Letter from another reader, White Lotus:
Many years ago, there was allegations of SGM top leaders taking advantage of young women division members who went to them for dialogues…. (English text after Chinese text below)
终究，这位女子部干部安排了SGM 高层干部和这位女子部见面和要这些高层干部向这位女子部道歉。然而，这位女子部干部还是感到非常的疑惑和伤心，心想为什么这些高层干部能够做出这些事。然而，当这位女子部在日本SGI参加了研修会，她向SGI 的干部拿了指导。令她惊讶的是当她返回马来西亚，她被冷落和职位被移值。一些妇人部也意识到了此事。
事实上，我们是好朋友是学会的盟友。在SGI Quarterly 里有这样的一个引用句“一个真正的好朋友是有着慈悲和勇气的告诉我们即使我们不愿意听的事，而如果我们要在人生上有改变和成长我们应该去面对。难道我们不应该感谢他们提出的担忧？他们不是学会的一部分吗？我们是有什么权利给他们贴上标签，并判断他们？对于高层干部，您可以放下您的自我和听取他们的呼喊吗？我希望你能。但是，不管是什么…
Letter from another reader, White Lotus:
Many years ago, there was allegations of SGM top leaders taking advantage of young women division members who went to them for dialogues. There was an incident which resulted in one young woman division member who stopped coming out for meetings. When her YWD leader found out about this, she went to seek advice from other leaders but was asked not to create a big hoo-haa out of this situation.
Eventually, the YWD leader arranged both the SGM top leader and her YWD to meet and demanded that the top leader apologized to her YWD. The YWD leader was still torn, puzzled as to how someone so high level and trusted by many could do such a thing. While in SGI Japan for a seminar, she went to seek guidance from SGI leaders. To her surprise, when she returned, she was given cold shoulder and eventually she was transferred from her position. Some of the top Women Division leaders were also aware of this issue.
I agree we should protect the YWD’s reputation and should not cause further harm to her as she has suffered enough. My frustration is directed at the SGM top leaders. Shouldn’t the other top leaders who knew about this issue demand that the said SGM top leader stepped down from his position? He has broken one of the 3 principles of SGI. How can he still lead us in faith? I was angered to know such behavior of the SGM top leader and disheartened to see that even Women Division top leaders knew about this yet they compromised on this matter. Women Division should protect our precious young women. I will not compromise if any of the young women was ill-treated. I will fight even if it means I will be persecuted. How about you. Will you stand up?
One morning, I met a couple in an event organized by SGM. This couple have dedicated their entire life tirelessly for SGM, for kosen rufu. It was drizzling that day. Weather was gloomy. As I was chatting with this sincere couple, they told me that this would be their last SGM event which they would participate. I was dumbfounded. My heart sank. How did we come to a point where dedicated leaders such as them decided to step back? What has SGM done to keep them? What wrongs did they do to deserve such treatment from SGM? They just wanted their voices to be heard. They longed for righteousness to be restored in SGM. I pray, that one day, I will be able to welcome this couple back to SGM with open arms, wanting to see their glittering face, once again, unlike that fateful day. I will stand up for them. Will you?
Many questions were raised to SGM top leaders, questions which we hear over and over again hoping to get answers from SGM and yet no satisfactory answer was given. Not only most questions were not answered but those who asked questions were sidelined and labelled as anti Gakkai. Please, we only want transparency and proper governance. We are not against Gakkai, no, we will never be anti Gakkai. We grew up in Gakkai. It hurts to see what has happened to Gakkai today.
In fact, we are good friends, ally to Soka Gakkai. A quote in SGI Quarterly “A truly good friend is someone with the compassion and courage to tell us even those things we would prefer not to hear, which we must confront if we are to develop and grow in our lives.” Shouldn’t we thank them for raising their concerns? Aren’t they part of SGM? Who are we to label them and to judge them? To those top leaders, can you let down your ego and hear their outcry? I am still hopeful that you could. But, no matter what…
I will continue to speak up against injustice as long as I am a Soka Gakkai member!
I will see to it that Soka Gakkai flows like a ‘pure stream’ for generations to come!
I will protect all members who have dedicated their lives for kosen rufu!
I trust that you will do the same.
Will you stand up?
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September 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm
Thank you for sharing White Lotus. I have heard of this incident too and was shock and anger by this. Agreed that we have to protect the victim who has suffered silently. BUT why should the other top leaders who knew such a thing protect the wrongdoer!
How can Soka Gakkai declare that we are the one and only organization in the world to propagate and uphold the correct teaching of Nichiren Daishonin if the Gakkai top leaders compromised such an evil act in the organization?
Why are they so afraid to speak up on any wrongdoing which they are aware of? Many are giving the reasons that they cannot say because it will affect members’ happiness/faith and will affect kosen rufu movement.
We have to be very clear that the reason for speaking up and taking action is because we want SGM to be a clean and transparent organization, lead by responsible and righteous leaders who inherit the true spirit of the 3 founding presidents. If we really think of our members’ happiness, if we really want to protect our members, the more we need to stand up. Furthermore our faith is directly link to Gohonzon. There is no person that can stand in between us and the Gohonzon. What we want to speak up is in relation to the action, administration and management of SGM top leaders. So why are they so afraid to speak up then?
And if telling the truth and seeking righteousness will affect kosen rufu while keeping silent and compromise evil act will protect kosen rufu, then we should ask ourselves whether are we practicing correctly?
Justice only exist when you stand up and take action.
September 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm
Sometimes we read in news of ISIS suicide bombing and we wonder, in disbelief, why people would kill themselves for a cause. We think it was because of brainwashing since young. This is the extreme example. But what we see today, where leaders continue to support top leaders despite knowing full well of their wrong doing, is this a milder form of brainwash, of blind faith? It is very scary when people does not use their rational judgement and act base on emotion or trust.
September 24, 2016 at 2:57 pm
When the Shohondo Grand Main Temple in Taisekiji was built in 1972, Sensei called for world contribution of rm600,000,000. The money was raised within 10 days by world members. Immediately, Sensei made announcement to stop the contribution as it has reached the target.
But our SGM still practice calling for contribution year after year.
September 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm
January 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm
Tomorrow is All Leaders Meet. There will be new leaders appointment to replace some leaders, which implied these leaders being replaced are sidelined or terminated. What will you do? Sit by and watch?