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March 15, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is, by some accounts, the most powerful man in Japan--and certainly one of the most enigmatic: Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the nation's largest religious organization, has been condemned and praised as a devil and an angel, a Hitler and a Gandhi, a despot and a democrat. He is a grasping power-monger aiming for political control by rallying the 8 million families of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization, critics say.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,500 people came to UC Irvine on Sunday not to celebrate their diversity but to share a common bond. Organized by an American Buddhist group, the idea behind the university's first Cultural Friendship Faire was to promote harmony among cultures in Orange County by having different ethnic groups proudly share either with food or through folk dances.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Japanese Buddhist organization affiliated with Soka University, whose expansion plans have generated intense public debate in Los Angeles, is also embroiled in controversy in Japan, where the powerful group has been wracked by a series of scandals. The organization, Soka Gakkai, recently paid $4.5 million in back taxes in Japan in a bizarre tax evasion case involving unreported income from the sale of grave sites to its members.
NEWS
March 15, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is, by some accounts, the most powerful man in Japan--and certainly one of the most enigmatic: Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the nation's largest religious organization, has been condemned and praised as a devil and an angel, a Hitler and a Gandhi, a despot and a democrat. He is a grasping power-monger aiming for political control by rallying the 8 million families of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization, critics say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially following a decision by the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It looked, to say the least, contradictory. But there they were Tuesday, about 30 members of the Sierra Club and other environmentally correct residents of the Las Virgenes area, picketing a Santa Monica exhibit on, of all things, "Ecology and Human Life." It was not so much the exhibit they were protesting--most of the displays echoed the Sierra Club's positions almost to the letter--but the sponsor: Soka Gakkai International-USA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,500 people came to UC Irvine on Sunday not to celebrate their diversity but to share a common bond. Organized by an American Buddhist group, the idea behind the university's first Cultural Friendship Faire was to promote harmony among cultures in Orange County by having different ethnic groups proudly share either with food or through folk dances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the alphabet soup of acronyms and names may appear to be a series of unrelated groups: Soka Gakkai International, Soka University, NSA, NSC, SUA and SGI-USA. But tax and land transaction documents filed in the United States and Canada, plus interviews and information supplied by the organizations themselves, indicate that all are closely linked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Japanese Buddhist sect's plan to build a large institution in a verdant meadow has touched off a community war. The organization is so determined that it paid above-market prices for the site and hired top lobbyists to secure government approvals. Yet a group of neighbors and public officials is equally dedicated to blocking the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially with the decision of the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites. Biblical admonitions against homosexual activity have inhibited most Christian and Jewish clergy from conducting same-sex ceremonies--which have no legal standing but hold religious significance for some couples.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially following a decision by the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially with the decision of the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites. Biblical admonitions against homosexual activity have inhibited most Christian and Jewish clergy from conducting same-sex ceremonies--which have no legal standing but hold religious significance for some couples.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It looked, to say the least, contradictory. But there they were Tuesday, about 30 members of the Sierra Club and other environmentally correct residents of the Las Virgenes area, picketing a Santa Monica exhibit on, of all things, "Ecology and Human Life." It was not so much the exhibit they were protesting--most of the displays echoed the Sierra Club's positions almost to the letter--but the sponsor: Soka Gakkai International-USA.
NEWS
December 16, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the foothills of Mt. Fuji, just lightly dusted with snow this time of year, are the sprawling grounds of Taisekiji, the ancient temple headquarters of the Buddhist order of Nichiren Shoshu. It's a startling sight. Attached like a misplaced appendage to the 700-year-old temple compound of prayer halls, pagoda and inner gardens is a stadium-sized, white granite structure shaped like a slice of melon.
NEWS
December 16, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The conflict between Japan's largest Buddhist sect and its powerful lay organization has reverberated through the Southern California-based U.S. wing of the Soka Gakkai, according to former and current members of the group. Earlier this year, when the split became evident, the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the alphabet soup of acronyms and names may appear to be a series of unrelated groups: Soka Gakkai International, Soka University, NSA, NSC, SUA and SGI-USA. But tax and land transaction documents filed in the United States and Canada, plus interviews and information supplied by the organizations themselves, indicate that all are closely linked.
NEWS
December 16, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the foothills of Mt. Fuji, just lightly dusted with snow this time of year, are the sprawling grounds of Taisekiji, the ancient temple headquarters of the Buddhist order of Nichiren Shoshu. It's a startling sight. Attached like a misplaced appendage to the 700-year-old temple compound of prayer halls, pagoda and inner gardens is a stadium-sized, white granite structure shaped like a slice of melon.
NEWS
September 27, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Lying in the hospital after a gallbladder operation in January, Toshio Ohashi, an eight-term member of Japan's lower house of Parliament, experienced a religious conversion of sorts--in reverse. His illness, he decided, was divine punishment for the many years he suppressed a growing urge to denounce the Buddhist godfather who had made his political career possible. Ohashi, 62, stunned his colleagues in Komeito, or Clean Government Party, by becoming a heretic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Japanese Buddhist sect's plan to build a large institution in a verdant meadow has touched off a community war. The organization is so determined that it paid above-market prices for the site and hired top lobbyists to secure government approvals. Yet a group of neighbors and public officials is equally dedicated to blocking the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Japanese Buddhist organization affiliated with Soka University, whose expansion plans have generated intense public debate in Los Angeles, is also embroiled in controversy in Japan, where the powerful group has been wracked by a series of scandals. The organization, Soka Gakkai, recently paid $4.5 million in back taxes in Japan in a bizarre tax evasion case involving unreported income from the sale of grave sites to its members.
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