Sunday, March 18, 2012
Nichikan, Nichiki, Nissatsu, Makiguchi, Toda, and Ikeda
“The founders who first established these sects failed to discern the true meaning of the sutras upon which they based their teachings. They proceeded only in a shallow manner, employing the sutras in a way that fitted with their own ideas. In doing so, they went against the Lotus Sutra, which means that their teachings were not in accord with the true intention of the Buddha. They were unaware of this, however, and as they proceeded to propagate their doctrines, both the rulers of the nation and the common people came to believe in them. In addition, these doctrines spread to other countries, and many years have gone by since they were first propagated. As a result, the scholars of this latter age, unaware that the founders of these sects were in error, look up to those who practice and propagate their teachings as men of wisdom. If the source is muddy, the stream will not flow clear; if the body is bent, the shadow will not stand upright.” — Letter to Ichinosawa Nyudo Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 6, p. 95.