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The Truth Behind the Demolition of Shohondo - The Building Used to Support the Theory of Ikeda Being the True Buddha
The Soka Gakkai speculated that the reason for Nichiren Shoshu deciding to demolish the Shohondo was that High Priest Nikken Shonin had become jealous of the feat accomplished by his predecessor, Nittatsu Shonin, since the building was built during Nittatsu Shonin's era. They further insist that this is an outrage against the members who made offerings for the Shohondo's construction. So let's review the history and learn the circumstances leading up to the decision to demolish Shohondo.
According to the golden words of Nichiren Daishonin as stated in "The Three Great Secret Laws" and described in "Ichigoguhosho," "When Propagation of Buddhism is achieved, the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism should be established at the foot of Mt. Fuji." However, back in 1965, Soka Gakkai volunteered to construct Shohondo, the main hall of which was expected to serve at some point in the future as the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism when Kosen-rufu is accomplished.
Attachment and intense feelings towards the Shohondo by Ikeda Soka Gakkai have been unusual from the beginning. On the occasion of the Construction Petition Ceremony held in October 1967, Daisaku Ikeda (then President of Soka Gakkai) stated, "After all, with the completion of Shohondo, the Three Great Secret Laws have been realized here." Later, in order to further elaborate on this point, Hiroshi Hojo (then Director and Vice President of Soka Gakkai) stated, "During the Daishonin's era, the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, namely, wisdom, as well as the True Object of Worship of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism namely, meditation were established. Only precepts, i.e. the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, has been left for later generations to accomplish as it says in the Gosho, 'Simply await the right time.' Considering this important significance, from the standpoint of Buddhism, the establishment of Shohondo signifies the completion of the Three Great Secret Laws." (Daibyaku-renge, May, 1970 issue) This statement is understood to mean: The Daishonin revealed the Gohonzon and the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism in His time, but not the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism. 700 years later, Soka Gakkai led by Ikeda, has appeared and we are about to see the establishment of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, with which the Three Great Secret Laws are going to be complete. With Vice President Hojo's statement, the Soka Gakkai was actually claiming: The High Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings of True Buddhism which could not be revealed even by the Daishonin is to be established by President Ikeda. Therefore, President Ikeda is a Buddha superior to the Daishonin. This is the theory of President Ikeda being the True Buddha (as a matter of fact, just such guidance was spread within the Soka Gakkai at that time). In other words, the establishment of Shohondo, which was considered equal to the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings of True Buddhism, carried "significant meaning" as an actual proof for the theory of Ikeda being the True Buddha in that, "Daisaku Ikeda is the Buddha even surpassing the Daishonin." This is the main reason why the Soka Gakkai showed extraordinary attachment to the Shohondo.
However, at the time of the completion of Shohondo in 1972, High Priest Nittatsu Shonin issued an official statement of doctrine clarifying that since there were still so many slanderous people, Kosen-rufu had yet to be accomplished. For this reason, Shohondo was formally designated a main hall which could become the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism upon completion of Kosen-rufu at some point in the future.
Daisaku Ikeda, who was deeply disappointed with the decision that the Shohondo was not to be immediately designated the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, applied intense pressure on the High Priest and Nichiren Shoshu following Shohondo's completion but Ikeda never succeeded in getting Nittatsu Shonin to reverse the decision. Until they were finally excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu in 1991, Ikeda and his people claimed behind Nichiren Shoshu's back, "Kosen-rufu has clearly been accomplished with the completion of Shohondo" or "Shohondo is the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism," whenever they had a chance.
As a consequence of Soka Gakkai's betrayal, Kosen-rufu of Nichiren Shoshu, which was expected to be achieved in the near future, has instead receded into the distance while Shohondo, which was built based on the expectation of the imminent accomplishment of Kosen-rufu, lost its justification for existence. And yet, unbelievably, despite the fact that as a result of their excommunication, they have no connection with Nichiren Shoshu Taiseki-ji, the Ikeda Soka Gakkai still continues to insist, "Shohondo is the High Sanctuary of Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, and President Ikeda, in establishing it, has achieved an unprecedented feat in the history of Buddhism." etc., etc.
Considering the reality that Shohondo
has been used as a basis for the unprecedented and shockingly slanderous theory of Ikeda being the original True Buddha, Nichiren Shoshu determined that the time had come to completely sever the root of this greatest of slanders. Such a building could not be retained if the premises of the Head
Temple were to be kept pure. This judgment led to the decision to demolish the building. Of course, the demolition entailed costs, but when it comes to protecting the purity of true Buddhism, it is not a matter of money. Daisaku Ikeda took advantage of the members using their sincere offerings
to persistently promote the gravest slander- his, "Ikeda as the original Buddha" theory. It is Daisaku Ikeda's actions that are to blame and truly an outrage.
Photo shows partially demolished Shohondo. Shohondo, which looked as if it were a shrine in ancient Rome, has disappeared from the Head Temple grounds.