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I have recently have started to go to SGI meeting with my aunt and have enjoyed them greatly. I even thought about officialy joining. I have been asked by people is it a cult well i dont know from my experiences it is completly sincere and doesnt in any way exsploit its members. what is your take on these people and these opinions
No SGI is not a cult. However you cant take my word for it, the definition of cult is as follows;
I think it recent years it has been seen as a bad word, as it is associated with a lot of negativity.
One of the definitions states that it is an exclusive religion.
If that is the definition we are to use then no, it is not.
It is an inclusive religion that does NOT exclude anyone. It is a faith based on humanistic point of view.
It is also a lay organisation which means it is run by everyday people like you and me.
Disaku Ikeda is the president, and you could also call him a spiritual leader, but he is no means "in charge".
When he steps down, as the final president, it will be us the youth that picks up the SGI.
There is a system of "people structure" in the organisation, but they are only there to help support people and run meetings. Nothing More. There is NO authoritative hierarchy.
And you are always ACTIVELY encouraged to challenge others if you disagree with their views. Dialogue is key to our peace movement.
The UN, has called the discussion meetings of SGI, the biggest movement towards peace, currently known on earth.
The practice is founded on daily life, and is focused on individual happiness.
Watch the video on my profile, it explains all. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiW0KAPfsXA&feature=channel_video_title)
You will always meet egotistical people, no matter what faith you are in.
There are some wonderfully loving Christians, but also some really egotistical ones.
The same goes for Buddhism.
As a whole, most people I have had dealings with are lovely, kind, compassionate and loving people. Who all want the world to be a better place.
Thats it. Nothing more. Nothing Less.
http://nichirenbuddhismlondon.blogspot.com/ -- this is my blog, as I dont really get much time to make videos any more.
Just trust your heart and realise that this practice is about building yoru self up and becomng the best human being you can be.
Through our suffering and our earthly desires, we can find our enlightenment, that is the official line haha
There are no laws and rules and dogma.
Only that you MUST consider EVERYTHING; your words, your thoughts and your actions.
These all create causes in your life and will result in an effect (karma)
It really is that simple.
Hope that clears up some of your questions.