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Sunday, June 12, 2016

"I went to FNCC many times"

"I went to FNCC many times for culture department meetings. A couple years ago it was reinvented as a monument to Ikeda, including two exhibits full of memorabilia. We were honored to be able to tour his private quarters (snide remark). All conference discussion and presentations revolved around master/disciple relationship. One exhibit was the list of honorary degrees from all the obscure universities. I remember wondering what happened to the "rest" of Buddhism? The gosho, Nichiren, the Gohonzon? No one ever speaks of those anymore. I attended a gosho lecture prep where a senior-most leader said that it was "arrogance" to add our own thoughts to lecture material. That we were to neither "add to nor subtract from" ikedas lectures. As if no one else's thoughts or ideas matter at all. Then I tried again to read Ikeda's writings. I am highly intelligent, educated, well read. I could not derive any meaning from Human Revolution, except that Ikeda is "extraordinary", misunderstood by ordinary beings who don't believe in his extra ordinariness. I had always thought that Buddhism was a truth based religion and couldn't surmise how that squares with a leader who is so untruthful as to purchase honorary degrees and hire hack writers. If I had it to do over, I would never had contributed to this man's ego-driven insatiable lust for power and authenticity. What a cheat and a fraud." -- former SGI leader

7 comments:

  1. Tresa says:
    June 9, 2016 at 3:02 am
    I ‘practiced’ for 20 years until I woke up and realized that SGI Shoshu was complete and utter mind control; totally violates free will. Read Arnold Toynbee’s grand daughter’s letter after she visited when Ikeda wanted permission to align himself to his memoirs, so he could a Novel Peace Prize: she was appalled by how he treated his members. She did not allow him permission. Not to mention he’s raped women’s division in Japan who finally came out. I never ever chanted to connect to Sender’s heart, because deep down I knew it was black. Since stopping this brain wash cult, I’ve never been happier. I know how to utilize free will. I feel sorry for those of you whom are still enslaved.
    endless further.

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    1. Dominic Berry says:
      May 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm
      I’ve been studying this subject for three years. The process of ascertaining facts is very much hampered by the fact that on the long communication route from Japan to the world, no negative fact or argument about the SGI can travel far within the SGI and no external information about the SGI is available to members of the SGI than the SGI itself. This means that their internal PR is whatever they can get away with.

      The honorary degrees are a joke. SGI has enormous funds – about three trillion dollars I believe, and these funds are donated to universities in return for honorary degrees. Soka University graduates are always on hand to write up the right kind of articles on any given subject, but nothing Ikeda has ever written was ever published in a respectable peer-review publication on any subject at all. His guidance isn’t very interesting to anybody in any field of the humanities. At all. Not because his ideas aren’t popular. (such publications are used to hosting controvertial debate). He just doesn’t say very much at all which isn’t basically common sense to most of the planet. Indeed his donation to Buddhist thought as a philosophical tradition is to make out that ‘Ichinen Sanzen’ is Positive Mental Attitude. That and the idea that democracy, dialogue and modern science are naturally integral to Japanese Buddhism. This overlooks the obvious facts of Japanese history, which was that while democracy, dialogue and modern science have been well established traditions in the west, Japan had developed sophisticated alternatives to each of them. The Americans forced them to adopt modern science at gunpoint. MacArthur forced them to adopt a nominal democracy after WW2. They still have problems integrating debate and free speech into their society at every level. But to read the SGI literature, Mr Ikeda would like to be given a Nobel Peace Prize for inventing all of them. That much seems to me to be a fact-based criticism of the whole SGI myth.

      Among other things I notice that at the time of the split, members entering SGI culture centres were told by supervising staff that they could not enter unless they were prepared to step on a photograph of the face of the high priest. If they would not do this, they were asked to explain themselves and / or leave. This was a nationwide practice throughout Japan. So much for the spirit of ‘peace through peaceful dialogue. This isn’t normal behavour in Japan any more than it is in the west. I live in Japan. I don’t believe this could possibly have happened outside of Ikeda’s knowledge. It was far too widespread and no official apologies of any kind have ever been offered. Indeed when the President of the Kometo party complained about it, he was hounded our of both Kometo and the SGI for saying so. That is all fact.

      The head of the SGI study department switched to Nichiren Shoshu and published his apology for creating so much nonsense deifying Ikeda. He said that he and his department invented 80% of what is commmunicated as Ikeda’s spiritual guidance on life. The remaining 20% was written by one other man who ghost wrote the ‘Human Revolution’. As this writer died, there will be no more such mini-novels. That is fact, and there s a list of all the names of the study department staff who manufactured Ikeda’s ‘guidance’ for him. This explains why the guidance tends to be rather common-sensical rather than shockingly insightful, avoids any controvertial opinon whatsoeveer and as a consequence, tends to be rather boring.

      The Head of the Kometo Party admitted that whatever the Japanese Constitution, like every other respectable democratic constitution stipulates about a division between church and state, the SGI and the Kometo party in Japan are effectively staffed by the same people and centrally managed by Mr Ikeda personally. There have never been internal votes for Kometo leadership. Ikeda personally appointed each Kometo president.
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    2. In recent times, there was a scandal where Kometo were convicted of wire-tapping the local communist party to outmanoever them in elections. The official in charge – who was the chief prosecutor in his area was forced to resign from his job as a result of the crime. Kometo then put him into the position of Minister for Justice – the top government minister in charge of Japan’s Justice system… before the media noticed that his previous criminal conviction rendered him ineligable for the job and forced him to resign from that too. This couldn’t possibly have happened outside of Ikeda’s knowledge. This is not conspiracy theory, it’s official Japanese history and it was in the broadsheet news and mainstream TV at the time.

      But generally speaking, no-one can speak out against the SGI in Japan, because during the 90s, they bought up huge shares in newspapers, magazines and TV. May 2011 saw them spending 2Bn yen in advertising (300 US dollars?) for that month. (Zero donations to the fukushima incident.) So any journalist who speaks out against the SGI in Japan is making a career decision, where, if his criticisms make any impact, they will simply buy their way into the company and have him sacked. So much for peace through peaceful dialogue.

      endless further.

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    3. more and more people will speak out!

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  2. As a new post/er, I have a fair amount to learn re: scandals, cover-ups, bitter relations, etc............but things do not appear to be resolving at all, within the Buddhist sange.

    I was pointing out the symbols of idolatry which have become the bizarre new staple, or bread and butter of the 21st century sgi with my junior 'member' today. It became clear that when breaking with 'the' teaching/cult, one is due to be humiliated.

    This breaching threatens one's sense of intelligence and consequently, one's precious dignity. One must unpleasantly acknowledge being victimized and stripped entirely of one's sacred will. The will is a primal element of the autonomous individual, and when outwardly decent groups or societies undermine it with deceptiveness, it threatens the soul and assails the moral- conscience.

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  3. They are more despicable than the hungry ghosts and demons who assailed Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin.

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