Mentor's Vision

Richard Hughes Seager

in Encountering the Dharma

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245761
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939042 | DOI:
Mentor's Vision

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This chapter focuses on Daisaku Ikeda's devotion to his mentor. It explains that Ikeda cited Tsunesaburo Makiguchi in his writings and speeches so much more than his own mentor Josei Toda. It suggests that Ikeda's attention to Makiguchi reflects the need to establish a clear line of authority in the Soka Gakkai after its break with Nichiren Shoshu in 1991. It also highlights Ikeda's belief that to honor Makiguchi is to acknowledge his role in forming Toda's spirit and character. It contends that Makiguchi's philosophy and convictions were a cause whose effect was Toda and that Toda was a cause for Ikeda and the Soka University.

Keywords: Daisaku Ikeda; mentor; Tsunesaburo Makiguchi; Josei Toda; Nichiren Shoshu; philosophy; convictions; Soka University

Chapter.  9952 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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