Original "article", [www.sgicnews.org
]. ($GI Canada News, re: FNCC Cult Retreat Attendees)
Reproduced below, with some bolded reality tweaks
to it by me (otherwise, everything else is exactly as it appears in the original article).
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(Photo in background of "America Master
Hall", with a quorum of smiling cult members in special attendance from Canada.)
"From January 22-25, 13 participants from across Canada attended the SGI Leaders Study Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC). They were among 183 participants from nine countries of North, South and Central America.
The theme of the conference was “The Oneness of Master and Slave
” and we all deepened our understanding of this essential principle. The central activities were the lectures, and question and answer sessions with Masaaki Morinaka, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai and the 50th anniversary of The Dear Leader's
first trip overseas, there were special exhibits. We were shown around Dear Leader
Hall, the location of the new “Oneness of Master and Slave
Exhibition.” This exhibition displayed such treasures as original manuscript pages for The Dear Leader's
novels The Human Revolution and The New Human Revolution and second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda’s notes for his historic speech against nuclear weapons. We saw another exhibition also entitled “Oneness of Master and Slave
” which documented, in photos and commentary, the history of The Dear Leader's
visits to the U.S.A.
We also saw a new full-length movie “Traveler for Peace.” This movie recounts the first overseas trip in 1960 by The Dear Leader
and his meetings in the U.S.A., Canada and Brazil. The movie uses old photos and video clips as well as re-enactments and interviews with pioneer members sharing their memories of those meetings.
This was a powerful and moving conference. We all felt great determination to bring back the spirit of oneness of master and slave
to Canada and to our districts.Comments
I was deeply moved by this conference to deepen my commitment to Cousin Rufus
and follow the path of master and slave
. I gained a much deeper understanding of my relationship to my master The Dear Leader
. I felt so fortunate to be practising in SGI at this time in history. (John Paxton, Ottawa)
This study conference was very memorable for me. From the beginning to end the conference was filled with The Dear Leader's
spirit, and it was wonderful to meet all of our SGI families from USA and South America, and to know we are all united towards the same goal. I was able to deepen my faith through the study sessions especially The Dear Leader selections and interpretations of
Gosho study with Soka Gakkai Study Department leader Mr. Morinaka. This study conference enabled me to reflect on myself and on my faith, and I was able to make my goals more concrete. I am very thankful for The Dear Leader
for giving us an opportunity to grow in faith at such a beautiful conference centre in Florida. I am determined to put into action everything I learned through this conference. (Mai Ogushi, Mississauga)
I felt I was jumping into a big SGI pond at the official cult indoctrination retreat
. Before I came here I didn’t know the real reason why I came to Florida but now I understand. Every activity made sense. I have made a vow to dedicate my life to the Cousin Rufus
movement. (Yoshiko Robinson, Calgary)
I felt that this was such a warm and heartfelt conference. There was a sense that The Dear Leader
was presiding over us, sending us messages, gifts and snacks. It was if he was truly here. The quality of the lectures, courtesy of Mr. Morinaka, was amazing and I was deeply moved by them. The master-slave
exhibition and the SGI-USA movie” Traveler of Peace” made me appreciate the efforts of our master
in spreading this philosophy worldwide. All in all an unforgettable experience that included the warm and heartfelt contact with all the other SGI members. (Piero Ponzo, Toronto)
The conference helped me deepen my understanding of the oneness of master-slave
and the importance of making a vow to actualize this concept in my daily life. I was also inspired by the motto “everything begins with courage” and that courageous thought stopping
prayer is the key to victory especially at this time and because of the dire circumstances in the world, we are provided a great opportunity to deepen our faith and realize victory. (Debra Bornhuse, Edmonton)
This opportunity in FNCC, the cult retreat
, was truly one of the greatest benefits. Thanks to the support of my husband Peter, I could fully enjoy this weekend. Not only was this an in-depth Dear Leader interpretation-selection
Gosho study, but also we experienced the “Master Slave
Program” that involved touring the residence of The Dear Leader
and the wife of The Dear Leader
when they opened FNCC, the cult retreat and indoctrination center
, in 1996, as well as a viewing of an amazing exhibit in Dear Leader
Hall. The highlight for me from the lectures was the concepts included in this quote: “ Courage is needed in the battle to change one’s heart. To arouse this courage is the act of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.” The final words of this conference from Mr. Morinaka I want to immediately apply: “Everything starts with courage.” (Chris Eddy, Calgary)
This was one of the best conferences I have ever attended. I have learned in depth the spirit of master-slave
based on the writings of Nichiren Daishonin and what it means to work for Cousin Rufus
. The real challenge starts from the day I return to Canada. I will chant to engrave in my heart what I have learned and share everything with the members in Toronto through my words and action. I have such a deep appreciation of The Dear President Leader
for giving us this great opportunity to deepen and refresh our faith. (Tsuneko Yamada, Toronto)
Meeting with the other members felt like finding long-lost family. In a way that’s what it was – reuniting with members of the great Soka Cult
family. The film “Traveler for Peace” was a real highlight. It brought home to me, in a very poignant way, the theme of the oneness of master
. I was really touched by a young handsome Dear Leader
brimming with passion to carry out his mission of spreading his pseudo-"mentor"-of-convenience, Toda's
message and bringing happiness to all mankind. And the great care he took for each person he met. I came away from this conference with a new connection to my mentor. I am determined to keep this connection alive through chanting and taking care of members. (Michelle Raymond, Montreal)
This was the first time for me to attend the cult retreat
Study Conference in Florida. The beautiful scenery, the infectious enthusiasm of the members from North, Central and South America and the exhibits were highlights. It was the study and the lectures that really cemented my spirit with my master
. The purpose of my practice was renewed when I studied with all my heart. (Grace Neptuno, Vancouver)
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Notice how everyone is parroting the cult speak lingo:"Determined", "victory", "courage", "Master-Slave" "relationship", "deeper understanding", "determination", "dedicate my life", "reflect on myself and my faith", "put into action", "opportunity", "heartfelt", "greatest benefits", "battle", "renewed purpose", "all my heart"
, . . . . . . EVERY SINGLE ONE of these is a Gakkai Cult Org. Cult Speak catch phrase.
I especially like that 4th comment by Piero Ponzo, from Toronto, . . . "There was a sense that The Dear Leader was presiding over us, sending us messages, gifts and snacks. It was if he was truly here."
Yup, I heard the exact same thing on tozan (pilgrimage to Japan), every single day, everywhere we went, when I was in N$A. The FNCC cult retreat serves the same purpose today, an intense group shared hardcore indoctrinating 24-7 (or for however long they are there) full-on alternative cult world cold submersion.
$GI = A pseudo-buddhist, personality CULT
FNCC = (North & South) America, official cult org. retreat for specialized, custom indoctrination / the excommunicated org.'s new pilgrimage site, replete with Dear Leader museum & artifacts