In the fall of 1977 it became a subject of discussion among Nichiren Shoshu priests that the
Soka Gakkai corrupted Nichiren Shoshu doctrine, disregarded human rights, and
committed many illegal acts in society. In order to correct the Gakkai, various young
priests roused themselves to action out of a sense of necessity, and gradually gained
influence. The late Nittatsu Shonin, who was High Priest at that time, approved of their
movement, which was called
Shoshin Shokaku Undou (the movement of awakening true
faith). In addition, two-thirds of the 640 priests then in Nichiren Shoshu also expressed
their approval.
After Nittatsu Shonin passed away on July 22, 1979, Reverend Abe assumed the position
of High Priest, and the activities of the Gakkai and the head temple,
Taiseki-ji, took a turn
for the worse. This caused the majority of the priests great alarm. 201 priests spoke out in
opposition to Reverend Abe's protection and support of the corrupt, illegal and slanderous
activities of the Soka Gakkai. As a punitive action against these priests the High Priest
seized control of the legislative and judicial branches of Nichiren Shoshu. In response, the
201 priests who sought to guide the Soka Gakkai to the true faith created the group among
themseleves called
Shoshin-kai .
FORMATION OF THE
NICHIREN SHOSHU SHOSHIN-KAI
(Extracted from Shoshin-kai Mission Statement)
This is NOT an official site of
the Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai
Edited by Udumbara Foundation staff.