Chapter 6: Alterations of the Text of the Soka Gakkai Rules and Regulations
Section 2: Changing the Doctrines and Faith (continued…)
3. The Soka Gakkai deleted the words, “Members shall adhere to the doctrines and tenets of Nichiren Shoshu and revere the three treasures” (Old Regulation Article 62)
The deletion of these words indicates that the Soka Gakkai has abandoned its fundamental principles: observance of the Nichiren Shoshu doctrines and reverence for the three treasures—the Buddha, the Law, and the priesthood. The Gakkai’s intention is to extinguish the members’ sense of respect for the successive High Priests by removing the language expressing reverence for the three treasures of Nichiren Shoshu.
In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, it is self evident that we revere the successive High Priests as the treasure of the priesthood. The Sacred Writings of Nichiren Shoshu states the following:
When transcribing the Gohonzon, you must write “signature mark of Nichiren” and “transfer of the Heritage of the Law from generation to generation.” The master states, “It is a profound secret that all the successive High Priests must also be revered as Nichiren.”
(Seiten, p. 379)
Twenty-sixth High Priest Nichikan Shonin states the following in his Six-Volume Writings:
Nam-butsu, Nam-ho, Nam-so [in the school of Nichiren] means…we must embrace the Second High Priest Nikko Shonin, the great leader who propagates the Life Span chapter of the Essential Teaching of the Lotus Sutra, the leader of the priesthood throughout the ten thousand years of the Latter Day of the Law, and the founder of the Head Temple who inherited the Heritage of the Law. We must embrace the Third High Priest Nichimoku Shonin, the master of the seat of the Law of the entire world, and likewise, the successive High Priests.
(Six-Volume Writings, p. 225)
High Priest Nichiin Shonin wrote the following:
Each successive High Priest after Nikko Shonin also inherited the Heritage of the Law. From the perspective of the Buddha’s inner realization, they are the treasure of the Buddha. From the aspect of manifested external function, they are the treasure of the priesthood.
(Letter of High Priest Nichiin Shonin,
stored at Myokiji Temple in Kanazawa Prefecture)
Based on this profound guidance, it is clear that the successive High Priests inherit the Lifeblood Heritage of the Law from Nichiren Daishonin. They represent the treasure of the priesthood fully integrated with the treasure of the Buddha and the treasure of the Law.
Daisaku Ikeda once stated:
Our master is Nichiren Daishonin, who himself is the Gohonzon. Furthermore, we also must revere the successive High Priests as our masters, who represent “the messengers sent home to announce.” We are all their disciples.
(Collected Lectures of Daisaku Ikeda-3, p. 113)
The treasure of the priesthood refers to the current High Priest, who has inherited the Heritage of the Law, entrusted to a single person since the time of Second High Priest Nikko Shonin.
(Seikyo Shimbun, February 26, 1978)
The Gakkai’s true intention of deleting the words, “revere the three treasures” is to erase Nichiren Shoshu’s three treasures from the Gakkai members’ consciousness. By so doing, the Gakkai can encourage its members to consider Ikeda to be supreme.
In the preamble of Clause 4 in the Gakkai’s new regulations, the following language was added: “The Soka Gakkai is a Religious Organization in accord with the Buddha’s will and mandate, charged with the mission of kosen-rufu, to spread Nichiren Buddhism worldwide” This clearly demonstrates that the Soka Gakkai conceitedly asserts that it is the group that has propagated the mystic Law (Myoho) worldwide, following the Daishonin’s will.
Twenty-sixth High Priest Nichikan Shonin teaches in “The Meaning Hidden in the Depths” (“Montei hichin-sho”):
It is because Mt. Fuji is the origin of kosen-rufu. What is meant by the origin? It is the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching.
(Six-Volume Writings, p. 68)
This guidance clearly teaches that embracing the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching, enshrined at Head Temple Taisekiji, leads to kosen-rufu. Sixty-sixth High Priest Nittatsu Shonin admonished the Gakkai for its deviation in the following way:
If a doctrine other than the teachings of Nichiren Shoshu is propagated throughout the entire world, it cannot be regarded as kosen-rufu.
(Dai-Nichiren, August 1974, p. 20)
The very mission of propagating the Daishonin’s Buddhism sits on the shoulders of the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood and laity alone. The Soka Gakkai, which does not have the legitimate Gohonzon, cannot possibly “propagate the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin.”
Therefore, those who have strayed from the correct Law transmitted through the Lifeblood Heritage since the time of the founder cannot form a “Religious Organization in accord with the Buddha’s will and mandate.”