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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Benevolent Kings Sutra, Daisaku Ikeda, and Komeito

"The Benevolent Kings Sutra states: “Evil monks, hoping to gain fame and profit, will in many cases appear before the ruler, the crown prince, or the other princes, and take it upon themselves to preach doctrines that lead to the violation of the Buddhist Law and the destruction of the nation. The ruler, failing to perceive the truth of the situation, will listen to and put faith in such doctrines, and proceed to create regulations that are perverse in nature* and that do not accord with the rules of Buddhist discipline. In this way he will bring about the destruction of Buddhism and of the nation."

*For example, the States Secrets Law and amending Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.

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