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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shakubuku practice

Not everyone is predisposed to perform the forceful practices. Some have not studied Buddhism sufficiently and others are innately gentle people. Regardless, Nichiren mandated that his monks and priests perform the forceful practices but not necessarily laymen. He also taught that whether or not one performs the forceful practices or merely chants Namu myoho renge kyo, one should support those who do the forceful practices, either through moral support, withholding criticism, or through donations [if a priest]. The forceful practices are the only appropriate means to convert such evil men and women as Soka Gakkai leaders and members, Nichiren Shoshu priests and laymen, Islamic fundamentalists who would strap explosives on mental defectives and detonate them in the marketplace, Christian fire and brimstone fundamentalists, those of the Jewish Defense League, the Hindi Kashitra and Brahman class, and the authorities who support them.

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