Philosophy

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1 Ikeda, Daisaku One by One: The World is Yours to Change
Dunhill Publishing 2004 1931501017 / 9781931501019 Paperback As New 
The leader of the SGI Nichiren Buddhist movement herein conveys to young pe ople a rare message of optimism about our common future. This Japanese Budd hist leader and peacebuilder challenges readers to examine stereotypes, ove rcome prejudices and keep open minds to the possibility of a world without violence or war. In intimate essays, the author introduces his personal fri ends to the reader--friends who have demonstrated that sincerity and persev erance can achieve dreams of peace. These friends range from household name s such as Gandhi to obscure Japanese scholars and priests from El Salvador. He challenges young people to dare to believe that, like these individuals , they can live their ideals. The DVD, ""Another Way of Seeing Things,"" is a film about our common humanity. With historical footage and recreated im ages, it demonstrates that the exotic, mysterious, threatening "other" whom we regard from afar is simply a human being. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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2 Keene, Donald Essays in Idleness
Columbia University Press 1998 0231112556 / 9780231112550 Paperback Very Good 
Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko me t the world with a measured eye. As Emperor Go-Daigo fended off a challenge from the usurping Hojo family, and Japan stood at the brink of a dark poli tical era, Kenko held fast to his Buddhist beliefs and took refuge in the p leasures of solitude. Written between 1330 and 1332, Essays in Idleness ref lects the congenial priest's thoughts on a variety of subjects. His brief w ritings, some no more than a few sentences long and ranging in focus from p olitics and ethics to nature and mythology, mark the crystallization of a d istinct Japanese principle: that beauty is to be celebrated, though it will ultimately perish. Through his appreciation of the world around him and hi s keen understanding of historical events, Kenko conveys the essence of Bud dhist philosophy and its subtle teachings for all readers. Insisting on the uncertainty of this world, Kenk? asks that we waste no time in following t he way of Buddha. In this fresh edition, Donald Keene's critically acclaimed translation is joined by a new preface, in which Keene himself looks back at the ripples created by Kenk?'s musings, especially for modern readers. 
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3 Suzuki, Daisetz T. Zen and Japanese Culture
Princeton University Press 1970 0691017700 / 9780691017709 Paperback Very Good 
One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is a valuable source for those wishing to understand its concepts in the context of Japanese lif e and art. In simple, often poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and s elf-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in the philosophy of the s amurai, and subtly portrays the relationship between Zen and swordsmanship, haiku, tea ceremonies, and the Japanese love of nature. Suzuki's contempla tive discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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Homo Contribuens: The need to give and the search for fulfilment, Taki, Hisao
4 Taki, Hisao Homo Contribuens: The need to give and the search for fulfilment
Renaissance Books, an imprin 2008 1898823650 / 9781898823650 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Here are the thoughts of a successful businessman and entrepreneur reflecting on the meaning of life that offer humanity a new and dynamic self-awareness as a natural 'giver' and thus an assured pathway to personal fulfillment; hence the title 'Homo Contribuens' - 'man the giver'. In fact, the realization that there is an innate need to give, argues Taki, liberates the individual and takes that person beyond the conventional understanding of altruistic behavior. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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