yobosensei wrote:Look at Daisaku Ikeda and what he has contributed to World Peace. That is the most noble and profound ways to live your life. A true mentor and disciple spirit. A mentor without disciples wont be a good mentor. Disciples without a good mentor wont succeed it either. We are learning together with our mentor to win over our samsara.
Who? Never herd of him outside of SGI.
SGI is hit or miss. I can't call it a "cult" anymore than the Catholic Church or other Christian groups could be called a cult. I've found a lot of what Ikeda has written very helpful, but the emphasis on "the mentor" is overblown. At this point, I wonder if he's even lucid enough to realize what's going on in the org or if some core of individuals is responsible for, basically, presenting him like a messiah. I generally see Ikeda as being positive, though. I just couldn't agree with the doctrines Gakkai inherited from Shoshu. Ikeda has his own spin on things the same way any leader who doesn't just quote scriptural copypasta will. I don't always agree with Ikeda, but I recognize him as making a meaningful contribution to Buddhism in the modern world, for better or worse.