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A 'militant' form of Buddhism which was founded in 13th-century
Japan but did not fully take off in that country until after World
War II. Unlike Zen Buddhism, which originated in China, Nichiren
Shoshu has a success-oriented philosophy which encourages material
ambition (you are allowed to pray for a new flat, for example).
There are believed to be about 12 million followers in Japan.
Critics also point to aggressive recruitment tactics used by
members, who are themselves encouraged to donate generously to
the movement. It is also claimed that some followers are promised
financial rewards in return for loyalty.
Nichiren Shoshu is one of the fastest-growing movements in the
West. In Los Angeles there are plans to expand the successful
Soka University by 1.4 million sq ft so as to cater for an extra
3,400 students. In Britain, the sect bought a mansion in
Buckinghamshire in 1988 for £6 million.
Followers of Nichiren Shoshu must meditate twice a day.
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