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by dharmapdx
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 14
Views: 2916

Re: Is world domination SGI’s goal?

I go to SGI meetings pretty often, and volunteer at the local community center- I have never heard any language even remotely similar to domination of anything much less world domination. The constant refrain is individual transformation via the practice, and by the individual's transformation the ...
by dharmapdx
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 77
Views: 6598

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

SGI-USA is still an infant that hasn't even learned to crawl. The only reason it has taken root, even a little bit in western countries, is because it works. No, we don't know what we're doing. That's the thorny path awaiting any pioneer. Wow. Thanks. An actual answer to the question, not a persona...
by dharmapdx
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 77
Views: 6598

Re: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

I have no problem understanding Buddhism, and in fact that was part of the problem: my understanding — and childhood experience in Japan (see profile picture and link in signature) — incurred the jealousy of others. At my first SGI meeting, the group leader, aware of my background, asked me if I wou...
by dharmapdx
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Is world domination SGI’s goal?
Replies: 14
Views: 2916

Is world domination SGI’s goal?

I know this may sound quasi-paranoid/conspiracy-theory of me, but isn’t the goal of SGI and Nichiren Buddhism in general to convert the world? Granted, that’s the goal of a lot of religions. If not, what exactly is Kosen-Rufu? Anyway, my point being, if converting the world is SGI’s goal, maybe that...
by dharmapdx
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?
Replies: 77
Views: 6598

Why is Nichiren Buddhism (or at least its organizations) so dysfunctional?

As I posted before, I practice Nichiren Buddhism, but largely independently. After trying Nichiren Shu, Nichiren Shoshu, and SGI, I simply gave up trying to be a part of any Nichiren organization. It’s a real paradox for me that the practice works for me but the organizations (which promote the prac...
by dharmapdx
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Another example: “SGI is routinely marginalized in books on Buddhism in America, remains underrepresented at major conferences, and seldom appears in the pages of American Buddhist magazines (including this one). “Yeah, that’s right,” I reply. “But why stop at cars? Why not washing machines, next mo...
by dharmapdx
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Another picture of me as a child in Japan. In this picture I am rough-housing/wrestling with Takashi Ikeda. As to how this relates to the topic of this thread…. I was once told that Asian cultures are very “Confucian” and are all about in-groups and out-groups, insiders and outsiders, etc. In other ...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: As a Nichiren Buddhist, how do you view Thanksgiving?
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: As a Nichiren Buddhist, how do you view Thanksgiving?

You have to remember the warmth of the holiday, but also the horror of it. It’s a warm family holiday filled with horror:
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

To whom it may concern: I am not aware that it is a stereotype that Buddhists are cliquey and elitist. The stereotype is that Buddhists are compassionate and peaceful. What I have actually offered in this thread is the shattering of a stereotype by accurately describing what I have seen in Buddhist ...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I come from a multi-ethnic/cultural background, my mother's first language was Spanish. The influence in appreciating diversity because I am a genetic mix of ethnic/cultural is unmistakable. Family reunion. Early 1990s. Vacaville, CA. As always, I’m easy to spot in the photo. Ahem. The only white g...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Graduation day. Jefferson High School. Portland, Oregon.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

But thanks for letting me know that my experience means nothing…. Good thing no one ever said that. But, regardless of that, it's always not reasonable to stereotype whole groups of people or whole religions. Yes you did. And I never “stereotyped” anyone. Do you even know what the word “stereotype”...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

To this day, I sleep on the floor like we did in Japan. I am the little boy asleep in the background. Takashi Ikeda is the man on the far right, smiling. Around me are the toys he had bought me.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I keep this picture of myself with Takashi Ikeda on my Butsudan. As I mention above, he treated me like his son. I used to bathe with this man. I felt like a real outsider in Japan ( at least during bath time, which I sometimes took part in with the entire neighborhood) because I was the only guy wh...
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

With friends in Japan.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

My Butsudan with poster of me as child above.
by dharmapdx
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

The Mexican I am most qualified to speak of was my father, full-blooded indigenous Mexican who was friends with Cesar Chavez. See the picture of me with my father below, on the day of my First Communion. Note: he wasn’t my birth father, but he was the only father I knew while growing up. I am the li...
by dharmapdx
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

This thread has really been helpful for me. I knew going into this that the underlying problem is that my expectations are too high. I’m reminded of a conversation between Gangaji and Alanis Morissette: https://gangaji.org/gf-podcast/mig-podcast-slug-1762921/ Alanis says that when she started her sp...
by dharmapdx
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Nichiren Buddhism is not just Soka Gakkai of Nichiren Shoshu and frankly, those two are hardly representative of Nichiren Buddhism as a whole; as their views and doctrine are radically different of what constitutes most sects of Nichiren Buddhism. Lets also note here that Soka Gakkai was originally...
by dharmapdx
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 12208

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Alright, fair enough. However, that would mean that instead of 0.0000002% of total Buddhists, it would be 0.00002% of total Buddhists. Maybe even less than that. Still an extraordinarily small amount of people to make generalizations about. So small that it means nothing in the context of Buddhism ...

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