IIAS Newsletter 47 Spring 2008

A Japanese new religion in the age of globalisation: the role of leadership within the neo-Buddhist Soka Gakkai

Ronan Alves Pereira

Ronan Pereira argues that a charismatic and strategically smart leadership is the key for a new religious movement to survive not just in its original society but elsewhere. His case in point is Daisaku Ikeda who, for good or bad, became the face of the neo-Buddhist NRM Soka Gakkai International,(SGI). He masterminded its transformation from a parochial, lay Buddhist organisation into a major international religious movement that doubles as a non-governmental organisation.

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