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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Nichiren Shoshu A 'militant' form of Buddhism which was founded in 13th-century Japan but did not fully take off in that country until after World War II. Unlike Zen Buddhism, which originated in China, Nichiren Shoshu has a success-oriented philosophy which encourages material ambition (you are allowed to pray for a new flat, for example). There are believed to be about 12 million followers in Japan. Critics also point to aggressive recruitment tactics used by members, who are themselves encouraged to donate generously to the movement. It is also claimed that some followers are promised financial rewards in return for loyalty. Nichiren Shoshu is one of the fastest-growing movements in the West. In Los Angeles there are plans to expand the successful Soka University by 1.4 million sq ft so as to cater for an extra 3,400 students. In Britain, the sect bought a mansion in Buckinghamshire in 1988 for £6 million. Followers of Nichiren Shoshu must meditate twice a day. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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