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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nichiren would reprimand SGI even more than we.

The Buddha taught, "Resplendent and adamantine are my words. Listen carefully and discern." 

Nichiren would be be more forceful with the Soka Gakkai than with the provisional sects of his day. While he was alive, for the most part, he could rein in his errant disciples through personal letters and direct communication. Today, he must rely on his faithful disciples and believers to police themselves. 

Every letter Nichiren wrote was to confront the established sects and/or to raise disciples and believers capable of establishing the true teachings and to refute the provisional teachings. Today, many so-called Nichiren sects slander the true teachings, seeking approval from the interfaith community, the provisional sects, and from the non-Buddhists. 

The Opening of the Eyes, the Selection of the Time, Repaying Debts of Gratitude, The True Object of Worship, as well as, his more than six hundred letters and fragments of letters are living testaments to his great wish to establish Namu Myoho renge kyo and strengthen the faith of his disciples and believers. He clarified for our sake both correct and incorrect Buddhist doctrines and he enjoined us to get along as "fish and the water in which they swim". All this he taught so the Law would long endure and that we live long happy lives free of misfortune and disasters

Nichiren never got his chance for a national debate. Other than his first public lecture in 1253, the local debate on Sado, and his meeting with the Regent Hei-no-saemon in 1274, he had little opportunity to confront the leaders of the established sects except indirectly through his writings and the conversion efforts of his disciples and believers. 

The so-called shortcomings of the Soka Gakkai are anything but mere shortcomings. They are a Mount Sumeru of slander. Nichiren would be outraged that the SGI fails to follow his teachings and admonitions, choosing instead to follow the person of Daisaku Ikeda. There are principles of "refutation" and "intervention" in Nichiren's Lotus Sutra Buddhism. He taught his disciples not to believe those who claim to be his followers unless they have some proof of it in his own hand. The proof today is the Lotus Sutra and his authentic writings, believing and upholding them. Nichiren was very clear about the exclusive faith and practice of the Lotus Sutra and that the forceful practices of the Lotus Sutra are to be employed in this degenerate age. Clear too are Nichiren's teachings on the staunch unity of his disciples if the Great wish is to be realized. He teaches that fifty or a hundred men in unity can overcome a great army in disarray. I enjoin you to create the type of unity that will move mountains. 

The only religion that can save humanity is the religion based on the correct Three Great Secret Laws and Correct Three Treasures of the Juryo-hon Chapter of the Lotus Sutra. The Soka Gakkai tramples on these bedrocks of the Nichiren faith. 

Most people fail to see themselves, especially after having drunk the poison of erroneous teachings. Modeling ourselves on the Buddha (The Excellent Physician) and Nichiren Daishonin (the Buddha's messenger), we will awaken the SGI members to keep well the Three Great Secret Dharmas of the Chapter of the Measure of Life and the Good Excellent Medicine which is Namu Myoho renge kyo

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