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2022.01.26 01:46 BonnieSmolBoi Nezoin Budew (Nezo is my fakemon region)
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2022.01.26 01:46 Weekly_Noodle I will edit every comment thanking for the upvotes AMA
2022.01.26 01:46 Qigong90 Accounts From a Fukushi From Those Nichiren Shoshu Soka Gakkai Days
From this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc0DAFlAYJ0&t=695s:
"Raised in it. Single , hard working mothers were encouraged to neglect their children by spending whatever free time they had left doing cult activities. They were told this would be better for their children in the long run because it would somehow be a good cause for good fortune. They would criticize my mother for leaving to go home to be before bedtime, and try to pressure her to do even more, like go to the "Culture Center" and zip new converts off to a temple in Flushing, Queens, NYC, to be given the piece of paper they worship. I basically raised myself as a young child because my mother was a member of SGI."
"By the nature of the cult's activities, a member who stays in long enough will begin to experience alienation from friends and family. If you're told that whatever free time you have should be spent with them, and that non-members need to be "shakabuku'd", see how long you keep good relationships going outside of the cult. "
"My mother's been a member since the 70's. It had a horrendous impact on my childhood. The members were living their lives in an opiated stupor as they spent all their free time going to meetings at night. They had us kids wandering around dangerous neighborhoods with them in NYC during the height of the crime and crack epidemic, approaching strangers in the dark streets to invite them back to houses where meetings were being held, with the goal of whisking them away to the temple for a rushed conversion. I was pressured and bullied into taking part in Young Men's Division, where we'd march around in the freezing cold to rehearse for yet another pointless brass brand show. Anything painful was "good practice". I had no gloves and they kept me outside during drum practice and said it was "good practice". Then, the chanting the itself. The members free time was just spacing out for hours in front of that piece of paper morning and evening. Between the hours of chanting, the meetings, the monthly magazine subscription drive, I didn't really have a parent and had to raise myself. I was essentially a street kid, despite having college educated middle class parents. Having SGI members as parents is pretty much like having drug addict parents. They can't play an active roll in raising their child because they're too strung out."
"I also want to mention, speaking of preying on people, that during the 80's, the organization specifically targeted African American single mothers struggling with poverty, living in some of the worst conditions, and exploited them for free labor to keep their magazine business going, while the organization itself was run by Japanese multi-millionaires. Never saw an SGI-run homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Only massive conversion missions which would then generate fortunes in free labor for this exploitative operation."
"I was raised in SGI. I'm not a fan of churches either, but I've never seen an SGI run soup kitchen, homeless shelter or local charity. All the members' time, energy and resources go back into the organization, making it richer while helping no one locally."
And then there was this exchange:
Ben Elliot @KEPoles Absolutely is. I was raised in it, and compared notes with other children of other cults. It's exactly the same.
KEPoles @Ben Elliot examples please.
Ben Elliot @KEPoles Neglecting being involved in the child's life or upbringing because most free time is spent on cult activities. Being complicit in pressuring unwilling children to take part in cult activities. Allowing strangers to have unsupervised access to children simply based on standing within the cult. Being told absurd claims which conflict with developing critical thinking skills, such as : taking an exam for SGI members will be a cause for "good fortune", which will help us get school tuition. Sitting in front of a scroll for hours and mumbling a mantra can bring good and repel evil, including getting wealth, curing disease, even for other people on the other side of the world, merely by thinking of them while mumbling. Putting fruit, incense and water as an offering to the scroll. Claiming to believe in cause and effect while at the same time claiming that the entire universe has no original cause but somehow that also this particular Sanskrit mantra has always existed. These are a few of the many unhealthy beliefs which mess with a person's logical faculties.
Ben Elliot @KEPoles I also want to mention, speaking of preying on people, that during the 80's, the organization specifically targeted African American single mothers struggling with poverty, living in some of the worst conditions, and exploited them for free labor to keep their magazine business going, while the organization itself was run by Japanese multi-millionaires. Never saw an SGI-run homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Only massive conversion missions which would then generate fortunes in free labor for this exploitative operation.
KEPoles @Ben Elliot The Soka Gakki was developed in an atmosphere of catering to the less fortunate. Members in Japan's early development were chided for being the organization of the poor and sick. It is unfortunate that your experience with the SGI did not lead to accepting Nichiren Buddhism as a practice. No, there are no SGI food kitchens. We chant our way out of misfortune.
Ben Elliot @KEPoles What does that have to do with anything? The fact is they are hardly an organization of the poor today. How much was Ikeda worth, while poor single mothers throughout the inner cities of North America slaved away for free on World Tribune subscriptions? "Closeout"", they called it. They were encouraged to neglect their children and families as they went to more and more meetings, chanting and singing "Forever Sensei" in a frenzied trance. I watched my mother chant her life away, all as she struggled with her finances and health. My realization of the utter falsehood of SGI was the beginning of my awakening to the truth when I was still a child. I'm 44 now and have never looked back, or even reconsidered for a moment the absurd fairy tales I was raised on.More than fortunate. How does mumbling words in front of an inanimate object change anything at all?
KEPoles @Ben Elliot A Nichiren practitioner does not worship a piece of paper. The Gohonzon is not separate from ourselves. The "paper" is not glorified.
Ben Elliot @KEPoles Really. What does the word "Gohonzon" mean?
KEPoles @Ben Elliot The Gohonzon is the object of devotion for observing one's mind. OBSERVING ONE'S MIND.
Ben Elliot Double talk. Object of worship" means worshiping an object. It's clear from the way they describe what they do. I was taken to meetings for years and years, and heard all of their testimonies, "giving experiences", where they ascribed whatever good they had in their lives to chanting, and used the words "power of the gohonzon". Okay, what does observing one's mind have to do with the nonsense written on the scroll? Devils of various skies is observing one's own mind? What does observing one's own mind have to do with believing that chanting can cure people of cancer 6000 miles away, or attract wealth, or change the weather? Can observing your own mind do any of that? Then why have the paper at all? Why this version and that version if it's observing one's own mind, so that they have all of these disputes about the authorized or authentic ones, and which ones shouldn't be venerated? Why the offerings of fruit and water and incense? If it's only observing one's own mind, why would sitting in front of that very specifically written scroll, in a language none of them can read, make any difference at all? They change how it's presented to try to make it more palatable, but in reality, it's an absurdly illogical belief. Right up there with 4 leaf clovers, rabbits feet and astrology.
KEPoles @Ben Elliot I am so sorry for your confusion. We must never stop studying Nichiren describes the Gohonzon as the Object of Devotion for Observing the mind in a writing by that name. It contains a dense explanation of the 3 thousand realms and the moving through the 10 worlds. The Gohonzon is a tool we use to focus our attention inward. The Gohonzon is never outside of the human being. You are not separate from the law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. We chant daily to reunite with the universe. I chant to be in sync with the universe so that obsticles like weather, the illness or death of friends, bills, emotional turmoil can be quickly overcome and that I can learn from this event a lesson to carry into the future. Nichiren did many mandalas that he sent out in letters. in the SGI, we use a Gohonzon that depicts a special "Ceremony in the Air", a hugh gathering of Bodhisattvas (beings who want the world to become enlightened) from distant past. We count ourselves among these beings. I don't concern myself over which mandala is the correct one. That's just devilish functions throwing confusion into the practice. As we mature in our practice, we learn more about the inscriptions and characters on the Gohonzon. We must never stop studying.
Ben Elliot @KEPoles Blah blah blah Cinderella Rapunzel Dungeons and Dragons Ceremony in the Air Rabbits Feet and Mandalas blah blah blah"
I wish Ben the absolute best.
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2022.01.26 01:46 BabyGroot82 Alyssa doesn’t like Chris but her friend Taylor sure does! Anyone know her Insta? Wanna see if they got together after the show…
2022.01.26 01:46 0livepasta Rem
Rem sure is OP.. She's OP in the anime, but in this game she needs to be nerf 😅 Still love her tho. (In the anime, I started playing after the Re:Zero event) Would loooove to have her IG. 🥲
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2022.01.26 01:46 All-Seeing-Bot Cher Helps KIND Reach A Very Big Milestone | MSNBC
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2022.01.26 01:46 T123456n Updo hair
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2022.01.26 01:46 HatGodAG No offense please
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2022.01.26 01:46 playboybunnny Is this an arum lily?
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2022.01.26 01:46 sirbruce Long-COVID symptoms less likely in vaccinated people, Israeli data say
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2022.01.26 01:46 carv2022 [homemade] firecracker shrimp subs
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2022.01.26 01:46 flamingo3094 UVSS $300,000 / 22,000 students = $13.64 per student. Not a whole lot.
2022.01.26 01:46 bluethecoloris Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with the moon
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2022.01.26 01:46 average_bear0309 How has your view of settling down changed over time? Is it important to you?
2022.01.26 01:46 Flat-Description-223 help why is najuma with will but i heard thabi was with will. Im going to episode 2 rn but I gotta go.to sleep i got school tomorrow 😭😭
2022.01.26 01:46 feli468 I could have played with my fabrics all day. The 3rd pic is what's in 1st in one of my groups 🙄
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2022.01.26 01:46 BudgieTiel Are the hacked sninys going to hurt my game?
I've received 3 hacked legendary shinys so far from surprise trades, and I am worried they will hurt my chances of finding/breeding a real shiny. Is there any risk? Does anyone want one?
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2022.01.26 01:46 mohammednabarawy Perfect YouTube Thumbnail Size and Best Practices
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2022.01.26 01:46 wierdo_mode Distractions
2022.01.26 01:46 Skideku IMO, Rise lack memorable fight.
First of all, I like Rise and only played MHW before this one. World and Rise have both their pros and cons.
I have yet to finish the game (I have 2-3 Monsters that I have yet to see), but while I have fun their is no fight who really stands out for me. For example, I just killed a Teostra, and I feel a little disappointed. I feel in World the fight was more epic/fun.
Like I remember clearly my first fight against all the Elder Dragon in MHW, it was super cool. Or even the Deviljho. And I'm not even talking about Iceborne. I'm not really talking about difficulty here, just the fight itself.
I'll repeat myself, I still like Rise, but I feel the game have yet to reach it's full potential.
What about you guys ?
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2022.01.26 01:46 HOWABOUTCHOCCYMILK Houseki No Gear: Breaking
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2022.01.26 01:46 Ty1er_878 Our last ride
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2022.01.26 01:46 Pale-Conference-174 Met Any of the Cast? What's Your Story?(sorry if it's been done to death)
I'll Go First! I was working at an Oscars shwag/spa suite in 2007 and it was crazy chaotic and there were lots of different spas participating. I asked this unassuming lovely redhead standing around who she was working for and she laughed and said I'm waiting for my massage! Kate Flannery. I was a 'barely watcher' at the time and thought she was familiar...ugh. Super nice though! Hot! 😊
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2022.01.26 01:46 stupidkidthrowout Graduation ceremony?
So I recently heard about the graduation ceremony and although I have just started I would like to be able to go when I finish. Does it cost anything to go? What is provided? What's not? Do you get a cap and gown? If there are more answers for questions I haven't even asked please answer them.
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