Robert and Kelly have known each other for a very long time, longer than either of them can remember. Robert: Are you still with the organization? Do you still come out for discussion meetings? . Kelly: Two years ago, I was sacked from my leadership position. It’s not shameful for me. On the contrary, I… Read More Practicing faith in the wilderness
Sam: You know I’m just a frontline leader, small potato. From what I hear and see, there is not much you can do. No solution in sight, with the top leaders tightening their hold on power. The recent exercise of requiring leaders to sign a pledge, stating that they will never go against the General… Read More friendship that share joys and sufferings
Q: Why do you hate SGM so much? Try to destroy this beautiful Buddhist organization working for the happiness of ordinary people in our society. Why do you continue your attacks on SGM and its top leaders? Don’t you ever get tired?
Jack and Jill met in a wedding reception and are nibbling on some finger food. Both resigned as leaders some months ago after feeling disappointed by the ruthless and arrogant behaviour of top leaders in terminating capable and sincere leaders who spoke up against the top leaders.
Kenny and Jason were sipping coffee at Plan B in Mid Valley. Kenny is still a YMD leader despite being aware of the abuse of power and mismanagement of funds among the top leaders in the organisation. Kenny disagree with Jason’s decision to resign, though he respect his decision and they remain good buddies. They… Read More Life after resignation – part 3 (Professor of Happiness)
Phillip and Jason just ordered some nyonya kuih and roti canai in an Indian restaurant. They were reminiscing on the past, shared memories and questioning about the real purpose of all the activities that they were involved in, what was the main goal of it. Seldom did they ponder deeply before, other than the simple answers… Read More Life after resignation – part 2
Phillip and Jason were no longer active with the Buddhist organization since they tendered their resignations more than a year ago. They were chatting over freshly brewed coffee in a cozy café somewhere in the Klang Valley.
In 1975, South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia fell to the Communist. According to the ‘Domino theory’, the next piece to fall, Thailand, was almost a certainty. How the Thai military stopped the Communist advance, with the minimum loss of lives, was brilliant and offer important lessons in resolving conflicts and fighting insurgency. The events were beautifully… Read More What we can learn from the Thai military – winning over the NBA
On the last day of 2017, we would like to reflect a little, with a positive note. We can probably sum up as a year of learning and realization. We learnt that is it absolute necessary to have strict controls and governance in SGM, particularly on money matters. The lack of transparency, lack of any… Read More Stepping into 2018
1 – Ex-communication or expel Nichiren Shoshu: In 1990, they ex-communicated SGI, over 10 millions practitioners worldwide. No gohonzon and no more visits to the Head Temple Dai-Gohonzon. The reason given for ex-communication was that the SGI violate the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin and encourages the singing of Christian songs, praising Christian’s God, like Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. SGM:… Read More 5 similarities of SGM and Nichiren Shoshu
What is the right approach when we deal with other non-Gakkai Nichiren Buddhist sects, in particular Nichiren Shu? Should we refute them thoroughly at first contact or should we make an effort to understand the historical context and consider our current situation before responding? A more civilised and humane approach would be more persuasive we think. . Don: Nichiren Shu is… Read More What if you’re wrong (on Nichiren Shu)?
Started in October 2016, we aims to bring forth more critical analysis and discussion on the problems in SGM, and hope to create more awareness and mature exchanges. Much have happened over this period. At first, we thought that things would slowly die down and normalcy return, after the sacking of ten central leaders in Johor, followed… Read More Reflections 2017