Natasha (not her real name), 35, is a manager at a multinational F&B company. Sarah (also not her real name), 39, introduced Natasha to Nichiren Buddhism and SGM. They have been soulmates for many years. On one fine Sunday morning, over breakfast and some freshly brewed coffee… Natasha: Sarah, you always amaze me. Like a riddle,… Read More A dialogue of two women
Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. Ralph W. Sockman Max, 64, a respected SGM senior leader, has been working tirelessly and earnestly for the happiness of the members for the past decades. Ray, 42, a young professional, and looked up to Max very much. Max: I understand… Read More A dialogue between a gentleman and a hothead
We are disappointed and saddened towards a recent post by our fellow Buddhist in the Lion Roar website. As a Buddhist practitioner, and disciple of Ikeda Sensei, the language and tone used in that article was confrontational and demeaning. From our study, we learned that when Bodhisattva Never Disparaging was being stoned and abused verbally,… Read More A note from Quiet Revo
“假如你不想供养（捐钱给SGM），没有问题。可是你不要福运了吗？我本人肯定不会错过任何可以聚集福运的机会.” . 经过许多年反复的贯彻，会友们对“福运”的理念已经根深蒂固在脑海里。他们供养时，从不过问或怀疑SGM是如何运用那可观的捐款。他们只是关注‘宿命的转换’。我们不是置疑真心供养可以得到公德或福运，而是要求学会以透明性、问责性和良好管理程序来防止贪污和滥用大家真心供养的钱财。 在2016年4月1日理事长发布良好管理的原则，就是：透明、问责、责任感和公正。但是，在没有严厉执行这些原则的情况下，我们是应该如何去确保每一分钱的花费都可以清楚交代，并且是否花费在原来的计划上？是否有金钱被滥用或者流入他人的口袋？ 在2017年7月的宇宙报里，SGM刊登了2016年学会‘收入和支出’的资料。 但是所提供的数据只是百分率(%)，原本的数目由大家自己估计。假如我们把2015年的定期存款利息的百分率，21%，当作21% = RM11.5百万来推算，所得结果就列在以下的图表： – SGM 2016 年‘收入与支出’表 收入 % MYR( 百万 ) 1 供养 70 38.3 2 定期存款利息 21 11.5 3 售卖书籍和配件 4 2.2 4 创价幼儿园学费 4 2.2 5 其他收入 1 0.5 100 54.8 支出 % MYR( 百万 ) 6 定期存款 40 21.9 7 资本支出 – 土地与建筑 28… Read More SGM的钱财问题： 与会计师的采访
From a concerned reader. What is your take on the report? Is it good? Let me start by commending SGM for taking the first step to provide a financial overview. Good to see that the top executives of SGM is taking baby steps towards transparency and see that it is proper to give members some ideas of how their sincere… Read More SGM money matters (2): Analysis from a reader
‘If you don’t want to do gokuyo (monetary contribution), that’s fine. You do not want good fortune is it? But I will certainly not miss any opportunity to accumulate good fortune.’ Over the years, the concept of ‘good fortune’ has been drilled into the brains of many members. Members contribute without ever asking or doubting… Read More SGM money matters: An interview with the accountant
Mr Ikeda wrote again on the term Soka Gakkai Buddha. This time in The New Human Revolution, Great Mountain. The excerpts here… “Soka Gakkai Buddha” is a network of members dedicated to the mission of realising the great vow for kosen-rufu, a gathering of Bodhisattvas of the Earth following in the footsteps of first and… Read More Soka Gakkai Buddha: What it actually means (Part 2)
In a May 2009 lecture on ‘On the Buddha’s Prophecy,’ President Ikeda introduced the term Soka Gakkai Buddha. Under the lecture series of ‘The writings of Nichiren Daishonin and the mentor and disciple relationship.’ (Flow published the full lecture.) The Soka Spirit Newsletter #3 – 18/11/16 used it to deduced that those who leave the Gakkai will never find… Read More Soka Gakkai Buddha: What it actually means (Part 1)
Interesting times in SGM currently. With the Johor crisis behind us, the actions of some of our leaders seem peculiar. Are they pushing members away from the organisation and from Ikeda Sensei. Let me quote a few instances. Leaders who raised questions about transparency and good governance in SGM and ask awkward questions about the… Read More Why are some SGM leaders pushing members away from Sensei?
We discussed the importance of the mentor and disciple relationship in our previous article. Not sufficient certainly. There is a lot more to this topic. Having a clear understanding of this issue, we firmly believe, is something we cannot do without if we are to practice correctly the Daishonin’s Buddhism. Of course, this is just… Read More The Mentor and Disciple spirit: My understanding (Part 2)
This is the reason why. We have two separate organisations in SGM, with different functions – the ‘faith organisation’ and the ‘secular organisation’. The faith is the one we are all familiar with and the chief responsibility is to promote kosen-rufu in Malaysia. These functions include Shakubuku (introducing this practice to more people) and expanding the… Read More Why can’t you just trust our top executives?
What is the mentor and disciple spirit? When the disciple make a vow to fight for kosen-rufu without begrudging his life. This spirit is identical to the life state of Nichiren Daishonin. The three presidents of the Soka Gakkai demonstrated this spirit with their very lives, living each day by actualising this vow, without sparing… Read More The Mentor and Disciple spirit – My understanding (Part 1)