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Thursday, March 31, 2016

You should understand that it is people like SGI who will destroy the teachings in no time at all.

"In addition the Great Teacher Miao-lo in the first volume of his Guketsu comments on this situation by saying , 'the people of today look with contempt on the sutra teachings and emphasize only the contemplation of truth, but they are making a great mistake, a great mistake indeed!"
"This passage applies to the people in the world today who put meditation on the mind and the dharmas first and do not delve into or study the teachings of the sutras. On the contrary, they despise the teachings and make light of the sutras...."

"Among the evil monks there will be those who practice meditation and, instead of relying on the sutras and treatises, heed only their own view of things, declaring wrong to be right. Unable to distinguish between what is correct and what is heretical, all they will do is face the clergy and lay believers and declare in this fashion, "I can understand what is right, I can see what is right." You should understand that it is people like this who will destroy my teachings in no time at all."

What about the tough guy Ikeda?

"The Kenshokai used to be called the Myokan-ko. It was a rightist lay group of Nichiren Shoshu that was particularly radical in terms of its view that the "high sanctuary" should be declared a national sanctuary. When Nittatsu Shonin declined to identify the Shohondo as such, they became quite outspoken, and I think even violent, and were excommunicated. They have been carrying out intensive propagation efforts since then, and have been accused of coersion and various rough tactics. There was an arrest recently in Hokkaido of a Kenshokai member who beat up a prospective convert who changed his mind at the last minute. There were many witnesses to the incident and the arrest was reported in the local paper." -- SGI leader

What about Ikeda? The last ass he kicked was the old priest Ogasawara's. Tough guys those YMD's. I bet they could give 96 year old Rev. Kubota a good beating too

SGI's Gosho collection is NOT an excellent compilation of Nichiren's writings.

"The Gosho Zenshu is NOT an excellent compilation of Nichiren's writings. NO ONE in any scholastic circles uses it because it is so sectarian and unreliable. It also recklessly mixes forged letters with authentic letters of Nichiren, so there is no way of knowing which is which. In fact, the Gosho Zenshu has a disclaimer in the preface, which says, "This collection includes virtually all the writings that have since of old been treated as Gosho, WHETHER THEIR AUTHENTICITY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED OR NOT."

Nichiren Shoshu's and SGI's faulty circular logic

"I have frequently pointed out to these people that if we do not revere Nichiren Daishonin as True Buddha then it follows that we cannot attain Buddhahood. It follows that if the one is not, then the other cannot be either." -- Nichiren Shoshu member

Logic is not the be all and end all of Buddhism but it does have a place in Buddhist teachings. This assertion is illogical and therefore does not have a place in the teachings.

Nichiren Daishonin worshiped the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni of the 16th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the teacher, source, substance and entity of Namu Myoho renge kyo and the Gohonzon or as Nichiren states, "The Buddha who is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo of the “Life Span” chapter of the essential teaching."

Therefore, what really follows is, if you wish to have the same Enlightenment as Nichiren Daishonin you must worship the same object as he. Your object of worship is not the same as his and therefore your Enlightenment is not the same. The SGI is even more deluded because they worship Daisaku Ikeda as the source. 

Josei Toda's and SGI's abject arrogance

"At this time, the Buddha serenely arose form his meditation and addressed Sharihotsu." -- Lotus Sutra Chapter 2

Toda begins his lecture on the Second Chapter of the Lotus Sutra 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) 

According to the Soka Gakkai, the correct way to read the Sutra is Toda's way, not Nichiren's way. This is abject arrogance.

The members who dared ask the question "Where'd all the money go?" were sent personal letters of expulsion via certified mail. Six in all.


CHICAGO TERR 1 -------------$106,821.87
" " 2-------------$39,132.89
" " 3-------------$128,991.81
" " 4-------------$240,519.73
Heartland terr.--------------------$111,964.62
Tennessee Terr-------------------$51,102.06

We are at 1/3 of our goal at this point. This month, October is the originally scheduled month for the Special Contribution, and we have to do our VERY BEST! [sic] The most important point is "Promotion of Significance." There are so many members to reach and explain this historic campaign.


The Ikeda auditorium in Chicago was never built.

Chinberg responds: The new Chicago Culture Center was built instead, Craig.


AT A COST OF 1/5 OF THE 3.5 MILLION COLLECTED. What happened to the other 2.8 Million?

The members who dared ask the question "Where'd all the money go?" were sent personal letters of expulsion via certified mail. Six in all.

Buddha's milk or SGI koolaid?

"Youth should not seek an easy comfortable path. No one develops in a pampered environment. Youth should instead actively seek out challenges and hardships, transforming them all into valuable assets as they strive to become individuals of outstanding character and ability." -- Daisaku Ikeda

"As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere . . . " -- Nichiren


"Then, although they do not seek emancipation, emancipation will come of itself, just as the poor woman, though she did not seek to be reborn in the Brahma heaven, was nevertheless reborn there." -- Nichiren

Therefore, if you are practicing correctly with a correct faith, there is no need to actively seek challenges or hardships. They will come of their own. There is no shortcut to Buddhahood nor are there effective strategies other than the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren also teaches that there is no conscious growth on the part of the baby. All the baby need do is drink its mother's milk.

"Buddhism has become a business" -- Greg

"As the advent of SGI's "Contribution Activity" draws near, it would be appropriate, I think, to reference, " On The Four Stage of Practice"

"Question: For practitioners in the Latter Day of the Law, who have just aroused the aspiration for enlightenment, what types of practices are prohibited?
Answer: Such persons are restricted from practicing almsgiving, the keeping of the precepts, and the others of the five paramitas, and are directed to chant Namu-Myoho-Renge-Kyo exclusively....if the beginner should attempt to carry out various other practices and the daimoku at the same time, then all benefits will be completely lost." (WND vol. I,p. 786-787)

The cover page of "Young Lions" insert in the WT , Springtime 2012 was covered with little piggy banks decorated with flowers...." -- Katie

Katie on SGI

In pursuit of minor good, they commit great evil...

"The Sutra and Nichiren 's pure teaching become ever more obscured in the SGI mire" -- Mudpie

Nor indeed do they "widely declare and spread" the teachings, doing the work of kosen-rufu, quite the contrary. 

They associate the Soka name with that of Nichiren, the Lotus Sutra, the Daimoku and Gohonzon, claiming inseperability whilst teaching that faith in the Sutra and sincere practice of the is not enough to attain enlightenment. They teach that one can only do this by "following the way of "mentor-disciple" and getting a mystical transmission outside the "words and concepts (of the Sutra) alone, through the connection between mentor-disciple, that the Sutra scrolls and faith in them is not enough. 

So they act directly against the Sutra and its intent, slandering it whilst claiming to uphold it, they cause others to do likewise, to adopt the perverse and perverted teaching of the Soka nation and causing those with correct and pure faith to deviate into evil paths.

Likewise they prevent those who are seeking the sweet dew of the great Law from entering into the path of correct and pure faith by signposting them to the path of Soka suffering, confusing these sincere seekers, whilst fleecing them of their merit, time, money and autonomy on the floating Soka log of MDF before pushing them overboard to sink once more to the bottom of the sea of suffering. 

The leaders of Soka nation are no more than bandits in the road, snagging the unwary, drugging them with false promises and corrupt teaching, causing them to become destitute, hopeless and complicit in those crimes. 

Is there any adequate way to describe such monumental calculated evil? Indeed it is pitiful for all concerned. Meanwhile the Sutra and Nichiren 's pure teaching become ever more obscured in that mire. Pitifu

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy [NY Times]

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This will surprise you

Number 1 dog fighting country? Japan. 

Champion Yakazuna Tosa Inu dog. Champion fighting dogs in Japan can earn for their owners mid six figure incomes. More humane than in America, a bout lasts 30 minutes and the referee will stop the fight before serious injury. Tosa Inus and American pitbulls are the two bravest and best fighting dogs although others will argue for the power and fearlessness of Kangols and Tibetian Mastiffs. Fighting dogs is deplorable and not countenanced by the author of this blog.

When expected benefits don't materialize and when enthusiasm and excitement is not enough

It is the time to test the Nichiren faith and practice and take the ninety day challenge. In our Sangha, there is no concept of "pre contractual solidarity"* that will keep you bound to the organization regardless of actual proof. You can just walk away.

If you have been chanting for something for months or years and haven't realized your goal, you owe it to yourself to take the Nichiren Lotus Sutra Buddhist ninety day challenge. You will have to un-enshrine your SGI Gohonzon and embrace the same faith as Nichiren.

When you are ready to practice the Lotus Sutra as Nichiren Daisonin details you have no choice but to lower the banner of your pride and change your allegiance. I can not promise that you will not be exiled and persecuted and you will not find yourself living in a hut without heat and hot water but I can promise you Supreme and Perfect Enlightenment.

*From A Neo-Durkheimian analysis of a new religious movement: The case of Soka Gakkai in Italy by Carlo Barone

SGI will not have the same appearance, nature, and entity.

The SGI is spiritually bankrupt. How long before they are materially bankrupt? No one could ever believe that companies like Lehman Brothers, AIG, Citi, GM could ever fail. How could SGI fail? Even brainwashing can just go so far when there is no food on the table. The SGI vice presidents might even have to work for a living.

Why did companies like Lehman GM, and, for all intents and purposes, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Bear Sterns etc. fail? There are two principle reason, greed and errors. The SGI is a greedy, tribelike organization who makes many mistakes with respect to the Dharma and instead of correcting their mistake they sink ever further into heterodoxy. The SGI will fail...or it will be taken over and reorganized. It is incapable of the self reflection, discipline, and insight, necessary to right itself.

Then there is the concept of the failed state. Who would have thought the Soviet Union would ever fail (so quickly), broken up into a shell of its former self?

Could an entity like the Nichiren Shu take it over? Could there be a revolution from within? There will be a lot of layoffs and restructuring. SGI will not have the same appearance, nature, and entity.

Our Hero Bodhisattva Never Disparaging [aka The Lotus Sutra Song] by Greg Fain and Ben Gustin

Our Hero (aka the Lotus Sutra Song) Words by Greg Fain 

There’s a book called the Lotus Sutra, you really oughta know about 
A holy book that has the power to remove all fear and doubt 
And this book tells the story of a man who means the world to me 
Who could just as well’ve been a woman If not for male hegemony 
They call him the Bodhisattva Never Disparage, 
or the Bodhisattve Never Despise 
And I’m makin’ it my life’s ambition 
to see the world through his pure eyes 
And he says


I would never disparage you or keep you at arm’s length 
Where you only see your weaknesses, I only see your strength 
I would never despise you or put you down in any way 
Because it’s clear to me 
I can plainly see 
You’ll be a buddha someday 
I love you

Now Bodhisattva Never Disparaging lived countless kalpas in the past 
In a time of the Counterfeit Dharma, 
and he was something of an outcast 
Because the monks and nuns of his time were noted for their arrogance and vanity 
And these were the folks who exercised great power and authority 
But my boy never concerned himself if they treated him like a freak 
He’d just bow to everybody equally and these are the words he’d speak


I would never disparage you or keep you at arm’s length 
Where you only see your weaknesses, I only see your strength 
I would never despise you or put you down in any way 
Because it’s clear to me 
I can plainly see 
You’ll be a buddha someday 
I love you

He never read or recited the scriptures much 
He only liked to practice respect 
But the monks and nuns of his time didn’t meet it like you’d might expect Instead they cursed him and reviled him and they wished that he would go Because they all had self-esteem issues, like most everyone else I know 
They beat him and pelted him with clubs and stones, 
and they tried to drive him away 
But he’d just run off to a safe distance 
And then he’d turn around and say


I would never disparage you or keep you at arm’s length 
Where you only see your weaknesses, I only see your strength 
I would never despise you or put you down in any way 
Because it’s clear to me 
I can plainly see 
You’ll be a buddha someday 
I love you

And so it went on for years and years 
He was the target of scorn and abuse 
Yet still our hero shed no tears nor did he ever wonder what’s the use 
Until it reached the end of his natural lifespan and he laid down fixin’ to die 
And then he heard the Holy Lotus Sutra being preached up in the sky 
And his life was extended for millions of years and he’s livin’ to this day 
And in the pages of the Lotus Sutra, you still can hear him say 


I would never disparage you or keep you at arm’s length 
Where you only see your weaknesses, I only see your strength 
I would never despise you or put you down in any way 
Because it’s clear to me 
I can plainly see 
You’ll be a buddha someday 
I love you

Nichiren washed his body in cold sweat while Ikeda enjoys a hot bath.

"From the seventeenth day of the sixth month of the eleventh year of Bun'ei (1274), when I retired here [Mount Minobu], through the eighth day of the twelfth month of this year [1281], I have not ventured away from this mountain. For the past eight years I have become weaker year by year because of emaciating sickness and old age and my mental powers have waned. I have been ill since the spring of this year, and with the passing of autumn and arrival of winter I have grown weaker by the day and each night my symptoms have grown more severe. For more than 10 days now I have hardly been able to eat anything. Meanwhile the snow grows deeper and I am assailed by the cold.

My body is as cold as a stone, and the coldness in my breast is like ice. At such times, I warm up some sake and consume kakko, and it's as though a fire has been kindled in my heart, or like entering a hot bath. Sweat washes my body and the droplets cleanse my feet.

As I was happily thinking about how I might respond to your sincerity, tears welled up in my eyes...

While I, Nichiren, have been refraining from responding to letters from people on account of my illness, I am so saddened by this matter [of Shichiro Goro's death] that I have taken up my brush to write you. I, too, shall not be long in this world. I believe that I will certainly meet Lord Goro. If I should see him before you do, then I win inform him of your grief. Nichiren" (Gosho Zenshu, pp. 1583-84)

Soren was right about one thng

Soren, SGI Senior Leader says: Recognizing that other faiths exist and that adherents of other faiths not only possess in full measure the same fundamental humanity as followers of Nichiren Daishonin, but have valuable contributions to make towards a peaceful and healthy world, has been characterized by some of this ng's more clueless individuals as a move (on the part of the SGI) to create a catch-all "humanist" psuedo-Buddhist religion which masquerades as Nichiren Buddhism.

Nichiren says:

*BACKROUND: The Kenchoji Temple, A Rinzai Zen temple in Kamakura, was founded by Tokiyori Hojo, with the Chinese Zen monk, Doryu, as it's first abbot.

KENCHOJI DORYU NI ATAURU SHO: A Letter to Doryu of the Kenchoji Temple

Buddhist Temples stand in a row, and Buddhist doctrines are discussed in every house today in this country. Buddhism prospers in Japan more than in India or China, and the manners and behavior of Buddhist monks are like those of arhats who have mastered the six divine powers. However, these monks are as ignorant as birds and beasts. They do not know which sutra is superior in doctrine among thes utras preached by Sakyamuni Buddha during His lifetime. Discarding Sakyamuni Buddha, who is our master, teacher, and parent in this world, these monks seek refuge in Buddhas and bodhisattvas of other worlds. How can you say that they are not against their own teacher?

Therefore, I say: "Pure Land Buddhism is a way leading to the Hell of Incessant Suffering; Zen Buddhism is the act of heavenly devils, who hinder the Buddhist way; True Words (Shingon) Buddhism is an evil teaching leading to destruction of our nation; and Discipline (Ritsu) Buddhism is a false teaching by traitors." 

Contemplating on this, I, Nichiren, wrote a treatise in the first year of the Bunno Era (1260) or thereabout, entitling it Rissho ankoku-ron, and submitted it to the late Lord Saimyoji, Shogunal Regent Tokiyori Hojo, through Lay Priest Yadoya. The gist of the writing is that because the people in the country put faith in such evil teachings as Pure Land, True Words, Zen, and Discipline, calamities and disasters continue to plague this land, which will eventually be attacked by foreign troops. This is what I predicted in my Rissho ankoku-ron.

As a matter of fact, a letter of state arrived from the Mongol Empire on the eighteenth of this past first month just as I had predicted. Is this because devotional services performed by various temples lost the power to invoke divine protection? Or, is it because false teachings spread over this land?

Everybody in Kamakura, military rulers, as well as the ruled, looks up to Abbot Doryu of the Kenchoji Temple as if he were a Buddha, and reveres Abbot Ryokan of the Gokurakuji Temple as if he were an arhat. Besides, head monks of such temples as Jufukuji, Jokomyoji, Chorakuji, and Daibutsuden are highly respected.

In my opinion, however, they are self-conceited, evil monks who believe themselves to have understood the true intent of the Buddha while actually they have not. How can these monks chastise great Mongol troops by means of prayer? Besides, all the people in Japan, rulers and subjects, will be captured by the Mongols. Thus they will destroy their country in their present life, and will fall into the Hell of Incessant Suffering in a future life. You will surely regret it if you don't listen to me now.

To this effect, I have written to such persons as the Lord of Kamakura, the Lay Priest Yadoya, and Saemon-no-jo Taira, so you should get together for consultation.I, Nichiren, do not speak for selfish purposes. I speak only what is said in sutras and discourses. I cannot write in detail in a letter, but I expect to meet you in a public discussion. One finds it difficult to write what one wants to say, and to say what one has in mind.

Respectfully yours,
11th of the 10th month in the 5th year of the BunÆei Era (1268)

To Abbot Doryu of the Kenchoji Temple

Cause and Effect

1632 17th HP Nissei (came from Yoho-ji) and opened the Dai-Gohonzon to the public.
1635 Taisekiji was burned down in a fire.

A story of two priests

By Katsuko Metzger
Hahalu'u, Hawaii

On August 20, 1966, the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Nichiren Shoshu temple was conducted in Hawaii on land donated by President Ikeda. The following year, on May 13, 1967, the Gohonzon Enshrining Ceremony was conducted by High Priest Nittatsu Shonin.

The third priest to arrive at the temple was Chief Priest Gensho Nishino. Mr. Nishino had a pet bird that he loved very much. There were times when the bird got out of the cage and flew all over the Gohonzon room. I was very surprised at Mr. Nishino's careless attitude toward keeping the Gohonzon room clean.

On August 18, 1979, the Soka Gakkai donated a new temple located in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The Gohonzon enshrining ceremony held there was conducted by the fourth chief priest, Mr. Sugano. In 1980, Nikken and twenty-four priests visited Honsei-ji on their way back to Japan after a trip to the mainland.

After evening gongyo, the priests went to change their clothes. The conversation overheard among the priests was surprising. They said things to each other like: "Hey! You stupid bald head! Throw my clothes to me!" Here you go, you dumb priest!" I could not believe my ears. I never imagined priests spoke to each other with such disrespect. That night there was a dinner party for the priests and I was very surprised to see the amount of liquor they were drinking. It was then that I lost all respect for the priesthood.

In 1983, my husband and I moved to the island of Maui as managers for the Maui Community Center. The fifth chief priest, Tokudo Takeda, visited Maui several times for the Gohonzon conferral ceremony. He didn't want to stay at any of the convenient hotels, saying they were too cheap. He chose to stay in the most luxurious hotel on Maui. He also requested the best restaurants for meals.

My husband made it a point to always be at the airport early whenever Mr. Takeda came to Maui. On one occasion, the plane arrived earlier than scheduled and unintentionally my husband was a few minutes late. As soon as Mr. Takeda saw my husband, he yelled at him. "I was about to find a taxi!" My husband was very surprised at his impatience and rudeness regarding this situation.

In 1984, Shido Takahashi was assigned to Hawaii. On one occasion, while visiting Maui, he became inebriated. He then began boasting about a situation that had recently occurred. "Last month, I got a speeding ticket in my sports car. I enjoy racing cars," he said, "so as soon as I'm in my car I'm tempted to speed." As he drank a little more, he talked about how he enjoyed karaoke and suggested having a karaoke party during Christmas. He said he had purchased expensive karaoke equipment soon after he had arrived in Hawaii.

On another occasion, one early morning my husband and I went to the hotel to pick up Mr. Takahashi as he was to conduct the Gohonzon conferral ceremony. Upon our arrival, Mr. Takahashi said, "I overslept this morning," and went to the car with his face unwashed. We thought he would go directly to the site of the ceremony, but instead, he insisted on eating breakfast first. After the ceremony, on the way back to the hotel, he went shopping. I wondered when he planned to do morning gongyo.

Mr. Takahashi became deeply involved with ham radios. He even brought his radios to the Maui Community Center and made the members set up an antenna so he could communicate with other operators.

In my opinion, his behavior was like a spoiled son of a rich family playing with his toys and spending his time and money on his hobby.

One day Mr. Takahashi talked to my husband and me about his car, which was only a year old: "I'm bored with my sports car. I'll sell it to you for a good price. How about $10,000?" It was like a dream for us, since we were driving a ten-year-old dilapidated car. We really wanted it but didn't have the money. He said, "How about you pay me whenever you have the money?" We declined the proposal. I still can't understand his easygoing attitude toward money.

When the present priesthood problem arose, we had already moved back to Honolulu. At a temple service on January 13, 1991 Mr. Takahashi said to the audience: "As you may know, there is a conflict in the relationship between the priesthood and the Soka Gakkai. It is you who had the hardest time without a temple, and it is you who know this difficulty best."

The atmosphere in the room became serious and gloomy. Indeed, there was a time when there had been no temple in Hawaii, and a priest would visit once or twice a year from California to perform ceremonies.

Then he said, "You have supported this temple for a long time and I feel grateful. Therefore, I'll protect you even risking my own life. No matter what may happen between the priesthood and the Gakkai, at least in Hawaii, let's advance together in unity." We felt moved by his words but the truth was, he had previously mailed out hundreds of letters to the members of Hawaii slandering President Ikeda and instructing them to leave the SGI. When I found out about this, I became angry. I thought, "What did he mean by 'even risking his life' he would protect the members of Hawaii?" It is the Gakkai members and President Ikeda who have been protecting the temple and supporting various services at the temple, as well as donating money.

Now Mr. Takahashi is working steadily to increase his temple members through phone calls and letters without much success.

[This experience is from a book titled "Voices of the New American Renaissance. Vol. 6] 

Contrast their behavior to the Daishonin's or Reverend Kubota's. When we met in Oregon we all stayed at the same motel, ate the same food, and discussed nothing but Buddhism. In New York, he stayed at our house for four days. He did gongyo every morning at 6:00 am and then again when we woke up at 7:00 or 8:00 am and he was 79 years old. His clothes, though impeccably clean, were 40 years old. When we went out together he always chose to eat the least expensive thing on the menu, first looking to see what everyone else ordered so as to not be extravagant. When we went out to the street fares, he would eat Pizza and hot dogs along side of us. The "gourmet" food he most enjoyed in New York was bagles and lox. He was as overjoyed as a child to receive trinkets such as the empire state building and the statue of liberty and he had presents for everyone. When John Watt had a baby, he sent him two hundred dollars. He would try his best to shakabuku everyone, the concierges, the people in the street, the porters, our friends and neighbors. Rev. Kubota is a true priest and a humble human being.

Not the disciples of Daisaku Ikeda

"The saha world Shakyamuni revealed in the Juryo chapter is the eternal pure land, impervious to the three calamities and the four cycles of change. In this world the Buddha is eternal, transcending birth and death, and his disciples are also eternal. That is why the three thousand worlds or the three realms of existence are within our own lives. The Buddha did not reveal this truth in the first fourteen chapters of the Lotus Sutra because the time was not right and he found his disciples not yet able to grasp the truth." -- The True Object of Worship

Yes SGI, there is a transfer of merits

"For the cause of the Lotus Sutra, I, Nichiren, have likewise been driven from my dwelling and attacked on many occasions, suffering wounds on my body. My disciples have been killed. I have twice been condemned to exile in distant regions. And, once, I was almost beheaded. All this I bore for the sake of the Lotus Sutra.

The Buddha preaches in the Lotus Sutra that more than 2,200 years after his death, in the 5th 500-year period [i.e., at the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law] when the Lotus Sutra is about to spread throughout the world, the Devil of the Sixth Heaven will take possession of people, abusing, striking, banishing or killing those who happen to take faith in this sutra, in an attempt to prevent them from propagating the sutra's teachings. He goes on to say that those who stand in the vanguard at that time win benefit as great as though they had given offerings to the Buddhas of the three existences and the 10 directions. And the Buddha also promises that he will transfer to such persons the benefits resulting from his own trials and the ascetic practices he underwent as a bodhisattva." (Gosho Zenshu, p. 1415)

"Shakyamuni lives today; this is the age of the Buddha" -- Nichiren Daishonin (On the Buddha's Behavior)

Shinsuke [Shin] Yatomi

Shinsuke Yatomi was born on November 29, 1961. He was leader of the SGI-USA Study Department, "Master Professor of the Soka Gakkai", and advisor to Soka Justice. He died on May 31, 2008 after a 4 year battle with lung cancer despite his "determination to defeat the devilish function of illness" and "win over anything" by virtue of his relationship as a disciple of President Daisaku Ikeda. His tireless promotion of the SGI mentor-disciple relationship ("He showed us Daisaku Ikeda Sensei in all of us" and "The mentor-disciple relationship as the prime point of the Lotus Sutra") and his teaching that Nam Myoho renge kyo is the Eternal Buddha is his legacy as one of the great slanderers and traitors in the history of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and the cause for his falling into hell.

Good for the goose but not good for the gander

"I recall my master's guidance at a meeting of the Suiko Kai in its early days. Perhaps you remember my mentioning it in the novel, The Human Revolution (see the Seikyo Times, November 1976, p.41). At that meeting, one of the youths asked President Toda, "Sir, people often tell us to go home loaded with honors. How should we consider this in our positions?" My master replied,"You boys seem to think that you can return to your hometowns in glory only after you have attained success or fame. To become the president of a well known enterprise, a university professor or a Cabinet minister-that may be glory for those outside of our organization. Yet no one knows how long such glory will last." -- Daisaku Ikeda, proud owner of more than 300 honors and awards

The people of the Soka nation neither adhere to nor protect the teachings

"The Benevolent Kings Sutra says, 'For a thousand ri around the seven disasters will not occur.' And the Lotus Sutra says, '[I will also shield and guard those who uphold this sutra], making certain that they suffer no decline or harm within the area of a hundred yojanas.' If the ruler of a nation propagates the correct teaching, then he is certain to be rewarded with results such as these. And if the people of the nation adhere to and protect this teaching, then how could any great disasters occur within their families? Again, the eighth volume of the Lotus Sutra says, 'Their wishes will not be in vain, and in this present existence they will gain the reward of good fortune.' And it says, “In this present existence he will have manifest reward for it.' And also, “He will in his present existence be afflicted with white leprosy.” And again, 'Their heads will split into seven pieces.' And in the second volume, 'If this person [should slander a sutra such as this], or on seeing those who read, recite, copy, and uphold this sutra, should despise, hate, envy, or bear grudges against them, . . . When his life comes to an end he will enter the Avīchi hell.' And in the fifth volume, 'If people speak ill of and revile him, their mouths will be closed and stopped up.'”

Since there are no "wise disciples" [priests] in the SGI Order, how can the Law long endure?

"The Nirvana Sutra says: 'Within the Order there are wise disciples who understand profound doctrines, while in secular circles there are pure-minded lay supporters. Thus the Buddha’s Law will long endure.' Thus the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai talked Mao Hsi and others into supporting him, and the Great Teacher Dengyō had Kunimichi and Hiroyo to rely upon."

The Two Places and Three Assemblies of the Lotus Sutra supports the doctrine of the Three Bodied Tathagata Shakyamuni whom SGI rejects.

"Having thus undoubtedly regretted and reversed his previous teachings, he made clear his true intention, saying, “The World-Honored One has long expounded his doctrines and now must reveal the truth,” and “For long he remained silent regarding the essential, in no hurry to speak of it at once.” Thereupon Many Treasures Buddha sprang forth from beneath the earth and added his testimony that what Shakyamunihad said is true, and the Buddhas of the ten directions assembled in the eight directions and reached with their long broad tongues to the palace of the great heavenly king Brahmā in testament. All the beings of the two worlds and the eight groups, who were gathered at the two places and the three assemblies, without a single exception witnessed this.

In light of the above sutra passages, setting aside evil people and non-Buddhists who do not believe in Buddhism, with regard to those who, though Buddhist believers, have devout faith in provisional teachings preached before the Lotus Sutra such as the Nembutsu, and devote themselves to reciting it ten, a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, or as many as sixty thousand times a day without chantingNam-myoho-renge-kyo even once in the course of ten or twenty years, are they not like a person who, clinging to the transfer deed already nullified by his parent, refuses to accept its revised version? They may appear to others as well as to themselves to have faith in the Buddha’s teachings, but if we go by what the Buddha actually taught, they are unfilial people.

This is why the second volume of the Lotus Sutra states: “But now this threefold world is all my domain, and the living beings in it are all my children. Now this place is beset by many pains and trials. I am the only person who can rescue and protect others, but though I teach and instruct them, they do not believe or accept my teachings.”

This passage means that to us living beings the Thus Come One Shakyamuni is our parent, our teacher, and our sovereign. AlthoughAmida, Medicine Master, and other Buddhas are sovereigns to us living beings, they are neither parents nor teachers. Shakyamuni is the only Buddha endowed with all three virtues and to whom we owe a profound debt of gratitude. There are parents and parents, yet none of them can equal Shakyamuni Buddha. There are all manner of teachers and sovereigns, but none as admirable as he is. Could those who disobey the teaching of this parent, teacher, and sovereign possibly not be abandoned by the heavenly gods and the earthly deities? They are the most unfilial of all children. It is for this reason that the Buddha said, “Though I teach and instruct them, they do not believe or accept my teachings.” Even if they follow the sutras preached before the Lotus and practice them for a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, or a million kalpas, if they do not believe in the Lotus Sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even once, they will be unfilial. They will therefore be abandoned by the sacred ones of the three existences and the ten directions, and hated by both the heavenly gods and the earthly deities. (This is the first of the five guides for propagation.) -- Encouragement to a Sick Person

B.I.T.E. [Steven Hassan's BITE Model of Cult Mind Control with brief commentary by cultalert]

1. Regulate individual’s physical reality
2. Dictate where, how, and with whom the member lives and associates or isolates
3. When, how and with whom the member has sex
4. Control types of clothing and hairstyles
5. Regulate diet - food and drink, hunger and/or fasting
6. Manipulation and deprivation of sleep
7. Financial exploitation, manipulation or dependence
8. Restrict leisure, entertainment, vacation time
9. Major time spent with group indoctrination and rituals and/or self indoctrination including the Internet
10. Permission required for major decisions
11. Thoughts, feelings, and activities (of self and others) reported to superiors
12. Rewards and punishments used to modify behaviors, both positive and negative
13. Discourage individualism, encourage group-think
14. Impose rigid rules and regulations
15. Instill dependency and obedience
1. Deception:
a. Deliberately withhold information
b. Distort information to make it more acceptable
c. Systematically lie to the cult member
2. Minimize or discourage access to non-cult sources of information, including:
a. Internet, TV, radio, books, articles, newspapers, magazines, other media
b.Critical information
c. Former members
d. Keep members busy so they don’t have time to think and investigate
e. Control through cell phone with texting, calls, internet tracking
3. Compartmentalize information into Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Ensure that information is not freely accessible
b.Control information at different levels and missions within group
c. Allow only leadership to decide who needs to know what and when
4. Encourage spying on other members
a. Impose a buddy system to monitor and control member
b.Report deviant thoughts, feelings and actions to leadership
c. Ensure that individual behavior is monitored by group
5. Extensive use of cult-generated information and propaganda, including:
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audiotapes, videotapes, YouTube, movies and other media
b.Misquoting statements or using them out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about sins used to disrupt and/or dissolve identity boundaries
b. Withholding forgiveness or absolution
c. Manipulation of memory, possible false memories
1. Require members to internalize the group’s doctrine as truth
a. Adopting the group's ‘map of reality’ as reality
b. Instill black and white thinking
c. Decide between good vs. evil
d. Organize people into us vs. them (insiders vs. outsiders)
2.Change person’s name and identity
3. Use of loaded language and clichés which constrict knowledge, stop critical thoughts and reduce complexities into platitudinous buzz words
4. Encourage only ‘good and proper’ thoughts
5. Hypnotic techniques are used to alter mental states, undermine critical thinking and even to age regress the member
Six. Memories are manipulated and false memories are created
7. Teaching thought-stopping techniques which shut down reality testing by stopping negative thoughts and allowing only positive thoughts, including:
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
b. Chanting
c. Meditating
d. Praying
e. Speaking in tongues
f. Singing or humming
8. Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism
9. Forbid critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy allowed
10. Labeling alternative belief systems as illegitimate, evil, or not useful
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of feelings – some emotions and/or needs are deemed as evil, wrong or selfish
2. Teach emotion-stopping techniques to block feelings of homesickness, anger, doubt
3. Make the person feel that problems are always their own fault, never the leader’s or the group’s fault
4. Promote feelings of guilt or unworthiness, such as
a. Identity guilt
b. You are not living up to your potential
c. Your family is deficient
d. Your past is suspect
e. Your affiliations are unwise
f. Your thoughts, feelings, actions are irrelevant or selfish
g. Social guilt
h. Historical guilt
5. Instill fear, such as fear of:
a. Thinking independently
b. The outside world
c. Enemies
d. Losing one’s salvation
e. Leaving or being shunned by the group
f. Other’s disapproval
6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows – love bombing and praise one moment and then declaring you are horrible sinner
7. Ritualistic and sometimes public confession of sins
8. Phobia indoctrination: inculcating irrational fears about leaving the group or questioning the leader’s authority
a. No happiness or fulfillment possible outside of the group
b. Terrible consequences if you leave: hell, demon possession, incurable diseases, accidents, suicide, insanity, 10,000 reincarnations, etc.
c. Shunning of those who leave; fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family
d. Never a legitimate reason to leave; those who leave are weak, undisciplined, unspiritual, worldly, brainwashed by family or counselor, or seduced by money, sex, or rock and roll
e. Threats of harm to ex-member and family
(Italicized items are SGI behaviors that I have personally seen, have knowledge of, or have directly experienced myself - a total of 83 matches out of 87 items!)

The Ikeda personality cult destroys the teachings

"But before that, he had revealed his enlightenment in the form of the Lotus Sutra. Therefore, the words of this sutra are indeed the very soul of Shakyamuni Thus Come One. And since every single word constitutes the soul of the Buddha, Shakyamuni Thus Come One will protect those who practice this sutra as though he were protecting his very own eyes. He will accompany them just as a shadow accompanies a body. How then could the prayers of such persons not be answered?" -- On Prayer

In real Buddhism it is the Master of Teachings Lord Shakya who protects us.

Things that make no sense department...see the latest SGI cult video on the "Lotus Sutra":

Now go to the ten minute mark, "...and that's why we have a mentor". This assertion comes out of left field, not following one iota the point of attaining Buddhahood discussed immediately prior. In effect, this is inserting Ikedaism into the Lotus Sutra Buddhism of Nichiren. This is hardly protecting the teachings but rather the action of the personality cult of Ikeda to destroy the teachings.

Oh really?

"Soka Gakkai members share the same characteristics as the rest of the human race however I would say that they are among the best examples of our species." -- SGI member

"Concerning this web site, I find it to be the most negative and self-destructive piece of trash on the entire world wide web. Your continous slander of the Soka Gakkai will only bring you to the achivi hell of incessent suffering for many kalpas to come. I sincerely hope that Nikken steps down from his high and mighty throne and stands up like a real man and admiits his wrong doings to President Ikeda and the entire membership of the Soka Gakkai. There is only one organization that will be left standing and it won't be the Nikken sect. You have a lot of nerve to call yourselves Buddhist. I would describe you all as dogs wearing the robes of priests. Nichiren Daishonin would SHIT on you and use your faces to wipe his ASS. You may never in all of history be ever praised by the Buddha Nichiren Daishonin for the evil works that you have done to this planet and it's inhabitants. As far as I am concerned if the rest of the adherents of your concepts of what you so slanderously call Buddhism, die, as the ones that have in the past, I would not weap one tear for them. You have made a mockery of the concept of Buddhism. All of the trash on this web site should be deleted from the internet. The Soka Gakkai doesn't slander you so why in the hell should be so defensive in coming at us like you do? It is really strange that Nittasu Shonin died so mysteriously, isn't it? His body wasn't even cold before Nikken took over the Head Temple. He is not the priest that should inherit the position of High Priest. All of the leaders in the Soka Gakkai know this to be true. I am sure that Nittasu told President Ikeda who was legally to be in that position. Nikken Abe is a thief and a liar. He hates all of the members of the Hokkeko and never loved anyone else that was or wasn't a priest. Now all of you who belong to the slanderous Nikken Sect sleep in the same bed with DUNG. I stand by and watch all of the people you have swayed to come over to the temple die, get divorced, become ill, loose their jobs and status in life, their lives have been devastated and completely destroyed because they follow an evil priest that calls himself the living buddha. This is sick and demented. All of Nikken's teachings are for his benefit. He wants you to believe that he is the true buddha, he wants you to believe that everything he tells you is true. It is not, all that he tells you is false." -- Hellen Chinberg, very very proud leader of the kinder gentler SGI

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"I hope you will be proud of this. I have absolutely no doubt that this good fortune and benefit flows directly to you and your descendants. But your honors and awards are meaningless" -- Daisaku Ikeda


Sanmibo had lectured to the court noble and won approval. He reported this to the Daishonin, certain that his master would praise him. Contrary to his expectations, however, the Daishonin severely reprimanded him. It is likely that the Daishonin had long been aware of Sanmibo's desire for fame. He always bent his mind on discerning the inclinations of his disciples in order to lead correctly and help them to perfect themselves. There was no way for Sanmibo's mention of "the great honor" to escape the Daishonin's attention. The Daishonin clearly saw the disciple's fundamental nature reflected in this short phrase. Based on this sign he attempted to purge Sanmibo of his undesirable traits.

"Even if you should meet a bodhisattva of the highest rank, why should you think it anything special? Much less should you stand in awe of even Bonten or Taishaku. They are the servants of our father, Sakyamuni Buddha, who have been sent by him to govern his domain and support the priests who embrace the True Law. Bishamon and the other heavenly kings rule over the four quarters as guards appointed by Bonten and Taishaku. The rulers of the four continents are all the retainers of the four heavenly kings. But the ruler of this little island country of Japan would not even qualify as a retainer of the Wheel-Rolling Kings who reign over the four continents. He is nothing but an island chieftain."

This passage reveals that Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism is the only religion capable of saving mankind for all time. The Dai-Gohonzon which we worship is called "the object of worship bestowed on the world," signifying that the unbounded mercy of the True Buddha and the infinite power of Nam~myoho~renge-kyo will benefit the people everywhere on earth from now on to eternity. The scope of the

Daishonin's Buddhism is by no means limited to one country alone. Nor is it a teaching like state-established religions of the past which allowed their leaders to remain comfortable in seats of authority and power. At various times in the past, a few people have tried to glorify Nichiren Daishonin as an ultranationalist or to establish his Buddhism as the official religion of the nation, but their actions only served to degrade true Buddhism and narrow its range. Let me cite an example. When militarism was on the upsurge in Japan, one of the other sects published a collection of lectures on the Daishonin's works, including this Gosho. However, in that book the part of this Gosho which refers to the ruler of Japan as nothing but an island chieftain was omitted. The authorities had probably demanded that this portion be removed. We can clearly see how much the deleted part opposed the nationalistic mentality prevalent in Japan in those days. And the very act to delete it was an outright attempt to cheapen the Daishonin's Buddhism.

"But the ruler of this little island country of Japan would not even qualify as a retainer of the Wheel-Rolling Kings who reign over the four continents. He is nothing but an island chieftain." This clearly shows the way Nichiren Daishonin looked at those who ruled Japan. With his broad perspective he was concerned with saving people all over the world. What grand vision he had! Always recalling his supreme state of life, we ourselves should live on cheerfully and dynamically, taking a broad view of everything.

By calling the retainer of this chieftain "his excellency," exulting over "his gracious invitation" and, what is more, by speaking of "the great honor" you had, are you not in essence expressing your low opinion of me, Nichiren?

From Sanmibo's letter the Daishonin saw that he held court nobles-that is, people of social standing-in high esteem and considered it a great honor to lecture on Buddhism to them. The Daishonin severely reprimanded the disciple for having such an attitude, because he realized that Sanmibo now based his life on worldly honor and no longer on Buddhism as he should. What is the greatest honor in life? It is to embrace the Mystic Law as disciples of the True Buddha. This is exactly what The Entity of Enlightenment means when it states, "Outcasts in the Latter Day are even more respectworthy than the kings and ministers during the two thousand years of the Former and Middle Days." As long as we stand on this spirit, the status or position of those to whom we teach the Law is of no consequence whatsoever.

Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism treats all people equally. We teach the Law to a nobleman in exactly the same way as we do to an ordinary person. For Sanmibo to boast of "the great honor" to lecture for a court noble obviously ran counter to the Daishonin's true intention. What, then, is the true honor for us Buddhists? I cannot help but recall the final passage in the Precepts for Youth written by my master. It states, "For a wise person it is a shame to be praised by a fool. But for him to be praised by the Buddha is a lifelong honor. Be resolved to lay down your lives in front of the Cohonzon." These are quite strong words, but they boldly depict the kind of life we should lead in order to deserve true honor. Sanmibo had been "praised by a fool," which he mistook for a 'great honor."

He had clearly strayed into the pitfall of seeking secular fame and fortune. A passage in Nikko Shonin's Twenty-six Articles of Warning states, "Those believers who are bent on obtaining honor and profit and are lax in their study of Buddhism shall not be called my disciples." With his own eyes Nikko Shonin had seen Sanmibo and others become tempted by fame and fortune and led to violate the Daishonin's admonition. He must have been filled with grief when he wrote the above article.

For us Buddhists there is no greater honor than to be "praised by the Buddha." Keeping this in mind, I want you to live your whole lives filled with great pride to know that you are members of the Soka Gakkai. For this is the only organization which has continued to practice exactly as the True Buddha teaches. As a result it has suffered all sorts of persecution, criticism and slander and, overcoming them all, has advanced a broad movement that is unprecedented in this history of Buddhism.

I recall my master's guidance at a meeting of the Suiko Kai in its early days. Perhaps you remember my mentioning it in the novel, The Human Revolution (see the Seikyo Times, November 1976, p.41). At that meeting, one of the youths asked President Toda, "Sir, people often tell us to go home loaded with honors. How should we consider this in our positions?" My master replied, "You boys seem to think that you can return to your hometowns in glory only after you have attained success or fame. To become the president of a well known enterprise, a university professor or a Cabinet minister-that may be glory for those outside of our organization. Yet no one knows how long such glory will last."

Nikko as sole successor is a major theme in the Daishonin's writings. The proof...


Playing the karma lottery

Most people gain no real understanding, merit, or benefit in the Soka Gakkai. Rarely, an SGI believer, due entirely to the causes he or she has made in the past, will appear to experience some benefit and merit despite SGI's erroneous doctrines, practices, faith, and mistaken object of worship. This is like playing the karma lottery. The Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin promise good fortune in this life and a fortunate birth in the next to 1000 out of 1000 persons. If you wish to manifest the same fortune and merit as Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin, you have to have the same faith and practice as they. It is impossible in the SGI because SGI faith and practice differs from theirs. SGI's Sangha too is different from Shakyamuni Buddha's and Nichiren's. In the Sangha of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, when you buy a ticket, you are buying an admission ticket to the Ceremony in the Air, not a lottery ticket to enrich the Soka Gakkai business suited priests.

The "thinking people" who actually matter.

SGI member S.A. sinking ever deeper into the abyss of SGI propaganda writes: 

"The Soka Gakkai is automatically vindicated in the eyes of thinking people who are genuinely concerned about humanity and peace. It will never be vindicated in the eyes of the self serving. Among those with a degree of concern for humanity and peace, who are not entirely self-serving, but have chosen to follow Nikken and believe what he says, it will be vindicated when the fruits of the leap of faith they have taken become apparent to them." 

We, on the other hand, are vindicated by Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin, the "thinking people" who actually matter.


"At the request of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Soka Gakkai's Youth Peace Conference shipped 20,000 used radios and 100,000 dry cell batteries to Cambodia to help support democratic elections." (Source: Report From Japan, A Yomiuri News Service, July 31, 1992) 

It would have been better had SGI shipped radios and dry cell batteries to their 50,000 districts to help support democratic SGI elections. Har Har

"I have never once heard of any SGI leader trying to take anyone's Gohonzon." -- SGI leader

What about the 30,000 Nikken Gohonzons that SGI members were coerced to return and were subsequently burned? I also know of two people, one, a former SGI member and the other, an active SGI member who were given guidance to return or discard their non-SGI Gohonzon. Angela Pasaro has a copy of the so-called DaiGohonzon and "Doris Fromage" has two copies of antique Nichiren inscribed Gohonzons. Neither destroyed nor discarded their non-SGI sanctioned Gohonzon but it is prohibited for SGI members to go to their homes to chant.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

"At one time, President Ikeda was living in an out of the way prefecture and when he moved, he left his omamori Gohonzon behind. You would have thought the statue of the Virgin Mary was crying tears of blood the way people flooded there to chant to it. The number of people who made a pilgrimage there far outnumbered those who went to see the Daigohonzon that year."