This 10 page paper provides an overview of this brand of buddhism and explores how the organization--NSA which later would split to become two distinct entities--promotes diversity. Despite problems in the organization, the buddhist teachings would continue. A history of the organization is included. Diversity is defined. A proposal for the paper is also included. Bibliography lists15 sources.
or not the religious organization known as Nichiren Shoshu or its counterpart, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-US, which were both formerly know as NSA, is diverse in its
makeup. The subject will be analyzed through research and observations about the group. In this way, both original and secondary sources will help to discern whether or not the organization
is truly diverse in membership and leadership. A student writing on this subject, wanting to list resources, may want to choose a few from the Reference list which is found
at the end of the actual paper. Also, as a primary tool for analysis, a working definition of the concept of diversity must be included. I. Introduction Buddhism has
become quite popular in the United States in recent years, but it is something that is actually an Eastern religion. Therefore, it may appear to be out of place in
the west, but as a whole seems to embrace cultural diversity in that its members need not be of one particular background. That is not true for many mainstream religions.
It is hard to convert to Judaism for example and while Christianity seems to be everywhere, there are certainly "black" churches and "white" churches despite the fact that acceptance is
preached as part of the religion itself. A student wanting to embark on a case study concerning a religious organization exhibiting linguistic, racial, gender or ethnic diversity traits, might want
to look to Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an organization that preaches one brand of buddhism . It is also important to note that while NSA is one sect, some general
information about Buddhism in America is certainly applicable. II. History of the Organization Nichiren Shoshu buddhism grew out of the thirteenth century Japanese Buddhist teachings