Global Citizens: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in the World

Hardcover | November 1, 2000

EditorDavid Machacek, Bryan Wilson

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Global Citizens is a study of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement, which was founded in 1930 in Japan, spread rapidly after the Second World War, and has since developed a world-wide following. The book provides an historical overview of the development of the movement as an educational reformsociety, its development into a sect of Nichiren Buddhism. It provides important details of Soka Gakkai's entry into Japanese politics, including up-to-date information on the relationship between the Komeito - the political party founded by the Soka Gakkai - and the Liberal Democratic Party-itshistorical opponent in Japanese politics and present partner in the ruling coalition. The book then documents the spread of Soka Gakkai Buddhism to North and South America, Europe, and other Asian countries.

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Global Citizens is a study of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement, which was founded in 1930 in Japan, spread rapidly after the Second World War, and has since developed a world-wide following. The book provides an historical overview of the development of the movement as an educational reformsociety, its development into a sect of Nichi...

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

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240396

ISBN - 13:9780199240395

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Table of Contents

Phillip E. Hammond: ForewordBryan Wilson and David Machacek: IntroductionPart I: Origins and changes in JapanNoriyoshi Tamaru: Soka Gakkai in historical perspectiveDayle M. Bethel: The legacy of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating education and global citizenshipJane Hurst: A Buddhist reformation in the twentieth century: Causes and implications of the conflict between the Soka Gakkai and the Nichiren Shoshu priesthoodHiroshi Aruga: Soka Gakkai and Japanese politicsDaniel Metraux: The changing role of the Komeito in Japanese politics in the 1990sAtsuko Usui: The role of womenTakesato Watanabe: The movement and the Japanese mediaKarel Dobbelaere: Towards a pillar organization?Part II: International appearancesDavid Machacek and Kerry Mitchell: Immigrant Buddhists in AmericaDavid Machacek: Organizational isomorphism in SGI-USADavid Chappell: Socially inclusive Buddhists in AmericaPeter Clarke: Buddhist humanism and Catholic culture in BrazilBryan Wilson: The British movement and its membersMaria Immacolata Macioti: Buddhism in action: Case studies from ItalyDaniel Metraux: The expansion of Soka Gakkai into Southeast Asia

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`The collection of essays in Global Citizens gives interesting insights into how the Soka Gakkei preceive themselves and their practices.'The Middle Way (Journal of the Buddhist Society) Vol 76, No 2