My Gakkai, My Home
Thanks for setting up this portal for me to voice my thoughts. I have something I’d like to share. I grew up with Gakkai and I have participated in many activities. I love Gakkai a lot and I’d give my life for Gakkai. Ikeda Sensei trusted Gakkai in our hands so that we can bring happiness to people in Malaysia, in the world.
But the Gakkai I see in the past one year is Not the Gakkai I grew up with. There are so many rumours, gossips and bad mouthing among leaders. Many meetings were held to discussed Johor issues instead of discussing members happiness. Now, there are so much mistrust among members and leaders. People whom I met in meetings looked at me and assessed which sides I am on. Some even openly asked me which side I stand. I go to meetings with a very heavy heart. I don’t find the joy that I felt when I participate in Gakkai activities and it breaks my heart to see that the joyful and full of energy organization that I grow up with is now a place of despair and misery. It’s like going to a abandon Disneyland. You remember this special roller coaster or that rides which you had so much fun on but it is now abandoned and overgrown with poison ivy.`
One leader I spoke to said that we should not leave Gakkai. We should protect Gakkai. That is what Ikeda Sensei and Toda Sensei wanted us to do.
However, this is not the Gakkai which Ikeda Sensei passed down to us.
This Gakkai is losing leaders and members. The current Gakkai is a place of unhappiness and quarrels. One leader told me that the people who are against Gakkai are “falling into hell because of the karma that are created”. I was taken aback. I didn’t expect Gakkai leader to use such an ugly word. Is this person cursing people who are against Gakkai? Where was the compassion that Nichiren Daishonin and Ikeda Sensei have been teaching us since I was young?
As I think further, Gakkai is made up of members and leaders. Our contributions in the past was what makes Gakkai so great. Losing these members and leaders means that we are losing a big part of Gakkai. As such, I think the current Gakkai is not the Gakkai that Sensei passed on to us. This is GD’s Gakkai. The leader who asked me not to leave Gakkai are not protecting Gakkai anymore. He/she is protecting GD’s Society.
Many of us see this. We want Gakkai back. Gakkai does not belong to Mr GD nor the top leadership. Gakkai belongs to members. But Mr GD does not wish us to come back. He’s like the security guard that does not let you go into your own condominium. The condo does not belong to the security guard. He just hold the key but he is a powerful gatekeeper. He also have other guards at the foyer blocking you if you attempt to go in. And so, you can’t go back into your house of happiness. What do you do then? I honestly do not know.
I will continue to chant and practice at home, chanting for a reform and for members and leaders happiness. When people are happy, surely they will not be quarrelling. Will you chant with me?
Thank you to reader, SeekingHappiness, for sending his/her experience.
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September 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm
It’s like you said the words that are in my heart. Thank you!
October 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm
In 2014, a leader from Shah Alam which I have known for many years, invited me to share my experience in their discussion meeting. I was more than happy to do so.
However, a few days later, the same leader conveyed to me that her top leaders had told her that I am not welcome to relate my experience. I was shocked to hear that. Upon being queried, no answer was given. Sharing experience is the very basic practice in any discussion.
I consider this a sabotage. No wonder SGM cannot progress with this type of leadership.
October 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm
Another incident happened to me in Ipoh about 15 years ago. I was also invited by a leader from Ipoh to share my experience in the Ipoh Kaikan for discussion meeting.
So when I heard the news, I was very happy. I prepared myself and drove on to Ipoh with my wife. Upon our early arrival, we were invited for dinner by another leader which I have known for many years. While having our dinner, he was told by the top leaders that I was not welcome to share my experience during the discussion meet.
Disappointments arises again upon my arrival at the Ipoh Kaikan. Some leaders that I’ve known for years avoided me. No greetings whatsoever. Why this behaviour?
My experience sharing did not take off well as I was interrupted numerous times. Though I incurred expenses on accommodation and travel, no value was created because of arrogant top leaders.
I have not offended nor hold any personal grudges to anyone in my years of Kosenrufu.
It is also a known fact that a senior staff in Ipoh Kaikan, Mr. Y, is known for his rudeness and arrogant attitude towards the members. There are numerous instances where members complain about the rude treatment they encounter while purchasing prayer accessories.
Can SGM continue to tolerate this behaviour? Is this our culture? This is utterly unacceptable.
October 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Our mentor has built an organisation for us to develop happiness and not to tarnish his image. But our SGM top leaders instead show power and arrogance by discouraging members to move forward towards Kosenrufu. SGI has no place for any leaders to show their dominance. There is no place for politicking in religion. Our top leaders bring disgrace and shame to our mentor and SGI.
It is very obvious to the world that SGM has been badly managed by our GD.
October 3, 2016 at 11:24 am
Thanks for your response @Indy129. The leaders should informed you in advance if they didn’t think that your experience was relevant to that day’s discussion. There should be a round of prep to ensure they heard what you had to say before deciding whether you were suitable or not. It’s not right to agree for you to speak and then dismissed it at the very last minute. 4D should decide the relevance, not just one individual.
January 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm
Let’s be wise and practice correctly. Please be pure in mind.