Book Review: Waking the Buddha

Why I picked it: The book cover and title grabbed my attention.

Synopsis: Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives?

Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today—and one that is waking up and shaking up Buddhism so it can truly work in ordinary people’s lives.

Readers will be inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the three founding presidents— These three men dared to revolutionize Buddhism by restoring it to its true purpose: to help people transform their lives and the world they live in. The result is a uniquely relevant form of Buddhism—one that “just makes sense” to the modern mind and is ready to meet the challenges of a global age.

Quick Take: I'm not sure what to say about this book, it read more like a thesis/research paper and wasn't at all what I expected.  I have several books on Buddhism, lifestyle, yoga... they all have a quiet feel to them.  This book was hard to read, mostly because I was expecting something completely different. 

The only review I found on goodreads was a DNF: I found it difficult to read and to follow. I got to about half and then gave up

Have you read this book?  Did I miss something? I didn't love it, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

Rating: 2 stars
Source: Review Copy (NetGalley)

1 comment

  1. Haven't read it all yet but from what I have read it is clear that this author understands Nichiren Buddhism quite well. And yes, you are right, this is not like 'other' Buddhisms. It will not make the big bad world go away. It is a tool to master the world. You can't understand it intellectually (that attempt is a waste of time.) You just have to start chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and your life will change. It will change. Faith-Practice-Study is the key. My daughter said, "why do I have to study?" From me (same answer for Faith and Practice,) "Don't Study unless you want to change your Karma!" If your idea of life is cold-comfort and resignation then don't chant. Don't look for 'actual proof.' (But who really wants to live that way?)


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