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
We have been getting some questions regarding the suitability of engaging Indah Group of Company to the task of internal audit by SGM. We attached the company’s profile in the link below. You can see the attachment here Corporate_Info and here Financial_Info.
26 November 2017 can be considered yet another sad day in the history of SGM. Another round of chopping. 25 members were expelled from SGM 8 SGM level YMD leaders were transferred to MD. 7 were not assigned any leadership position in MD One week later, on 3 December, 4 MD leaders (2 SGM level,… Read More Consolations for terminated leaders
Madeline, a youth leader, is troubled by the recent sackings in SGM. Many were her intimate friends and had encouraged her in the past. She wanted to understand better what is going on. Tony, a senior leader, is also saddened and tried his best to encourage Madeline and hope that this unfortunate episode will not… Read More A bitter winter to endure
Ω Eight YMD SGM level leaders were moved to the MD. One became a vice-honbu, while the seven were without new leadership appointment. In the past, YMD transfer to MD would usually be appointed to new position in MD, two levels lower, like SGM level leader becoming a Honbu leader. This is strategic and make sense because… Read More 6 things we learned from SGM in 2017
Progress report: On Governance from the General director in the State Representative Meeting 25/11/17 1. Internal audit – Indah Group of Companies was hired to do internal audit of SGM accounts. Indah GoC has audited the accounts of each state, the Asia Centre for Education and Culture [ACEC] accounts, Tadika Seri Soka [TSS] accounts, Publications accounts… Read More Updates on governance matters 25/11/17
Many central leaders were being removed, some expelled, often hastily, unfairly, without discussion and a total disregard for due process. These have caused dissatisfaction and frustration among SGM members, sapping their morale for kosen-rufu throughout the organisation. Unfortunately, the top executives of SGM insist on continuing with their way of management – removing dissenters and ignoring questions… Read More The correct attitude of TOP LEADERS – by Ikeda Sensei
Ricky, 35, an engineer by profession, and Martin, 42, a car salesman, are both senior leaders in SGM. They were friends since their teenage age. Ricky was rather disturbed recently by a photo that was forwarded to him through WhatsApp. It is a picture of an ex Vice General Director with several priests, from other… Read More Much ado about a photograph
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