I have been heavily burdens over the guilt one must feel surrounding making contribution for the upkeeping of leaders who are paid salaries! Are we not making contribution when we open our homes for meetings, visiting and calling members on our cellular and home phone numbers, using gasoline to travel to meetings, transporting members to meetings and etc. and taking the time to nurture new and long time struggling members?
I take deep offense when I am told that "you are not going to get benefits if you do not seek to change your karm and fall in line! If embracing the Lotus Sutra in itself is not beneficial, then why are we practicing?
I am confused when leaders use Used Car Salesman tactics to gain control over members thoughts and free will- I am not saying that all of you have had the experiences that I have had, or even process information the manner in which I do, but reading the Gosho, studying the guidance of President Ikeda for a period of 24 years, I have been able to process the information differently and has gained tremendous fortune practicing as I am.
I realize many members who have been around for years and dedicated to the organization culture will think of me as being anti- SGI, but I am not! I just want peace in this world, a reason why I joined the organization- Peace should not come at the expense of free will! Betty Smith