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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Great Nirvana Sutra on Buddhist organizations [sanghas]

"Of organizations, there are three kinds.  First there are those that are organized on the basis of the power, wealth or authority of great leaders. 

Second, there are those that are organized because of its convenience of the members, which will continue to exist as long as the members satisfy their conveniences and do not quarrel. 

Third, there are those that are organized with some good teaching as its center and harmony as its very life. 

Of course, the third or last of these is the only true organization, for in it the members live in one spirit, from which the unity of spirit and various kinds of virtue will arise. In such organization there will prevail harmony, satisfaction and happiness. 

Enlightenment is like rain that falls on a mountain and gathers into rivulets that run into brooks, and then into rivers which finally flow into the ocean. 

The rain of the sacred teaching falls on all people alike without regard to their condition or circumstances.  Those who accept it gather into small groups, then into organizations, then into communities and, finally find themselves in the great Ocean of Enlightenment. 

The minds of these people mix like milk and water and finally organize into a harmonious Sangha."


  1. Proof that the modern Nichiren sects are not true organizations. Also proof that their leaders never read the Nirvana Sutra.

  2. and if they did, they get it wrong. no doubt cross-eyed.