Shinji Takahashi Sensei

Shinji Takahashi Sensei

Shinji Takahashi Sensei proved that the essential entity of a human is the soul. He also advocated that the great existence that surpasses human intellects keep us alive, and that we were born with the purpose to establish ourselves and harmonize the world.

Born in 1927 in Nagano Prefecture, Shinji Takahashi experienced time and time again an “other self” that broke out of his “physical self.” He spent his life pursuing the question of who this “other self” might be.

Takahashi went on to study electronics, physics, astronomy, and medicine, experiencing both the world of reality and that of the other world as he continued his efforts to elucidate the relationship of the human soul to the physical body. He eventually awoke to the divine truth that humans have eternal life as souls that undergo transmigration in the form of an endless circle of birth, death, and rebirth.

Even while managing a computer company, Takahashi wrote and lectured prolifically. Through such writings as Kokoro no Genten (The Origin of the Mind; 3 volumes) and Ningen Shaka (Human Buddha; 4 volumes) , he taught that “humans are not only a physical existence but at essence are souls that are made to live by the grace of a Great Existence transcending human knowledge. He also taught that “all humans are born to establish their self and world harmony.”

For some time, Shinji Takahashi led GLA and a group of business owners. Exactly seven years after predicting his own demise, Shinji Takahashi departed the physical world on June 25, 1976.

Shinji Takahashi’s writings (available only in Japanese)

Shinji Takahashi wrote a total of 16 volumes on the soul and humans, including Kokoro no Genten (Origins of the Mind), Kokoro no Hakken (Discovery of the Mind; 3 volumes), and Ningen Shaka (Human Buddha; 4 volumes).

Shingan wo Hiraku (Gaining Insight)

The new edition of this book opens with a preface written by Keiko Takahashi in which she speaks of Shinji Takashi’s aspirations, her memories of his last years, and the teachings with which she was entrusted.

Kokoro no Genten—Ushinawareta Bucchi no Saihakken (Origin of the Mind: Rediscovering Our Lost Buddha Wisdom)

What do the workings of nature tell us? In this book, Shinji Takahashi urges us to return to the origins of Christianity and Buddhism where we will find the true way to live in harmony with nature. This work explains in easy-to-understand terms the mission and purpose of life. A highly praised and longtime bestseller.

Gensetsu Hannya Shingyo (Original Theory of the Prajna Heart Sutra)

Sutras are not difficult text. At a time when many people did not know how to read, sutras provided used parables to provide guidance on how people should live. But over time sutras have philosophized and made difficult to decipher. This book infuses new life and clarity into an ancient medium.

Kokoro no Hakken (Discovery of the Heart: Divine Principle, Science, and Actual Proof; 3 volumes)

Truth must be reasonable, historically proven, and must be evident as reality. This work reveals the truth of the soul’s existence and sets out in easy-to-understand language the way we should live our lives.

Ningen Shaka (Human Buddha; 4 volumes)

In this book, Shinji Takahashi writes of the suffering of Shakamyuni, how he became a holy man, and his peregrination to enlightenment. Though Takahashi refers to no historical writings or research, no other work presents such a thorough picture of the human Buddha. This tale of Shakyamuni guides the reader to the world of Divine Truth.

Kokoro no Shishin (Guideline for the Heart)

This work provides an introduction to the Divine Truth with real-life examples of wrong faith and its harmful effects, simple explanations of the Nobel Eightfold Path, a description of the spiritual structure and functions of human beings, an explanation of the significance of prayer with examples, and answers to questions from readers of Takahashi’s previous writings.

Kokoro no Taiwa (Dialogues of the Heart)

Like a beacon of shining light, this book guides the reader through the numerous problems we encounter in our lives and shows how they can be resolved. Written in the form of a dialogue, this is a stimulating work of encouragement on how best to live our lives.

Ai wa Nikushimi wo Koete (Love Overcomes Hatred)

A miser with a strong distrust of people, the result of being bullied and discriminated against as a child, is engulfed in a vortex of desire. The story of how he finds the meaning of life and love as he is caught between life and death is deeply moving and certain to leave a strong impression on the reader.

Akurei (Demons; 2 volumes)

One of the factors contributing to neuroses and psychiatric disorders is mistaken faith. This book cites several examples of how mistaken faith that is actually blind to the human condition can wreak havoc in our lives.

Ten to Chi no Kakehashi (Bridge Between Heaven and Earth; picture book)

This is beautifully illustrated book about Shakyamuni’s journey from the day he leaves his palace until he attains enlightenment can be enjoyed by everyone from pre-teens to adults. Exhibited at the 1981 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.