"Answer: Are those who have received the teachings directly from their teacher invariably free from error, while those who appear in later ages and examine and clarify these teachings are to be regarded as worthless? If so, then should we throw away the sutras and instead rely upon the four ranks of bodhisattvas? Should a person throw away the deed of transfer received from his father and mother and instead depend upon oral transmissions?” — Nichiren
"From my own experience, that takes a lot of guts. It really helps to have a mentor; rather, it is essential to have a good teacher, an ideal mentor, such as President Ikeda, who can teach us the fundamentals. We're lucky to have him as a teacher; don't you think?
It may take some time, but the idea of mentor/disciple is already becoming clear to a multitude of youth throughout the world, and the concept will eventually sink in, even to those who now boast that they can face the three obstacles and four devils on their own, without any help from others. Such an idea is a great delusion, a major hindrance, to bringing out our full potential, Buddhahood." -- SGI leader