Waking the Buddha

how the most dynamic and empowering Buddhist movement in history is changing our concept of religion

184 pages

English language

Published Aug. 27, 2014

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3 stars (2 reviews)

"Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives? Or has Buddhism become too detached, so still and quiet that the Buddha has fallen asleep? Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today--and the one that has done more than any other to wake up and shake up Buddhism so it can once again work in ordinary people's lives. Drawing on his long personal experience as a Buddhist teacher, journalist and editor, Clark Strand offers broad insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai, with its commitment to social justice and its egalitarian approach, has become a role model, not only for other schools of Buddhism, but for other religions as well. Readers will be inspired by the …

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3 stars

I wish the focus had expanded more on the philosophy and practice. The history is a good contrast, but I think more could have been presented around the SGI practice compared to other practices to better highlight what was different or how this difference is driving our concept of religion. This was left towards the latter part of the book and not given as much time. I would have like to see more comparison and understanding the contract with Quakerism, in which the practice seems more closely aligned to SGI then other religious practice.


  • Social aspects
  • Buddhism
  • Soka Gakkai International