"Although in the end I found it hard to accept the structures of any organisation and ever since the mid 90s my practice has largely been solitary." -- John
The Nichiren Buddhist organizations are based on ego, power, and the World of Anger, not unlike most governments. Nichiren advocated a type of "theocracy" yet, he taught us to follow those with even slightly more wisdom than ourselves. Unfortunately, there are no Wheel Turning Kings and we are steeped in the Three Poisons. Therefore, it is difficult to ascertain who possesses more wisdom than we and the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren speak of good friends in the Dharma as being equals and a necessary condition to attain Buddhahood. Since we can only be certain that Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin have more wisdom than us, it is only safe taking them as teachers. It is best to look at all others who practice the Sublime Dharma of the Lotus Flower Sutra as good friends. This obviates both a restrictive faith and allows for a loosely structured organization of equals.