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“The term religion in Japan means to teach the origin, teach the source of the origin,” he wrote. Quoting a poem which “predates Christianity's arrival in Japan,” he expressed the Japanese view that “there are many paths at the foot of the mountain, but the view of the moon is the same at the peak.” The point, he stated, is that “when there are so many similarities among religions, why concentrate on the differences?”

He added, “The concept of a person having lived before is old and fully accepted by Eastern religions. Scientology theory and practice is based around this concept, that one is a spiritual being which Mr. Hubbard has called a ‘thetan,’ and that one can recall his past lives, and that as a spiritual being his actions of the past determine his situation in the present.

“Japan is a country where religions place an accent on the raising one’s spiritual ability. From a Japanese point of view, Scientology is indeed a similar religion to others already here.

“It has more similarities to Japanese religions than Western religions, and for this reason it may be misunderstood in the West for not being similar to other mainstream religions.”

Nonetheless, he concluded, “one cannot reach any other decision them that Scientology is a religion.”


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