Hodgkin, James R.
The Rissho Kosei-kai, a Japanese Lay Buddhist organization of some 6,000,000 members, has among its religious practices an activity called the Hoza, literally Dharma seat. The purpose of this paper is to describe this activity, as defined in some of the few available source documents. The Rissho Kosei-kai is dedicated to providing its members religious services and guidance with the intent of achieving harmony and happiness in their interactions with other people. Hoza practice is an example of "applied Buddhism" that is presented as an element of the function of religion in society.