Clark Strand is a teacher, journalist, and former Zen Buddhist monk who previously served as senior editor of the magazine Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He is the author of the books How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not and Meditation without Gurus.  His latest book is Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion.

The group is the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the largest Buddhist movement in the world today, with over 12 million members. SGI bases itself on the teachings of Nichiren, the 13th-century Japanese Buddhist reformer.

Through his book, Strand offers broad insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai, with its practical applications and egalitarian approach, is redefining not just Buddhism, but religion itself.

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