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December 7, 1991
The 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor can serve as a step toward building a world filled with more understanding and harmony. It may help the American public to know that there were some in Japan 50 years ago who not only opposed the war against the United States, but even one who gave his life for his beliefs, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Makiguchi, who founded the Buddhist lay persons' organization now known as the Soka Gakkai (value-creation society), opposed the war and the Japanese military government's attempts to unite all religions behind the war effort.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perched on 100 acres at the edge of a majestic canyon in Aliso Viejo, a university campus is being built by an international Buddhist organization that hopes to build cultural bridges between East and West. A skeleton of a campus now sits on the wind-swept plateau, with half-built buildings draped in plastic and surrounded by construction workers, trowels and scaffolding.
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BUSINESS
April 6, 1998
Michael P. Smith, 48 Retail manager As a professional auto parts retail manager and practicing Buddhist for 28 years, I've had my share of challenges in balancing my career with my spiritual pursuits. What helped me was the realization that difficulties only arise when daily life and religious practice are viewed as two different things. I've found that I'm at my best, both as a manager and as a Buddhist, when I practice my religion at work and apply my work skills in my practice of faith.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1998
Michael P. Smith, 48 Retail manager As a professional auto parts retail manager and practicing Buddhist for 28 years, I've had my share of challenges in balancing my career with my spiritual pursuits. What helped me was the realization that difficulties only arise when daily life and religious practice are viewed as two different things. I've found that I'm at my best, both as a manager and as a Buddhist, when I practice my religion at work and apply my work skills in my practice of faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the alphabet soup of acronyms and names may appear to be a series of unrelated groups: Soka Gakkai International, Soka University, NSA, NSC, SUA and SGI-USA. But tax and land transaction documents filed in the United States and Canada, plus interviews and information supplied by the organizations themselves, indicate that all are closely linked.
NEWS
November 24, 1991
As usual, the Nov. 17 article in the Westside section concerning the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and related institutions, SGI-USA and NSC, focused on negative comments and the responses. I recognize that this is what the news media thinks is what most readers want to read. Given that reality, please understand the special problem this creates for a religious organization that is relatively unknown to your readers. Negative criticism, for example, of the Catholic Church by a few ex-Catholics or non-Catholics can be judged by readers from the perspective of their own experience and familiarity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991
I take exception to staff writer Amy Pyles' continued, seemingly automatic labeling of Nichiren Shoshu of America (NSA) as a cult, as she has done in at least four separate articles dating back to last September. The NSA organization of lay believers is a member of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which comprises some 12 million lay persons who practice Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 115 countries. SGI's Japanese organization, the Soka Gakkai, is the largest religious organization in Japan.
NEWS
August 25, 1991
Alan Miller's article, "Soka Catches Park Supporters Off Guard" (Times, Aug. 1) seemed to be a simple statement of facts, but I found it not only to have a subtle point of view but, in fact, a racist one. The issue is that of a religious organization that legitimately owns land being asked by a branch of the federal government to sell that land, and when the organization wishes to retain its property, the federal government attempts to take it...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1991
As usual, the Nov. 10 article concerning Soka Gakkai International (SGI), and related institutions SGI-USA and NSC, focused on negative comments and responses. I recognize that this is what the news media think most readers want to read. Given that reality, please understand the special problem this creates for a religious organization which is relatively unknown to your readers. Negative criticism, for example, of the Catholic Church by a few ex-Catholics or non-Catholics can be judged by readers from the perspective of their own experience and familiarity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991
Alan Miller's article Aug. 1, "Soka Catches Park Supporters Off Guard," seemed to be a simple statement of facts, but I found it not only to have a subtle point of view, but, in fact, a racist one. The issue is that of a religious organization that legitimately owns land being asked by a branch of the federal government to sell that land, and when the organization wishes to retain its property, the federal government attempts to take it anyway....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1991
The 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor can serve as a step toward building a world filled with more understanding and harmony. It may help the American public to know that there were some in Japan 50 years ago who not only opposed the war against the United States, but even one who gave his life for his beliefs, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Makiguchi, who founded the Buddhist lay persons' organization now known as the Soka Gakkai (value-creation society), opposed the war and the Japanese military government's attempts to unite all religions behind the war effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1991
As usual, the Nov. 10 article concerning Soka Gakkai International (SGI), and related institutions SGI-USA and NSC, focused on negative comments and responses. I recognize that this is what the news media think most readers want to read. Given that reality, please understand the special problem this creates for a religious organization which is relatively unknown to your readers. Negative criticism, for example, of the Catholic Church by a few ex-Catholics or non-Catholics can be judged by readers from the perspective of their own experience and familiarity.
NEWS
November 24, 1991
As usual, the Nov. 17 article in the Westside section concerning the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and related institutions, SGI-USA and NSC, focused on negative comments and the responses. I recognize that this is what the news media thinks is what most readers want to read. Given that reality, please understand the special problem this creates for a religious organization that is relatively unknown to your readers. Negative criticism, for example, of the Catholic Church by a few ex-Catholics or non-Catholics can be judged by readers from the perspective of their own experience and familiarity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the alphabet soup of acronyms and names may appear to be a series of unrelated groups: Soka Gakkai International, Soka University, NSA, NSC, SUA and SGI-USA. But tax and land transaction documents filed in the United States and Canada, plus interviews and information supplied by the organizations themselves, indicate that all are closely linked.
NEWS
August 25, 1991
Alan Miller's article, "Soka Catches Park Supporters Off Guard" (Times, Aug. 1) seemed to be a simple statement of facts, but I found it not only to have a subtle point of view but, in fact, a racist one. The issue is that of a religious organization that legitimately owns land being asked by a branch of the federal government to sell that land, and when the organization wishes to retain its property, the federal government attempts to take it...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991
Alan Miller's article Aug. 1, "Soka Catches Park Supporters Off Guard," seemed to be a simple statement of facts, but I found it not only to have a subtle point of view, but, in fact, a racist one. The issue is that of a religious organization that legitimately owns land being asked by a branch of the federal government to sell that land, and when the organization wishes to retain its property, the federal government attempts to take it anyway....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perched on 100 acres at the edge of a majestic canyon in Aliso Viejo, a university campus is being built by an international Buddhist organization that hopes to build cultural bridges between East and West. A skeleton of a campus now sits on the wind-swept plateau, with half-built buildings draped in plastic and surrounded by construction workers, trowels and scaffolding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997
Soka Gakkai International-USA has broken ground on a $2.5-million Buddhist center at 5899 Venice Blvd. The 18,573-square-foot Los Angeles Friendship Center, which is slated to open by the end of 1998, will have several meeting rooms, a large auditorium, an atrium and an outdoor basketball court, said spokeswoman Nancy Sims. It will be open to the public for lectures and cultural exhibits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991
I take exception to staff writer Amy Pyles' continued, seemingly automatic labeling of Nichiren Shoshu of America (NSA) as a cult, as she has done in at least four separate articles dating back to last September. The NSA organization of lay believers is a member of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which comprises some 12 million lay persons who practice Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 115 countries. SGI's Japanese organization, the Soka Gakkai, is the largest religious organization in Japan.
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