New York's Poughkeepsie_Journal has a puff piece today on
Most are Asian immigrants, but an uncounted number are Western converts,
[co-chairman of religious studies at Naropa University, Paul] Stanley said.
"There are deep, historical 13th-century roots to Soka Gakkai. It's not a
21st-century fad. But transplanted to the West, you don't always get the heft,
context and resonance of history."
I suppose you could say the same thing about the "Legionaries_of_Christ"
: that because Pope John Paul II let them hang out with the Church for a while, they have "deep, historical roots". . . (they both go all
the way back to the 1940s)
March 12th update: Man
is really pushing this cult:
Nichiren Buddhism is practiced by 10 million people in Japan and millions more
worldwide, according to Soka Gakkai International, the umbrella organization for
Nichiren Buddhism. U.S. centers are in New York and Los Angeles.
"umbrella organization for Nichiren Buddhism"?? After being excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu? You mean like, "Legion of Christ" is the umbrella organization for all of Catholicism? Gee, I guess so. . .
The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century[adding this to my Soka front
group list], which promotes human rights, nonviolence and environmental ethics,
was founded in 1993 by the organization's Japanese president, [the second coming
of Nichiren himself!] Daisaku Ikeda.
The sect has critics, particularly in
Japan, where the organization is involved in politics [they run the "New Clean
Government Party"/Shin-Koumei-to]. In the United States, it's been viewed
askance for extolling materialism [kind of like Amway!] and this-world happiness
over other values.
But the organization's U.S. spokesman, Bill Aken, argues:
"It's not 'prosperity dharma.' We do think good fortune begins in your heart and
manifests itself in your environment." People who master inner wisdom and
compassion do better in the world, he said. Besides, "What's wrong with
prosperity? If you polish your inside, you can surely see it in your outer
Uh, nothing against prosperity
, but don't you think Daisaku Ikeda is prosperous enough