A lot of not so nice comments were said about this blog since we started in October. It ranges from a bunch of fools with nothing better to do, washing dirty linen in public, NBA sympathizers, to more serious allegations of being a tool for Nikken Sect out to undermine the leadership of SGM. These comments were opinions of certain people and unsubstantiated. They do not even attempt to be constructive.
We write with facts. We try. If there is any point that we made here which is not true, we would be most happy if our readers can point it out to us. We believe our readers and us are mature and sincere individuals who only wanted what is best for the organisation and the members. We are ‘one in mind’ to protect SGM.
We intended to share these information here because our repeated attempts to dialogue with the top leaders failed. Not only it has no effect, we see more and more unreasonable and insincere actions by them. We feel that these continuous insincere actions will further harm the organisation in the future. Thus, we need to get the word out to make people aware of what is happening. We hope more leaders will speak up for what is right and just if more of them are aware of what is going on.
We are aware that this make many people in SGM uncomfortable. We were used to trust our leaders a hundred per cent and it did not even cross our minds that anyone inside SGM would want to commit any wrongdoing or take advantage of their power. It is far easier and peaceful to simply listen to formal communication from the top and closed our eyes and ears to alternative views. After all, the General Director and all the top leaders were appointed by Sensei himself, the reasoning goes.
When we started this blog, we are certainly in uncharted territories. But to make SGM strong and safeguard it against evil forces, the members must be wise. We cannot out-source our thinking to others, simply accepting everything we hear and parroting it down to other leaders. It is only when more and more members become informed, involved and speak up against evil, we can eliminate evil from the organisation.
By turning a deaf ear or refuse to know alternative views, and insist on being ignorant, is not a right strategy.
But then, some may ask, what if I am not able to distinguish between what is good and what is bad from the information here? What if there is some smart people with malicious intent manipulated the information with the intention to confuse and sow mistrust of GD? Wouldn’t I be let astray unwittingly? Wouldn’t it be better simply to not read and ask everyone not to read, and pretend that there is no problem with SGM?
These are difficult questions indeed. Perhaps, we can think of ‘A Quiet Revolution’ as a doctor (just a metaphor). When we see a doctor, he will run all sorts of tests and then tell us the result, be it our blood pressure, cholesterol level, or bone density. And no one likes bad news. Yet, it is precisely the bad news that allow us to take proper steps to regain our health. It would be lunacy to ignore or refuse to listen to the test results.
Same with the posts here. We are the messengers, bringing you the results. We also prescribe, or suggest, actions where we can take in our chapter. But that is a personal decision. Entirely up to you what you want to do.
When we have doubts to what we are reading, or dislike what we read, what do we do? Seek a second opinion, of course. Even a third. Ask for clarifications from top leaders until we get satisfying answers. Leaders, according our mentor, are the servants of the members. Top leaders are top servants. They have a responsibility to give clear and solid answers to our doubts. We can only become stronger and increase trust when we have more understanding, not less. Brushing off all alternative views as evil will not resolve our problems. There is nothing to fear. (For more info, read here).
At the same time, we must also remember that there are two aspects of our faith. One is to keep the organisation clean by being informed and keeping a strict eyes on those in power. The other is our own practice. We must not allowed these issues and scandals in SGM to affect our faith in the gohonzon and our ties with Sensei. We must continue to care for our members with utmost sincerity because that were how our seniors did to us. There will be problems in large organisation and we must be patient. Keep in mind not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Throw only the bad elements, not the entire organisation.
It is not easy to have joy and vigour for our effort in kosen-rufu under our present circumstances. But we must try. And be careful not to scorched the seed of our own happiness, our own Buddhahood, when we are consumed by anger and hatred. We repeatedly read the guidance below to remind ourselves and to make sure that we do not lose the big picture of our practice.
Buddhism reveals the ultimate law of the universe and the ultimate principle of achieving happiness. Taking faith in Buddhism plants the seed of true happiness in our lives. Therefore, we must not uproot and throw away, scorch or otherwise, spoil this seed of happiness by harbouring hatred and jealousy against fellow believers and discarding our faith.
No matter what happens, please continue to chant daimoku in both good times and bad, irrespective of your joys and sorrows, happiness and suffering. Then you can seize victory in your daily life and in society. It is to you that I entrust the future task of kosen-rufu.
Daisaku Ikeda, 14 February, 1990 – Soka University, California