1. The Documentary Proof: requiring that the doctrine of a particular Buddhist school is based on — or accords with — the sutras (the Lotus Sutra in particular).
2. The Theoretical Proof: requiring that the examined doctrine is compatible with reason, displaying logical consistency with the intent and purpose of Buddhism.
3. The Actual
Proof: requiring that the doctrine manifest its truth in the reality
of the daily lives of ordinary people. "Nothing is more certain than the
actual proof." (The
Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 478)
This work has been compiled by individual SGI members and is solely our personal opinion, based on years of practice and study.