Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism / Edition 1

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Overview


This engaging, deeply personal book, illuminating the search for meaning in today’s world, offers a rare insider’s look at Soka Gakkai Buddhism, one of Japan’s most influential and controversial religious movements, and one that is experiencing explosive growth around the world. Unique for its multiethnic make-up, Gakkai Buddhists can be found in more than 100 countries from Japan to Brazil to the United States and Germany. In Encountering the Dharma, Richard Seager, an American professor of religion trying to come to terms with the death of his wife, travels to Japan in search of the spirit of the Soka Gakkai. This book tells of his journey toward understanding in a compelling narrative woven out of his observations, reflections, and interviews, including several rare one-on-one meetings with Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda. Along the way, Seager also explores broad-ranging controversies arising from the Soka Gakkai’s efforts to rebuild post-war Japan, its struggles with an ancient priesthood, and its motives for propagating Buddhism around the world. One turning point in his understanding comes as Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai strike an authentically Buddhist response to the events of September 11, 2001.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520245778
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Hughes Seager, Associate Professor of Religion at Hamilton College, is author of Buddhism in America, The World’s Parliament of Religions: The East/West Encounter, Chicago, 1893, and The Dawn of Religious Pluralism: Voices from the World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893.
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Table of Contents

1 The mystic opportunity 1
2 Creating value 21
3 Mentor's vision 42
4 Rising star 65
5 Sea change 86
6 Countervailing trends 114
7 Zuiho-bini 141
8 World house 171
9 Intrepid navigators 202
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    I loved this book. Very moving and beautiful.

    Dr. Seager's experience of his personal experience with learning about Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakai.

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