New movement aims to foster peace and progress globally


Happy Science’s “Fourfold Path to Enlightenment”– Love, Wisdom, Self-Reflection and Progress — has come to the United States through a program of guided meditations, fellowship discussions and more, in New York City, and in centers based in Atlanta, Tampa, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

Based on the Buddhist principles of Enlightenment, Happy Science’s new model is designed for the unique challenges in our modern world, with the goal of helping to achieve greater world peace, one happier and more fulfilled person at a time. It seeks to unite people from all spiritual and religious backgrounds. Established in 1986 as a spiritual movement with 12 million followers in 75 countries, Happy Science only recently arrived on U.S. shores. Master Ryuho Okawa, an inspirational spiritual leader who often fills 50,000 seat auditoriums and has published countless best-selling books, founded the organization.

“Our intention is to help end wars, conflict and suffering, and replace them with greater joy, peace and prosperity,” says the U.S. Chief Ambassador and Head Minister Yuki Oikawa. “It may sound idealistic and simplistic; nonetheless, the fact is, never before in the course of history has there been such an opportunity to spread our important message, living as we do in this great information age. The message of course, is how we need to, and can, turn hate to love.” Yuki is charged with reaching U.S. audiences with this timeless but urgent message.

Book sales are increasing for The Laws of the Sun, The Golden Laws, The Essence of Buddha, The Laws of Eternity, The Laws of Happiness, and Master Okawa’s latest book, The Next Great Awakening: A Spiritual Renaissance.

One follower, Noke Nikhomvan, 38, a Healthcare IT consultant in Atlanta, says that guided meditations led by Yuki Oikawa “help us cope with the inherent stress in our lives, provide us with greater clarity on what is happening in the world at large, and allow us to open our minds and hearts to others.  The teachings, meditations, and the community connection help us reach solutions in our own lives that could benefit everyone.”

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