Queequeg wrote:Many Buddhist groups in the US that I am aware of are very limited in their appeal; people who come to join tend to be from narrow, homogenous socio-economic backgrounds. I don't know of any other Buddhist groups that have active communities in places like the South Bronx, and Wichita, and Beverly Hills. SGI has brought Buddhism into all corners and been able to open the Dharmagates for everyone. One of the things people notice first about SGI is the diversity.
Jikan wrote: SGI is good at getting people into a routine of daily practice. The content of that practice may be debated, but the act of getting to it on a daily basis is an excellent thing to make routine.
Blue Garuda wrote:As some people consider this a cult, it makes me wonder at the Dharma Wheel Terms of Service which have a heading relating to Controversial Groups and then can only agree on Vajrayana and then only one named group - I think it should be clarified in ToS that discussion of ALL controversial groups is banned, SOME (named) or NONE.
After all, it's not as though corruption, sex scandals and dodgy Gurus are limited to the Tibetans.
Jikan wrote:What matters is whether a particular temple or group or teacher offers a situation in which you can learn, grow, develop, in practice and understanding. If you can, then it is a good temple. If you cannot, then you need to move on (here Queequeeg's comments in this thread are highly relevant).
So, in the case of SGI, what needs to be asked? I'd start here: What are people learning in SGI? How do people practice? What is taught, and what is not? &c.
--two bits from a native Oregonian. YMMV.
Jikan wrote:I don't like sectarian divisions at all. I'm interested in Buddha Dharma without adjectives.
Jikan wrote:What are people learning in SGI?
OregonBuddhist wrote:I guess at base I sort of don't like the divisions. Why can't everyone just be a "Nichiren Buddhist," you know?
I guess I'd like to just see the positive. But that's life. Both exist. I mean, sometimes I think that, due to the negative I've heard about SGI, I shouldn't use their materials. Then I think that it can't be all that negative when their materials have been so helpful for me. THEN, I think, well, if their materials have been so helpful, maybe I should attend one of their meetings ... then I remember that talk of it being a cult and I think, no way -- I'll never go. Hmm....
Queequeg wrote:OregonBuddhist wrote:SGI is not a cult like Jim Jones. They're more like Mormons. Very sincere bunch of folks who have a tendency to lay it on a little thick and get creepy. Its all out of a sincere desire to save you.
OregonBuddhist wrote:As for finding Nichiren's actual writings .... I'd love to, but I've heard that a lot of them are false. Which of his writings are real?
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