I was reminded that I almost got hooked into another Buddhist cult a number of years ago - New Kadampa Tradition. They were such an obvious personality-cult and had a clear proscription about reading from other traditions that even I recognized the signs. Apparently, I need to be hit over the head with a 2x4 (or possibly 6x6). Interestingly, I didn't find any postings on this entire site about them.
It's the first I've heard of them, but there does appear to be some discussion here about the group:
Okay, so the "so sorry for any misunderstanding!" and "don't give up!" Cards are arriving - are greeting cards possibly another line of business for sgi? Most notably, there was a card from the general chapter leader who, other than to call me a few weeks ago to reprimand me for my disharmonious behavior, has had no direct contact with me whatsoever.
Isn't that hilarious!
Nope, no "misunderstandings" at all, it's quite the opposite in fact, . . . . this is when people begin to understand very well what's going on.
I know what you mean and how you feel about getting unsolicited "friendly", long lost buddy messages in the mail from people who didn't even know your face or name before. I just laughed and tossed the stuff. I didn't fall for it, not even for a second. I even remember my first immediate thought about it after I finished laughing, . . . . "these people are a joke and must think I'm stupid." It was yet another one of those turning point moments that forever altered the way I viewed some "leaders" and the gakkai cult org.. They have no shame whatsoever.
I wonder if it would be helpful for anybody, or if this is just a windmill I would be tilting at.
Trust me, you are definitely tilting at windmills if you engage them. It doesn't matter what you say or do, nothing will ever alter their view of you - that you are a defective Ikeda-bot, in need of repair.
So, yeah, shoot 'em off a card of your own! If you stay firm and keep the foot down, they should get the message and retreat back out to sea. Thanks for sharing about your interview---good luck!
Yeah, but they'll continue to wash back in with the tide from time to time.
PS - I second Shavoy's words re: your job interview.
New jobs, new schools, whenever life takes on a new direction (as all normal people's lives inevitably do from time to time), this is when the gakkai cult org. members and "leaders" all begin to circle like a bunch of hungry sharks whispering in you ear, "CHANT!, CHANT!, CHANT!", "YOUR'E GONNA GET A BIG BENEFIT!", "YESSIREE, A BIG BIG ONE!" (And once you do, you gotta come give an experience, do more shakubuku, more activities in appreciation and more zaimu next May!" / Oh, and if you don't, well, then you better "re-examine" your faith (more cult lingo) and redouble all your cult org. efforts. Either way, they always win, if you let them.)