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Friday, May 30, 2014

Ha Wagoso [disrupting the unity of believers] and other more serious slanders

SGI stresses that disrupting the unity of believers (Ha Wagoso) is the worst Buddhist sin and the principle cause for falling into  hell. Nichiren, on the other hand, teaches that slander of the profound teachings and evil companions is the worst sin:

“A person of wisdom should not fear enemy households, snakes, the poison of fire, the god Indra, the roll of thunder, attacks by swords and staves, or wild beasts such as tigers, wolves, and lions. For these can only destroy one’s life, but cannot cause one to fall into the Avichi hell, which is truly terrifying. What one should fear is slander of the profound teaching as well as companions who are slanderers, for these will surely cause one to fall into the frightful Avichi hell. Even if one befriends evil companions and with evil intent spills the Buddha’s blood, kills one’s own father and mother, takes the lives of many sages, disrupts the unity of the Buddhist Order, and destroys all one’s roots of goodness, if one fixes one’s mind on the correct teaching, one can free oneself from that place. But if there is someone who slanders the inconceivably profound teaching, that person will for immeasurable kalpas be unable to obtain emancipation. However, if there is one who can cause others to awaken to and take faith in a teaching such as this, then that person is their father and mother, and also their good friend. This is a person of wisdom. After the Thus Come One’s passing, that person corrects false views and perverse thoughts, and causes people to enter the true way. For that reason, he has pure faith in the three treasures, and his virtuous actions lead others to enlightenment.” (The Problem To Be Pondered Night and Day)
The SGI, because they correct correct views and compliant thoughts and cause people to enter the false way, stress the lesser evil of breaking the unity of believers (which, in the case of opposing the SGI for their greater evil of distorting the teachings, is actually a great good), second only to the greatest good of practicing as the Buddha Shakyamuni, the Lotus Sutra, and Nichiren Daishonin teach.
The SGI's slander of the correct teachings and true believers is by far the worst offense and the cause for falling into hell. Their teachings on Ha Wagoso is a smokescreen for the Soka Gakkai failing to uphold the golden teachings of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin. Nevertheless, the SGI in chanting Nam Myoho renge kyo [rather than Namu Myoho renge kyo], advancing the Nichiren as True Buddha doctrine, and taking Daisaku Ikeda as the Buddha of the modern age [while throwing out Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra], is the worse offender in disrupting the unity of believers.

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