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Re: Soka Gakkai International -- SGI
Posted by: Nichijew ()
Date: September 17, 2018 04:47AM

So glad to see this forum is still alive. Now we only have SGIwhistleblowers (for those truly Taiten) and the Eagle Peak Blog (for those who wish to practice independently).

Clarity, it is amazing how, not long after one is lovebombed to death, one is treated as an object or non-salaried employee. Sooner or later the true nature of Soka Gakkai leaders comes out. For me, it was their distorted doctrines and corruption that had me running (after 19 years). The corruption of dharma teachers receiving upwards of $400,000 a year to do the same job as the non-salaried leaders (encourage the members and teach Ikeda's distorted doctrines) is disgraceful and offensive. Shakyamuni Buddha and NHichiren would be appalled (and angered). I do what I can to bring these phonies down, it is a major part of my Buddhist practice as a disciple and believer of Nichiren. How dare they alter and distort his teachings; How dare they behave in such a grotesque manner!

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Re: Soka Gakkai International -- SGI
Posted by: lostmyway ()
Date: November 23, 2018 03:30PM

Hello Mark, I have been following this blog whenever I have the time. I am an ex-UK member who has done a couple of posts. Want to say something now about my own experience of how SGI treats members. I joined in 1985 after being introduced by a friend in Malaysia. I was living in Devon and members were few and far between at that time. I received Gohonzon at a Gojukai ceremony in 1987, from the priest and this was the happiest day of my life, very emotional, I was crying with happiness because I knew that in Buddhism, I had found my path. So, all seemed OK and we had Study meetings and Tozan's to chant for world peace and I never at that stage saw anything wrong, our leaders were mainly supportive and tried to answer any questions honestly, so far as I could tell. Bear in mind, that I don't think we had the internet then, and if we did, I did not have any access to it, or I might or might not have woken up a lot sooner.

In 1989, Pres. Ikeda aka Ikea, visited the newly purchased Taplow Court in Berkshire. His visit coincided with the imminent death of my father, so you can work out for yourself what my priority was. I was in London to say goodbye to Dad and went to the then Richmond Centre to chant and pray for him. That was OK, I did pray in front of the Gohonzon enshrined there, although the doors were not open. In early 1991, I left the organisation after the Priesthood Split for a couple of years. Only got to hear SGI version of events though and it was pretty virulent towards Priesthood. I can't believe even now, the rubbish we were being told. Now, in the light of all i have read, it makes perfect sense. A common feeling amongst a lot of members was it was like being the child of a divorcing couple and caught up in the slander. I left and for two years and practised the best I could on my own. I finally went back to SGI because I missed my friends in the organisation and genuinely wanted to work for Kosen Rufu. (love Cousin Rufus, BTW)

Later on, back in Devon, we had A Senior WD Leader who was Japanese (she is now deceased) but she was married to an English MD Leader. We were in this big-ish meeting and all the WD were gathered around and this leader asked us all to state why Ikea was our Mentor in life. I was the only person who said that I did not regard him as my Mentor; he had his mission, I had mine and I only followed Nichiren. She had, as we say here, a face like a slapped arse on hearing that!

I had also been asking a question about the Japanese Bathroom at Taplow Court. I was told that Japanese members had contributed money to pay for this installation. My question was: did they know they were contributing specifically for this? I personally thought it was a wicked waste of money but if people had no problem with donating their money for it, who was I to argue. My point was: Did they know? I then got shouted at in a Member's house by the same Senior Leader who asked me what business it was of mine? I was totally humiliated by her in front of other members, who were too embarrassed or intimidated to defend me. It was apparently, wrong to question anything. I think I began to change at that point. We were told we can go up to Taplow Court at any point to look at the financial accounts and I think SGI UK do their tax returns etc here, but that might be because they absolutely have to.

Fast forward a bit. All this time, I still had my original Gohonzon from NSUK and I attended a meeting which was at Chapter Level, and was told when I registered my attendance, by someone I did not even know, that Robert Samuels had brought my Nichikan Gohonzon with him to exchange. Bear in mind, I knew nothing about this;' the initial line was that a Gohonzon was a Gohonzon and if you wanted to retain your original Gohonzon, you could. Then I heard at least one member, a real IKedabot, say that the NS Gohonzon was evil.

I loved my Gohonzon, not least because of the happy memories of my Gojukai and the promises I had made. I found out that this had all been arranged, behind my back and with no reference to myself, by my Local WD Leader. When I unpicked what had happened and confronted this leader, she said she had used her wisdom! The real laugh is, this person no longer practices, that I am aware of anyway. To be fair, she was totally supportive when i had cancer in 2011. They were also very paranoid if they knew a NS Priest was visiting UK and issuing 'warnings', never worked out what they they thought the Priest would do.

Crunch time for me, was when they really started to push MDM here and that Gandhi, King, IKeda exhibition. I made NIL effort to go and see it, stopped buying Art of Living and cancelled my Direct Debit to SGI UK. Finally left last year and returned to Nichiren Shoshu. Without proselytising, I am now doing REAL Gosho study, which I love and this site supported me to leave SGI. Thank you everyone! I am going to repay my debt of gratitude by continuing to post and support others here.

LOST MY WAY

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Re: Soka Gakkai International -- SGI
Posted by: lostmyway ()
Date: November 23, 2018 06:18PM

Forgot to add a couple of other things: My Nichikan Gohonzon was given to me at the meeting I spoke about in a first aid room! There was another member who was also having her Gohonzon exchanged. It all felt a bit hole in the corner, like I was doing something shameful. I now know I was.

When I left finally last year, I resigned through the SGI UK website, writing a letter to Robert Harrap. He did reply to me personally and gave me a lecture about Sensei's heart and being with Sensei. I replied that I had no confidence in President Ikeda. I then received an e mail from a Senior WD leader in Devon, asking to visit me. This woman, who does not even know me well enough to know when my birthday is, who I have only ever associated with at Chapter Lectures and other meetings was suddenly 'my friend, who wanted to reach out to me.' I agreed to the visit, so I could engage and debate with her. At the last minute before she had failed to arrive in time for Morning Gongyo I looked at my e mail to see a message in which she pleaded she was not up to the four hour round trip. She did not have the guts or politeness to actually telephone me to say that she was coming. But stated in her e mail her belief that SGI is our best hope (her words exactly). I replied asking her what 'best hope of, exactly?' I am still waiting for her reply. If SGI is truly our 'best hope' shoot me now.

lostmyway

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Re: Soka Gakkai International -- SGI
Posted by: lostmyway ()
Date: November 29, 2018 12:08AM

Hello again

I am working my way through this blog and am up to page 320 where there is discussion of SGI accounts, by Simplify. Like me, an ex SGI-UK member. I followed the link which led me to Charities Commission. It seems that in 2005 SGI UK was removed from the Charities Commissioner List. Interesting and first I have ever heard from it. Does anyone know the reason for removal?

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