Happy Science (幸福の科学 Kōfuku-no-Kagaku) is a new religious movement in Japan. Ryuho Okawa started the religion in October 1986. In February 2008, the group changed its official English name. It had been called Kofuku-no-Kagaku, which is a version of the Japanese name in letters. The group now calls itself "Happy Science" in English.
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- The Happiness Realization Party is the religion's political party. Although it fields many candidates, as of 2013 it has no seats in parliament.
Further reading[change | change source]
- Clarke, Peter B. (ed.) (1999), 'Kofuku-no-Kagaku: The Institute for Research in Human Happiness' in A Bibliography of Japanese New Religious Movements: With Annotations, Surrey, UK, Japan Library (Curzon), ISBN 1-873410-80-8, pp. 149–67
- Yamashita, Akiko (1998), 'The "Eschatology" of Japanese new and new new religions: from Tenrikyo to Kofuku-no-Kagaku' in Japanese Religions, Vol. 23, January 1998, NCC, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 125–42
- The Transformation of a Recent Japanese New Religion: Okawa Ryuho and Kofuku no kagaku, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 22 p 343-380