The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You, a handbook for happiness.
My book was published on 4 February 2016 by Rider Books, the ‘mind body spirit’ arm of Penguin Random House who have previously published books on Nichiren Buddhism by Richard Causton and Edward Canfor-Dumas. For readers in the UK the paperback is available now on Amazon UK. The Kindle version is available from Amazon.com in many other countries too, with paperback versions to follow once foreign rights have been sorted. In India you can find it on Amazon.in and in Asia it’s available from Kinokuniya.com (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and Taiwan).
The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You is not an official SGI publication, however it has the support of the SGI Publications Committee in Tokyo :-).
So, what’s it all about?
- It’s an ideal beginner’s guide to Nichiren’s philosophy for people who are new to the practice.
- It gives some fresh perspectives for practising Buddhists with new ways to talk about the practice plus suggested topics for discussion meetings;
- It’s a Buddhist book for people into personal development (but who may not see themselves as ‘spiritual’);
- It’s a book for anyone who wants to be happier but is not sure where to begin;
- It’s also a book for people who care about the state of the world but feel powerless to change it.
The ideas, personal experiences and exercises in these pages are designed to help you awaken the Buddha in me and in you, the infinite wisdom, hope, courage and compassion that we all have inside and that the planet is yearning for now more than ever.
Why did I write The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You? Because after three decades as a Nichiren Buddhist I was scratching my head about the state of modern society: we live in an age in which capitalism isn’t working. We have mostly lost trust in politicians. Science does not have all the answers. And while personal development and mindfulness teachings have helped fill the ‘God-shaped hole’ and can be very enlightening, they also risk creating a self-centred ‘culture of entitlement‘ in a world crying out for more enlightenment. In these confused times, many of us struggle to balance the goal of individual fulfilment with our aspiration for a peaceful and sustainable world. That’s why The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You is much more than just a Buddhist self-help book. It is a manifesto for a new way of living and a handbook for a human revolution based on the inherent dignity of Life.
In The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You, I draw on my personal experiences of practising Buddhism for 31 years and on my 11 years as a life coach and leadership trainer. I have been guided and inspired by great Nichiren Buddhist authors such as William Woollard, Richard Causton and Eddy Canfor-Dumas, but also by very enlightened non-Buddhists like Jules Evans, Dr. Lou Marinoff, David Taylor, Paul McKenna and Byron Katie, and the way in which these gifted philosophers and self-help authors package up great wisdom in bite-size chunks that are easy to absorb and use.
I hope that if you read The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You you will feel more enlightened, uplifted and optimistic. More grateful, more confident and more inspired to make a difference. It is my wish that you will discover deeper insights into how life works and feel a fluttering in your belly that says daily life is wonderful and worth waking up for. I hope you will connect with even more of your own and other people’s awesomeness and live with more courage, more meaning and more joy. I hope that this book will help you find the creative and positive aspects in all emotions, even anger, hatred and despair; for the beautiful lotus flower of Buddhahood blooms beautifully and only in the muddy pond of daily Life.
Richard Jackson MBE, creator of the acclaimed Winning Edge personal development programme says: “Reading this book is one of the most humbling experiences I have had in a very long time. It took my thoughts and, more importantly, my emotions to a depth that I found truly challenging and incredibly inspirational. David Hare has the ability to express potentially complex ideas in a way that is immediately understandable; he has a wonderful ‘way with words’. Oh, that everyone everywhere would commit to read, at the very least, the ‘140 bite-size quotes’ every morning, what a different world we would be living in. I am in awe of this book.”
David Taylor, Professor of Leadership at Warwick Business School and author of The Naked Leader adds: “This book is an inspiration to anyone who wants to make fast and forever changes in their lives. It contains relevant and powerful insights about life, love, leadership and the challenges faced by today’s world. It will even help you discover who you really are.”
Love and light,