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Buddhism titles by Ryuho Okawa

Introduction to Buddhism

Ryuho Okawa's Buddhism titles provide the essence and comprehensive teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha starting from Shakyamuni's life story, Noble Eightfold Path, Six Paramitas, Emptiness, and Law of causality.

The Essence of Buddha

An introductory book of Buddhism that explains complex Buddhist teachings in modern and accessible language, making it easy to understand.

Modern Buddhism Concept

The content of Shakyamuni's enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree includes the "Four Noble Truths" and the "Noble Eightfold Path."

The core of Buddhist teachings is "Self-Reflection," which is a practice of examining the inner mind, finding the cause of suffering, and letting go of worldly attachments which are the root cause of suffering. Then, decide to discard the false-self called ego and generate the true-self within and attain inner peace.

The True Eightfold Path

Buddhist book of self-innovation.

This book provides complete modern-day methods for attaining enlightenment. It presents the essence of Shakyamuni Buddha's eightfold path in a contemporary manner. A guidebook to practice the Noble Eightfold Path while engaging in work and family life in this modern age.

Rojin, Buddha’s Mystical Power

The enlightenment of the Buddha resulted in several miraculous abilities. The author, Ryuho Okawa also possesses the same six divine supernatural powers as Shakyamuni Buddha, which are 1. clairvoyance, spiritual sight, 2. clair audio, spiritual hearing, 3. mind reading, 4. fate reading, 5. astral travel, and 6, rojin. This book focuses on the nature of rojin, the power of wisdom to manage all 5 other abilities while leading a normal life with tireless efforts to eliminate worldly desires, while revealing a part of the author's own enlightenment as well as unveiling the nature of the ultimate psychic with divine supernatural power.

Words for Life

A Modern-Day Zen "Katsu"or Koan to remove worldly attachments.

The original Japanese terminology "箴" (sin) in "箴言集" (singen-shu, or Book or Proverb) means "needle." Just as an acupuncture needle restores health, by finding the pressure points of our own attachments and practicing reflective meditation on these words or proverbs, we can regain a healthy mind by reconnecting with our original divine nature. Each phrase in this book is a guide to disciplining our mind.

Traditional Buddhism

A series of Buddhist studies for those who would like to deepen their study of Buddhism.

The Challenge of Enlightenment

A comprehensive teaching of Buddhism, covering from early Buddhism, the original teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,600 years ago, to Theravada Buddhism which disseminated in Southeast Asia, and to Mahayana Buddhism which was widely spread to China and Japan.

The Challenge of The Mind

An excellent guidebook for those who are seeking the Buddhist worldview in their life’s journey as it provides the essence of Buddhism and religion overall.

This book discusses the potential of the transformation of your mind and heart based on Buddhist theory.

The most authentic Buddhist teachings

The work of Ryuho Okawa's Buddhism resurrects the true spirit of Buddhism in the modern age, guiding you to solve any problem in life in a logical and step-by-step manner, inviting you to enter into the infinite journey to improve your soul, and help others to embark on the same journey.

Mistaken ideas of Buddhism are resolved

Ryuho Okawa's clear-cut explanations of the core Buddhist teachings will resolve commonly mistaken interpretations of Buddhism related to 'egolessness', 'emptiness', and 'nirvana' which resulted in Buddhism being misrepresented as an atheistic philosophy, a 180 degree difference from the Buddha's original teachings of the mind.

Buddhism for all walks of life.

Explore the World of Buddhism by Ryuho Okawa. Read them all and discover the New Dharma.


The Essence of Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha's original teachings of mind, offered with unparalleled clarity.

The Rebirth of Buddha

The ideal way of Buddha's living disciples in the world today.

The Miracle of Meditation

Discover how to practice meditation safely and with authentic meaning.


The True Eightfold Path

The daily guide to modern practice of the Eightfold Path.

Rojin, Buddha's Mystical Power

Learn to use the power of Rojin to refine your soul and strive towards mastery.

The Power of Basics

Discover how the basics form a foundation which ensures success.


The Challenge of the Mind

Explore the laws of cause and effect, Buddha-Nature, the Middle Way, and more.

The Challenge of Enlightenment

Most authentic, comprehensive Buddhist guidebook.

The Laws of Great Enlightenment

Discover how Buddha's enlightenment and compassion apply in the modern day.

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The Challenge of Enlightenment

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Okawa book Club

E60: What Is Egolessness? ("The Challenge of Enlightenment" - Chapter 4)

Okawa book Club

E59: Freeing Yourself from Ignorance ("The Challenge of Enlightenment" - Chapter 2)

Okawa book Club

E58: Discussion on "The Challenge of Enlightenment" - Chapter 1

The most comprehensive and essential Buddhist book which makes it easier to practice in today's life.

From Afterword for Part One

This is the essential spirit of Buddha that transcends the differences between sects and schools and between Hirayama and Mahayana.

Buddhist literature includes an enormous amount of work that has been added to by generations of Buddha's disciples during the last two thousand and several hundred years, so it is difficult to discover the basic philosophy of Buddha from modern Buddhist studies. In contrast, if you read this book very carefully, I am sure you will find that what is written here is none other than the explanation of Buddhism taught by Buddha himself.

Buddha's Law is vast; like a great ocean, the is no end. Seawater tastes salty regardless of where you scoop it from; in the same way, although the Law I preach is boundless, it will always give you a taste of enlightenment no matter which part you choose to learn. Enlightenment as deep and wide as the ocean can nurture countless living creatures and give them ease.

Ryuho Okawa
Master & CEO of Happy Science Group
June 1993

Reader's Voices
There are many schools of Buddhist teachings, and even more interpretations. I’ve been immersed in many of them throughout the past two decades, but after discovering the teachings of Master Ryuho Okawa, I realized that I had found what I was searching for all along. "The Challenge of Enlightenment" is unquestionably the seminal Buddhist text for our age, and the comprehensive wisdom of this work is a treasure that will be cherished by generations to come.
Reading "The Challenge of Enlightenment" helped me to resolve misconceptions I have had about complex Buddhist topics. Concepts that I once found confusing are now understood with clarity. This book presents timeless wisdom in ways that may be universally understood by people today, regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs. After reading this book, I was left with the unshakeable impression that Ryuho Okawa is the living Buddha of our time.


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