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A Time to Chant: The Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Britain (Clarendon Paperbacks)
A Time to Chant: The Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Britain (Clarendon Paperbacks) Bryan Wilson, Karel Dobbelaere 0198293143 9780198293149 Soka Gakkai--a movement of Japanese Buddhism--is one of the worlds most rapidly expanding religious movements, especi
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A Time to Chant: The Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Britain (Clarendon Paperbacks) by Bryan Wilson, Karel Dobbelaere

Soka Gakkai--a movement of Japanese Buddhism--is one of the worlds most rapidly expanding religious movements, especially in the West. The movement sponsors a variety of cultural and educational causes, and is active in promoting world peace and preservation of the environment; as such it has established a high profile in world affairs. Soka Gakkai is also a significant social phenomenon in its own right. This study documents this in its thorough survey of the United Kingdom membership that traces the sources of the movements appeal to its socially diverse constituency. The combination of a questionnaire survey and personal interviews bring illuminating detail to this sociological analysis. The authors suggest that Soka Gakkai is consistent with modern thought that places a growing emphasis on the essentially private nature of belief and on personal autonomy, and less emphasis on traditional religious institutions. It is for these reasons that Soka Gakkai is a faith in tune with the times and has widening appeal to young people.

Author: Bryan Wilson, Karel Dobbelaere

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 280

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1998-06-25

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ISBN: 0198293143


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