A Plea and Exhortation
- From: Illarraza <MROGOW@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 07:30:51 -0800 (PST)
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
"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
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
that age there will be evil monks who will steal this sutra and divide
many parts, losing the color, scent and flavor of the correct teaching
contains. These evil men will read and recite this sutra, but they
and put aside the profound and vital principles that the Thus Come One
expounded in it and replace them with ornate rhetoric and meaningless
They will tear off the first part of the sutra and stick it on at the
off the end and put it at the beginning, put the end and the beginning
middle and the middle at the beginning or the end. You must understand
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.
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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