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

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

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by Richard Hughes Seager
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520245776

ISBN-13: 9780520245778

Pub. Date: 03/16/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520245778
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/16/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

1. Mystic Opportunity
2. Creating Value
3. Mentor’s Vision
4. Rising Star
5. Sea Change
6. Countervailing Trends
7. Zuiho-bini
8. World House
9.
Intrepid Navigators

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography

Index

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Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seager's experience of his personal experience with learning about Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakai.