|This web site is in no way affiliated with Nichiren Shoshu, SGI-USA, SGI, Soka Gakkai Japan, or any other organizations affiliated with the Soka Gakkai or Nichiren Shoshu.|
|If ever we needed unity (Itai-Doshin) it is NOW!!! With the world on the brink
of a war that will definitely kill many innocent people all over the world,
including people in the United States, it is imperative that Nichiren followers
unite for Kosen-Rufu. This is not the time for petty differences.
Nichiren Said it, "All in all, the disciples and believers of Nichiren should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (Daimoku) in perfect unity (Itai Doshin) transcending all differences among themselves to become indivisible as fish and water in which they swim. This spiritual bond is the basis for the universal transmission of the ultimate law of life and death. Herein lies the true goal of Nichiren's propagation. When you are so united, even the greatest hope for Kosen Rufu can be fulfilled without fail. If any of Nichiren's disciples disrupt the unity of Itai Doshin, he will destroy his own castle from within." Part of Nichiren Daishonin's reply to Sarienbo, February 11, 1272, The Lifeblood of True Buddhism - Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life
|Chant together for unity (Itai Doshin) of all followers and for Kosen Rufu
Stop donations to organizations that encourage separation (Dotai Ishin).
|These pages are provided as a convenience and means of communication for all who believe that the Dai-Gohonzon is the embodiment of Nichiren Daishonin and who pray for enlightenment and Kosen Rufu (World Peace).|
Believers of Nichiren must unite - Don't let the temple issue separate the Believers. NSA and SGI unite - we must not destroy our castle because of reasons from priests or lay officials. We all chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and study the goshos. We are one.
"When we embrace the Gohonzon and chant Daimoku, we plant the seed of enlightenment within our lives and nurture it." Nichiren - (Sokushin jobutsu) Attaining Buddha hood in One's Present Form
I believe, if the priests and the officials had their finances cut off from the lay people, they would soon re-unite. It's a sad state we are in. Look at the realities of this issue. Power and money.
"When we embrace the Gohonzon and chant Daimoku to it, we plant the seed of enlightenment within our lives and nurture it." Nichiren - (Sokushin jobutsu) Attaining Buddha hood in One's Present Form
A Buddhist Tale
Shariputra(Sharihatsu) and several other disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha went to visit a lay believer named Vimalakirti, who had been ill. Toward the end of their visit, a goddess suddenly appears and scatters flowers on everyone. Shariputra, known as "foremost in wisdom," is alarmed to see that the flowers are sticking to him. He tries to pull them off.
The goddess laughs, "Why do you try to pull the flowers off?"
"Because such flowers are not appropriate on the person of a monk!" he says.
The goddess points out that the flowers have no preconceived ideas about what is appropriate or not. The flowers, she says, are sticking to him because he still has preconceptions and remnants of discriminatory thinking, which are based on delusion. Further, she implies that Shariputra still fears the eternal cycle of death and re-birth. And because of this fear, his senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are sources of delusion.
She's right, of course, which irritates Shariputra. So he taunts her, "Goddess, why don't you change out of your female form?" (In that era, his was a society in which women were considered impure. In his mind, no one would ever choose to be a woman.)
Without skipping a beat, the goddess takes Shariputra's form and turns him into a woman.
Shariputra is horrified.
The goddess then quotes Shakyamuni: "In the equality of all beings, there is neither man nor woman."
In relation to the Mystic Law, everyone is equal. Buddhism teaches that we can free ourselves from the type of thinking that puts people into hard and fast categories such as male/female, black/white or gay/straight. These categories are fluid and transient - they may last for a lifetime but are not eternal. In the Buddhist view, one form or category is neither better nor worse than any other.
Free Our Selves
We, who practice Buddhism, are ordinary people who have freely chosen to embrace our mission as world citizens in all our varied shapes and forms. With all our diverse backgrounds, educations, power and influence, we are simultaneously of one body and one mind. "Those who are capable of embracing the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law relinquish their claim to the pure land, and out of pity for living beings, are born here. Know that persons such as these freely choose where they will be born, and choose to be born in this evil world so that they may broadly expound the unsurpassed Law" (The Lotus Sutra).
Almost 2,000 years later, Nichiren Daishonin echoes this statement: "Two thousand years of propagating Buddhism during the Former and Middle Days of Law are inferior to an hour of propagation in this, the Latter Day of the Law. This is in no way because of Nichiren's wisdom, but simply because the time makes it so" (The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin).
Nichiren Daishonin's state of mind defines absolute freedom and provides us with irrefutable proof that our freedom does not depend on circumstances outside ourselves. As we pursue our practice, deepen our faith and unfetter our minds and hearts from our doubts, fears and delusions, we stand to inherit this same state of mind. In "The Opening of the Eyes," Nichiren concludes: "For what I have done, I have been condemned to exile, but it is a small suffering to undergo in the present life and not worth lamenting. In future lives I will enjoy immense happiness, a thought that gives me great joy" (Learning From the Gosho).
Our freedom is not defined by our race, sexual orientation, income, education, or any other measure we have devised as a society to imprison ourselves. Nor is it defined by the rights bestowed on us by others. Our freedom remains in our own hands, resides in our own hearts, can be reached in an instant, attained in a moment - the moment that we choose to free ourselves. Conceiving of the idea to free ourselves is frightening, it carries all the trepidation of a dark cellar or a sudden fall. The word free may indeed set our hearts pounding - in fear, not exhilaration.
Our practice of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism does not egotistically aspire to a world where everyone is free to "do as they please," but instead, strives to create an authentic experience of personal freedom that offers the key to freedom for all. In terms of cause and effect, setting ourselves free becomes the most courageous act of compassion we can undertake. "We hold these truths to be self-evident," and if we translate "self-evident" to mean "existing within ourselves," then it is clear that we must be the ones to set ourselves free.
Believers of Nichiren
must unite - Don't let the temple issue separate the Believers. NSA and SGI
unite - we must not destroy our castle because of reasons from priests or lay officials. We all chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and study the goshos. We are one.
Nichiren said that the way to kosen rufu (world peace) was through iti doshin
(unity). So unite!!