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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Dictionary, next to example

emanations of the Buddha 
"[分身] ( funjin): Also, emanation Buddhas or emanations. Buddhas who are separate manifestations of a true Buddha. According to Mahayana belief, a true Buddha can produce infinite emanations who can simultaneously appear in innumerable worlds in order to save the people there. Hence the phrase “theemanation Buddhas of the ten directions” and other similar expressions that appear in the Lotus Sutra and other sutras. In the “Treasure Tower” (eleventh) chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni summons to the assembly the Buddhas who are his emanations in the ten directions in order to commence the Ceremony in the Air."

Only one Buddha has emanations, Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra. There is no concept in the Lotus Sutra or the authentic writings of Nichiren, "True Buddha or Buddhas". That would mean there are "False Buddhas" which is an oxymoron. How can a Buddha be false? According to the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren there are, however, Ancient and Manifestation (more recent Buddhas). All Buddhas however are emanations of Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter, the Original Teacher.

1 comment:

  1. Nichiren Shoshu and Soka Gakkai have made up their own religions. Again, why? Again, answer, ego (and money). They give the people what they want to hear ("you are a True Buddha") not what's good for them ("you are an emanation of the Eternal Buddha").