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Artist as Disciple: Miyajima Tatsuo and Sōka Gakkai

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Abstract Miyajima Tatsuo is a globally recognized artist known for his immersive installations of LED counters. His work emphasizes the cyclical nature of time and is often described as “Buddhist,” but without... reference tot he specific type of Buddhism that informs Miyajima’s production. This article looks closely at Miyajima’s profound affiliation with the Buddhist religious organization Sōka Gakkai and references the artist Joseph Kosuth’s understanding of conceptual art to analyze Miyajima’s work. It argues that Miyajima’s production represents a form of religious practice rooted in Nichiren Buddhism and the cultivation of an “inseparablebond” (shiteifuni) with Sōka Gakkai’s third president, now honorary president, Ikeda Daisaku. The article aims to counter the dominance of secularization narratives in contemporary art that frame the use of religious themes and motifs as a matter of individual interest and expression, rather than organizational affiliation and collective practice.show more
Table of Contents Nichiren Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra in Miyajima’s Work
The Artist as a Disciple of Ikeda Daisaku
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