Startling Revelation about the Soka Gakkai

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As many of you may know, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Japanese lay Buddhist organization, is somewhat controversial. Many times over the years, they have been accused of drifting far afield from actual Buddhism. In 1950’s when the Soka Gakkai formed a political party, Komeito or Clean Government party, they were criticized for mixing politics and religion. Today, President Daisaku Ikeda and the SGI operate a wide range of different organizations, including Soka schools  (from kindergarten through university level), the Min-On Concert Association, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Institute of Oriental Science, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, and the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century.

Now, critics are saying they have gone too far by engaging in a strictly commercial enterprise, and some even claim that this is just the first step in the final phase of their plan for world domination. A report from India reveals the shocking truth that the Soka Gakkai International is now in the computer business. Oh, the humanity of it all.

Be sure to read the first paragraph carefully: SGI unveils new modular datacenter.

And then there’s this:

So far, almost all of the “bones” supposedly belonging to the Buddha that they’ve discovered have turned out to be non-human bones. Still, this might make for more interesting TV than a lot of reality shows: Millions watch relic of Buddha skull in TV enshrining ceremony.

BTW, if you live in Southern California, you can always visit Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights where in their museum they have on display a teeny tiny fragment of the Buddha’s bone, or something: Slice Of Asia: Peaceful Haven in Los Angeles

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6 thoughts on “Startling Revelation about the Soka Gakkai

    1. Adam, you mean sloppy fact-checking and/or editing on the part of the news service? I find that hard to believe. LOL

  1. I find your usual posts interesting. But I think using false information as a basis for ad hominem attacks on other Buddhists is an unfortunate mark on your reputability. Full disclosure — I’m an SGI member with an interest in Buddhism writ large.
    No doubt the problem was one of sloppiness on part of the media. Why would SGI Buddhists being doing what SGI the computer folks do as part of their normal business development (yes, that’s a rhetorical question). And, just to complete the thought (in case it’s necessary), it was indeed the latter (i.e., Silicon Graphics), not the former who were developing the server.
    Sloppy indeed on the article’s author’s/editor’s part, and reckless on yours.
    Being open-minded and fair is a hallmark of Buddhist thought.

    1. It was supposed to be satire, or something close to that. I think when I wrote the post over fives years ago the comments were closer to the article so that when folks read the piece they’d see that it was a mistake. Perhaps the sloppiness on my part was not mentioning the error myself in the post. What really bugs me, though, is that no one has ever commented on the photoshopped pic of Daisaku Ikeda, which I thought was pretty good. Sorry if you were offended but the SGI is fair game for jokes, even bad ones, because nothing is sacred.

      BTW, here is the comment posted on that article, which is a bit of a hoot itself:

      “OMG! What bloody idiocy!
      Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a Japanese Lay Buddhist organization and has nothing to with computers.
      Can’t you check your facts before spouting nonsense? Try Silicon Graphics Int. for the computer technology.”

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