from Buddha’s perspective. In this book, author Ryuho Okawa shows how we can apply the essential teachings of Buddha to our lives and cultivate deep wisdom and promote a happy, peaceful everyday life.

Through expounding such principles as the laws of cause and effect, egolessness, and the middle way, in simple, clear, but thoughtprovoking language, Okawa imbues a new life into the traditional Buddhist teachings, and offers a solid basis of reason and intellectual understanding to oftenovercomplicated teachings.

Chapter 1 focuses on the topic of the law of cause of effect, which essentially says that the seeds we sow and grow will determine the kind of life we will lead. In Chapter 2, Okawa shows how we can develop our Buddhanature, or a divine nature, so we can cultivate our potential for living fully at the highest level and at the same time achieve harmony with others in society. Chapter 3 discusses the essence of meditation. Okawa shows how we can receive light and guidance from heaven and use it as a source of power to spread goodness in this world. Chapter 4 is about achieving transcendental wisdom, which is a state of enlightenment that lets us see ourselves and the world from a broad perspective with a selfless heart. In Chapter 5, Okawa expounds on the teaching of egolessness, which leads us to experiencing oneness with Buddha and lets us discover the strong power of enlightenment that dissolves all worldly sufferings, pains, and attachments. Chapter 6 focuses on the teaching of the middle way. It shows how we should avoid extremes and discover our true nature as children of Buddha. In Chapter 7, Okawa discusses that, although spiritual experiences are vital to acquiring a higher state of mind, spiritual power alone does not lead us to the attainment of enlightenment. Chapter 8 defines karma as the tendencies of our mind and heart. Karma, whether individual or collective, is formed by the choices we make and the actions we take. To improve our karma and create a brighter future, it is vital that we share the spiritual truths with as many people as possible and pursue our spiritual growth in the way that benefits others.

Enlightenment is not just an abstract idea but is a state of mind that we can achieve as long as we continue our endeavor to seek higher awareness earnestly and honestly. By applying these fundamental principles to our lives, we can direct our minds to higher ideals and carve out a path to a bright future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942125495
Publisher: Continental Sales, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

RYUHO OKAWA is the founder and CEO of Happy Science, a global movement, and international bestselling author with a simple goal: to help people find true happiness and create a better world. Okawa's books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. His books share his principles for happiness, as well as insights and practiced methods for increasing our capacity for love and promoting our spiritual growth.

In 1986, Okawa founded Happy science as a spiritual movement dedicated to bringing greater happiness to humankind by uniting religions and cultures to live in harmony. Happy Science has grown rapidly from its beginnings in Japan to a worldwide organization. The spiritual workshops Happy Science offers are open to people of all faiths and walks of life and are rooted in the same principles of happiness that inspired Okawa’s own spiritual awakening. Okawa is compassionately committed to the spiritual growth of others; in addition to writing and publishing books, he continues to give talks around the world.

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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