Years ago I attended an informational meeting on the Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibit at my community center. I was STUNNED when everyone who spoke said that Ikeda is greater than the other two men.I was STUNNED when everyone who spoke said that Ikeda is greater than the other two men. When I consider how much Gandhi and King sacificed to advance civil rights for oppressed people and then I remember Ikeda's smug, high handed behavior during those horrible videos congratulating himself for his empty hononary doctorates any place but SGI sounds good.
The more I read all of your stories, the more I feel I became brainwashed in my four years of SGI. I also feel the harder it will be to pull away from the pressure. It won't be hard to pull away and disconnect myself, but in order to make it real, I would want to return my Gohonzon. I feel when word gets out of me wanting to do this, they will be knocking at my door. This makes me angry to think about that already. Even if they are not knocking at my door, it makes me angry to think of what they might do. I think even my sponsor finds the Ikeda Idolizing annoying, but she says she is able to overlook it. I have never been good at shakabukuing people. I never told anyone about my practice, but my boyfriend. Surprising I am more apt to talk about it now that I am wanting to disconnect, then when I was apart of it.
Actually, not my last dime. I live in a run down trailer park and subsist on spaghetti and butter and green peas and ketchup with jelly on white for dessert. Botsu [punishment] for leaving the Gakkai, I guess.
For several years, all we studied, was Ikeda's lecture on the Heritage of the Law, each time for more than a year, in the eighties and in the nineties too. Boring and possibly a disputed text to boot. The SGI's blood and marrow are the disputed texts, such as the Ongi Kuden, On the Treasure Tower, The True Aspect of All Phenomena, On the Buddha's Behavior, and on Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime, to name a few. They are very sophisticated and cunning when it comes to the Five Major Writings for example, those which oppose their "theology". They change a word here or there, remove a word here or there, or change the sentence structure. They pick and choose the passages to highlight very carefully in order to demonstrate the righteousness of their teachings or as a rationale for their perverted doctrine on the mentor disciple relationship. All it takes is one word in a crucial passage. For example when Nichiren defines the Three Great Secret Laws in Repaying Debts of Graititude. I will not go into it here in detail but they are an extremely dangerous cult [to the authentic teachings of Nichiren and to the spiritual wellbeing of their members]. They also add tons of explanation and footnotes that boil down to, "Nichiren said that but meant this."
Oh Me Oh My Why Did I Leave the Soka Gakkai