Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
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Happy Science (Kofuku-no-Kagaku)

  • Amadeus ValdrigueEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_169


Happy Science (Kofuku-no-Kagaku) is a new religious and spiritual movement founded in Japan on October 6, 1986, by Ōkawa Ryūhō, in Tokyo. According to the movement, its mission is to bring true happiness to humanity, aiming for a peaceful, harmonious, and ideal world. This mission can be fulfilled as a result of the enlightenment of members, which can be attained through studying Buddha’s Truth, participating in missionary work, offering donations, visiting local temples and the main temples, taking ritual prayers and attending to seminars, as well as spreading their happiness to as many people as they can.

Ōkawa was born on July 7, 1956, in Tokushima, Japan. After graduating in the University of Tokyo, he joined a Tokyo-based international trading company. On March 23, 1981, Ōkawa Ryūhō attained enlightenment and started to receive revelations of sacred spirits, such as Nichiren, Sakyamuni, Jesus Christ, Confucius, and others. On October 1, 1986, he published the “The...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade MessiânicaSão PauloBrazil