A published version of Lisagor's popular www.romancingthebuddha.com web site, this is an adventure-comedy story about Lisagor's hunt for lost treasure in the jungles of urban America and the depths of his life. Like the poor man in the Buddhist parable who wandered for years before discovering a priceless jewel a wealthy friend had sewn into the hem of his robe, Lisagor was unaware of his own Buddha or enlightened nature. Lisagor shares his experiences applying the principles of Nichiren Buddhism to successfully deal with the difficulties of daily life, including depression, spousal illness, the challenges of raising two daughters, and the quest for happiness. An overview of Nichiren Buddhism and a glossary of Buddhist terms are provided. This is an inspirational read for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Michael Lisagor has been a practicing Nichiren Buddhist for more than 35 years. He has been writing humorous articles with a message for the "World Tribune" and "Living Buddhism" for 18 years, and writes a regular management column for "Federal Computer Week" magazine. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.