Encouragement

Nichiren Buddhism Is for All People

“The power of the Gohonzon is manifested when we chant to the Gohonzon with faith and with a vow for kosen-rufu.”

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On Nov. 7, 2014, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada announced revisions to Chapter 1, Article 2, of the Rules and Regulations of the Soka Gakkai. The revision, adopted by the Soka Gakkai Executive Council, states: “This Association shall honor Nichiren Daishonin as the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. It shall believe in the Three Great Secret Laws embodying the fundamental Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, chant daimoku encompassing practice for oneself and others to the Gohonzon and base itself on Nichiren Daishonin’s writings. It shall strive, through each individual achieving their human revolution, to realize as its ultimate goal the worldwide propagation of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, thus fulfilling the Daishonin’s mandate.”

In his announcement of the revised Rules and Regulations, President Harada stated the following:

Nichiren Buddhism is open to all, and the Three Great Secret Laws must be available to every individual in the practice of their faith.

The position [of the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood] that one special sanctuary exists in one particular place, and that the Gohonzon enshrined there is the fundamental Gohonzon, with all other Gohonzon only demonstrating any efficacy through a link to that Gohonzon—almost as if it were acting like a source of electricity that all others must be “plugged into” to function—is a view of the Gohonzon that can only hinder the substantive progress of our movement for worldwide kosen-rufu in the present as well as in the future.

The essence of faith in Nichiren Buddhism is believing in the Three Great Secret Laws that embody the fundamental Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

In concrete terms, it is our Buddhist practice for ourselves and others, which comprises accepting and upholding the Gohonzon and propagating it out of a wish to realize kosen-rufu. It is, in other words, our day-to-day Soka Gakkai activities . . .

The power of the Gohonzon is manifested when we chant to the Gohonzon with faith and with a vow for kosen-rufu.

To actualize the Daishonin’s wish for kosen-rufu, the Soka Gakkai in the past, uniting with Nichiren Shoshu in the harmonious unity of priesthood and laity, believed in and accepted the Gohonzon inscribed in the second year of the Koan era (1279).

The power of the Gohonzon is manifested when we chant to the Gohonzon with faith and with a vow for kosen-rufu.

The Nichiren Shoshu priesthood, however, became corrupt and degenerate—misusing its clerical authority to disrespect and denigrate lay believers— and eventually resorted to the outrageous act of excommunicating the Soka Gakkai. With the assumption of the position of high priest by an imposter [Nikken Abe], the validity of that position has forever been destroyed, and the so-called lineage of the high priests upon which the Nichiren Shoshu school relies has been severed. The school’s head temple Taiseki-ji has become a center of slander of the Law, and has absolutely no relation to the Soka Gakkai, which is striving for the realization of worldwide kosen-rufu.

Since the Soka Gakkai achieved its spiritual independence, members have ceased making pilgrimages to Taiseki-ji, and thus have not chanted to the Gohonzon inscribed in the second year of the Koan era (1279). Instead, through chanting for themselves and others to the Gohonzon enshrined in their own homes, they have received immense benefit in faith, transformed their karma, carried out their human revolution and demonstrated concrete proof of expanding our movement for worldwide kosen-rufu.

This has been the actual experience of Soka Gakkai members through their practice.

The Soka Gakkai is the organization that has inherited the Buddha’s intent and decree, and is carrying out Nichiren Daishonin’s wish for worldwide kosen-rufu. With this awareness and the responsibility that comes with it, the Soka Gakkai will designate the Gohonzon for realizing kosen-rufu.

Therefore, the “Gohonzon” in Chapter 1, Article 2 refers to the Gohonzon recognized by the Soka Gakkai as the object to be accepted and upheld. The Soka Gakkai does not regard the Gohonzon that was inscribed in the second year of the Koan era (1279) and is located at Taiseki-ji, now a center of slander of the Law, as the object to be accepted and upheld in terms of actual practice. At this time, as we enter the new era of worldwide kosen-rufu, I [President Harada] wish to clarify this for the sake of the future.

[See the full address in the Dec. 12, 2014, World Tribune, pp. 2, 3 and 5.]

 

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