27) “Manchester Guardian” 
Nichiren Shoshu loves to disparage President Ikeda’s 1972 meeting with Arnold Toynbee. This was his first meeting with a person of great international prominence, and resulted in an account of their dialogues entitled Choose Life. Some of the reviews of this book are quoted in the paperback version:

“Roams across a vast field .... An often engrossing tapestry of fact and opinion.” 
New York Times Book Review

“The best of the East and West have met and this book is a profound record of that encounter.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Lucid and entertaining.” 
Publishers Weekly

“An interesting experiment in intellectual discussion.” 

It was Toynbee who suggested to President Ikeda that he engage in dialogues with other world leaders and thinkers, even naming a few he might begin with. So it is very important to Nichiren Shoshu the discredit their dialogue in any way they can. Enter Polly Toynbee, the great historian’s granddaughter.

Her basic premise — and the basic premise of most of what Nichiren Shoshu says about the Toynbee-Ikeda dialogues — is that the SGI took advantage of Toynbee to enhance President Ikeda’s status as a world figure. How was the SGI able to exploit one of the world’s greatest thinkers? His granddaughter says — he had become senile and didn’t know what was happening!

Well. Obviously, the reviewers quoted above didn’t think so. The book is 342 pages (in its first incarnation, entitled the Toynbee-Ikeda Dialogue) of extremely deep dialogue covering a vast range of topics, from rationality, to the role of religions, to arts and philosophy, even to uses of currency. Mr. Toynbee wrote an introduction. Around the same time, he wrote a preface for an edition of Mr. Ikeda’s book The Human Revolution. Anyone who peruses any of these writings will know that Mr. Toynbee was, at the time, far from senile; rather, the reader might feel that it is he himself who is out of his depth. Further, as already mentioned, it was Mr. Toynbee who suggested to President Ikeda that he pursue a series of dialogues with other intellectuals and leaders — a course Mr. Ikeda has followed to this day.

Polly Toynbee, it would seem, was put off by her own subsequent contact with the SGI. It appears, though, that this has more to do with her own rather paternalistic and aristocratic worldview. For instance, she is surprised and offended that Japanese bow to each other in greeting and parting. Anyone who would have taken five seconds to learn anything about Japanese culture would have known that this is as customary in Japan as shaking hands is in the West; but Ms. Toynbee did not take those five seconds. She also begins her account of her relationship with President Ikeda by insulting his personal appearance.

So it seems Ms. Toynbee was predisposed to have a terrible experience with the SGI; and, having had it, then had to rationalize her grandfather’s wonderful experience with the same group.

More rebuttal of SG-eye:
1) "Harassment"
2) "Airbrushing and Doctoring Photos"
3) "Internet Domain Games"
4) "Disgusting Articles and Speeches"
5) "Just Plain Crazy"
6) "Gakkai Casts Voodoo Spells"
7) "Arson"

1) " Soka Gakkai — Japan's Militant Buddhists"
2) "Australia — Rush Hour of the Gods"
     "San Francisco Chronicle"
3) "Los Angeles Times"
4) "Straits Times"
5) "Look  Magazine 1963"
6) "Weekly Post — High Priest's Room Bugged"
7) "Mainichi Daily News — Soka Gakkai Leader Arrested for Grizzly Murder"
8) "Weekly Post — President Ikeda plans to appoint his son as successor"
9) "Weekly Post — Indictments by former American Members"
10) "Asia Times: Sex Case Haunts Religious Leader"
     "Japan Times"
     "Honolulu Star Bulletin"
     "Victims of the Soka Gakkai Association"

11) "New York Times (2 stories): 
    1. "Soka Gakkai Linked to Tokyo Stock Scandal"
    2. "Money Found In Dump"
12) "New Frontier Party Is the Party of the SGI"
     "Problems Within the Komeito and the Soka Gakkai"
13) "Other Activities of the Soka Gakkai"
14) "Fight Against Coercive Tactics Mentions SGI"
15) "Japan Times — Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
16) "Leader of SGI Priests Ordered to Vacate Temple"
17) "Weekly Post — Women's Division Leader stabs her SGI leader boyfriend"
18) "TACL January 1992"
19) "Public Records Reveal SGI is Pirating Name of Former Religion"
20) "Problems With Komeito and Soka Gakkai"
21) "Buddhism American Style"
     "How a controversial Japanese religious group wins friends"
22) "Funny Money Stories Uncovered in Japan — Boston Globe"
23) "Far Eastern Economic Review"
     "Weekly Post — SGI Chairman Daisaku Ikeda & Politics"
24) "Minneapolis Star Tribune — Cults of the Nineties"
25) "Broward - Palm Beach New Times"
26) "Time — Power of the Soka Gakkai/Following the Leader"
27) "Manchester Guardian"
28) "Tokyo Journal — Statesman, Billionaire, God"
29) "Newsweek"
30) "BBC: The Chanting Millions"
31) "SGI Tries To Censor BBC"
32) "U.S. Court Transcripts of SGI Harassment"
33) "SGI Harassment in Korea"
34) "Washington Post — New Cults Flourish in Japan"
     "Sect Bent on Worldly Power"
35) "LA Court Transcript"
36) "Cults on Tokyo Campuses"
37) "Asahi Shimbun — Soka Gakkai Sending Warning Signals to the Religious World"
38) "Who is Daisaku Ikeda — in his own words"
39) "State Senator letter to the United Nations"
40) "Weekly Post — Japan, Haven for Religious Groups"
41) "Cyber Sangha — Millionaire in Harvard Square"
42) " SGI Exchanges Humanitarian Award with Castro"