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