Wow that's really Esho Funi Mark:"In this way, City Hall behaves more like a corporation and less like a municipality, responding to the obvious wishes of its residents for less traffic, less population growth and less construction."It mirrors the SGI, which coukd be summed up:"In this way, the SGI behaves more like a corporation and less like a socially engaged Buddhist organisation advancing world oeace and humanitarian aims, responding to the obvious wishes of members who have asked for finacial transparency, accountability of it's leaders, paricipation in decision making and quality teaching that is consistent with the Nichiren teachings upon which it claims to be based. These members get shunted out or sidelined until they leave."It's spooky!
In the "Kalpa of Decrease", Nichiren states :" Now in this latter age, great evil arises less from secular wrongdoing than in connection with the doctrines of the religious world. When people today, who are unaware of this, endeavor to cultivate roots of good, events that lead the the ruin of the world occur all the more. although superficially it may seem to be an act of good to provide support to the priests of the Tendai, True Word, and other schools of the present age, in reality it is a great evil surpassing even the five cardinal sins and the ten evil acts." (WND 1, p. 1121)SGI-USA flourishes under their tax exempt status-- not dependent solely on members contributions; not stifled in the least by the decline in their membership; SGI-USA maintains secrecy of its financial operations ; does not pay its fair share of taxes despite its growing wealth-- AND continues to feed off of our economy, having ingratiated itself with every corrupt institution our society! ~Katie
Neither giving nor receiving [from slanderers]..."Neither Buddhas nor gods would ever accept contributions from those who slander the correct teaching. Then how can we human beings accept them? The deity of Kasuga Shrine proclaimed through an oracle that he would accept nothing from those with impure hearts, though he should have to eat the flames of burning copper; that he would refuse to set foot in their homes, though he should have to sit on red-hot copper. He would rather come down to a miserable hut with weeds choking the passageway, or to a poor thatched house. He declared that he would never visit persons lacking in faith, even if they hung sacred festoons for a thousand days to welcome him, but that he would go to a house where the people have a mind of faith, even though they might be in mourning for a parent. Lamenting that slanderers have overrun this country, the benevolent gods have abandoned it and ascended to heaven. “Those with impure hearts” means those who refuse to embrace the Lotus Sutra, as is stated in the fifth volume of the sutra. If the gods themselves regard alms from slanderers as more abominable than the flames of burning copper, how could we human beings possibly accept them? If someone were to kill our parents and then try to offer us some gift, could we possibly accept it? Not even wise persons or sages can avoid the hell of incessant suffering if they accept offerings from slanderers. Nor should you associate with slanderers, for if you do, you will share the same guilt as they. This you should fear above all."
thats why a while ago, i defriended all the sgi and nst people on my Facebook site. including my ex-wife. since they will not listen to the true teachings, i cannot accept them as friends or anything they have to offer.i kept them for some time thinking that by reading my posts, they may awaken. to no avail. adios!
Perhaps one of the most difficult actions , to disentangle oneself from *slanders of the Law*, only becomes more painfully and obviously necessary over time ---. thanks for mentioning this, Greg. Trials of compassionate conversion that result in tribulations of being either exploited or degraded, -- same thing, actually, I guess; these *effects* will take their toll and cause one to ask: what is the difference between forbearance and stupidity?? It's a fine line when one considers that a lot of the acceptance one needs to do is actually complicity with slander... ~Katie