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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

No priests in Soka Gakkai?

Italian SGI leaders [responsabili] are known as "Ministers of Worship."

The claim:

"Soka Gakkai is a modern lay Buddhist movement. It is the largest Buddhist sect in Japan with 8 or more million members and an additional 4 million members in other countries. [8] “Soka Gakkai” translates as “Value-Creation Society.” The organization follows the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin (1222–82), a Japanese monk who crafted a reinterpretation of Buddhism based on the Lotus Sutra. Since its founding in1930, The Soka Gakkai has been the object of a lot of criticism and even persecution. Unlike other Nichiren sects, Soka Gakkai does not have a class of priests, and its emphasis is on the practitioner rather than dogma......"Daveler16 (talk) 21:51, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

The reality:

The organization follows the teachings of Nichiu, Nichikan, Nichigen, and the Three Presidents of the Soka Gakkai. Like other Nichiren sects, Soka Gakkai has a priestly class [in Ghana, in Singapore, and not to mention the business suited SGI priests of Shinanomachi*, Tokyo] but it's emphasis is on Daisaku Ikeda rather than doctrine.

"At the present time, the Soka Gakkai itself is the one and only group of united priests which receives and inherits the 'lifeblood of faith.'" -- Daisaku Ikeda, Seikyo Shinbun, 9/18/93

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