This week, we’re starting a multi-episode series on one of Japan’s most famous organizations: the study society-turned-religion-turned-political-party known as the Value Creation Society, or Soka Gakkai.
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2 thoughts on “Episode 357 – A Nation in a Nation, Part 1”
What was that explanatory book on Buddhism you recommended? You said it was very well written.
Thanks for this podcast. I am a listener from the beginning and a patreon supporter. Hiked over much of Japan’s ancient roads and intend too go back.
After hearing about the description of Soka Gakkai as a nation within a nation and all the things they offer, I can see how they would be so appealing. An orchestra, a school, clubs, plus basing off an established religion and theology.
Speaking of which, because of its connection to Nichiren Buddhism, why is it considered a new religious movement in the vein of Oomoto? You even said that it’s one of the four sects of Nichiren. Or did I misunderstand?
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