What are your thoughts on SGI Would it be something worthwhile to check out? I heard alot of negative things.
Thank you for your question. It gives me the occasion to clarify some points.
First off, I am not affiliated to any religious organization, Buddhist or not. I can’t even proclaim to be religious. I believe that all religions have the potential to enlighten Man, if taken with a grain of salt. They also have the potential to entrap people, if taken literally.
My favorite quote from the Buddha is the one about not believing on something just because someone, even him, told you. But to experience your own truth.
This brings me to your question. It is true that SGI has bad reputation. Detractors are many and I state so on my page on SGI today.
In Japan, they are both highly popular and despised. I think the main reason they are despised here is because religion is something very personal in Japan and one doesn’t talk about it. SGI members, on the other hand make it a personal mission to help save as many as possible so they “annoy” other people, trying to convince them.
Now, the teachings, from what I get from the literature and my studies are quite good.
I must be honest with you though and tell you that if you want to avoid the ‘cult’ danger, you might try the Jodo Shinshu or Jodoshu organizations as they both have similar teachings and all worship Amida Nyorai.
SGI members would tell you that the clergy of these two sects is evil and tries to control people to gain more personal power. This is a decade-long disagreement.
In conclusion, I would give you this advice, and it is good for anything:
Inquire and do some research before deciding by yourself if what you see is what you need.