"RIC writes: Larry, the only "editorial comment" that you can possibly perceive a problem with is "when Nichiren appeared as the Buddha Shakyamuni and expounded the Lotus Sutra."
The problem here can be traced to Toda's explanation of how to read the sutra. He describes the two ways to read it - literally and as based on the Daishonin's Buddhism. Thus, for instance, the opening lines Niji seson ju sanmai.... literally means "At this time, the Buddha serenely arose form his meditation and addressed Sharihotsu."
Toda begins his lecture with: "The first sentence of the Hoben Chapter means: At this time of Mappo, the True Buddha ...emerged in Japan as Nichiren Daishonin and addressed the people of Mappo". (p47)
So when Ric said Nichiren had appeared as Shakyamuni and expounded the LS - literally, that's wrong. But from the perspective of Toda's lecture, it's the correct way to read the sutra."
I see. The correct way to read the Sutra is Nichigen's and Toda's way rather than Tientai's, Dengyo's, and Nichiren Dashonin's way. SGI and Nichiren Shoshu are mighty confused.