Any love for vintage UNIX workstations/servers homelabs? It needs a SGI/Sun 42u rack for sure ;)
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When do you suppose SGI is going to come out with "Ikeda Sensei Action Figures"?
  • Fully articulated! Move his arms and legs any way you like!
  • Comes with CD and gold fan accessory so you can fan dance him through the classic Soka Gakkai song "Doodoo on Futon"!
  • Includes small jar of hair grease to revitalize the oily shine of his hair.
  • The perfect addition to your altar!
  • Kids love it!

#GET YOURS TODAY!!

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Is SGI have age based insurance pricing

Hello, 20 year old male here almost 21 living in Alberta and looking to move to Saskatoon soon. Been researching the differences between the two provinces and seen that auto insurance is quite a bit cheaper then over here. I drive a 2020 Ford Escape with one fender bender on my record and I’m paying $590 a month for insurance on just the one car. I did a quote online and was quoted for only $1600 A year but they did not ask for my gender or age. Any ideas what I could be expecting to pay, thanks!

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Wanna see some really gross Ikeda-based song lyrics that the SGI members are supposed to get all teary-eyed over?

I knew you did. (Tip o' the hat to our fellow collaborator illarraza.) I'm not including ALL the lyrics, for two reasons:

  1. Not enough space

  2. You'd barf.

Srsly. Projectile barf. Here, these excerpts are bad enough:

From Sensei Oh Sensei:

 Sensei oh Sensei
 You being mentor of my life
 I could see where the
 Buddhahood lies

Ugh. It's like someone took our Dictionary of SGI Buzzwords, Catchphrases, and ClichΓ©s and used some kind of random word selector.

From I Seek Sensei:

 And this is my life, 
 I'm gonna give it all to kosen-rufu, 
 my mission - endlessly

Cults like SGI are so grabby with other people's LIVES! NO YOU CAN'T HAVE IT!

 To reaffirm, my youthful vow
 In every way, I seek Sensei

 To end, repeat
 I seek Sensei
 I seek Sensei (slower)

Yeah, and do it in a lower voice like the battery's running out.

From a classic, Forever Sensei - I was pressured to sing along to this clear back when I joined in 1987!

Sensei, our lives are growing.
Sensei, our tears are flowing,
as shining eyes call to you.
Sensei, Sensei. Forever, Sensei.

At least that ^ was the only Scamsei-licious content in that song. Yech. All they want is crybabies, apparently.

Now for Dear Prudence Sensei:

 We've been waiting for you night and day
 It's been so long since you came this way
 We keep thinking of you everyday
 With deep gratitude we pray
 Come again
 To our Buddha land X 2

Ugh. Maybe this is why there are so many single people in SGI...

Ooh! THIS is gross! "My Mentor and I"

 We are walking the path, my Mentor and I
 Turning sorrow to happiness, tears to smiles
 Playing our part, yet one in our heart
 Turning new leaf and make everyday a new start

Sounds like somebody got shot or something - "One in the heart! He's a goner!"

We are walking the path, my Mentor and I
Saving all of humanities are our cry

All your humanities are belong to us

Finally, one without "Sensei" in the title: LET’S WIN <- Oh, that's rich! Don't you remember? Scamsei says you win by losing!

 WIN , LETS WIN AS ONE WITH SENSEI
 WIN , LETS WIN AS ONE WITH SENSEI
 LETS FIGHT TOGETHER TO 
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SGI's annual May Contribution Campaign Beg-a-Thon: Give them a mud pie or, better yet, a cow pie or a dog log

Here's Ikeda's commentary on the rather obscure tale from Nichiren's writings where two small boys offered a mud pie to the Buddha and that act of reverential giving was meritorious enough that they were reborn as royalty, with no concern for what was given. Here's the source:

>At one time Shakyamuni Buddha went to a village to beg for food. There he found two small boys named Virtue Victorious and Invincible innocently playing in the dirt. Since Shakyamuni possessed all the thirty-two outstanding physical features characteristic of a Buddha, he must have seemed awfully majestic and dignified.

What is this? Is this written for 3rd graders?? From the 1950s?? "Gosh, Mikey - he must'a been awfully fancy! Gee whilikers!"

>Seeing the Buddha approach, Virtue Victorious wanted to make him an offering. Hurriedly he made a mud pie and placed it in Shakyamuni’s begging bowl.

Remember that the begging bowl was where offerings of food were placed for the mendicant monks. So they just put filth into the Buddha's food bowl 😬

>Invincible looked on with his palms joined in reverence. As the result of making this offering, Virtue Victorious was later reborn as King Ashoka and Invincible as his wife.

Yeah, Invincible was always the girl 😢

But anyhow, as you can clearly see, it is the act of GIVING that results in reward, not whether the recipient can actually use what is given or not. Shakyamuni Buddha certainly wasn't about to eat dirt! These boys gave the Buddha something that had no value at all, something completely useless that the Buddha would have had to go to the trouble to throw away, that probably would have made him sick, in fact, if he'd eaten it as an approximation of actual food, but they still got some of the biggest rewards in all the Mahayana.

>Nichiren Daishonin, citing this story, states in his writing that the Buddha is truly respectworthy and accepts any heartfelt offering, regardless of its material worth. We can also say that this story teaches the value of faith which transcends personal interest or calculation. If only one has the pure spirit of faith, he can gather unimaginable good fortune even by offering a β€œmud pie.”

Or a cow pie or a dog log. "Here, just as a mud pie is an approximation of a REAL pie, this dog log is an approximation of a Snickers bar, and we all k

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Someone should tell SGI members...
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SGI-USA: Financial Analysis

Every so often, I'll put on my Accounting Honors Student badge and do an in-depth analysis of the SGI-USA numbers, what little we have access to. SGI-USA doesn't give us much to work with, but FSA (Financial Statement Analysis) was one of my best subjects in grad school, so let's see what we can do with what we have, shall we? Here are the years we're working with:

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019 - this is the most current year available. Apparently they issue new statements May 3 (because something something Ikeda-in-Japan-decades-ago-on-May-3). So remember - this has nothing from the COVID pandemic on it - that's going to make the next financials interesting when they're released. I'll make a point of adding each year to what's starting here going forward so we can keep an eye on what's trending.

So let's all roll up our sleeves, put on our old-timey green accountant visors (cigarette accessory optional), and get to work, shall we?

Note the major difference between SGI-USA's report and a true financial statement - financial statements give actual dollar figures (in that case, in millions); SGI does not disclose any actual numbers. This is to HIDE the SGI-USA's actual wealth and power from the pweshus SGI members, so that SGI-USA can continue to po'mouth and do that whole "Without your last $5, we won't be able to keep the lights on at your local center!" song and dance. However, we can still discern some trends, so let's get crackin'!

Specifically, here are the categories we're working with (all numbers %) for the years 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019:

 Income (all figures %):         2015    2016    2017    2018    2019

 - Member Contributions          79.5 
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What's your favorite thing about NOT being in SGI any more?

I know, it's really hard to choose just one, isn't it??🀩

I have so many...

I guess I'll start off with not feeling obligated to "help" someone by making sure I mention chanting the magic chant as early in getting acquainted with them as possible. I wrote about why this is wrong before, but it's a constant relief that I no longer feel that pressure to "help" others that way.

Nobody wants to be "helped" like that. It's gross. THIS guy gets it:

#β€œDo you know how boring and soul-sucking it is to base your whole life on making sure other people change to become more like you?”

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Cults like SGI like to inflate their members' perceptions of how much personal power they actually wield

SGI teaches its members that they can bend reality to their will: "You can chant for whatever you want!"

Cue the outraged SGI members insisting it's not like that at ALL! "No! Of course WE don't believe that!"

From the SGI's publication, World Tribune - β€œChanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Even Once Contains Limitless Benefit”: Q&A; with SGI President Ikeda.

>Nichiren Daishonin says that chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even once contains limitless benefit. (Ikeda)

>Then chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo 10 times must contain incredible benefit! (Shill)

>Yes, so you can imagine the immense benefit you will obtain when you continue earnestly to recite the sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo morning and evening. Basically, you do both for yourselves. Your practice of reciting the sutra morning and evening, and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is not an obligationβ€”it is a right. (Ikeda)

You have the right to become - and remain - addicted!

>The Gohonzon will never demand that you chant to it. An attitude of appreciation in being able to chant to the Gohonzon is the heart of faith. The more you exert yourselves in faithβ€”in reciting the sutra morning and eveningβ€”the more you stand to gain. (Ikeda)

GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!

You'll recognize that as the truest Buddhist attitude in faith.

(Note that the image on that article is a Getty image. That means SGI purchased the rights to use that image. They PAID MONEY to have a picture to go with their Ikeda article. Despite their insistence that their "Sensei" is a "world-renowned photographer"! Just think - they could have used one of these images instead...)

From the SGI's publication, World Tribune - Is it OK to chant for my desires?

>Q: I read somewhere that Buddhism teaches that desires cause suffering. Yet in the SGI, I’ve been encouraged to chant for my desires. Is this OK?

You know it's not in the context of: "Yes, chant for your desires *so that you can get over them and escape fr

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How to talk to someone you love about how SGI is not good for them??? HELP NEEDED!

Hello everyone, as the title suggests, I need help. I've spent the this entire day researching SGI stuff, and to say this reddit helped would be an understatement. I've spent over 10 hours today just finding and reading as much as I can, because I want to confront my girlfriend about Soka Gakkai, kaikan group meetings, chanting, and all that.

The TL;DR: Our relationship and her being an SGI member both started on the same day. I always thought it was placebo or whatever, but I figured it helped her, and she helped me come out of a horrible phase of my life, so I never bothered her about it, but after watching Eyepatch Wolfs video on fake psychics (and cults) yesterday, alarms started going off in my head, about what my gf was practicing, I never paid too much attention to what she said about it, just listened enough to make her feel like I don't think it's a cult (I know, big mistake), but after spending pretty much almost the entire day today reading about this stuff, learning about sgi, what it is, that it's a lot bigger than I thought, and all that, I have come here where I found the most helpful information, to ask for advice, on how I can go about talking to her about Chantin, Kaikan and all that. I don't want her to hate me, I don't want to make her afraid or depressed, and especially not if any of that will push her away from me and into the hands of SGI, so I need help on how to approach this with a level head.

NOW THE LONG VERSION, if anyone is interested. It is very personal and hard to share, but if it has even a chance of getting me better advice, I have to share it.

We met on an app, and the day we met up in person and went on a date, was the same day her colleague and college best friend took her to Kaikan (or SGI as I have come to learn the organization is called, today). She was actually in a bus with all those members mere minutes before we first saw each other, what I'm trying to say is, her relationship with "Buddhism" and her relationship with me, have been progressing equally since the same day. Now the thing is, our relationship was nice, she really liked me, and I really liked her, even tho I wished I didn't, at this point in my life, not only was I trying to be a fuccboi over some broken heart, but I was partying a lot, and my new bestest friend, who I saw as i brother I just gained, was an incredibly good manipulator, very very toxic, and an addict. And I became addicted to speed, and parties with him, I always wanted the party

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Dear SGI YD Leader: If You Have a Friend Who Is Defecting, Don't Try to Persuade Them to Stay

This should be a no brainer. This should accord with reason. However whenever it comes faith vs reason, either faith is discarded, or reason is distorted to justify faith. The feaux friend who tried to persuade me to not leave SGI used a Nichiren reference of how a good would try to lead their friend(s) to the correct teaching. Well here is a little truth about Nichiren. He was not a friend to his disciples. Nichiren was a fanatic with delusions of grandeur who not only went around telling people, "You're practicing Buddhism wrong. My way is right." Nichiren also instructed his disciples to do the same damn thing. And what was Nichiren's proof that he was practicing Buddhism correctly? There was no objective proof. It was all based on faith.

So Nichiren's followers practiced as he instructed, which meant going around trying to convert people to Nichiren form of Buddhism. As a result, Nichiren's followers ended up destroying friendships, losing jobs, losing money, and in some cases losing their lives. Once his followers realized that following Nichiren was leading to their ruin, they cut their losses then and there. And his followers had every right to defect. Unless your spouse is as devoted as you, there will be no good outcome from saying, "I lost my my job because I tried to convert my boss to Nichiren Buddhism"; "We're no longer invited to your sibling's annual party because I tried to convert them to Nichiren Buddhism"; "We lost significant money in our business because I tried to convert the contractors to Nichiren Buddhism"; "We have been disinherited because I tried to convert the patriarch/matriarch to Nichiren Buddhism".

And Nichiren, upon realizing that his instructions were hurting his followers, never compensated them. He blamed it on their karma or lack of faith. A real friend would compensate anyone who was hurt by their ideas. Not Nichiren. He just turned up the propagations and called the defectors foolish. Nichiren is the last person to emulate in this respect.

If your friend decides to leave, let them leave.

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Anti SGI song ,posted on my fbook October 2020 , was driving truck bit bored ,ten green bottles or five sgi members ,guess I surrender some anonymity but heck how to open peoples minds be human , we all fell for brainwashing ,I think SGI are the criminals and we are victims v.redd.it/a17wuw7nc2t61
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Does WB know that SGI is a membership based organization?

Here is the definition of the word, membership, since WB is having a hard time with SGI (a membership based organization) supporting its... wait for it... members.

And just in case you didn't click on the hyperlink here it is again: the state or status of being a member.

The purpose of SGI is to support people. So the last thing we are going to do is sit idly by watch people suffer without reaching out to them.

I was so moved the other day when I read in the World Tribune about a member in Florida who wasn't practicing for 10 years and this is what she shared:

>From 2009 to 2019, I had taken a break from my Buddhist practice, and during that time, my life was a mess. My dad passed away, and I got divorced and lost almost everything. On one very sad night, I started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in tears and determined to transform my life.
>
>Mystically, an SGI-USA leader contacted me shortly after to see how I was doing and if I wanted to get reconnected to a district. After all those years, I was never forgotten about. I will always remember that day because that was when I decided to return to the SGI; that was the start of my human revolution.

This experience speaks for itself. In the SGI we see the members on our membership lists as... wait for it... individual people. We don't view them as just names on a list or date collection, but it's sad to see that WB does.

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SGI - Don't buy the Explorers, Sell to the Explorers!

Stealth Global Holdings (SGI)

https://preview.redd.it/9q5cvr4lp4s61.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e8c0368f76ad40b278da00d455f534b97de2127c

Yeah I know, it's not sexy like a junior mining company. It's a boring industrial supplies distribution company. But it they do supply gear to to the mining companies though...

I talk to a lot of people in my line of work, and I remember an interesting conversation I had with someone in the sugar industry. Often times it isn't the farmer or even the sugar mill that make any money in a given season. That game is totally dependant on the weather and the commodity prices at the time.

The guys who make money every year are the harvesters. They are the support industry who come in with the machinery and equipment, and for a big fee harvest the crop. It doesn't matter what the sugar price is, they get paid.

So maybe boring is good? Boring means it is more likely to be a sleeper in my opinion. Also has a kind of a corny name, if I'm honest, which makes it even better.

Anyway, in the same vein as my fast and dirty historical analysis, I'll start with a quick checklist:

  • Net profits positive all recorded years. Good βœ…
  • Outstanding Shares unchanged since IPO. Good βœ…
  • Growth in revenue, underlying profit, and equity. Good βœ…
  • Insider ownership 55% with a number of purchases at 6-8c in last 2 years. Good βœ…
  • Debt/Equity 42.7% & Current Ratio 1.3x. Good βœ…
  • ROE of 5% FY19 and 3.1% FY20. Bad πŸ”΄
  • No Dividend. Neutral βšͺ
  • Current BPS 14c (P/B 0.7x) & NTA 5c (P/B 1.8x). Good βœ…
  • Avg FY19+20: SPS 69c (P/S 0.13x), EPS 0.6c (P/E 15.5x). Good βœ…
  • Current FY20: SPS 72c (P/S 0.12x), EPS 0.4c (P/E 23x). Neutral βšͺ
  • Projected FY21/22: SPS 75c (P/S 0.12x), EPS 2c (P/E 4.6x). Good βœ…

Current Price 09/04/21 - 9.3cents

Fair Value: 42cents

Target Price: 9cents

Projected Fair Value: 57cents*

^(*refer 'The Outlook' section)

The Business

Stealth are primarily a distribution company for industrial supplies, safety equipment, and tradie workwear. They sell primarily to tradies, contractors, and mining companies in Australia, with some overseas exports to UK, Europe, and Africa. The SGI business is split between three major segments:

  1. Industrial Supplies Distribution (Heatleys, C&L, AWS)
  2. Industrial Supplies buying group (ISG).
  3. BSA Workwear (joint venture w/ Bisley).

SGI was established in 2014 and listed on ASX in 2018. They used the proceeds of the IPO to acquire Heatleys I

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1994 SGI "Jurassic Classic" Crimson - CPU Plane imgur.com/a/yVylPYU
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Since it's once again the SGI's annual May Contribution Campaign Beg-a-Thon...

I thought it might be nice to show you WHY you should NEVER give any money to SGI.

"The Gakkai will eternally advance in poverty." - Josei Toda

Estimates of the Soka Gakkai's wealth range upwards of $125 BILLION. OVER a hundred BILLION dollars worth of wealth. This all happened under Ikeda's watch, of course.

#"As an eternal principle, the Soka Gakkai will never ask for even the tiniest contribution of offering from the members." - Daisaku Ikeda

THAT's obviously a lie.

Waving DONATE! DONATE! DONATE! materials all over the place IS THE SAME as "asking for donations". Everybody knows this. Here is SGI blaring DONATE! DONATE! DONATE! from this year's (2021) May Contribution Focus newsletter - 5 PAGES of begging!

Keep in mind that Soka University has a >$1.25 billion endowment, with only 400-ish students. That's smaller than most high schools! Yet here is SGI po'-mouthing, squeezing da pweshus members, picking their pockets, guilting and shaming them into forking over...

SGI has enough spare cash lying around to pay $12 million (in 2002) for a 20-bedroom luxury mansion that it bought on the sly and kept hidden from da pweshus members - and thought it could sneak onto the So. CA real estate market for nearly $20 MILLION. Here, have a look around! THIS is what da pweshus SGI members' donations paid for, without their permission, without even their knowledge, and it was kept secret from them so they got no benefit whatsoever from it. Why? What was it being used for? (We all know what da pweshus SGI MEMBERS are being used for.) Guess who's going to get the profit - all $8 million? Ikeda, that's who.

Ikeda is said to be one of the RICHEST MEN in Japan. How? Not on the basis of his salary, he isn't! Even though SGI members' donations pay for all Ikeda's luxury travel aboard [private jets](https://www.reddit.com/r/sgiwhistleblowers/comments/972euh/another_picture_aboard_senseis

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Trying to talk ex sgi friends

It dosnt last very long , really upset yesterday try talking ex sgi friend she cuts me short says i am ruining my life hating sgi and I should just let it go Wont answer simple question " are you still chanting " Then just bans me from communicating Some one I thought was a friend

Its as if being anti sgi is a joke or we are being influenced by some devil king bollox Simply fact sgi is a scam is just so lost on people I thought were intelligent open minded people ?

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SGI To Issue Rebates To Customers; Average Payment Of $285 Per Vehicle | News and Media saskatchewan.ca/governmen…
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Shredding SGI publications

Anyone else find peace and joy in shredding SGI publications received? Highly recommend as a form of healing from being in this cult.

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The SGI Preys On The Vulnerable

I was recently thinking about why so many people in the SGI-USA are recent immigrants (that's how my mother ended up in the SGI).

And the answer is that they're easy prey. People who struggle with the language, or have unstable living situations or finances, or struggle with the everyday differences from their home.

You see a lot of people in recovery from various illnesses, including addiction, and I know too many people- mostly women- who have recently escaped abusive partners or families. Anyone and everyone who has no community, no one to rely on, and nowhere to go is fair game.

The SGI convinces people that they are your only hope, that they'll look after you- they won't and they don't. They'll tell you, "We're your friends, your family!" but you're just another number to them, someone else they caught.

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SGI (NT) Keyboard - my daily driver for 20 years
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SGI auto claim

In January, someone backed into my parked car while I was in it. No serious damage, just cosmetic. We swapped info, and I immediately filed a claim. A month later, I got an email to tell me they hadn’t heard from the other driver yet but that I could get my car fixed on my own dime and get my deductible back at a later date. Hard pass.

Now they say there is an issue with coverage with the other driver so they can’t waive my deductible yet.

Why is the other driver’s coverage issue my problem? I feel like if the other driver confirmed my account of the accident, I should be able to have my car fixed and have the deductible waived, no questions asked. Why do my repairs need to wait for this other driver to resolve β€œcoverage issues?” I do have a package policy for a reduced deductible, but I am reluctant to spend the money upfront and then fight later to get it back.

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Partner's-ex long time SGI Member - False Accusations

My partner of several years' ex-partner, a person with obvious narcissistic tendencies, is a longtime member of SGI. The ex has a pattern of falsely claiming to be the victim of physical, psychological and economic violence and abuse at my partner's hand, particularly when something doesn't go the way the ex wants it to, or when my partner expresses a different opinion to the ex, particularly in relation to co-parenting matters. The things the ex accuses my partner of are vile and false are designed to paint a picture of my partner to the world of someone who should be shunned, punished and even locked up.

The ex clearly despises my partner and doesn't want my partner back but detests not having control over my partner and hates that my partner moved on 'so quickly' after they split (which the ex instigated before my partner and I met).

The ex is now alienating the children from my partner, refusing their visitation and sleepovers with us, and sadly they are starting to parrot the ex's allegations. This situation is causing my partner great distress, which the ex seems to revel in. The ex also alienated the oldest child (not my partner's biological child) from the oldest child's other biological parent and family.

The ex has a close friend who is also an SGI member (introduced the ex to SGI some 20 or so years ago) whom I believe is in some sort of senior(ish) position. This friend, or more accurately, cohort, has an unhealthy obsession with presenting the cohort's self as the mainstay proxy parental figure in the children's lives, and has for years worked to undermine my partner's relationship with both the ex (even whilst they were together) and with the children, and continues to do so.

The cohort and the ex use to chant for the death of the child's other biological parent!

Just wondering if anyone else out there has experienced similar circumstances with an ex, or a partner's ex, who is a member of SGI and who seems to get support from SGI (or at least some members) in their quest to 'win' at all costs and be 'in the right at all times' and to destroy another human being? How is this possible when they claim to advocate for love, peace, and self improvement?

I welcome any ex SGI members that can provide some insight as to how to deal with the destructive, narcissistic SGI practitioner (and cohort!) from a former insiders perspective (or from anyone with constructive advice).

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Almost Returned to SGI

Hello, everyone. My first post here and on Reddit!

I became a member of SGI back in 2001. I really tried to make it work, but I formally resigned in 2005. Their idolization of Ikeda and their Buddhist version of the Prosperity Gospel became too much.

But I loved the community and positivity, and as the years passed and my struggles with depression and loneliness grew, my memories of my brief time with SGI became a bit rose colored.

Late last year after going through a particularly rough patch, I happened across SGI-USA’s Buddhability project. On the surface, it seemed to be all the things I had liked about SGI, minus the Ikeda adoration and β€œchanting for dollars” mindset.

I found my old Gohonzon, ordered a guest subscription to World Tribune & Living Buddhism, and ordered an updated liturgy book and a few newer publications to see what had changed in the years I’d been away. I even ordered an inexpensive butsudan and butsugu set.

Absolutely nothing had changed! Buddhability was lipstick on a pig! When I received my first issue of World Tribune, I noticed there wasn’t a single page that didn’t have the words β€œIkeda Sensei” somewhere. The experiences were sad and ridiculous: people sharing how they chanted for hours and hours to solve their problems, when maybe if they’d used that time to leave the house and actually do something they could have resolved things much sooner.

And of course, the focus on material successes.

I was thankful that because of the pandemic, I hadn’t actually reached out to anyone. As I read the publications, I remembered the harassment I’d experienced when I’d missed a meeting or failed to bring a guest. I remembered the reasons I had walked away in the first place.

This page also helped me work through things. Thanks to those who maintain and provide content here.

I’m still depressed and lonely, but I’m glad I caught myself before I went too far back down the rabbit hole.

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The SGI fascists sure do love their censoring! Want to see what they deleted?

This post apparently gave them all fits of the vapours. This is the definition of "slavery" that I used. Please take a look at how flippantly their beloved Ikeda SCAMSEI tosses the concept around. If you see this: "[+][deleted] 4 days ago (13 children)", you can click on "children" because some of the replies to the deleted post may still be up.

#So here we go!

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Blanche Makes Light of SlaveryRacism on WB (self.SGIWhistleblowersMITA)

submitted 3 days ago by jessica-perez24

In a recent post, Blanche describes the idea of having a mentor in Buddhist practice, which if you work a job or go to school or play a sport is super common, to the practice of slavery.

Just read that sentence one more time. Is she not aware of the horrific atrocities this country committed to Black and Brown communities in the name of slavery? By comparing something so common (the idea of a mentor) to something so disturbing and the expression of the ways that human beings show their absolute worst actually makes light of slavery.

I'm happy that right now people online and companies are being held accountable for comparing things to slavery by trying to prove their point. But in actuality they are gaslighting the horrific history of this country by comparing it to something nowhere near the genocide that happened.

Recently, I saw on my social feed that a company that wrote "Slavery" on masks was called out and held accountable for comparing mask wearing to slavery. So, I'm going to now hold Blanche accountable and call her out and anyone on her page that is actively (by not speaking up) being a bystander to gaslighting the experiences of millions of people in the country. How da

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Trying out my SGI drawing setup youtube.com/watch?v=3I_4-…
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NTP Server Setup on an SGI Fuel

Hello.

I was wondering if anyone had any way of checking and/or troubleshooting an NTP setup on an SGI Fuel.

I know the NTP daemon is running (says it's on in chkconfig)

timeslave and timed daemons are off.

Updated NTPSERVS= in the ntp script in /etc/init.d w/ the NTP server IP.

Updated the /etc/ntp.options file with the NTP server IP.

did an init 6, for good measure, and ran a chkconfig again to make sure ntp was on still.

I changed the time so that it was 10 minutes off and waited to see if the ntp server would sync it to its time, but it did not.

I suspect there might be an issue w/ the ntp server configuration, but want to verify everything is setup correctly my computer first prior to consulting at the ntp server owner.

Any commands, checks, or suggestions on what to do would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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SGI's new strategy of stealth promotion

Here is an article on economic theory, "hosted by SGI".

While the SGI's logo is at the top of the page, the article itself does not mention SGI or Ikeda. It's not about the Soka Gakkai or their "mission statement" or anything like that. Here's how it leads off:

>The looming social and environmental crises of our times are forcing a reexamination of the core assumptions of mainstream economic theoryβ€”that the rational pursuit of self-interest within a free market system will lead naturally to social well-being, and that social well-being is achieved through constant economic growth. As Neva Goodwin describes, if we are to ensure that the economy functions for the well-being of humankind, we must have a clear understanding of how economic forces work. Such an understanding, she says, requires consideration of the full context in which economic activities take place.

>Humanity appears to be heading toward many kinds of disasters in the 21st century. Most obvious are the ecological dangers of climate change, water shortages and species destruction. The social and spiritual dangers of widening inequality, along with cultures of envy, fear and materialism, make it difficult for leaders to even mention that in order to address ecological realities there will be a need for behavior changes toward simpler, less consumerist lifestyles.

Here is the bio on the author:

>Neva Goodwin is co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University, where she is research associate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and director of the social science library β€œFrontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being.” She is active in a variety of attempts to systematize and institutionalize the β€œcontextual economics” theory. She has edited more than a dozen books, and is the lead author of two introductory textbooks: Microeconomics in Context and Macroeconomics in Context.

Goodwin has solid credentials. She's with an organization that has an impeccable pedigree. She also participated in an interview with a representative of the "Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue", formerly the "Boston Research Center for the 21st Century", there on the outskirts of Harvard. That interview i

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SGI Octane - I know nothing

I bought this machine a long time ago to play with and never got around to it. It boots to the login screen, but I don't have a password. I have the IRIX CDs, but no drive. Is there a way to get started with this, or any way to identify what its capabilities are?

https://preview.redd.it/sl2rqijg9sr61.jpg?width=960&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=39ff2c229fba3fc7516f96094ad675573c545e12

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Two windows smashed outβ€”worth $700 SGI deductible?

Hi,

Last night someone smashed out not zero, not one, but two windows on my car. This is the 4th time in the last year to get a window smashed, and I paid out of pocket for the others, since it came to way less than the $700 deductible from SGI.

I’m considering putting in a claim for this, since it might come to more than the deductible. Is it worth it, and will this affect my insurance rates?

Thanks!

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Don't Give SGI Your Information: Part 3

(Congratz on 1.8k followers! Better late than never!)

Previous Post

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Wanna know how SGI USA was dealing with members' information when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit?

No joke, leaders wanted us to contact EVERYONE on our membership lists. Although active membership is very small, due to not "cleaning up" lists of members for many, many years, the lists area actually fuckin' HUGE. It's a really difficult task for people to contact them within a short amount of time.

And whether we made contact or not with people on the membership lists, we recorded everything we did. There were totals of each organizational unit, who was we made contact with, who didn't answer, and who was affected by coronavirus. We had to record everyone's freakin' status.

How do I know this? I made one of the databases they used to record everything.

I suppose I get it. You wanna know how your member are doing. You wanna know who to "support", "chant for", and whatenot.

But the end result for it all?

Well, very little and it was almost pointless. Well, that how it was personally for me.

I guess there was a temporary spark of relief for me when I found out someone was OK, but whole thing seems shallow, pedantic, unnatural, and unnecessary: I was calling people I never even met IRL and if someone actually picked up, it was really freakin' awkward. 90%+ of the time it was just better to text the people, BUT NOOOOO, it was WAAAAY better to call them even though the response would probably be the same.

I could have just texted people, but the leaders would egg you on to try to actually make phone calls to these people even though that's more fuckini' time consuming. They were saying things like "have a heart-to-heart connection with people", but how are you supposed to make that heart-to-heart connection when the communication you're making is based off of a half-assed effort to reach out and just to compile a report to show how much you can pretend to care about someone?

Looking at it from an outsider's perspective, it also seems very stalker-like and invading. It was like we were using the coronavirus as a way to see how many half-assed connections we can make with the members, brag about it to other Regions and Zones, show off to the world that SGI "cares" about people, and not have anything substantial (as usual) results come out of it a

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SGI O2 doing what it does best
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SGI To Issue Rebates To Customers; Average Payment Of $285 Per Vehicle | News and Media saskatchewan.ca/governmen…
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Want to learn about SGI? Better learn about Ikeda first and the ordinary people last.
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Look how SGI is amping up the "Everybody Loves Ikeda" theme
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outstanding series of screenshots from a Sgi Indigo^2 IP28 (MIPS R10K), IRIX 6.5, 2001 reddit.com/gallery/mcxr6f
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Why it is so important to capture the older information about SGI imgur.com/gallery/v38vYhf
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I hit a deer last week in that heavy fog we had and my car is a total loss. Does anyone have any advice for how to handle SGI through the settlement process? First write off, not sure of the process, and I hope it’s ok to ask.

UPDATE: No one asked for an update, but I just wanted to thank you for all the advice, it really helped me to feel more confident moving forward. Their settlement offer ended up being about $400 above anything I could find online for my vehicle and so I asked for just a bit more considering I had just put new tires on three months ago. They came back with an additional $100 since the $400 I mentioned above was their offer on the tires. All in all, I’m ok with their offer and have signed the papers. Thanks again, I really appreciate the time everyone took to respond.

Original Post: SGI notified me this morning that my car took over $18,000 in damages from the deer, and said they hope to be in touch tomorrow with a settlement β€œoffer”. Does them using the word, β€œoffer” mean I can reject and/or negotiate the offer?

The SGI representatives handling my case have been wonderful so far, but I feel wary and am afraid of getting hosed.

If this isn’t ok to ask here, can someone please let me know where it’s ok to ask for advice on this subject? Thank you very much.

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The SGI that I knew is dead

Since the events of past weekend, I’ve learned that core of MITA is a handful of close friends who are also longtime members, with no (disclosed) connections to the actual power system of SGI.... the MITA are not representing SGI in any capacity, whether legally, morally, or doctrinally.... actual grassroots.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly state that I carry no animosity to the friends running MITA. I have offered personal apologies and honest communication to FellowHuman, Andinio, and TrueReconciliation and I thank them for their replies....

I would like to give enormous praise to those three people of MITA for being the only SGI members with enough balls and guts/tits and ass to face the full ire of the WB message board. Their motivation or mission statement or misconstrued posts aren’t at issue here: I’m simply delighted that at least three or four members have the guts to stand this close to the radiant heat of WB....

Which brings me to the main focus of this post: WHERE THE FUCK IS SGII-OFFICIAL? Why are they allowing MItA to float in the wind alone? Why has organization left the MITA to carry this burden without aid? (I know the answer: the organization is hollow, like an empty house. There is nothing in the house)

I was told recently that SGI-USA had a hotline to report sex abuse allegations, and that Tariq Hassan was dealing with them directly: has anyone heard of this? Is so, what is the hotline number so it can be pinned and ex-members encouraged to report the shit they endured.

Where are the SokaSpirit leaders who asserted and enforced mentor-disciple on the membership for past 20years? (Answer: they are empty cowards who lord their status over members: also, the mentor doesn’t care about people who leave so his disciples don’t either)

Where are the lions of SokaUniversity, with their vow of changing the world through peace culture and humanistic education? (Answer: they don’t care because their mentor doesn’t care)

Why has SGI ignored Reddit, the most effective platform for the exchange of thoughts and ideas? (A: because SGI can’t exist in an exchange of thoughts and ideas)

Where are all the youth division leaders who led the RocktheEra and 50K? What good is a vow of justice when thousands and thousands of humans were damaged and dismissed by your own organization?

What the hell did the SGI become??

β€”β€”β€”β€”- In conclusion, the current handful of MITA, in the American heartland and far from the centers of kosenrufu

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New (to me) SGI Origin 200 with GIGAchannel tower imgur.com/a/kNjnVwe
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SGI Fuel ATX Power Supply adapters - new version announcement reddit.com/gallery/mjcfu4
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[US-NY][H]PC Canoe w/ Kanu PCB + FR4 Plate, 60x SKCM Blue ALPS + SGI Granite Keycaps, Switch modding plate, Hyperglides, Bobbas, + more switches. [W]Paypal

TIMESTAMP!!!!

Hey everyone, looking to get rid of a bunch of stuff I've been hording for a long time now. All prices include shipping to CONUS only. Feel free to PM me with any questions whatsoever.

Comment before you PM!!!

Item Price
PC Canoe (non BT) Built with NK Creams lubed & filmed w/ 205g0. Cherry screw in stabs lubed with 205g0. Extra unbuilt Kanu PCB * FR4 plate $380
60x SKCM Blue ALPS + SGI Granite Keycaps: Looking to sell my ALPS stuff as a package deal. The 60 switches are in very good condition and have been ultrasonically cleaned... but they are attached to a bricked PCB. In order to get at all the switches and stab clips I would have to desolder, which I REALLY don't feel like doing. I also unfortunately don't have the wires or clips for the numpad keys...so this will only really work on a TKL or smaller build.Willing to negotiate $180 OBO SOLD
Large Switch modding plate from RingerKeys $35 SOLD
80x Sherberts - never used $25
80x Silk Yellows - mounted and used in hotswap for about a week $30 SOLD
80x Blueberrys - mounted and used in hotswap for a single day $35 SOLD
93x Silent Boba U4s - mounted and used in hotswap for a few days $40 SOLD
120x Cherry Black Hyperglides - 3 pin switches, mounted in a plate just to compare smoothness. Willing to sell in batches of 60 $40 for 120x$25 for 60x SOLD
110x Invyr UHMWPE stems - I believe I used a stem or two in some Frankenstein switches $40 SOLD
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"Put A Finger Down" Challenge, SGI Trauma Edition

This is something I've seen on various other platforms, so I thought I'd make my own specifically for SGI-related trauma/experiences, so here goes.

Put a finger down if:

  1. You've been verbally abused by an SGI member at any point
  2. You've been pressured to give money to the SGI when you didn't want to or couldn't
  3. You have at any point been afraid of what might happen if you didn't chant enough or the "right" way
  4. You have been told by SGI members that this is the "one true practice" or the only way to attain enlightenment
  5. You have been contacted multiple times by leaders or other members after trying to cut contact
  6. You have lost touch with family or friends who are in the SGI after cutting contact
  7. You have been told that doubting or questioning "The Mystic Law" is wrong
  8. You have been encouraged or forced to lie about your own experiences when sharing them at meetings to make them sound "better"
  9. You have struggled with or do struggle with the idea of leaving, even if you wanted to
  10. You have been guilt tripped by SGI members for ever feeling low or sad, or for talking about "negative" feelings
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SGI's fraudulent collection "campaigns"

It is "fraud" when an organization collects money for one purpose and then spends it on something else.

>The Soka Gakkai now wants not only the hearts, minds, and souls of its members, but also their money. In America, members gave, gave, and gave. However during one planning board meeting, we were told that president Ikeda had decided that the American contribution for Shohondo should stay in America to promote Kosen-Rufu in America, that the Japanese members could afford the cost of building the Shohondo.

The US SGI members gave money for building the Sho-Hondo. Ikeda decided that their money that was given for that purpose would be used elsewhere for something else.

SGI-USA should have given it all back to the original donors, right?

Spoiler: The Ikeda Cult DID NOT.

#That's FRAUD.

>So the trust and intent with which the members gave their all for the building of the Grand Main Temple was defrauded and diverted for additional real property acquisitions, everywhere. [Ibid.]

>In the wake of Soka Gakkai’s excommunication by Nichiren Shoshu, a group of disgruntled Soka Gakkai members in Northern California are contemplating taking legal action against the organization for allegedly taking their money fraudulently. They maintain that they were never informed of the frictions between the religion and its lay organization. They had donated tens of thousands of dollars for a new religious cultural center and parking garage in the belief that the two would remain linked. LA Times

>In 2002 a group of Korean Soka Gakkai members sued the organization, saying about $200 million they donated to the sect has been misappropriated for the private enrichment of its leaders. Meantime, Soka Gakkai members in Japan have been charged with illegal wiretapping and breaking into private data bases to gather evidence against opponents. Source

>With a deep sense of betrayal after being expelled by the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood, the SGI boisterously demands that the head temple (Taiseki-ji), Japanese, and American Temples which it donated to the priesthood be returned to the SGI.

>On the other hand, hundreds of Chicago area members feel betrayed by SGI-USA leaders after contributing to an irresponsible and decepti

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SGI and the Netflix Show "Indian Matchmaking"

I love Tricycle Magazine and subscribe to it. Right now I am working on an article about Buddhist history and hope to get it up in a couple of days. But I realized I had neglected to report on this article, β€œThe Hit Netflix Show Indian Matchmaking Has a Surprising Connection to Buddhism.” I have never seen the show but in it Indian matchmaker Sima Taparia chants daimoku to help her clients find the right match.

In Episode Three, viewers see Sima chanting β€œNam-myoho-renge-kyo.” Lakshmi Gandhi, the author of the article, informs us that Sima is a Bharat-SGI member and includes some of the history of the organization.

>In many ways, the embrace of SGI by Sima is reflective of the growth of the organization in India, especially among the country’s thriving professional class. While SGI’s Indian affiliate Bharat Soka Gakkai only had 1,000 members when it opened 1992, membership has skyrocketed in the decades since. The group now claims to have over 200,000 members in over 300 cities and towns across India.

Gandhi interviews several people for her article. One is Levi McLaughlin, a professor of religion and philosophy at North Carolina State University who has studied the Soka Gakkai at length. She quotes him saying that the Soka Gakkai β€œis definitely Japan’s most successful religious export”, far more so than Zen. Gandhi compares the history of the Soka Gakkai in Japan and India. In Japan, the Soka Gakkai became known as a religion of the poor as the country attempted to recover from the ravages of the war in the 1950’s. However, β€œthe average SGI practitioner in India is decidedly economically ambitious.”

The SGI is growing in India especially among the group of upper-middle-class professionals. β€œThis is a very aspirational group of people, and Soka Gakkai appeals to the aspirational,” said McLaughlin. β€œOne of the principles of Soka Gakkai is human revolution and the belief that through dedication to the practice one can achieve anything one desires to achieve.”

Although this seemingly reflects a Buddhist version of prosperity Gospel, another SGI member Gandhi interviewed noted that Sima chanted to support her personal goals but also used her practice to ponder the best way to serve her clientsβ€”many of whom had confided about their past relationship struggles and their dreams for the future. β€œI liked the fact that she used meditation to chant about her clients, that is a v

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πŸ‘€︎ u/Andinio
πŸ“…︎ Apr 22 2021
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I finally sent the letter to quit SGI

I finally sent the letter to the headquarters of SGI to quit I followed the post of the person in charge of this log and finally did so send it as priority Mail now the sit back and see if they're going to send me a letter confirming my resignation and I will follow up with them to make sure this is done so

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SGI's "campaigns": Pressuring people to do things they don't want to do

Imagine if you were trying to get people to attend something they did want to go to. Something like a concert featuring Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Justin Bieber. (Hold your Biebs hating.) At an intimate venue with great acoustics, and everybody's invited to the afterparty to hang out with the performers. All free!

Would people need to chant and pray until they were sweating drops of blood to get people to attend? Would they need to set numerical goals for how many people they would take credit for attending and call everybody they could think of and send them printed invitations and invite them for coffee and visit them in their homes in hopes of convincing them to come out for the concert?

NO! This is something many people would enjoy (though not those who don't like crowds, and that's fair - you respect that and leave them alone), so you just let them know the date and they'll show up! Easy peasy!

It's when you want people to attend some event they don't WANT to attend that you have to put so much effort into convincing them to come out. And THAT's what groups like SGI need to confront: The fact that their "activities" are so UNATTRACTIVE that people have to be pressured and convinced to attend, basically argued into attending. That's a problem. No organization is going to ever be able to grow when people don't like it.

Example:

>Our chapter is fighting all out for our youth general meeting on March 28th. Our goal is "21 for 2021", 9 YMD and 12 YWD. The first step along the way is our intro meeting sponsored by the youth this Tuesday. Then come our district discussion meetings.

>The Many Treasures Group members in the chapter will be fighting like the 24-year-old Shinichi Yamamoto leading the Kanata Campaign. Source

Didn't work then and won't work now.

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Response to Whistleblower Post β€œSGI Preys On The Vulnerable”

/u/GhostDreamer26 wrote β€œSGI Preys On The Vulnerable” ,

To back up the argument, GD lists suffering or marginalized groups who join the SGI: recent immigrants, the poor, the sick, those with undesirable family or living situations and others who are down and out; and concludes with β€œThey'll tell you, β€˜We're your friends, your family!’ but you're just another number to them, someone else they caught.”

Possibly GhostDreamer didn’t practice long enough to realize how ironic their post is. Because the exact same thing was among the first criticisms of the Soka Gakkai in Japan. And somehow, enough of those down-and-out people found enough friendship and family within the Gakkai to build it into a vibrant international organization that is doing good for millions around the world.

I sincerely doubt that would have happened had the sentiments been fake, just a ploy to add a number to a report.

President Toda was proud to be part of an organization of the poor and the sick.

I think this speaks to the subject, and the problem GD seems to think it entails.

In an interview with Tricycle (a journal of American Buddhism, unaffiliated with any sect and covering all schools in the US), Ikeda Sensei was asked by Clark Strand (then an associate editor of Tricycle): β€œI still think a lot of non-Nichiren Buddhists will have a hard time understanding how chanting for earthly desires leads to enlightenment.”

Ikeda Sensei responded:

β€œWell, to begin with, I think it is important for all Buddhistsβ€”even members of the SGIβ€”to understand that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is not some kind of magic formula to be recited to fulfill desires. It is a practice that expresses our faith in the truth and brings our lives into rhythm with that truth. It is a path for overcoming the so-called lesser self that is attached to desires and tormented by deluded impulses. It is a process of training and transforming our lives to be able to manifest our greater self, to bring forth our Buddha wisdom and the compassionate capacity to realize happiness for ourselves and other people.

β€œIn its early days, the Soka Gakkai was despised and laughed at in Japanese society as a gathering of the sick and poor. Josei Toda, my life mentor, took this as a point of pride, however, and declared with confidence: β€œThe true mission of religion is to bring relief to the sick and the poor. That is the purpose of Buddhism. The Soka Gakkai is the ally and friend of the common people, a friend to the unhappy. However m

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