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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Regarding the Twenty-six Articles of Nikko

The 26 Articles of Nikko are a seeming parodox. In one article, Nikko teaches that those who claim Gosho are forged are evil and in another article he teaches that those who forge Gosho are parasites. If the 26 Articles itself is forged [as asserted by many], there is no paradox. If they are true there is a paradox. However, it is a paradox easily resolved. One who criticizes false Gosho is upholding the Dharma while one who cites false Gosho is a parasite. It is equally true that one who criticizes authentic Gosho is evil and one who cites authentic Gosho is a disciple of Nichiren Daishonin.


  1. if one is familiar with what nichiren was consistent about in his teachings and letters, it's not too difficult to spot the phony stuff.

  2. I also think that clearer perception, a benefit of correct faith and practice of the Lotus Sutra, is a key adjunct to study. We can more readily believe in the writings of Nichiren, and are even more aware of distortions-- even when written by "venerable men of wisdom", because we practice correct faith.

  3. Pure faith in Nichiren and what he taught.