Tanaka Sensei identifies both the outer jewels and the inner jewels of the title, drawing from the Flower Garland Sutra and the Lotus Sutra. As outer jewels, we are all unique and valuable individual jewels linked with all other individuals in Indra’s Net. .Inner jewels are the precious treasure of mental and spiritual happiness Buddhists can develop.
From History and Tradition to Buddhism Today
The book identifies the historical legacy of Buddhism, outlines basic teachings and practices, and concludes with practice in daily life.
The author provides special attention to the needs of the Scouts of America, first because the National Buddhist Committee on Scouting had initially asked him to write an appropriate introduction to Buddhism, and second out of the author’s own gratitude for his own scouting experience.
Unique Aspects of American Buddhism
Readers will see the unique aspects of American Buddhism celebrated, aspects identified as equality, practice-focused, scientific, socially engaged, emphasis on the here and now, and humor.