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Jewels: An Introduction to Buddhism for Youth …

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Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart, introduces Buddhism to youth and young and other interested adults to Buddhism in America today. The book is dedicated to Buddhist youth and young adults on whose shoulders the future of American Buddhism rests

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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 equalitypractice-focusedscientificsocially engagedemphasis on the here and now, and humor.