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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Debating Rio Ventura on who may transmit Gohonzon

Rio Ventura: Response [Pt. 1]
So...Mark. Let me get this straight. You:

- publish a nail-biting critique of the SGI as an organization, the points [many of which I agree wholeheartedly with] made by use of employing really some very impressively astute psycho-babble and fear-speak, 

Mark R.: Which of course, you never cite nor address [Lisa Jone's "psycho-babble and fear mongering"

Rio Ventura: - you rail against many of your commenters with accusations of being summarily deluded, even commenters who have either identified themselves as ALSO having parted ways with the organization, or acknowledge your grievances but disagree with you on various points of how this is "occurring" to you [because context is created in language, of course, and yours, as is similarly throughout the duration of this article and subsequent comments, is increasingly suspicious and (perhaps) justifiably yet unapologetically hostile],

Mark R.: If my criticisms are justifiable, it goes without saying, they are unapologetic. As to being hostile, many said the same exact thing about Nichiren Daishonin.

Rio Ventura: - and NOW you yourself are taking personal, fiscal, and karmic responsibility for the transmisson of the True Object of Devotion for Observing One's Mind, the most sacred of objects, the GOHONZON [!!], and making it available for digital download?????????????? :-o Are you going to make up your own Buddhism while you're on a roll, because you're already behaving so insidiously shockingly that it seems like the next and most obvious outcropping? :-/

Mark R.: Exactly as did Nichiren. Were you too a Bodhisattva of the Earth, you could also take responsibility for the Transmission of the True Object of Worship. What do you think, Ikeda himself transcribes the Nichikan Gohonzon for the thousands of converts to the SGI every year? They too are digital downloads [as I bite my tongue in order to refrain from calling you a moron].

Rio Ventura: I GET why, in so very many instances, you are put off by the organization and I AGREE WITH YOU on many of these points. I am not one to pursue blind faith; if I was, I'd have never have strayed from my mother, the Jehovah's Witness MINISTER. :-(

I have always maintained that I would only ever continue this practice if it MADE SENSE, and I have many years of actual proof of how this practice WORKS, even from a quantum physical perspective. There is absolutely something to the claim that this is the ULTIMATE practice, religion, etc., and there is doctrinal directive to seek out actual proof on one's own. 

Mark R.: Were that true, then you would have no qualms about entering into a rain challenge, debate, or similar actual proof challenge with me. By all means, you may bring along, Danny Nagashima, Ted Morino, and Linda Johnson to help you. Nichiren teaches that many make such claims but who is actually encountering the Three Obstacles and Four Devils? I am and this is another reason that I can take responsibility for transmitting the Gohonzon.

Rio Ventura: PLEASE UNDERSTAND that I am not talking about the SGI as having this ultimate power, the practice does, the gohonzon does, NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO DOES, but who is exactly in a position to steer newcomers in the most "correct" method of the 3 ways of faith/practice/ 

Mark R.: Me and all those who have the same mind as Nichiren.

Rio Ventura: Mostly because of my odd schedule [I work nights], I rarely attend group meetings anymore when I USED TO host them in my home, great ones, moving one, transformative ones! NEVER have I been told that I was not going to "receive benefit" for having missed these meetings. NEVER have I been told that I was "going to the hell of eternal suffering" for missing gongyo, not paying zaimu, voicing my concerns/opinions/disdain regarding Pres. Ikeda, or any of the other myriad things "good SGI Buddhist kiddies" are supposed to do or not do.

Mark R.: Were you in the SGI YMD? If you were, you are lying. The other possibility is that you are one of those rare individuals like David Aoyama who is not exhorted to attend the countless SGI meetings and activities. David Aoyama was a top SGI senior leader who died in one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.

Rio Ventura: I have been in this organization for 28years. I have heard the George M. Williams-era horror stories. I [by choice] never took part in street shakubuku, although I can absolutely understand and appreciate the character building that sort of undertaking is bound to produce. Only someone so far out of their comfort zone can crash their inner mechanisms so fundamentally and open up a space for newfound ways of self-expression. Good on them, (although I spent a fair amount of time laughing at them when I was a teenager). My mother [aforementioned JH MINISTER!!) sent my brother to "look for me" at this "culture center" place to make sure I wasn't “joining a cult”. Oh, the irony. He got shakubuku'd and came home with a gohonzon. More. Beautiful. Irony.

Mark R.: I suggest you go to the George M. Williams memorial facebook page and see the accounts of the George Williams "horror stories" for yourself and the top SGI leaders like Dave Baldshun, Mike Kikamura, and Ted Morino who were all teary eyed at the departure of Ikeda's most faithful disciple EVER!.

Rio Ventura: I am mentioning all of this because what you are doing, saying and experiencing is the product of YOUR OWN very specific and fingerprint-like karmic equation. Your experiences with the SGI, whereas not unique, do not express the organization as a whole and I would not trade my history with them for anything. I have a very clear picture in my mind's eye about where my life would be if it had not intersected with the SGI, then NSA. The author [of The definitive analysis of why SGI is a cult] got 'indoctrinated'. I got a deeply ingrained sense of personal responsibility.

Mark R.: Your viewpoints belie your assertion. You reek of SGI indoctrination ["George Williams Horror Stories"].

Rio Ventura: The author got a paid position. I got flack for criticizing the "old vibe" of organization activities as 'the young Hitler youth movement". No one EVER ostracized me, criticized me, insulted me, forced me in any way/shape/form or, heavens forbid, asked for my gohonzon back [!!!], which (by the way) you could not pry from my cold, dead hands. How laughable and sad that someone would suggest such a thing. I am sincerely and profoundly disturbed by the notion that there might be leaders so misguided as to infer that someone should return their gohonzon under any circumstance except maybe the fear that they were liable to do it damage in some drug-fueled rage or something. 

Mark R.: Perhaps you were too insignificant to receive an SGI Letter of Excommunication and I notice, you didn't criticize the mentor or demand financial accountability. Also you never started a group such as the Independent Reassessment Group [IRG], all of these things actionable offenses that have lead to excommunication. As far as your cold dead hands, you don't have to wait. You are already cold and dead in the eyes of Nichiren, a walking dead man destined for hell:

"The other type are people who have slandered the correct teaching in their previous existences, slander it in their present existence, and for existence after existence go on creating karma that will condemn them to the hell of incessant suffering. These people, even though they may curse, will not have their mouths stopped. They are like men who have already been sentenced to execution and are awaiting their turn in prison. While they are in prison, regardless of what evil acts they may commit, they will receive no further punishment other than the death sentence already passed upon them. However, with regard to people who are eventually to be released, if they commit evil acts in prison, then they will receive warnings."

Rio Ventura: But I am equally floored and horrified that you have developed your own system for the wholesale distribution for the ‘True Object of Devotion’ via online order/request. The irony that you are throwing around the term “no-honzon” for anyone possessing of a Nichikan gohonzon and then procuring an acrylic protective shell for it from [Christian organization] ’Hobby Lobby’ is not lost on me for one moment. That is sheer comedic brilliance, right there, btw.

Mark R.: Sometimes online, sometimes in person. Always with the greatest respect and due diligence. You had better throw out your food, shoes, shirts, pants, appliances, pens, books, and house that were manufactured and assembled by Christians. If it disturbs your sensibilities to procure a fine protective frame for the Gohonzon from Hobby Lobby, I suggest you procure one from Michael's.

Rio Ventura: I am not programmed. I am not brainwashed. I already said I agreed about much of the feudalistic-style herding tactics and training. It's very old-world Asian. It doesn't work in a Western culture; I get it. It feels insidious. We resent it. Culturally, it's incongruous with our nature. But what you are also doing is equally as damaging as the movement for street-shakubuku in the 80’s. They made that into a numbers game and that was just awful. Know why? WHO could possibly mentor all of those people in simple faith, in the correct ways of practice, on accurate understanding of authentic doctrine. There was so much misinformation, so much member care not happening, so much fury and flurry and spinning of the non-stop activity wheel, that you know who REALLY suffered? All of the people who had this precious new jewel [the gohonzon] in their lives and NO IDEA what to do with it. Sooooooo many stopped practicing. Sooooooooooo many made terrible causes to mistreat or neglect their gohonzon. The gohonzon is the mirror of one’s life, one’s enlightenment. What happens if you “smash the mirror”, do you think? I’m speaking metaphorically, of course, but my point is simple: a gohonzon conferral ceremony is a beautiful rite-of-passage into this practice, and you do NOT have the authority - not karmically, not doctrinally, nor spiritually, and essentially what you are offering is the equivalent of wanting a Rolex but attaining a cheap Asian knock-off on eBay and expecting your experience with it to be anything remotely the same. So misguided, and I really hope anyone [else] who doesn’t know any better doesn’t take you up on your offer. 

Mark R.: Little of substance has changed in the SGI. Pure window dressing. As explained earlier, I do have the authority karmically, doctrinally, and spiritually to bestow Gohonzon because I have the same mind as Nichiren regarding the Gohonzon. As I have proven a thousand times, it is SGI whose mind differs from Nichiren. The Gohonzons that I confer all have had their eyes opened by Nichiren Daishonin. Yours have had their eyes opened by the slanderer Nichikan. The Gohonzon itself is the Great Ceremony in the Air. What other ceremony is purposeful?

Rio Ventura: From a doctrinal standpoint, you may want to closely reflect on the gosho, “On Omens”, and the revelation of ‘esho funi’, or ‘the oneness of life and its environment. While life and its environment may seem to be two independent phenomena, but fundamentally they are one and inseparable, you could stand to chant to unravel why your experiences with the SGI have been what they are and what internal darkness you are manifesting that led this to be so. 

Mark R.: Talking about omens, the exceptional drought on the doorstep of the SGI headquarters in Santa Monica and the Great Earthquake in Japan that killed thousands of SGI members tells us all we need to know about Esho Funi.

Rio Ventura: This is not a pissing contest, my dad cannot beat yours up in the schoolyard, and I’m not ‘better than you’. I’m saying that even though I’ve made similar observations about the org, my experiences have taken a very different path and you have forgotten that EVERYTHING possesses the “10 worlds”. The same knife that can stab you to death in an alley can be used surgically to save your life. The same organization you blanketly demonize is responsible for some of the dearest lifelong friends that I hold dear, and for imparting to me much of the most profound knowledge and wisdom I have to offer. 

Mark R.: If this missive is a reflection of the lifelong most profound knowledge and wisdom that you have accumulated, your SGI faith and practice has been a total failure. I suggest you send me your Nichikan Gohonzon from your "cold dead hands" and I will send you the beautiful Nichiren Gohonzon for the Transmission of the Dharma. Myo is to revive. You will be revived with a correct faith and practice and especially with a correct object of worship.

Rio Ventura: Nothing in and of itself is possessed of good or evil, per se. That’s for Christianity to sort out endlessly. Your experiences with the SGI, everyone’s experience with EVERYTHING, is a product of whatever karma they are here to sort out. Why does a 2yrs old get leukemia and die? Is it a tragedy? Is it unfair? No, it is KARMA. Is it profoundly sad for the parents? YES. IT IS THEIR KARMA to suffer the loss of a child in this lifetime. The child lived quickly and died because it is something THEY CHOSE to come here to do; IT WAS THEIR KARMA. The parents suffer the loss because that experience is SOMETHING THEY [collectively] CAME HERE TO DO. They are not being punished; again, that is a Judeo-Christian world view. 

Mark R.: Certainly there is tragedy but the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren teaches us how to overcome tragedy. Writing to a believer who just lost her teenage son. Nichiren teaches, "Now you must shun and abandon this heartless world, entrusting yourself to the Lotus Sutra..."

In another letter he writes:

"Tien-t’ai Chih-che propagated his teachings for thirty years. During the first twenty-nine years, expounding the doctrines contained in Profound Meaning, Words and Phrases, and other works, he explained the five periods and the eight teachings as well as the hundred worlds and thousand factors. He not only refuted the erroneous doctrines of the preceding more than five hundred years, but also clarified matters that had not been fully explained by the Buddhist scholars of India. TheGreat Teacher Chang-an states: “Even the great scholars of India were not in a class with him, and the Chinese teachers—well, one need hardly mention them. This is no idle boast—the doctrine he taught was indeed of such excellence.”9 How pitiful that T’ien-t’ai’s successors allowed those thieves, the founders of the Flower Garland and True Word schools, to steal the priceless gem of three thousand realms in a single moment of life and then, ironically, became their followers! The Great Teacher Chang-an was fully aware this would happen when he remarked in sorrow, “If this teaching should be lost, it would be a tragedy for the future.”

As far as your insipid view of punishment, Nichiren makes more than 200 citations for "punishment, punish, punished" but you throw out this vital Buddhist principle for expediency and [again] because it disturbs your fragile sensibilities. God is not the agent of punishment, it is our thoughts, words, and deeds. Again, as far as "tragedy" is concerned, Nichiren is very clear what is the greatest tragedy, "if this teaching should be lost".

SGI by throwing out the principles of punishment, slander, and especially Shakyamuni Buddha, for example, is creating the environment for the teaching to be lost. This is the real tragedy of the SGI teachings. 

Rio Ventura: If you understand this principle at its most fundamental core, it is immensely and profoundly comforting. Nichiren Daishonin himself in the Gosho, “Happiness in This World” said, “Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever.” EVERY circumstance of one’s life, everyone they know, the era in which their life has manifest, every talent, impediment, minutiae of their lives is what they CAME HERE TO DO. THAT is the definition of karma. Karma is mutable; even CHANGING IT is what you came here to do. EVERYTHING in life is unfolding PRECISELY as it was meant to. If you have forgotten that, then you’re not actually practicing Buddhism, but perhaps that self-made philosophical creation I suggested you might be constructing for your own purposes.

Mark R.: Was Daisaku Ikeda born into this world to lead people into the evil teachings of the Nichiren Shoshu? This is what he did for over forty years. Was Nichiren born to recite and propagate the Nembutsu? This is what he did for more than ten years. Then, they had a revelation, an epiphany. Unfortunately, Daisaku Ikeda's was a partial revelation, a false epiphany at the expense of the Law while Nichiren's was a perfect revelation wholly based on the text of the True Sutra. " It is stated,

"The Nirvana Sutra says: “[World-Honored One, today I have learned the correct view for the first time. World-Honored One, up till today] we all have been people of mistaken views.” Miao-lo explains this by saying, “They themselves referred to the three teachings [they had practiced until that time] as mistaken views.” And Great Concentration and Insight says, “The Nirvana Sutra says, ‘Up till today we all have been people of mistaken views.’ ‘Mistaken’ is bad, is it not?” The Annotations on “Great Concentration and Insight” says: “‘Mistaken’ is bad. Therefore, let it be known that only the perfect teaching is good. There are two meanings involved here. First, what accords with the truth is to be accounted good, and what goes against the truth is to be accounted bad. This is the meaning from the relative viewpoint. [Second,] attachment [to this viewpoint] is bad, and transcending it is good. [This is the meaning from the absolute viewpoint.] From both the relative and absolute viewpoints, we should abandon all that is bad. To be attached to the perfect teaching is bad, and to be attached to the other [three] teachings is of course even worse.”

It is only after hearing and continuously recollecting the true Law that we can freely choose to be born in a particular circumstance. Even the Buddha changed his mind, "In these more than forty years I have not yet revealed the truth."

Rio Ventura: Buddhism 101, so to speak - “On Attaining Buddhahood” [N.D., Major Writings] - ”If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail unsurpassed enlightenment in this lifetime, you must perceive the mystic truth that is originally inherent in all living beings. This truth is Myoho-renge-kyo. Chanting Myoho-renge-kyo will therefore enable you to grasp the mystic truth innate in all life.”

Mark R.: Certainly this truth is not the oneness of Daisaku Ikeda and disciple.

Rio Ventura: Perhaps start chanting for SINCERE appreciation for every single facet and wonderful, awe-inspired, gut-wrenching, horrendous, elated, disillusioned, mountain-moving, etc., moment of your life and chant to stop complaining about the experience you chose to have with the SGI to the point where you are using it to make excuses for taking Buddhism into your own hands and delivering a watered down experience to others new in faith. 

Mark R.: Then Nichiren should have continued to praise the Nembutsu. SGI is watered down. It is not the Lotus Sutra Buddhism of Nichiren:

"And the ninth volume of the Nirvana Sutra, speaking of the propagation of the Lotus Sutra, states: 'After I have entered nirvana, in the last eighty years before the correct teaching has passed into extinction, at that time this sutra will be widely propagated throughout Jambudvīpa. In that age there will be evil monks who will steal this sutra and divide it into many parts, losing the color, scent, and flavor of the correct teaching that it contains. These evil men will read and recite this sutra, but they will ignore and put aside the profound and vital principles that the Thus Come One has expounded in it and replace them with ornate rhetoric and meaningless talk. They will tear off the first part of the sutra and stick it on at the end, tear off the end and put it at the beginning, put the end and the beginning in the middle and the middle at the beginning or the end. You must understand that these evil monks are the companions of the devil....

“For example, milkmaids sometimes add a great deal of water to their milk. And these evil monks do much the same. They mix in worldly sayings, thus presenting an erroneous version of the sutra and making it impossible for large numbers of living beings to expound the sutra correctly, copy it correctly, apprehend it correctly, pay it due honor, praise, offerings, and respect. Because these evil monks are concerned only in gaining profit and support, they are incapable of widely propagating this sutra. Few are the places they reach in their various preaching excursions, and these are not worth mentioning. The impoverished milkmaids go from place to place selling their watered milk, but although one may make gruel with it, it lacks the real flavor of milk. And this great vehicle scripture, this Great Nirvana Sutra, is like this. As it is passed from place to place it becomes increasingly thin and insipid until it has no flavor at all."

SGI pluralism and interfaith is to water down Buddhism. Removing Shakyamuni Buddha and replacing him with the SGI mentor is to water down Buddhism. Adding and abiding by the commentaries of Ikeda at the expense of the Lotus Sutra and writings of Nichiren Daishonin is to water down the Lotus Sutra.

Rio Ventura: It is their karma to choose to chant the true experience of the gohonzon into their own lives. Perhaps you can to manifest your own karma that chooses not to deliver this counterfeit experience for your own reasons of bitterness and self aggrandized authority. Anyone can say “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo”, but still take actions to lead someone down the incorrect path. It’s astounding to me that you could possibly not see that. 

Mark R.: A Freudian slip? Yes, I choose not to deliver a counterfeit SGI experience and to promote a bodily reading of the Lotus Sutra in the manner of Nichiren.

Rio Ventura: I believe it is the EXACT thing you are accusing the SGI of. Are all of their actions, tactics, ‘strategies’, etc. “value-creating” even though it supposedly their intention to be? Not at all, IMHO. Is their execution on various matters seemingly mis-guided, perhaps even begging of criticism? Absolutely. Can all of those things be said of causes YOU, YOURSELF are making, actions YOU are taking as well? Undoubtedly and positively. See? No difference. Esho funi…oneness of life and its environment.

Mark R.: I relay the teachings as the print matches the print block. I am guilty of no fault, hoping to save people such as yourself from falling into the great citadel of hell. My Esho Funi matches perfectly the text of the Sutra. Does yours?

Rio Ventura: I will chant for your happiness. (Gosh, how you must hate it when people say that now. That’s kind of a shame, given the immense generosity and Bodhisatva cause implied.) 

Study up, chant harder, and re-think it.

Mark R.: As long as you made this into a guidance session, here is my guidance to you:

You see what you want to see and believe what you want to believe. You have not delved deeply into the truth of even your own own teachings. Perhaps I can help you.

Nichikan wrote: 

"We recite the Hoben Pon (2nd chapter) to smash the provisional sutras, we recite the Juryo Hon (16th Chapter) to smash the Hoben Pon, and we recits the daimoku to smash the Lotus Sutra".

Nichiren wrote:

“Nowhere in all the five thousand or seven thousand volumes of sutras listed in the K’ai-yüan era catalog do we find a single scriptural passage that expresses disapproval of the Lotus Sutra and advises one to discard it or to cast it aside, nor any passage that says it is to be classified among the sundry practices and abandoned. If you disagree, you had better find some reliable passage from the sutras that will support your view, so that you may rescue Shan-tao and Honen from their torments in the hell of incessant suffering."(Coversations Between a Sage and Unenlightened Man).

Yet you do Gongyo and chant the Daimoku every day to this slanderer's Gohonzon. Why would you ever think for a moment that you too could escape the torments of hell?

In the "Toke Sanne Sho [On the Three Robes of Nichiren Shoshu]," Nichikan Shonin cites Nikko Shonin and Nichimoku Shonin as the Treasure of the Priest when revealing the Three Treasures of Nichiren Shoshu, and then states, "I say that all the Masters, the successive direct successors to the bestowal of the Law, are in this way included in the Three Treasures." (Seiten, p. 971)

Nichikan's Six Volume Writings" (Rokkan sho) is composed of the following: 

1)."The Threefold Secret Teaching" (Sanju hiden sho): In this writing Nichikan exhorts us us to abandon the Lotus Sutra and only embrace Namu Myoho renge kyo. This is bizarre since Namu myoho renge kyo means devotion to the Lotus Sutra (Myoho renge kyo).

2)."The Meanings Hidden in the Depths" (Montei hichin sho). In this equally bizarre writing he changes the Great Secret Law of the Object of Worship in terms of the person from the Original Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni to Nichiren Daishonin.

3)."Interpretations Based on the Law" (Egi hanmon sho). In this equally strange writing, Nichikan teaches that the Lotus Sutra was preached by Shakyamuni to explain Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism rather than Nichiren Daishonin explaining the Lotus Sutra through his commentaries. 

4)."Teachings for the Latter Day" (Mappo soo sho). In this writing, Nichikan attempts to overturn the use of statues as Objects of Worship despite the fact that Nichiren utilized and revered a Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha as an Object of Worship throughout his life, praised both Dozenbo, Toki Jonin, and Shijo Kingo for fashioning statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, and wrote about both "wooden and painted" images.

5)."The Practice of this School" (Toryu gyoji sho). In this slanderous writing, Nichikan says we chant the Daimoku to smash the Juryo Chapter and chant the Juryo Chapter to smash the Hobenpon. 

(6) The "Toke Sanne Sho" (The Three Robes of this School) explains the origin and significance of the traditional gray robe, the white surplice and the prayer beads of the Nichiren Shoshu priests. Here, he also goes on to overturn the Three Treasures of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren by asserting that Nichiren is the Treasure of the Buddha and that the heritage of the Law, the succession, is through the bequethal to one sole individual or the successive High Priests of Nichiren Shoshu (the Treasure of the Sangha). On the Juzu, he wrote:

"The Juzu is a means to guide persons of inferior capacity and force them into ascetic practices." 

"Juzu require an eye-opening ceremony before use. This can be done at your local temple." (Six Volume Writings," Rokkan-sho, p. 225) 

The Ryokkan Sho, far from being an Enlightened writing, is a bizarre writing.

Nichiren Daishonin, on the other hand, writes:

"When the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai applied the simile of ghee to the Lotus Sutra, basing himself on a passage in the Nirvana Sutra, he declared that among all the sutras the Lotus Sutra is worthy to be compared to ghee. The True Word teaching was introduced to China from India two hundred years or more after the time of T’ien-t’ai. How then could T’ien-t’ai possibly have stolen the ghee of the True Word teaching and called it the ghee of the Lotus Sutra? Of all strange events, this would be the strangest!

What evidence is there then for calling persons who lived two hundred years or more before the True Word teaching was even introduced to China thieves? Are we to put faith in these writings of the Great Teacher Kobo? Or are we to put faith in the Nirvana Sutra where the Buddha likens the Lotus Sutra to ghee?

If we are to regard the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai as a thief, then how are we to interpret this passage in the Nirvana Sutra? And if we accept the passage in the Nirvana Sutra as reliable and conclude that the writings of Kobo (Nichikan) are incorrect, then what are we to think of people who put faith in such erroneous teachings? All I can say is that one should compare the writings of the Great Teacher Kobo (Nichikan) and the pronouncements of the Buddha, and then put one’s faith in the one that proves to be correct." (On Prayer).

"But those who follow the teachings of Nichiren honestly discard the mistaken doctrines of the provisional teachings and the incorrect theories of the mistaken teachers, and, with all sincerity, put their faith in the correct teaching and the correct doctrines of the correct teacher. Accordingly they are able to gain the lotus of the entity and to manifest the mystic principle of the entity of the Land of Eternally Tranquil Light. This is because they put their faith in the golden words of the Buddha indicated in the “Life Span” chapter of the essential teaching and chant Namu-myoho-renge-kyo."(Entity of the Mystic Law)

Since the SGI fails, on this one vital criteria of putting "their faith in the golden words of the Buddha indicated in the “Life Span” chapter of the essential teaching", their land is the land of devils and hardships and not the Land of Eternally Quiescent Light. Wherever the teachings of the SGI spread, the people suffer and more tragedies and calamities occur. On the other hand, even one true practicer of the Lotus Sutra in a city or a country will bring good fortune and peace to the people.

Nichikan also wrote:

"The three groups of shomon disciples 
accumulated good fortune since sanzen 
jintengo [before being guaranteed 
enlightenment), and those who received 
the seed and reached enlightenment on 
hearing the first chapter of the Lotus 
Sutra accumulated good fortune since 
Gohyaku jintengo. How possibly could 
those who first received the seed during 
the lifetime of the Buddha all without 
exception achieve enlightenment in a 
mere two-thousand years? [They 
couldn't!] The reason is this: the 
effectiveness of Shakyamuni's teachings 
begins at Kuon Ganjo, but ends with the 
two-thousand years of the Former and 
Middle Days of the Law. ... Therefore 
the people of the Latter Day of the Law 
all innately have yet to possess the seed 
and so are of the capacity to receive the 
original seed of enlightenment directly." 
(Rokkan-sho, p.110)

Who can understand such nonsense? He is like SGI leaders. Nichikan just makes things up out of thin air. What ever pops into his head he writes and calls it the True Teachings. Nichiren says about such men who fail to preach with Sutra in hand, even though they be great bodhisattvas, don't listen to them. Nichikan wasn't even a Bodhisattva. He was a madman and he inscribed the Gohonzon to which SGI members fuse. How could every last member of the SGI fail to become a madman? Here is more proof.

Nichikan writes in his Montei Hichin-Sho ["The Teachings Hidden in the Depths of the Text"]: 

"Therefore know this: *"One of Perfect Freedom"* is His true state (honchi). Bodhisattva Jogyo is His transient reflection. And Nichiren is the manifestation of His true state (kenpon).

Nichiren Daishonin never revealed it and he never held back anything. Nichiren Shonin teaches that his true identity is that of Jogyo and hidden in the depths of the Juryohon is that he, as well as we, are Three Bodied Tathagatas, one with the Original Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni, our original teacher.

The Juryo (16) and Jinriki Chapters (21) of the Lotus Sutra and the Goshos, the Entity of the Mystic Law (Totaigi Sho), The Opening of the Eyes, The True Object of Worship, and Repaying Debts of Gratitude, explain why the Nichikan Gohonzon is a demon infested condition for the ruin of the individual, the nation, and the world.

'I likewise am the Father of the World, 
The One who saves 
from the various sufferings and travails" (Lotus Sutra Chapter 16)

"At that time the Buddha spoke to Superior Practices and the others in the great assembly of bodhisattvas, saying: "The supernatural powers of the Buddhas, as you have seen, are immeasurable, boundless, inconceivable. If in the process of entrusting this sutra to others I were to employ these supernatural powers for a immeasurable, boundless hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, millions of asamkhya kalpas to describe the benefits of the sutra, I could never finish doing so. To put it briefly, all the doctrines possessed by the Thus Come One, the storehouse of all the secret essentials of the Thus Come One - all these are proclaimed, revealed, and clearly expounded in this sutra. (Lotus Sutra Chapter 21)

Nichiren comments on this passage:

"Answer: In this passage, Shakyamuni Buddha explains that he is entrusting to the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, his original disciples, the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo, which is the essence of the Lotus Sutra. Shakyamuni, who attained enlightenment countless kalpas in the past, says elsewhere, "By now the original vows that I made have already been fulfilled. I have converted all living beings and caused them all to enter the Buddha way." Thus, he has already fulfilled his earlier vow. Then, intending to charge his disciples with the task of accomplishing widespread propagation in the fifth five hundred years after his death," he called forth the Bodhisattvas of the Earth and entrusted them with the heart of the sutra, the lotus of the entity of the essential teaching. This passage represents the ultimate purpose for which Shakyamuni Buddha appeared in the world, the secret Law that he attained in the place of meditation. It is this passage that gives proof of the lotus of the entity that, for those of us who live in the Latter Day of the Law, assures the attainment of Buddhahood in both the present and future." 

Accordingly, at the present time in the Latter Day of the Law, other than the envoy of the Thus Come One, there can be no one who understands and produces this passage as proof of the lotus of the entity. Truly it is a passage of secret meaning. Truly it is a matter of great concern. Truly it is to be honored and admired. Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, Namu-myoho-renge-kyo!" (Entity of the Mystic Law)

"Answer: 'One: Japan and so on to the whole of Jambudvipa should uniformly take the Master of teachings Lord Shakya of the Original Doctrine as the Object of Worship." (Repaying Debts of Gratitude)

"Now, when the Eternal Buddha was revealed in the essential section of the Lotus Sutra, this world of endurance (Saha-world) became the Eternal Pure Land, indestructible even by the three calamities of conflagration, flooding, and strong winds, which are said to destroy the world. It transcends the four periods of cosmic change: the kalpa of construction, continuance, destruction and emptiness. Sakyamuni Buddha, the Lord-preacher of this pure land, has never died in the past, nor will He be born in the future. He exists forever throughout the past present and future. All those who receive His guidance are one with this Eternal Buddha." (Opening of the Eyes)

"In the same chapter, another passage reads: ‘The duration of My Life, which I obtained through the practice of the way of bodhisattvas, has not yet expired. It is twice as long as the length of time stated above: 500 dust-particle kalpa.’ This reveals the bodhisattva realm within our minds. The bodhisattvas described in the fifteenth chapter, ‘Appearance of Bodhisattvas from Underground,’ who have sprung out of the great earth, as numerous as the number of dust-particles of 1,000 worlds, are followers of the Original Buddha Sakyamuni who resides within our minds." (The True Object of Worship)

Nichikan asked us to abandon Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra. This is the purport of his Object of Worship. The Nichikan Gohonzon is neither based on the Lotus Sutra (Myoho renge kyo) nor on Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra. It is not based on the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin. Chanting to this Gohonzon is as if you were to take and revere the offering of a sumptuous meal from the murderer of your parents or praising the one who has kidnapped your child. You along with the offender (Nichikan) will both fall into the Lower Realms and the Sutra's promise of peace and security in this life and a fortunate birth in the next will allude you.

Further Proof of my assertion is the fact that SGI would take up this Gohonzon as their banner of propagation in the first place; the bizarre worldview of the SGI where Daisaku Ikeda is revered and praised at the expense of the Sutra, the Buddha, and Nichiren Daishonin; the misfortune that invariably befalls its leaders; and the lack of insight of the general members.

If you send me your Nichikan gohonzon, we will see to it that it is burned respectfully as an offering to Devedatta, the Ten Demon Daughters, the Lotus Sutra, and Shakyamuni Buddha or you may burn it yourself while reciting the Daimoku and the Jiga-ge for the repose of Nichikan, the greatest destroyer of Buddhism in human history.

1 comment:

  1. "Rio Ventura: But I am equally floored and horrified that you have developed your own system for the wholesale distribution for the ‘True Object of Devotion’ via online order/request. "

    Who developed the SGI's *system for *whole sale distribution of the "True Object of Devotion"? Theirs is distribution on a corporate level-- mass production and shipping in bulk. Nothing could be further from Nichiren's spirit bestowing Gohonzon with a specific follower in mind. Nichiren knew what teachings the recipient was following, and had a very clear understanding of the depth of the recipients faith and his/her resolve. Every SGI recruit is introduced to the Gohonzon as *the prize* for maintaining interest in attending meetings and showing deference to leaders-- "THIS Gohonzon can be yours-- if you continue to look like a good investment for us-- WE'll hook you up (for a small fee) with a mass produced, shipped in bulk, copy of an altered scroll inscribed by a renegade Taisekiji High Priest, xeroxed on cheap paper." WOW ! what a deal.

    The stunning lack of deep reverence and care shown for the *sacred scroll* by SGI just boggles the mind. And that's before you learn their history of handing them out like lottery tickets and losing account of thousands of their "True Objects of Devotion".

    I think Rio Ventura was floored by the concept of direct connection with a practitioner *seeking* the Gohonzon, without the traditional Gakkai sales pitch.

    R.V. is thinking and talking in *marketing terms*--- not even aware of how non-Buddhist he sounds, and unlikely to have a clue how the Gohonzon is directly connected to Nichiren--. R.V, is *brainwashed by the allure of the manufacturing arm of Gakkai corporation and the SGI, "Brand"-- Who would imagine himself capable of equalling , much less topping the *Top* producers of the number one accessory - sold separately , to SGI members only ??

    This is where I would insert the debt of gratitude owed to the renegade IRG members who made Nichiren Gohonzons available and thus prevented countless people from having to procure one from the profit driven SGIkeda corporation !!

    I notice Mr. Ikeda did not attempt to copyright the Nichikan Gohonzon--- maybe because there was virtually NO competition for that particular no-honzon !!