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Monday, August 22, 2016

And I decided that I would not heed the claims of the Soka Gakkai, Nichiren Shoshu, Nichiren Shu, Kempon Hokke, Honmon Butsuryu Shu...

"....I decided that I would not heed the claims of these eight or ten schools, but would do as the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai did and let the sutras themselves be my sole teacher, in this way determining which of the various teachings of the Buddha’s lifetime are superior and which are inferior..." -- Repaying Debts Gratitude

1 comment:

  1. Maybe the claims of Nichiren should be heeded

    Nichiren loved all creatures and didn't want to see them suffer. He was against animal cruelty. Shouldn't his followers also be like him who lived on a Vegan plant based diet???

    I can understand if it is necessary to sustain life when there is no alternative but can we justify this behaviour from our evolutionary past and keep on eating poultry, dairy seafood read meat etc like we were back in the days when we were devouring Mammoth steaks

    Read some Gosho about what Nichiren says

    The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra

    I HAVE received the five thousand blue-duck coins you sent. The first of the five precepts is not to take life, and the first of the six pāramitās is that of almsgiving. The ten good precepts, the two hundred and fifty precepts, the ten major precepts, and all the other rules of conduct begin with the prohibition against the taking of life.

    Every being, from the highest sage on down to the smallest mosquito or gnat, holds life to be its most precious possession. To deprive a being of life is to commit the gravest kind of sin.

    When the Thus Come One appeared in this world, he made compassion for living things his basis. And as an expression of compassion for life, to refrain from taking life and to provide sustenance for living beings are the most important precepts.