Buddism Proposal

Buddism Proposal - Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Hasmi...

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Patel, H 1 Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
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Hasmi Patel Region and Society Jessica Marion 30 March 2009
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Patel, H 3 From the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, arose a new form of Buddhism that focused mainly on the Lotus Sutra. This teaching teaches “existence of an innate and universal truth known as the Buddha nature, the manifestation of which enables one to enjoy absolute happiness and to act with boundless compassion.” 1 Taught first by Siddhartha and then later rediscovered by Nichiren Daishonin, this teaching soon became the foundation for the well-known Buddhist non-profit organization, Soka Gakkai International (SGI). In 1930 Tsunesaburo Makiguchi had a theory about educating the people of Japan not just about machinery and industry, but educating them about the “human ability to create ‘value’ in their daily lives.” 2 He termed his theory Soka Kyoiku Gakkai (Value Creation Educational Society), which later became the SGI. His beliefs and ideas soon turned the government against him. He was then imprisoned where he ended his life. From his death rose another founder, Josei Toda who spread the movement across Japan. By the end of his life he had influenced more than 750,000 people to become a part of this movement. In 1960 the third and last founder arose,
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