Countervailing Trends

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:
Countervailing Trends

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This chapter discusses two countervailing trends which marked the Soka Gakkai in the decades after the watershed free speech issue in 1970. The first was an ongoing process of liberalization and the second was the mounting tension between progressive laity and traditionalist priests. This chapter suggests that these trends gave Daisaku Ikeda's presidency its own distinct character and reflect how he re-created the Gakkai by recasting the original hybrid philosophy bequeathed to it by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. It also contends that Ikeda's network-building and his dialogues played a key role in developing the liberal spirit of Buddhist Humanism as it evolved from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Keywords: Soka Gakkai; free speech; liberalization; Daisaku Ikeda; Tsunesaburo Makiguchi; Buddhist Humanism

Chapter.  11405 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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