About the Main Editor (me):
My experience with the spirit worship practice was a short one of just under 4 years. I joined a shugden cult for the friendship. My cult reached out to me because I was needed to further their agenda and I reached for them because I was vulnerable and saw a group of damaged goods that I could fit into. Through a series of dramatic upheavals by my cult’s leader and the compassion of the people I was given the job to deceive, I came in contact with genuine Buddha Dharma.
The job I’m taking on now is one of collecting and editing stories and letters from around the world and presenting them in a form where they cannot be traced back to the original authors or tellers. For that reason I have changed names, dates, and some aspects of the original accounts. In the future when the shugden cults have disbanded I intend to publish a compendium containing accounts in their entirety with minor editing. As the editor, I feel it is my honor and duty to make these recollections of ex-spirit worshipers available for the purpose they were intended: naked and unconditional love for the broken.
By composing these writings I hope to lead my friends who are still in “the cult” to Dharma and ease the transition for those leaving spirit worship behind. This is for you.