Soka Gakkai's Deviations Clear to All

"Dedicated to those Soka Gakkai Members who wish to know the truth"

High Priest Nittatsu Shonin Also Refuted the Soka Gakkai Deviations!

 

He Refuted: Theory of Ikeda Being the True Buddha, Denial of the Heritage of the Law, Etc.

The Soka Gakkai, which was excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu in 1991, made noises to the effect that High Priest Nikken Shonin had become jealous of Daisaku Ikeda, and consequently severed the relationship with Soka Gakkai. They kept saying, "(High Priest) Nikken (Shonin) is evil while High Priest Nittatsu Shonin was good." But the Soka Gakkai's deviations had already surfaced during the era of the late High Priest Nittatsu Shonin and at that time, Nittatsu Shonin, as well, strictly scolded Soka Gakkai.

The following are the words High Priest Nittatsu Shonin used in refuting the Gakkai's mistakes: "I have heard recently that within a certain group, there is a lot of talk about a new true Buddha appearing. If the report I received is accurate, the people making such claims are not practicing Nichiren Shoshu and can no longer be called Nichiren Shoshu believers. If there are people who teach such an erroneous doctrine, I would like Hokkeko believers to stop them by all means. Please understand that this is the Hokkeko's mission." (Stated during the audience on the occasion of the Hokkeko Federation Spring General Tozan on April 25th, 1974)

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"The expression that so and so is the Buddha is heard in this neighborhood, this causes me extreme concern. It is true that we are all Buddhas if we start talking about who the Buddha is. In theory, that is correct. We are not, however, the Buddhas in whom we take religious faith. It is a fact that the Gosho clearly states that common mortals are, in theory, Buddhas. But if one claims that he is the Buddha based on his theoretical existence as the Buddha, it will be a huge mistake. After all, the true Buddha in the Latter Day of the Law is no one other than Nichiren Daishonin, himself, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu." (At the opening ceremony of Fujigakurin Study Dept. on June 16th, 1974)

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(Referring to the newspaper entitled "the Land of Fire" published by the Soka Gakkai in the Kyushu region) "There is a description of 'devoting one's life to a human being'. The article says, 'Devoting one's life to a person means to devote one's life to his master, President Ikeda, in this era. This is a natural conclusion we can arrive at, considering the fact that President Ikeda is directly applying the teaching of the Daishonin to his life and putting it into practice exactly as stated in the Gosho.' A person who does not practice the Daishonin's Buddhism might be impressed by this interpretation and be convinced by its logic. However, this interpretation is completely wrong and different from the doctrine of Nichiren Shoshu." (At the opening ceremony of Fujigakurin Study Dept. on June 27th, 1975)

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"In Wakayama Prefecture, some people are saying to their members, 'We need nothing but the Gohonzon. The Heritage of the Law is unnecessary.' What kind of idea is this? Who transcribes the Gohonzon that they say is the only thing they need? In Nichiren Shoshu, the Gohonzon cannot be transcribed by anyone who has not received the Heritage of the Law. If, as they say, the Heritage of the Law is unnecessary, then we should be able to accept the object of worship of the Minobu Sect -- anyone could write the Gohonzon. I recall the Otaru Religious Debate, during which one monk from the Minobu Sect calmly said, 'Gohonzon can be written by anybody.' I was astonished and thought to myself 'What a thing to say?' If that is true, could we really have a chief priest of Higashihonganji or Nishi-honganji Temple write a Gohonzon and worship it with gratitude? That is not what the Gohonzon is all about." (At the 17th Myo-kan-kai meeting on March 31st, 1978)

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"In 'Reply to Lord Soya,' there is a frequently cited passage, '…this can be interpreted in two ways: one is more general and the other is more specific. If you confuse the general with the specific even in the slightest, you will never be able to attain enlightenment.' Some interpret this passage as follows: 'the general meaning of this is referred to as the Heritage of the Law while specifically this means President Ikeda, the great master of faith…' (omission) The significance of these two doctrines─general and specific interpretations─should not be misinterpreted in such a manner. Cleverly abusing Buddhist terms such as 'generally speaking' and 'specifically speaking,' they say that 'the general meaning is the Heritage of the Law.' I wonder why they can say that the general meaning is the Heritage of the Law? It makes me laugh. Moreover, they say, 'the specific meaning of it is President Ikeda, a great master of faith.' This will lead them to start claiming that President Ikeda has inherited the Law and that the Heritage of the Law exists in the Soka Gakkai." (At the 18th Myo-kan-kai meeting on March 31st, 1979)

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"It is said and taught (by the Soka Gakkai) that the lay believers study on their own and conduct Shakubuku voluntarily, which, they say, represents ' believers in harmony.' We must consider this deeply (omission)…and when they say they do not need priests, it is almost the same as saying that they themselves are the priests. If we, who have entered the priesthood, are not necessary, as they say, and are abolished, the Gakkai leaders will make themselves the next group of priests. The Soka Gakkai says all this only to destroy the reality." (At the 16th General Meeting for the families of the temples on May 31st, 1974)

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"Mr. (Josei) Toda (2nd President of Soka Gakkai) passed away. The Daikejo and the Grand Reception Hall were completed. In 1972, Shohondo was constructed and immediately after that, the Soka Gakkai began to act extremely strangely. They commit serious distortions of the teachings and look down on priests. Every time I've observed this, I have tried to point it out, saying, ‘What you are doing is wrong. It is different from Nichiren Shoshu doctrines.’" (At the 1st Current Events Discussion Meeting on February 9th, 1978)

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"Only when the teaching of Nichiren Shoshu has spread throughout the entire world, will it be Kosen-rufu (propagation of the True Law). If a doctrine different from Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is propagated throughout the world, it will not be Kosen-rufu. If something that is neither the doctrine of Nichiren Shoshu nor the teaching of the Daishonin is spread all over the world, we should never be delighted nor, I believe, will the Daishonin be pleased about it because that would mean that the spirit of Nichiren Shoshu has been lost." (At the opening ceremony of Fujigakurin Study Dept. on June 18th, 1974)

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"We, priests, have never had any intention to destroy the Soka Gakkai or to do anything in particular about the organization, but for some time now, the Soka Gakkai has been mistaken about the teachings of Nichiren Shoshu and their deviations are becoming more serious. We point this out because we want the Soka Gakkai to somehow correct their mistakes and once again stand up based upon their old sincere faith. It is true that for many years, the Soka Gakkai believers have dedicated themselves to supporting the priesthood. Their contribution has been significant. Even with such a great contribution, however, if they are mistaken about the Nichiren Shoshu teachings and deviate from them, it will mean all their efforts will come to mean nothing." (At the 18th Myo-kan-kai meeting on March 31st, 1979)