Global Citizens: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in the World

Oxford University Press, 2000 - 442 páginas
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This work is a study of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement, which was founded in 1930 in Japan, spread rapidly after World War II, and has since developed a world-wide following. The book provides an historical overview of the importance of the development of the movement as an educational reform society, its development into a sect of Nichiren Buddhism. It provides details of Soka Gakkai's entry into Japanese politics, including information on the relationship between the Komeito - the political party founded by the Soka Gakkai - and the Liberal Democratic Party - its historical opponent in Japanese politics and present partner in the ruling coalition. It then documents the spread of Soka Gakkai Buddhism to North and South America, Europe and other Asian countries. The book also explains the success of Soka Gakkai Buddhism with reference to continuity between the movement's teachings and the experience of people living in urban, industrial environments and Soka Gakkai's response to the surrounding social and cultural environment.

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David Machacek is at University of California, Santa Barbara. Bryan Wilson is at All Souls College, Oxford.

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