That's why I like the mentor/disciple relationship. Walking side by side, each learning from the other and growing through their dialog. I like the idea that we all work together and study together. No leader is "better".
I do not know where in SGI-land you are, but this is nothing else but a myth. There are those in SGI who are better then the rest and to once challenge what a leader said can bring you in hot water - big time. Please follow the threads of the story about my personal SGI-hero Byrd
From a certain angle the high ranking leaders as a matter of fact do function like a priesthood anyway with Mr. Ikeda being the high priest. For a lay organisation, and they proudly underline being a lay organistaion, SGI lacks what even most main stream Christian congregations have - basic democratic elements.
This SGI priesthood lacks one thing though --- they are not versed in Buddhist studies at all and it does not seem to be an entry requirement when entering the SGI priesthood.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2010 02:24PM by Rothaus.