"The evening came when we were at
last to meet him. The great black limousine pulled into the palatial headquarters.
The doorway was flood-lit with camera lights, and there stood Mr and Mrs.
Ikeda, surrounded by bowing aides and followers. Dazed and dazzled by this
unexpected reception committee, we were lead up to him to shake the small,
plump hand. There he stood a short, round man with slicked down hair, wearing
a sharp Western suit. Camera bulbs flashed, movie cameras closed in, and
we were carried away with the throng, past corridors of bowing girls dressed
in white to an enormous room."
The Value of a Grandfather Figure
By: Ms. Polly Toynbee, Manchester Guardian, Sat. May 19, 1984
SGI members are constantly bombarded with informercials and images of Daisaku Ikeda's public relation campaigns designed to make him look important. The man that SGI members have called the "Living Buddha" indulges himself in awards, medals and honours.
"All These Honors"
"The honorary doctorates and professorships I have recieved
from academic institutions around the world now total 55. I have
been advised of the bestowal of several more such honors in the
near future, which will bring the number to well over 60...
I hope you will be proud of this. I have absolutely no doubt
that this good fortune and benefit flows directly to you and
Oct 23 1998 World Tribune
The most important thing in Nichiren Daishonin's
Buddhism is the DaiGohonzon, the Gosho, and The Three Treasures.
Daisaku Ikeda has led his followers away from those concepts and has placed
a higher importance on worldly honors through manipulation of the United
Nations, and "humanistic" good deeds.
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