Kokuchūkai

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Kokuchūkai (国柱会, National Pillar Society or Pillar of the Nation Society) is a lay-oriented Buddhist organisation founded by Tanaka Chigaku in 1914. Kokuchūkai is the successor-organisation of Rengekai (Lotus Blossom Society), founded in 1881, and Rissho Ankokukai, founded 1885, both founded by Tanaka Chigaku.[1]

Kokuchūkai's teachings are based on Nichiren Buddhism with a strong emphasis given to a nationalistic interpretation of the teachings of Nichiren and the notion of Kokutai.[2] Its membership reached its peak with 7,000 adherents in 1924 and 23,000 in 1950. Nevertheless the organisation is mentioned as an example of how Nichiren's teachings were interpreted in a nationalistic fashion, also referred to as Nichirenism, and influenced Nichiren Buddhist based new religions in terms of propagation.[3]

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  1. ^ Jacqueline I. Stone, By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree: politics and the issue of the ordination platform in modern lay Nichiren Buddhism. In: Steven Heine; Charles S. Prebish (ed.); Buddhism in the Modern World, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0195146972, page 197
  2. ^ Tanaka Chigaku: What is Nippon Kokutai? Introduction to Nipponese National Principles. Shishio Bunka, Tokyo 1935-36
  3. ^ Jacqueline I. Stone, By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree: politics and the issue of the ordination platform in modern lay Nichiren Buddhism. In: Steven Heine; Charles S. Prebish (ed.); Buddhism in the Modern World, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0195146972, page 198

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