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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon and Daisaku Ik
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon in Northern Ca
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon and Daisaku Ik
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon in Northern Ca
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon in Northern Ca
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotesixtyseven@ Hitch and @T&P: have you ever heard of that ranch in Cali? Another property of the SGI. Is it hidden or is it open to the public? At least you can donate money and safe it before it's lost... As if ikeda wouldn't have any money to safe it??? Soka/ King ranch The Bodhi tree and Nichiren's hermitage at Minobu have nothing on Daisaku Ikeda canyon in Northern Ca
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuotemehQuoteHitch I was told this exact same thing when given a tour of the Ikeda room as a YMD. "If we work hard enough for Cousin Rufus, Sensei will feel our efforts, our daimoku will call him here and he will come visit our kaikan. It all depends on our pure faith, ichinen, and mission to respond to him. Work hard for our area to have Sensei come in person to give us guidance and enco
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Here Sensei writes wittily about trying to organize the succession as chief mentor within SGI TO MY SON HIRO by World Poet Laureate Daisaku Ikeda Hiro son, is it not best That one day you might leave the nest? Instead you scrounge my shaving foam And eat us out of house and home! Why cling on to dad and mom? And dwindle our retirement income? Why must I write all this bunkum? To get
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteNammyBelieve it or not, I went back to the SGI. I missed chanting with others and it is really the only thing around here. There are no temples in this area. Since I have come back, I have been rather outspoken. I do not regret having left. I do not regret coming back. Does it still irritate the crap out of me sometimes? Yes. Yes, some people are zealots. There are zealots in any re
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7 years ago
Nichijew
A most prized possession is a swatch of mentor's necktie. I kid you not. Nichijew
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7 years ago
Nichijew
May I suggest donating to Sensei what Nichiren received, sweet potatoes, taro, some bean cakes, a summer and/or winter robe, a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, a Samurai sword, a bottle of sake, and/or a bunch of coins. Nichijew
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Quotewakatta1I'm sure it will ruffle some feathers here and I'll get accused as being "soft on the SGI" but I'm going to say this anyhow. Sometimes it is useful to do a little self-inspection to ensure what you are doing is really accomplishing what you've hoped for, or if it is accomplishing the opposite. Since the start of this thread many, many-moons ago, vari
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7 years ago
Nichijew
"The guest said: If we are to put an end to these people who slander the Law and do away with those who violate the prohibitions of the Buddha, then are we to condemn them to death as described in the sutra passages you have just cited? If we do that, then we ourselves will be guilty of inflicting injury and death upon others, and will suffer the consequences, will we not? In the Daijuku
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProud"How can you tell whether what's now being taught is the same as what was originally supposedly taught, given that nothing was ever written down?" I asked. She did not reply. Nichijew
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudQuoteMark: Devedatta and Shakyamuni were causally connected. That Gombrich fails to see this relates to his inability to know the mind of the Buddha. Oh. But YOU do. YOU know the mind of the Buddha O_O I'm with Gombrich :D Gombrich is a devout protestant, never a practicing Buddhist, so how could he understand the mind of the Buddha? Those who practice and defend t
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudI see. So if there is no evidence of something, the only sensible course of action is to believe whatever people tell you - is that it? If someone left *no* footprint on history, if there are *NO* artefacts attesting to this person in or near the time period he is supposed to belong to, then it is not only rational but wise to suspect that this person never existed. Whil
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudQuote"It is now clear that none of the existing Buddhist collections of early Indian scriptures—not the Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, nor even the Gandhari—“can be privileged as the most authentic or original words of the Buddha.” -- Linda Heuman Correct. Because no such person as the Buddha ever existed outside of myth and legend. “Have you or your teachers seen the Buddh
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Stace: Hi Mark,Did you read his article on “How the Mahayana Began”? He points out that in the essay you provide the “Corruption” of the Pali texts. The same could be applied to the Mahayana. Can you tell How this is possible: Chapter 10: The Teacher of the Law – This chapter presents the five practices of the teachers of the Lotus Sutra. These practices are accepting and upholding, reading, chan
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudQuoteActually, the Buddha renounced his position of power and Nichiren Daishonin never sought power. While it is true that the Buddha renounced all power, Nichiren Daishonin had an insatiable greed for it - take a look, from the Establishing the Correct Law for the Peace of the Land gosho, aka Rissho Ankoku Ron: Quote"If you wish to bring about the tranquility of the empi
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteSpartacusQuoteHitchThey say that after a while, the little slave dog starts to look like its "Master" (or vice versa) - Napoleon-Ikeda & Squealer-Elliot, perhaps?? (From "Animal Farm"). A 100% apt analogy. One could write a book discussing all of the Gakkai Cult Org.'s doublespeak, cult gobbledygook, alone. Ikeda pseudo-buddhist cult propaganda pie
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteSpartacusQuoteHitchThey say that after a while, the little slave dog starts to look like its "Master" (or vice versa) - Napoleon-Ikeda & Squealer-Elliot, perhaps?? (From "Animal Farm"). A 100% apt analogy. One could write a book discussing all of the Gakkai Cult Org.'s doublespeak, cult gobbledygook, alone. Ikeda pseudo-buddhist cult propaganda pie
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteHitchThey say that after a while, the little slave dog starts to look like its "Master" (or vice versa) - Napoleon-Ikeda & Squealer-Elliot, perhaps?? (From "Animal Farm"). A 100% apt analogy. One could write a book discussing all of the Gakkai Cult Org.'s doublespeak, cult gobbledygook, alone. Ikeda pseudo-buddhist cult propaganda piece , featuring
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteHitchQuoteTaitenAndProud Do you speak Japanese? Yes, I do. **** QuoteSpartacus I did a giburu (google) search for two words, "ikeda cult". Lots of interesting results and one big surprise. On the third page of the search results I found this strangely familiar line: Regarding Ikeda worship. Who's da Master? - Cult Education Forum There's a reason it had
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7 years ago
Nichijew
In SGI Italy do you get Italian rice balls? N
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7 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudAlso, we don't really know anything about the Daishonin's supposed accommodations on Minobu or how he displayed his gohonzon(s). The fact that he supposedly attained enlightenment without any gohonzons having yet been made says it all. He lived in a hut, the small plot of land on which it stood is preserved. There are also early paintings of him, two of which are
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7 years ago
Nichijew
Nichiren Daishonin never used a Butsudan. He tacked his literally priceless Shutei Gohonzon directly to the hut wall in Minobu. The SGI and NST people are all about money, materiality, and show. Nichijew
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8 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudTHAT's the one I was talking about - Shin Yatomi. Good guy. I was sad to see him pass on in so untimely a fashion. I called him "The Shin Man" :D Yeah, it's a shame he was so deluded - I really liked him. But in the end, we're all deluded, aren't we? And it's the delusions we don't recognize as such that drive us around like littl
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8 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteTaitenAndProudGuy McCloskey---man, how do you explain that to members? What, you mean the problems with his son? Has something happened other than that that I haven't heard of yet? There was a Japanese American leader I really liked here in LA - a study department chief who was young and really cool - but when I tried to call him when I was on the verge of leaving SGI, I learned
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8 years ago
Nichijew
QuoteNichijewHehe, Tom Cultican quotes Faulkner. Daisaku Ikeda quotes every major philosopher since Hereticles.. Now that's funny, Heretical cles...Hehe. That proves Tom is a great guy and not at all a malevolent SGI cultie... I don't think so . Mark Hinayana teachings are more concerned with intentions. Mahayana, particularly the Lotus Sutra, is more concerned with actual causes,
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8 years ago
Nichijew
Hehe, Tom Cultican quotes Faulkner. Daisaku Ikeda quotes every major philosopher since Hereticles.. Now that's funny, Heretical cles...Hehe. That proves Tom is a great guy and not at all a malevolent SGI cultie... I don't think so . Mark
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