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10 years ago  ::  Nov 15, 2008 - 12:36AM #11
Neverdespise
Posts: 270
Dear Chris:

Nichiren writes in Repaying Debts of Gratitude:

"Miao-lo wrote commentaries on T’ien-t’ai’s works in thirty volumes, the writings known as The Annotations on “Great Concentration and Insight,” The Annotations on “The Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra,” and The Annotations on “The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra.” Not only did these thirty volumes of commentary serve to eliminate passages of repetition in T’ien-t’ai’s works and to elucidate points that were unclear, but at the same time, in one stroke, they refuted the Dharma Characteristics, Flower Garland, and True Word schools, which had escaped T’ien-t’ai’s censures because they did not exist in China during his lifetime."

This happened towards the end of the former half of the Middle Day of the Law. Then, in the latter half of the Middle Day, Nichiren writes about Saicho:

"Immediately he vowed to do something about the situation, saying, “Because the people of Japan are all patrons of those who are slandering the correct teaching, the nation will surely fall into chaos.” He thereupon expressed his criticisms of the six schools, but when he did so, the great scholars of the six schools and the seven major temples of Nara rose up in anger and flocked to the capital, until the nation was in an uproar.

These men of the six schools and seven major temples were filled with the most intense animosity toward Saicho. But as it happened, on the nineteenth day of the first month in the twenty-first year of the Enryaku era (802), Emperor Kammu paid a visit to the temple called Takao-dera, and he summoned fourteen eminent priests— namely, Zengi, Shoyu, Hoki, Chonin, Kengyoku, Ampuku, Gonso, Shuen, Jiko, Gen’yo, Saiko, Dosho, Kosho, and Kambin— to come to the temple and debate with Saicho."

After defeating them in debate, thanks to Saicho, Japan united under the provisional teachings of the Lotus Sutra.

Today, the disorder in the Nichiren community, with respect to the essential teachings, is much worse than the disarray during the Daishonin's day regarding the provisional sects, let alone the situation among the various sects during the Middle Day. What's more, the ruling party in Japan supports the Komeito and therefore, the SGI.

Nichiren, the Buddhist Prophet wrote, quoting the Nirvana Sutra in the Opening of the Eyes:

"At that time, this sutra will be widely propagated throughout Jambudvipa. 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."

This is the reality of the world today. The SGI has widely propagated the Lotus Sutra throughout the world but the teachings have lost the color, scent and flavor of the correct teaching that it contains. The SGI leaders and members read and recite this Sutra but they ignore and put aside the vital principles that the Thus Come One has expounded in it. They have replaced the vital principles with ornate rhetoric such as: "We chant the Lotus Sutra to refute the Lotus Sutra"; "Nichiren is the Original Eternal Buddha"; "Myoho renge kyo is the Original Eternal Buddha."; "Nichiren said this but he meant that."; and "The SGI is the only group of true believers".

Is not the reality laid out in the Rissho Ankoku Ron, the reality of warfare, famine, fires, floods, drought, etc. upon us to an even greater degree than during the time of Nichiren, despite the widespread propagation of the Sutra throughout Jambudvipa? The reasons are, the Law has been changed and the Gohonzon has been altered, the vital principles of the Lotus Sutra have been forgotten, and there is no unity in the Nichiren Sangha.

And yet, there is not one person who says, "perhaps this man has reason for saying these things." (A paraphrasing of a passage in Repaying Debts of Gratitude).

The SGI will continue to spread Nam(u) myoho renge kyo but will it spread the vital principles contained theirin? Most importantly, will it spread the Great Secret Law of the Object of Worship: "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."?

The Great Teacher Miao-lo states, "Even people whose minds deviate from truth will gain great blessings if they form a relationship with an object of truth. But if a person forms a bond with an object that deviates from truth, even if that bond is free from the hindrances of doubt, he will be unable to foster the seed of Buddhahood."

The SGI must return to a Gohonzon based on the Lord of Teachings, Shakyamuni Buddha of the Sixteenth Chapter of the Lotus Sutra for Kosen Rufu to be realized. It must repudiate the Nichiren as True Buddha Gohonzon of the Great Destroyer of Buddhism, Nichikan. This simple action would unify the Nichiren Sangha. The SGI would then be embraced by the Nichiren Shu and the Kempon Hokke and we would respect your peccadillos* and you ours. This action on the part of the SGI might even convince the Nichiren Shu to abandon their practice of the seperate enshrinement of deities. If you fundamentally changed this one doctrine of the SGI faith, the Kempon Hokke would be overjoyed to bestow upon your members a Gohonzon based on Lord Shakya of the Original Doctrine, if you so desired.

Sincerely,

Mark, disciple of Shakyamuni buddha and Nichiren Daishonin
The second day of the eleventh month, 2008

*In this context, meaning minor faults.
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 17, 2008 - 1:48PM #12
sgi_chris
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The SGI does not feel that "any specific" Gohonzon is better than another. If you match the Gohonzon SGI members chant to currently with some of the older Gohonzons Nichiren hand inscribed, there is no drastic difference.

However, the reason(s) behind us not using the Gohonzon's inscribed by the Shoshu priesthood is because we do not agree with their methods of teaching the Buddhist Law to the Shoshu lay members; Not to mention our excommunication in 1991.

Once Nikken became high priest in 1979, he began inscribing the Gohonzon for new members of the SGI. Until 1991, the SGI happily propagated the Nikken-transcribed Gohonzon throughout the world.

In "The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon," the Daishonin says that the Gohonzon is "the banner of the propagation of the Lotus Sutra" (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 831). Conferring the Gohonzon is one way that this Buddhism can spread. Today, the Nichikan-transcribed Gohonzon is "the banner of the propagation of the Lotus Sutra" of the SGI, which is practicing Buddhism correctly.


www.sokaspirit.org

Nikken's excommunication of all SGI members in 1991 and again in 1997 made it clear that he had no desire to save people; excommunicating these millions of people, he said at the time, guaranteed them a trip to hell.

From 1991 to 1993, no one could receive the Gohonzon from Nichiren Shoshu unless they promised to part with the SGI. In 1993, reformist priests thus came up with the idea of the SGI starting to confer the Nichikan-transcribed Gohonzon. (Nichikan is known as a high priest who brought the Daishonin's spirit back to the priesthood at a time when it had been forgotten.)

First, new SGI members received the Nichikan-transcribed Gohonzon. Soon, there were many requests from other members to exchange their Nikken-transcribed Gohonzon for the Nichikan-transcribed; this began in 1994.

There's a lesson to this history: The temple issue is not the case of two different organizations both practicing the Daishonin's Buddhism and simply not being able to get along with each other.




If you fundamentally changed this one doctrine of the SGI faith, the Kempon Hokke would be overjoyed to bestow upon your members a Gohonzon based on Lord Shakya of the Original Doctrine, if you so desired.



Nichiren himself inscribed his life in sumi ink to save the whole World, not just Shoshu members, SGI practitioners, and Kempon Hokke members. He did not inscribe a Gohonzon based on Lord Shakya, at least that is not what he wrote about in his Goshos.

Thank you, but I respectfully deny your offer of a "Lord Shakya Gohonzon." I have receieved many blessings in my life useing the Gohonzon that I have now, along with all members of the SGI. Thank you though!

It does sound tempting to change "one small doctrine." However, if one small drop of poison can slowly kill one's five foot body, a poisonous doctrine can destroy the truth of a life fulfilling philosophy, like that esposed by the SGI.

I have faith that there is no difference between Shakyamunui Buddha, ordinary people, and the Lotus Sutra.

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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 4:08AM #13
Neverdespise
Posts: 270
Dear Chris:

Part 1

Both Nichiren Daishonin and I disagree with you. We believe the identity of the Original Buddha is the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni of the 16th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra. Our reverence for this Buddha and this particular Buddha, above and beyond all other Buddhas is without measure. Nichiren Daishonin taught that, believing in Shakyamuni Buddha as the Original Buddha and our original teacher, we become equal to Shakyamuni Buddha.

"Thus it was revealed that Shakyamuni had long been the Buddha since
the eternal past and it became clear that various Buddhas in other
worlds were all manifestations of Shakyamuni Buddha. Now, however, as
Shakyamuni was proved to be the Eternal Buddha, those Buddhas in the
Flower Garland Sutra, or Buddhas in the Hodo, Hannya, or Great Sun
Buddha sutras all became subordinates of Shakyamuni Buddha." (Kaimoku
Sho, p. 174, translated by
Kyotsu Hori, 1987)

BTW, here's the same quote, as translated by NSIC. Please note the
subtledifferences:

"When Shakyamuni Buddha revealed that he had gained enlightenment in
the far distant past and had since then been constantly in the world,
it became apparent that all the other Buddhas were emanations of
Shakyamuni... now it becomes apparent that Vairocana Buddha of the
Kegon Sutra and various Buddhas of the Hodo, Hannya and Dainichi
sutras are in fact all followers of Shakyamuni Buddha." (MW V.2,
p.149)

And again, Nichiren says:

"Since Shakyamuni Buddha is eternal and all other Buddhas in the
universe are His manifestations..." (Kaimoku Sho, translated by
Kyotsu Hori, p.176).

NSIC translates this as :

"Since the Buddha of the Juryo chapter is revealed as the eternal
Buddha..." (the part about the manifestation Buddhas is left out
altogether!) [MW V. 2, p.150]

Once again, from the Kaimoku Sho, translated by Kyotsu Hori, p.180:

"But now since it has been revealed that Shakyamuni is the Eternal
Buddha..."

"But now that it has become apparent that Shakyamuni Buddha attained
enlightenment countless aeons ago,...etc. (MW V.2, p. 151)

"Since Sakyamuni Buddha is eternal and all other Buddhas in the
universe are His manifestations, then those great bodhisattvas
converted by manifested Buddhas are also disciples of Lord Sakyamuni
Buddha. If the "Life Span of the Buddha" chapter had not been
expounded, it would be like the sky without the sun and moon, a
country without a king, mountains and rivers without gems, or a man
without a soul." (Noppa, pg. 176, Kaimoku Sho)

In the Kanjin Honzon Sho, (translated by Kyotsu Hori) there is not a
single sentence where Nichiren even suggests that he is somehow this
Eternal Buddha that is found in the Juryo Chapter. Instead, Nichiren
says:

"...Shakyamuni Buddha, within our minds, is an ancient Buddha without
beginning, manifesting Himself in three bodies and attained
Buddhahood in the eternal past.. (ibid. P.94)

"...the Bodhisattvas (who sprang from underneath the ground), as
described in the 15th chapter, are followers of the Original Buddha
Shakaymuni who resides within our minds." (p.94)

"Shakyamuni 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." (P.100)

"The "honzon" at the scene of this transmission of "Namu Myo Ho Renge
Kyo" from the Eternal Buddha to His Original Disciples is...
suspended in the sky above the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni's Saha-world
is a stupa of treasures, in which Shakyamuni Buddha and Taho sit to
the left and right of "Myo Ho Renge Kyo". (P.102)

"Many wooden statues and portraits were made of Shakyamuni Buddha as
He preached Hinayana and quasi-Mahayana sutras, but statues and
portraits of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha revealed in the Juryo
Chapter of the Lotus Sutra were never made. Now, in the beginning of
Mappo, is it not the time that such statues and portraits are made?"
(P.104)

And, from the Ho'on Jo (translated by Taikyo Yajima):

"All the people in Japan as well as the rest of the whole world
should revere the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Original and Eternal
Buddha) revealed in the essential section (honmon) of the Lotus Sutra
as the object of worship (honzon)." [P. 198]

Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 56:

"In fact Sakyamuni began to preach, planting the seed of Buddhahood
in the eternal past... Sakyamuni Buddha continued to guide His
disciples until they were all sure to attain Buddhahood during the
preaching of the Lotus Sutra in His present life, completing the
series of His preaching which began in the eternal past."

Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 86:

"This means that Sakyamuni Buddha, Taho Buddha, and all the Buddhas
in manifestation are in our minds, and that we, upholders of the
Lotus Sutra, will follow in their steps and inherit all the merits of
those Buddhas."

and somewhat further along:

"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."

Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 94

"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."

continued......
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 4:10AM #14
Neverdespise
Posts: 270
Part 2

Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 100

"How lucky I am to be able to go to the Pure Land of Mt. Sacred Eagle
and extinguish within one life my sin of slandering the true dharma
ever since the eternal past! How glad I feel to be able to go to the
Pure Land of Mt. Sacred Eagle and wait on Lord Sakyamuni Buddha, whom
I have never seen yet! May I guide first of all those rulers of this
land who have persecuted me. May I tell Sakyamuni Buddha about my
disciples who have assisted me. may I present this great merit to my
parents, who gave birth to me, before I die."

"Present within our lives is the Lord Shalyamuni who obtained the
three enlightened properties of life before gohyaku-jintengo, the
Original Buddha since time without begining." (MW vol 1, The True
Object of Worship, pg 65)

"Demonstrating ten great mystic powers the Buddha (Shakyamuni)
transferred Namu Myoho renge Kyo to the four great bodhisattvas"
(Ibid pg 77)

"Shakyamuni is the original teacher for all people as well as their
sovereign and their parent" (MW vol 1, Admonitions Against Slander,
pg 166)

"It is the object of worship which perfectly depicts Lord Shakyamuni
in the Treasure Tower" (MW vol 1, The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon, pg
212)

"Shakyamuni is the father, sovereign and teacher of all other Buddhas
and all gods, of the whole assembly of men and heavenly beings and of
all sentient beings." (MW vol 1, Letter to Nikke, pg 257)

"But because of this book by Honen, this Senchaku Shu, the Lord
Buddha Shakyamuni is forgotten." (MW vol 2, Rissho Ankoku Ron, pg 23)

"The Lord Shakyamuni who declared 'I alone can save them,' at a time
even more distant than gohyaku-jintengo, is none other than each of
us." (MW vol 2, I2U Exile, pg 55)

"One should know that the Enlightened One, the Buddha, is a Great
Teacher for all living beings, a Great Eye for them, a Great Pillar,
a Great Helmsman, a Great Field of Plenty." (MW vol 2, Opening of the
Eyes, pg 77)

"The doctrines that the Buddha taught over a period of fifty years
number eighty thousand...The eight years during which he preached the
Lotus Sutra he called the time when he 'now must reveal the truth'.
Thus Taho Buddha came forth from the earth to testify that 'All that
you have expounded is the truth,' and the Buddhas that are emanations
of the Original Buddha gathered together and extended their tongues
up to the Brahma-heaven in testimony." (MW vol 2, Ibid, pg 79)

"The Buddhas of the ten directionss gathered in assembly, Shakyamuni
Buddha announced that 'all of these are emanations of my being." (MW
vol 2, Ibid, pg 141)

"When Shakyamuni Buddha revealed that he had gained enlightenment in
the far distant past and had since then been constantly in the world,
it became apparent that all the other Buddhas were emanations of
Shakyamuni." (MW vol 2, Ibid, pg 149)

"Since the Buddha of the Juryo chapter is revealed as the eternal
Buddha, it follows that the great bodisattvas such as Monju and
Miroku and the great bodisattvas from other realms are in fact
disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha." (MW vol 2, Ibid, pg 150)

"All these beings are discples of Shakyamuni Buddha. Since the
various Buddhas themselves are emanations of Shakyamuni Buddha, it
goes without saying that their disciples must be disciples of
Shakyamuni. And of course the various decties of the sun, moon and
stars, who have dwelt in the world from countless ages in the past
must likewise be disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha." (MW vol 2, Ibid, pg
152)

"The Lotus Sutra is nothing other than a scripture that reveals that
Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment at a time even more distant
than gohyaku-jintengo." (MW vol 2, Letter to the Priests of Seicho-
ji, pg 268)

"...but Shakyamuni [by bestowing upon us the character myo] has
granted us as many benefits as if we ourselves had fulfilled all the
practices of the six paramitas. This precisely accords with his
statement, "Now this threefold world is all my domain, the living
beings in it are all my children." (MW vol 3, Letter to Nichimyo
Shonin, pg 48-49)

"Now the votaries of the Lotus Sutra are the children of Shakyamuni
Buddha." (MW vol 3, Ibid, pg 49)

"All that you (Shakyamuni Buddha) have expounded is the truth." (MW
vol 3, Ibid pg 51)

"The Lord Shakyamuni assembled Taho Buddha as well as the other
Buddhas, who were his own emanations, from throughout ten directions
and left one great medicine, the five characters of Myoho renge Kyo-
for the people of the Latter Day." (MW vol 3, The Munadala of the
Mystic Law, pg 58)

"Lord Shakyamuni treasured this Gohonzon in mind... He revealed it in
the Juryo chapter..." (MW vol 3, Reply to Nii-Ama, pgs 64-65)

In the Selection of the Time, directly under the title, it is written:
"Nichiren, disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha".

"Yet it was not I, Nichiren who made these important pronouncements.
Rather it was in all cases the spirit of Shakyamuni Buddha that had
entered into my body. And at having personally experienced this I am
beside myself with joy." (MW vol 3, Ibid, pg 171)

"Shakyamuni Buddha, the World Honored One, declared, 'I am the
foremost throughout the threefold world.'" (MW vol 3, Ibid, pg 176)

"When I was about to be beheaded, the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni took my
place." (MW vol 3, The Supremacy of the Law, pg 199).

"However, they are alike in that they all abandoned Shakyamuni
Buddha,"

and in the next paragraph it states,

"If there is anyone among my followers who is weak in faith and goes
against what I, Nichiren, say, he will meet the same fate as did the
Soga family." (MW vol 3, The Supreme Leader of the World, pg 237)

"I have been ceaselessly praying for your sake to the Lotus Sutra,
Shakyamuni Buddha and the gods of the sun and moon." (MW vol 3, Ibid)

"Our teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha." (MW vol 4, The Learned Shan-wu-wei,
pg 64)

"They are monks and nuns by virtue of the Lord Shakyamuni." (Ibid, pg
65)

"There are three reasons why Shakyamuni Buddha rather than any of the
other Buddhas has a relationship with all the people of the world of
the saha world. First of all, he is the World Honored One, the
soverign of all the people of this saha world...

The second reason is that Shakyamuni Buddha is the father and mother
of all the persons in the saha world. It is proper that we should
first of all pay filial respect to our own father and mother...

The third reason is that Shakyamuni is the original teacher of all
persons in the saha world." (Ibid, pgs 65-66)

"Yet Shakyamuni Buddha entered this saha world of ours with the title
Nonin, 'He Who Can Forbear.' He is so called because he does not
berate its people for the slanders they all commit but shows
forbearance toward them.

"These, then, are the special qualities possesed by Shakyamuni
Buddha, qualities that the other Buddhas lack," (Ibid, pg 68)

"I [Shakyamuni] alone can save them." (Ibid, pg 69)

"For this reason, all the persons in this saha world of ours, if they
detest the sufferings of birth and death and wish to have an object
of veneration to which they can pay respect, should first of all
fashion images of Shakyamuni Buddha... and make these their object of
worship." (Ibid, pg 69)

"Shakyamuni Buddha our father and mother, who is endowed with the
three virtues of soverign, teacher and parent, is the very one who
encourages us, the people driven out by all the other Buddhas,
saying, 'I alone can save them'. The debt of gratitude we owe him is
deeper than the ocean, weightier than the earth, vaster than the sky.
Though we were to pluck out our two eyes and place them before him as
an offering until there were more eyes there than stars in the sky,
though we were to strip off our skins and spread them out by the
hundreds of ten thousands until they blanketed the ceiling of heaven,
though we were to give him our tears as offerings of water and
present him with flowers for the space of a hundred billion kalpas,
though we were to offer him our flesh and blood for innumerable
kalpas, until our flesh piled up like mountains and our blood
overflowed like vast seas, we could never repay a fraction of the
debt we owe to this Buddha!" (Ibid, pg 71-72)
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 4:12AM #15
Neverdespise
Posts: 270
Part 3

"All that you [Shakyamuni Buddha] have expounded is the truth." (MW
vol 4, Teaching, Practice and Proof, pg 120)

"First, in Japan and all the other countries throught the world, the
object of worship should, on all cases, be the Lord Shakyamuni of
true Buddhism." (MW vol 4, Repaying Debts of Gratitude, pg 271)

"Our merciful father, Lord Shakyamuni, said 'Rely on the Law and not
upon persons." (MW vol 5, A Sage and an Unenlightened Man, pg 65)

"In the same volume in the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha says, 'for the
sake of the Buddha way I have in countless different lands from the
begining until now widely preached various sutras, but among them
this Sutra is foremost.' This passage means that Shakyamuni Buddha
has appeared in countless lands, taking different names and assuming
varying life spans." (Ibid, pg 77)

"I have dedicated my life to Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra,
extending compassion to all living beings and rebuking slanders of
the Law." (MW vol 5, A Sage and an Unenlightened Man, pg 107)

"When Shakyamuni Buddha in the clouds above the Sacred Mountain, in
the mists of Eagle peak, summed up the essence of the doctrine and
entrusted it to the bodhisattvas of the earth, what do you suppose
that teaching was? It was nothing other than these five characters,
the essential law;" (Ibid, pg 110)

"I Nichiren, humble person though I am, have recieved Lord
Shakyamuni's royal command and come to this country of Japan." (MW
vol 5, The Pure and Far Reaching Voice, pg 143)

"Shakyamuni Buddha is the lord of all buddhist teachings, the leader
and teacher of all human beings." (Ibid, pg 143)

"And among the Sutras, the Lotus Sutra is a manifestation in writing
of Shakyamuni Buddha's intent; it is his voice set down in written
word." (Ibid, pg 147)

"Shakyamuni Buddha and the written words of the Lotus Sutra are two
different things but their heart is one. Therefore, when you cast
your eyes upon the words of the Lotus Sutra you should consider that
you are beholding the living body of the Buddha Shakyamuni." (Ibid,
pg 147)

"However the Buddha recognizes each character as a golden Lord
Shakyamuni. This is the meaning of the statement that '[one who is
able to hold this Sutra] thereby holds the Buddha's body'. Those who
practice Buddhism but adhere to distorted views destroy this loftiest
of Sutras." (MW vol 5, Reply to Soya Nyudo, pg 164)

"'The Son of Heaven utters not a single word in vain' and 'the words
of the Dharma King contain no falsehood'. A wise ruler will never
lie, even if it should bring about his ruin. How much less would
Shakyamuni Buddha ever speak falsely!" (MW vol 5, Good Fortune in
This Life, pg 185)

"Only the Lotus Sutra represents the wonderful teaching preached
directly from the golden mouth of Shakyamuni Buddha, who is perfectly
endowed with the three bodies." (MW vol 5, Letter to Myomitsu Shonin,
pg 196)

"Shakyamuni, the Lord of Teachings, is the foremost sage in the saha
world." (Ibid, pg 199)

"As we see from these passages of scripture, Shakyamuni, with his
Buddha eye, observed the situation that would prevail at the begining
of the Latter Day of the Law. If, when the age has arrived, there
were to be no persons of the type the Buddha describes then the World-
Honored One would be guilty of false and baseless talk. [And if that
were to be the case, then] who would put faith in the theoretical and
essential teaching of the Lotus Sutra, and in the doctrine of the
eternally inherent Buddha Nature." (MW vol 6, Reply to Lord Hakiri
Saburo, pg 40)

"In this way, Shakyamuni Buddha cited his own practice in the past to
encourage and hearten (The Votary of the Lotus Sutra)." [Ibid pg 42]

"Shakyamuni summoned the four bodhisattvas and entrusted them with
the five characters of Myoho renge Kyo." (MW vol 6, Rebuking Slander
of the Law, pg 60)

"We see from the Sutra that only these four bodhisattvas had been the
disciples of Shakyamuni, the Lord of Teachings, since the remote
past." (Ibid, pg 62)

Nichiren quotes Miao-lo, referring to the relationship of the
bodhisattvas of the Earth to Shakyamuni as follows;

"The sons will disseminate the Law of the Father." (Ibid, pg 62)

"The Shakyamuni of the Juryo Chapter has never been depicted in any
mountain temple or monastery anywhere." (Ibid, pg 63)

"The nation of Japan today has turned its back on the Lotus Sutra and
cast aside Shakyamuni Buddha." (MW vol 6, Letter To Ichinosana Nyudo,
pg 99)

"Shakyamuni Buddha is the Parent of all living beings in this world."
(Ibid, pg 100)

"The Lord Buddha Shakyamuni is the enlightened teacher for all living
beings in the country of ours. It is thanks to our teacher that we
can understand who our parents are. It is owing to Shayamuni that we
can distinguish black from white." (Ibid, pg 100)

"It will be hard indeed to find anyone who can preach the Lotus Sutra
just as it teaches in the Latter Day of the Law of Shakyamuni
Buddha." (MW vol 6, Three Tripitaka Masters, pg 118)

"The Tathagata Shakyamuni, seated in the tower adorned with seven
kinds of precious gems, entrusted the five characters of Myoho renge
Kyo to Takahashi Nyudo." (MW vol 6, Reply to Takashi Nyudo, pg 124)

"Were it not for Shakyamuni, the lord of teachings, how could such
blessings as these be bestowed."

"The Hokke [Lotus] sect is the sect founded by Shakyamuni." (MW vol
6, How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood, pg
175)

"Therefore [the sect based on] the Lotus Sutra is known as the Buddha-
founded sect and is also called the Hokke Sect." (Ibid, pg 175)

"The various other sects were founded by bodhisattvas or teachers in
the period after the Buddha had entered Nirvana. Should we now turn
our backs upon the Buddha's decree and follow the sects established
by the bodhisattvas and teachers? Or should we ignore the words of
the bodhisattvas and teachers and follow the sect established by the
Buddha." (Ibid, pg 176)

"Now the Latter Day of the Law, is the time when the seven characters
of Namu Myoho renge kyo-the heart of the twenty-eight chapters of the
Lotus Sutra that Shakyamuni Buddha who had achieved enlightenment in
the remote past, along with the bodhisattvas Jogyo, Muhengyo and the
others is to propogate-will alone spread throughout the country."
(Ibid, pg 187-188)

"The messenger of the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni has twice been paraded
through the street." (MW vol 6, A Father Takes Faith, pg 242).
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 4:12AM #16
Neverdespise
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Part 4

"Because Shakyamuni expounded the Lotus Sutra in order to repay the
debt of gratitude he owed to his father and mother, Taho Buddha, who
had come from the land of treasure purity, praised him as a Buddha of
true filial piety. And the Buddhas of the ten directions assembled
and declared him to be the most filial among all the Buddhas." (MW
vol 6, On Filial and Unfilial Conduct, pg 290)

"Therefore, the words of this Sutra are indeed the very soul of
Shakyamuni Buddha. And since every single word constitutes the soul
of the Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha will protect persons who practice
this Sutra as though he were protecting his very own eyes. He will
accompany such persons just as a shadow accompanies a body. How then
could the prayers of such persons not be answered." (MW vol 7, On
Prayer, pg 34)

"The various Buddhas [other than Shakyamuni], since they are known as
World Honored One, may be regarded as Sovereigns. But since they do
not make their appearance in this saha world, they are not teachers.
Nor do they declare that '...the living beings in it (this threefold
world) are all my children'. Thus, Shakyamuni Buddha alone fulfills
the three functions of sovereign, teacher and parent." (Ibid, pg 43)

"The Shakyamuni Buddha who lived in a past even more distant than
gohyaku-jintengo-became enlightened to the Lotus that is the entity
of the Mystic Law. Thereafter, in age after age and lifetime after
lifetime, he declared that he had attained the way and he revealed
the fundamental principle of wisdom and reality." (MW vol 7, The
Entity of the Mystic Law, pg 67)

"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 to enter the Buddha way'...This passage represents the ultimate
purpose for which Shakyamuni appeared in the world, the secret Law
that he attained in the place of meditation." (Ibid, pg 70)

"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." (Ibid, pg 70)

"The way in which the Lotus emerges from the muddy water is used as a
metaphor to explain that when the Thus Come One joins the multitude
of listeners, seats himself on a lotus in the same manner as the
various bodhisattvas and expounds on the unsurpassed wisdom of the
Thus Come One and on the enlightened state of purity, the various
voice heavens, hearing this, are able to obtain the secret storehouse
of the Thus Come One. Second, the words Myoho renge signify the lotus
opening up. (This is a metaphor explaining that) ordinary beings,
though exposed to the Mahayana teachings, are timid and fearful in
mind and incapable of taking faith in them. Therefore the Thus Come
One 'opens' or reveals his Dharma body in its purity and wonder,
awakening in them the mind of faith." (Ibid, pg 71-72)

"In the entire land of Jambuduipa, there has never before been a hall
or pagoda that produced the image of Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo
Chapter of the Lotus Sutra. How could such an image fail to appear
now." (MW vol 7, The Unmatched Fortune of the Law, pg 160)

"But he revears Shakyamuni Buddha and puts his faith in the teaching
of the Lotus Sutra. Hence he is like a snake that grips a jewel in
its mouth, or a dragon that bears sacred relics on its head. A
wisteria vine by Twining around a pine, may climb a thousand meters
into the air and a crane, because it has wings to rely upon, can
travel ten thousand miles. It is not their own strength that allows
them to do these things." (MW vol 7, On The Urobon, pg 172-173)

These passages from the Gosho are crystal clear. Eternal Shakyamuni
Buddha is our original teacher to whom Nichiren's reverence knows no
bounds. Why do the Taisekaji sects fail to embrace the Lotus Sutra
and Nichiren's words? Could it be that the Devil of the Sixth Heaven
has replaced Shakyamuni Buddha in their minds? This delusion, in the
minds of these men, can be demonstrated by their behaviors:

"They will tear off the first part of the Sutra and stick it on the
end, tear off the end and put it at the begining, put the end and the
begining in the middle and the begining at the middle or end. You
must understand that these evil monks are the companions of the
devil." (MW vol 2, Opening Of The Eyes, pg 1 180)

Their causes are revealed:

"There is a difference if one chants the daimoku while acting against
the intent of this Sutra." (MW vol 3, The Fourteen Slanders, pg 207)

"Those who practice buddhism but adhere to distorted views destroy
this loftiest of Sutras." (MW vol 5, Reply to Soya Nyudo, pg 164).

and their effects:

"Unfilial children however are not allowed to succeed their parents."
(MW vol 3, Letter to Nichinyo, pg 49);

How can this be remedied?:

"In the same way, one who chants the daimoku as the Lotus Sutra
teaches will never have a twisted mind." (MW vol 5, Letter to
Myomitsu Shonin, pg 196)

"Those who seek the truth of buddhism, however, should reject one
sided views whether they are of their own sects or other sects and
should not treat others with contempt." (MW vol 2, Opening Of The
Eyes, pg 167)

"One should use the Sutras as his eyes and give precedence to the
wisdom of the Buddha. Surely however, if this standard is made clear
people will become enraged and harbor indignation in their minds. Let
them do as they will. What matters most is that we honor the Buddha's
command. As a rule people in the world value what is distant and
despise what is near, but this is the conduct of the ignorant. Even
the distant should be repudiated if it is wrong, while that which is
near should not be discarded if it accords with the truth. Even
though people may revere (their predecessors doctrines), if those
doctrines are in error, how can we employ them today". (MW vol 4,
Reply to Hoshina Goro Taro, pg 42-43)

Even if you were to produce, one or  two sentences from such questionable goshos as the True Aspect of All Phenomena, it would not displace Shakyamuni from his rightful place. Nichiren would call those people who abandon, deprecate, or trivialize Shakyamuni, "ingrates".
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 4:49AM #17
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The Real Meaning of Guidance
Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 94

"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."

Kaimoku Sho (NOPPA) page 176

"Since Sakyamuni Buddha is eternal and all other Buddhas in the universe are his manifestations, then those great bodhisattvas converted by manifested Buddhas are also disciples of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha. If the "Life Span of the Buddha" chapter had not been expounded, it would be like the sky without the sun and moon, a country without a king, mountains and rivers without gems, or a man without a soul. nevertheless, seemingly knowledgeable men of such provisional schools of Buddhism as Ch'eng-kuan of the Hua-yen, Chia-hsiang of the San-lun, Tz'u-en of the Fa-hsiang, and Kobo of the shingon tried to extoltheir own canons by stating: "The Lord of the Flower Garland Sutra represents the reward-body (hojin) of the Buddha wheras that of the Lotus Sutra the accomodative body (ojin);" or "the Buddha in the sixteenth chapter of the Lotus is an Illusion; it is the great Sun Buddha who is enlightened." clouds cover the moon and slanderers hide wise men. When people slander, ordinary yellow rocks appear to be of gold and slanderers seem to be wise. Scholars in this age of decay, blinded by slanderous words, do not see the value of a gold in the "Lifespan of the Buddha" chapter. Even among men of the Tendai school some are fooled into taking a yellow rock for gold. They should know that if Sakyamuni had not been the Eternal Buddha, there could not have been so many who received GUIDANCE from Him. "
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 1:11PM #18
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"...Shakyamuni Buddha, within our minds, is an ancient Buddha without
beginning, manifesting Himself in three bodies and attained
Buddhahood in the eternal past.. (ibid. P.94)

"...the Bodhisattvas (who sprang from underneath the ground), as
described in the 15th chapter, are followers of the Original Buddha
Shakaymuni who resides within our minds." (p.94)

"Shakyamuni 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." (P.100)



Seems to me he is just saying is that Buddha equals life. This means that we all have Buddha nature and are equal to Shakyamuni since he was a person just like us. We all have the potential to be Buddha or not to be. Nichiren showed us the cause and practice for this age of this enlightenment by giving us Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Hence we are not against Shakyamuni as you seem to think we are he is a intergral part of our practice.
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 5:23PM #19
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Dear Livindesert:

I knew somebody from SGI  would eventually pick out the two former citations above, showing that Shakyamuni  resides in our minds. therefore I have been thinking about these two statements quite a bit. Why didn't Nichiren say, "Amida, Buddha", "Dainichi Buddha", "Yakuchi Buddha", or "I Nichiren", for example? Why "Shakyamuni Buddha" who resides in our minds?

One reason is that we received the seed of Buddhahood (Namu Myoho renge kyo) from this Buddha in the remote past. Another reason is that we are emanations of this Buddha and this Buddha alone.

Buddha-nature is the field of Buddhahood. We are fertile fields but without the seeds of Buddhahood which Shakyamuni planted in the remote past, the field of our Buddha-nature is barren. Without the continuous water of Law (practice and faith in the Gohonzon)  the seeds lay dormant. Shakyamuni states,

"My Law is subtle and inscrutible."  - Lotus Sutra Chapter 2

Nichiren Daishonin states:

"In fact Sakyamuni began to preach, planting the seed of Buddhahood in the eternal past... Sakyamuni Buddha continued to guide His disciples until they were all sure to attain Buddhahood during the preaching of the Lotus Sutra in His present life, completing the series of His preaching which began in the eternal past." -- Kanjin Honzon-Sho (NOPPA) page 56:

and

"Demonstrating ten great mystic powers the Buddha (Shakyamuni) transferred Namu Myoho renge Kyo to the four great bodhisattvas" (Ibid  Kanjin Honzon Sho)

There are dozens more such passages. You confuse Buddha-nature that even men of the Two Vehicles and Men of incorrigeable disbelief possess with Buddhahood. It is thanks to Shakyamuni Buddha that we can obtain Buddhood. Nichiren's is not a new age philosophy, "we are Buddha's as we are." It is thanks to Shakyamuni Buddha that we can, through a correct faith and practice, develop the seed of Buddhahood into the great tree of Buddhahood. Once again, to deny the centrality of Shakyamuni Buddha, the everpresent reality of Shakyamuni Buddha, is to be an unfilial child.

Mark
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2008 - 9:41PM #20
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NeverDispise Nichiren himself declairs everyone to have Buddha nature.

"But since you are so extremely foolish, let me give you an analogy. Myoho-renge-kyo is the Buddha nature of all living beings. The Buddha nature is the Dharma nature, and the Dharma nature is enlightenment. The Buddha nature possessed by Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions; by Superior Practices, Boundless Practices, and the other Bodhisattvas of the Earth; by Universal Worthy, Manjushri, Shariputra, Maudgalyayana, and the others; by the great Brahma and the lord Shakra; by the deities of the sun and moon, the morning star, the seven stars in the Big Dipper in the northern sky, the twenty-eight constellations, and the countless other stars; by the heavenly gods, the earthly deities, the dragon deities, the eight kinds of nonhuman beings, and the human and heavenly beings who gathered in the great assembly to hear the Buddha’s preaching; by King Yama—in short, by all living beings from the realm where there is neither thought nor no thought above the clouds down to the flames in the lowest depths of hell—the Buddha nature that all these beings possess is called by the name Myoho-renge-kyo. Therefore, if you recite these words of the daimoku once, then the Buddha nature of all living beings will be summoned and gather around you. At that time the three bodies of the Dharma nature within you—the Dharma body, the reward body, and the manifested body—will be drawn forth and become manifest. This is called attaining Buddhahood.-Nichiren Daishonin: A SAGE AND AN UNENLIGHTENED MAN
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