1) “Death Threats”
This is about an SGI member’s website which relates the experiences of people who practiced heretical forms of Buddhism. As Nichiren Daishonin does in the Gosho, this member attributes their demise to their heretical practice. It is not a “death threat.”
“Slander and Abuse of Opponents”
“In the first place Nichiren tells us that we believers in the True Teaching should be the LAST to abuse each other. I won’t be drawn into that sort of thing. (unless, of course, you have converted to some heretical sect in which case you are fair game).”On May 2nd, 1998, after the establishment of a new Nichiren Shoshu website depicting a Gohonzon with President Ikeda’s picture in the middle, the Ipcress site defended it this way:
I don’t know what object of worship that guy holds dear. If, as you say he has the same object of worship as the Gakkai, then he must be a gakkai member himself, as only they pray to an edited photograph of a Nichikan Shonin Gohonzon.The July 1997 Living Buddhism contained an article by Dr. Bethel in which he cites Erich From’s distinction between “faith in the having mode” and “faith in the being mode.” Of one with faith “in the having mode,” Fromm said:
“(he) is in possession of an answer for which one has no rational proof. It consists of formulations created by others, which one accepts because one submits to those others — usually a bureaucracy. It is the entry ticket to join a large group of people. It relieves one of the hard task of thinking for oneself and making decisions. One becomes one of the beati possidents, the happy owners of the right faith — faith, in the having mode, gives certainty; it claims to pronounce the ultimate, unknowable knowledge, which is inevitable because the power of those who promulgate and protect the faith seems unshakable. Indeed, who would not choose certainty if all it requires is to surrender one’s independence?”3) “Global Media Conspiracy”
This has been addressed in detail earlier. Because the Gakkai is subjected to articles in Japanese tabloids — often with (as we have seen in the Nobuhira case) the co-operation of the government’s ruling party — when it responds to these articles, Nichiren Shoshu characterizes it as paranoid. Mr. Bratcher uses the word “global” in reference to other media occasionally picking up these tabloid stories.
“Glorification of Multi Millionaire Leader”