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15 December 2013

Thank you to the readers who’ve been asking me when the book of this blog is coming out. I am finalising the manuscript right now and aiming to have the Kindle version published by February 2014. I also have a wonderful literary agent (Susan Feldstein) talking to  publishers about launching a paperback in Autumn 2014.

Footprint of the Buddha. 1st century, Gandhara...

Around 20% of the book is now on this blog and I’m truly grateful to hundreds of people who’ve made comments on my posts and Facebook page. Your words have touched my heart, clarified my thoughts and helped me finish and polish the final version.

The book is of course influenced by great SGI Buddhist teachers and writers such as Josei Toda, Shin Yatomi and, most of all, Daisaku Ikeda. But as a mindset coach I’m also a big fan of personal development and leadership books by the likes of Lance Secretan, David Taylor, Joe Vitale and Byron Katie. I love the way that these gifted authors package up great wisdom in bite-size chunks that are easy to absorb and use. Sometimes I feel they explain Buddhist concepts more eloquently than Buddhists do.

So my book aims to bridge the gap between Buddhism and personal development which is why it will explain Nichiren’s profound teachings using the simple language found in popular psychology books. That’s also why the book contains journal exercises and affirmations for readers who may not want to chant but would nevertheless like to embed some Buddhist wisdom in their lives. And that’s why, for people who are seeking a deeper level of happiness, but have not considered Buddhism, the book explores concepts that are rarely touched on in popular psychology, such as karma, the eternity of life and the law of cause and effect. And, more importantly, how these principles make all the difference to your daily life. So, if people find this book as accessible as the best self-help books and as profound and inclusive as the best books on Nichiren Buddhism, I will feel I have achieved my goal. This book is also written for people who want to change the world, but don’t quite know where to start (the answer’s in the mirror, by the way…).

In the book I will have time and space to explore Buddhist concepts in more detail than I can on here. For example, there’s a whole chapter on the knotty topic of karma which would be difficult to explain in a typical 700-word blog post. The book also has uplifting experiences from people using Buddhist practice to transform their lives and communities. It includes philosophical passages comparing the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin to other philosophies plus several ‘debates’, for example: is morality past its sell-by-date? There are occasional rants about what I feel needs changing in our world, an exploration of how we are damaged by an over-used ‘survival mentality’ and a discussion on why, when the ego succeeds, humanity fails.

I want this book to be inspirational, encouraging and uplifting. My prayer is that after reading it, people will achieve massive breakthroughs in their lives and communities because they feel more hopeful, courageous and powerful. For what I have realised from 28 years of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is that when the Buddha in you meets the Buddha in me, truly amazing stuff can happen. And that this is how we can start the ‘human revolution’ or the ‘revolution from the inside’ that the world is aching for now.

Love and light,

Dx

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anju
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 00:38:44

    When will the hard copy be available….I want that…….can’t wait for it

    Reply

    • davidhare3000
      Oct 05, 2014 @ 21:08:33

      Hello Anju
      thank you for your enthusiastic support :-). Well, it is quite a slow process (giving me loads of opportunity for extra human revolution!) but my agent and I are now in talks with a major publisher so if all goes to plan I would say around March 2015. best wishes, NMRK, David

  2. Aarti
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 09:14:42

    great

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  3. tooda
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 13:28:18

    You must also mention that the power of this philosophy is 1000 times more when we actually chant and become active in helping others grow through faith. I am doing a course from Case Western University on Leadership through Emotional Intelligence in their Psychology Department ( long distance) where I have learnt that human beings really struggle understanding the essential laws of life. And the process of internal change is discontinuous, laborious and often fails to bring about the desired change. However, you know that though our philosophy has been easy to understand and difficult to sustain but ultimately we always win and bring about permanent positive change. Fool Proof Case. It is good that this book will be out as many people have wrong perception of our practice too. This will explain to readers the laws of life without putting the additional condition of practice on them. Thanks as always.

    Reply

    • davidhare3000
      Dec 16, 2013 @ 13:39:08

      Thank you so much for this comment. I agree that action not theory is the key. As Shakyamuni said: “If you know but do not do, you do not know.” People do struggle to make lasting changes and my experience is that coaching and hypnotherapy can change your mindset for a period of time, but that it to change your heart and the world you need something deeper and wider – daimoku of course! I would be interested to hear from you please what you mean about people having ‘wrong perception of our practice’? All best, as always, David

  4. Buddha Bless You !
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 09:33:42

    Hi David, It’s Stella stopping by to say, “I am looking forward to purchasing and reading the ebook in February.” 🙂

    Reply

    • davidhare3000
      Dec 16, 2013 @ 09:49:15

      Thank you Stella, as always your support is much appreciated. NMRK, David

  5. malika voets
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 07:43:46

    deja une raison de me rejouir pour 2015 alors, c’est formidable , tu as tout mon soutien:-)

    Reply

  6. malika voets
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 13:40:12

    merci

    Reply

    • davidhare3000
      Dec 15, 2013 @ 17:50:19

      Plaisir cherie, je pratiquerai pour faire la version francaise en 2015! D x 🙂

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