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SGI Attacks Its Own Members"
But it did not "attack" members. SG-eye maintains:
"In a move that is causing outrage in Soka Gakkai circles, SGI-USA launched a dramatic attack on some of its own members."Just looking at the extremely edited version that SG-eye's own link sends us to, it's plain that the SGI has not "dramatically attacked on some of its own members", it has not called them "un-Buddhist".
The memo says: "SGI-USA always welcomes dialogue, and always strives to improve the organization, but here are some points to keep in mind regarding the IRG."
It does not say "Don't join the IRG," or "The IRG must cease operations," or "No one should associate with the IRG." It says dialogue will continue, but "here are some points to keep in mind." And those points have to do with the possibility of confusion, among some members, that the IRG is an official group within the SGI; it is not, the Memo makes clear, adding that, therefore, it can't use official SGI meetings as forums for its cause. And, in citing the Daishonin's teachings, the Memo explains why it has not adopted the IRG agenda — precisely what the IRG, and Nichiren Shoshu themselves do, in public discourse.
"The memo also speaks out against members receiving mandalas that have not been sanctioned by the Gakkai — a precedent that the organisation itself created in a document entitled Reaffirming our right to happiness, when they started distributing their own bootleg Gohonzons."The booklet Reaffirming Our Right to Happiness explains why it is not necessary for the High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu to "open the eyes" of Gohonzon scrolls, and relates some of the history of Gohonzon production within Nichiren Shoshu to show that Nichiren Shoshu itself does not follow its own stated policy. Memo PLN argues that the SGI, as the organization that is promoting the Daishonin's ideals and spreading his Buddhism throughout the world, is the correct body of believers to distribute the Daishonin's Gohonzon.
The text of the pamphlet Reaffirming Our Right to Happiness is available at http://www.gakkaionline.net/TIResources/Nichikan.html.
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