Chapter

Sea Change

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245761.003.0005
Sea Change

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This chapter focuses on the term of Daisaku Ikeda as president of Soka Gakkai. The first decade of Ikeda's term was marked by continuity and change as Japan grew into its role as Asia's economic powerhouse and America's Cold War ally. He also began laying the foundations for organization overseas. In the 1970s, Ikeda began to cast about for contemporary language freed from doctrine to express Nichiren Buddhism in terms suited to a new generation and he urged members to reaffirm the fundamentals of their faith while cultivating a new and more liberal spirit of openness.

Keywords: Daisaku Ikeda; Soka Gakkai; Japan; Cold War; contemporary language; Nichiren Buddhism; faith; openness

Chapter.  11828 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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