The doctrine of Nichiren Shoshu was laid down in its
present form by the second founder of this faith, the
second high priest, Byakuren Ajari Nikko Shonin. To
describe it briefly, the doctrine is based on the
teaching that the Buddhism of
Nichiren Daishonin
transcends that of
Shakyamuni Buddha. This
superiority of the faith of Nichiren Daishonin is
confirmed in Shakyamuni's
Lotus Sutra, which
defines the Eternal Buddha as being a prophet of this
text. Following the passing of Shakyamuni, there has
been no Buddhist sage apart from the Daishonin
whose practice of the faith has been exactly as laid
down in the Lotus Sutra.Therefore he is regarded as
the true prophet of this scripture. As it was the true
prophet of the Lotus Sutra who was the Eternal
Buddha, it may be said that Nichiren Daishonin, in
grasping the infinite Law of Buddhism, transcended
Shakyamuni and revealed the honorific state of
Eternal Buddhahood. Also, this sect teaches that it is
through observation of the Buddhist precepts
expounded by Nichiren Daishonin that the true
meaning of human existence is revealed.
However, Nichiren Shoshu is also a sect which abides strictly by the doctrine of the
refutation of heretics and heresy in any form (
hobo-genkai). This is the belief that any
religion apart from the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin must be disregarded as a true
faith; it is also the apprehension that other religions may defile and obstruct the course
of true Buddhism and stain the purity of this faith. Just as a drop of poison polluting a
stream of pure water is to be dreaded, so the participation in other religions and the
confusion of faiths is to be abhorred. Although the precepts laid down by Nichiren
Shoshu are few, it is the common sense of believers which cause them to reject
heresies which ignore the doctrines of causation and reason. Of course, it does not
teach that the humanity of believers in other religions should be denied, nor does it
teach that they should be hated. But it does stipulate that those doctrines are
intolerable which do not recognize these concepts of causation and reason.
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the Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai
THE DOCTRINE OF
NICHIREN SHOSHU
(Excerpted from a Treatise)
Reverend Kendo Ohyama
Edited by Udumbara Foundation staff.
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