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:

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This chapter focuses on the global expansion of the Soka Gakkai. It argues that it was the rank-and-file Japanese members who spearheaded the globalization of Soka Gakkai. It explains that the Brazilian movement grew out of a large Japanese immigrant community, the American from the efforts of war brides, and the British from those of businessmen's Japanese wives. It also highlights the importance of the principle of zuiho-bini, which means adapting Buddhist precepts to different cultures, in the globalization process.

Keywords: Soka Gakkai; global expansion; globalization; Brazil; America; Great Britain; war brides; zuiho-bini

Chapter.  12759 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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