A book based on the wisdom about money and happiness from a Japanese author who have sold more than 7 million copies of his books in Japan

Zen, Money, and the Middle Path to Peace and Prosperity
by Ken Honda
North Star Way, Fall 2018 (Proposal available)

Why a Zen approach toward money? As I began to think critically about my money teachings, I saw that the people who were most at peace with money were the ones who walked nimbly between having too little and having too much. I don’t mean they have less money—I am realistic that having more money opens doors, and in fact, most people use these principles to make money and even to become millionaires. The point is to find balance between indulgence and austerity; between success and happiness; between motivation and inspiration; and between any number of other poles we tend to think of as either/or choices, but which in reality are simply posts on either side of a doorway through which we must pass. When we learn that money flows like water and arrives like a guest; understand the different “money types” (personality types for how people use money); identify our underlying financial blueprint shaped by our family’s beliefs about money; and heal the fear and anxiety we have about money… we successfully achieve prosperity and peace.”

Ken Hondas career started twelve years ago when he published a pamphlet: “Eight Steps to Happiness and Prosperity.” The goal was to teach people Zen principles about money so that they could find peace and prosperity. Organically, the pamphlet developed astonishing momentum, and before long, Ken was sending copies all over the world. Ken estimates that he has distributed 1.3 million+ copies to date. In 2002, a publisher called proposing that Ken write a book based on the principles in “Eight Steps to Happiness and Prosperity,” and a year later, he published “The Millionaire’s Philosophy for a Happy Life”, which has sold 1 million+ books to date. Since then, Ken has sold over 7 million copies of all of his books, his podcast has been downloaded 23 million+ times, and his 1000-seat seminars routinely sell out within minutes. It is estimated that he reaches 1 in 20 people in Japan with his work.

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