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Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism
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 fr ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by University of California Press
(first published February 14th 2006)
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it helped me to find answers and conclusions to some difficult questions about the SGI. It also helped me understand the great changes that have already taken place in the SGI and how much I play a part in the "Ruiho-bini" and "Kosen-rufu" to come. It was uplifting, touching and well written and was truly a breath of fresh air to read. The book was a much-needed frank, open and fair-minded discussion and account of the SGI from an outsider’s view. I thoroughly ...more
This was a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Having been brought up in the SGI, I have for most of my life taken its history for granted and never really made any effort to learn more about it. So Seager's book was a great intro. to the SGI and a wonderful review of the impact that President Ikeda and the SGI on the whole has made on the world. It has definitely made me even more proud to be an SGI member now knowing in depth its history.
I expected something more academic, but this take on the Soka Gakkai is more personal and more readable than any other volume I've picked up. Personally, I would have preferred more scholarly analysis (since the author is keen on mentioning his "over educated" perspective) and more mention of the Komeito, but I can't dictate the content of the book. Instead, this book follows the author into the trenches of the Soka Gakkai, meeting with members and leaders, including the controversial Daisaku Ik ...more
The book started off great, but the last 2-3 chapters worn me out. Perhaps because I do not care too much about Soka Gakkai International as much as I care about its Japanese headquarter, I found myself skimming the last 2-3 chapters. However, overall, the book is a good read, a great introduction to Soka Gakkai and its overseas legacy.