With all due respect, how do you know how people feel and that they don't seem to feel threatened. Have you done a poll?
I don't want to see people discouraged from participating.
You may wonder " what's wrong with him", well it's simple. I have the fresh cuts from the SGI cult and know how the vulnerable state that people can be in once they leave. The last thing they need is more abuse.
For the sake of argument, there is a fine line between sharing a perspective, such as what you have just done, and using outright insults and attacks regarding someone who may still want to practice.
I personally would easily stand on the line of "chanting is bullshit" as that is my personal opinion. What I don't want to see is this thread crystalize to a point where there is no room for others who may think differently.
This is an issue of strategy, regarding the most efficient means to build an opposition to the SGI cult.
In fact, I have been thinking about starting a website, not to compete with this thread but complement it, so that the facts are even easier to access for those who type in the google words "is sgi a cult".
This thread is getting thousands of hits a week, so there is a potential for a grass roots movement to expose the cult on a truly grand scale.
I am simply offering food for thought and a means to play a role for those who may be reluctant to participate. You aren't attacking me, but if there is one who is turned off of this board, they won't absorb all of the great content that is on this thread.
If I am being too uptight, let me know.... it's entirely possible.
Besides, ultimately, I respect everyone here for their efforts and so this may be me dancing on the head of a pin.
Hi Upgrayed. Nichiren stated, "it would be better to outlaw this one evil than offer up ten thousand prayers." Of course, he was referring to the Pure Land sect but in this day and age, the soka Gakkai is the one evil. Nichiren required and accepted and acknowledged the assistance [to eliminate the one great evil] of not only fellow believers in the Lotus Sutra but unbelievers. I don't think anyone here, not even Hitch and anti-cult is disputing that the Lotus Sutra as practiced and interpreted by Nichiren is a valid religious tradition, but rather that the Lotus Sutra as practiced [or not practiced] and interpreted by Ikeda and the SGi, is NOT
a valid religious tradition. As far as many of those who don't or no longer believe in the Lotus Sutra, even Nichiren stated, "it is beyond my ability to save them.". I overlook some of the things stated here and elsewhere about the Namu myoho renge kyo, because it is for the greater good of "outlawing the one evil." Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves their relationship to the Buddhist Law [Dharma]. Ultimately too, just look around Upgrayed, no one is getting rid of religion, let alone the religion of the Lotus Sutra, any time soon, regardless of reasonings, hatred, supposed evidence or discovery, enlightenment or delusion.
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