HISTORY AND CONVICTION OF THE SOKA GAKKAI
PART II (August 10, 1951)
I suggest that everybody open their eyes and read this transfer document. The statement that "Nikko should be the chief leader of propagation of the True Law," is very important. In other words, the Daishonin says that before constructing the high sanctuary, we have to do activities exactly as Nikko Shonin, founder of Taiseki-ji, taught. Then he tells us to wait for the time. Nikko Shonin writes in his "Twenty-six Admonitions," "If kosen-rufu has yet to be attained, we should not begrudge our lives, and propagate the Law to the best of our ability." To follow Nikko Shonin's direction, we, the great bodhisattvas who acknowledge ourselves as Nichiren Daishonin's disciples and have realized the nobility of our mission, must strive unsparingly to propagate the Gohonzon. This is very clear.
If the Daishonin's Buddhism has spread in our country, naturally, as a result, the construction of the high sanctuary will follow. But we have priests who only talk about the high sanctuary construction without doing shakubuku and without totally dedicating their lives for the kosen-rufu of the True Law.
The existence of such priests makes things difficult. It is quite apparent that Gakkai members, with a correct view, have been dedicated to the practice of shakubuku.
Furthermore, Gakkai members are convinced that kosen-rufu is not a matter for Japan alone. We believe Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism will spread throughout Asia, and we have commenced a great campaign to this end. Kosen-rufu in Asia is possible only when we have absolute faith in Nichiren Daishonin. Unless we elevate our faith, kosen-rufu in Asia may seem like pie in the sky.
In the Gosho "On the Buddha's Behavior," Nichiren Daishonin writes, "I say that, without fail, Buddhism shall arise and flow forth from the east, from the land of Japan" (Major Writings Vol. 1, page 10). This is the Daishonin's prediction that his is the Buddhism of the future.
In another Gosho, "Remonstrating with Bodhisattva Hachiman," he writes:
India is called the land of the moon because it is where the Buddha appeared. Japan is called the country of fiso (a sacred tree). Doesn't this signify that a saint is going to appear here? The moon appears in the west and gradually shines eastward. This is an omen that India's Buddhism will travel to the east. The sun rises in the east and casts its rays to the west. This is an omen that the Buddhism of Japan will return to India. The light of the moon is not clear enough. It only illuminates eight years during Shakyamuni's life. The light of the sun is bright and superior to that of the moon. It is an omen of illuminating the long darkness of the fifth five hundred years after the Buddha's death. —Gosho Zenshu, pp. 588-589Also, the Daishonin writes in "On the Buddha's Prophecy":
Question: You certainly fit the Buddha's prophecies. But are there perhaps not other votaries of the Lotus Sutra in India or China?...As we can learn from these passages, just as Buddhism traveled eastward from India, Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism is destined to travel to China and India. Today, in the Latter Day of the Law, the Daishonin perfectly established his Buddhism in Japan. His Buddhism, as the Buddhism of the Latter Day of the Law, will travel to Korea, China, and India, westward, eventually reaching all the people in Asia. The Soka Gakkai has absolute conviction in this. Therefore, the Soka Gakkai has commenced activities to live up to its awareness.
If Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism has begun to spread throughout Asia, the issue is no longer merely one of Japanese kosen-rufu alone. Of course, when we have accomplished kosen-rufu in Asia, naturally the construction of the high sanctuary will occur, and we will receive the respect of the people of each nation for our accomplishment.
The Soka Gakkai has appeared at such an auspicious time. We have made a great pledge to never begrudge our lives and to carry out our shakubuku activities with absolute confidence. How happy we are to proceed straight to enlightenment filled with the joy of living!
Because we live in such an important time, there is no doubt that the four leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth also appear in this world. As its leader, Nichimoku Shonin may have been reborn. Without the Buddha's wisdom, we can't tell if he has been reborn. We Soka Gakkai members, as distant disciples, must realize it is impossible to attain Buddhahood unless we inherit the mandate of Nichimoku Shonin, who died while traveling for propagation in his advanced age, and reply to Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of true Buddhism, and Nikko Shonin, the founder of Taiseki-ji.
It is only natural, then, while respecting worthy priests, that we denounce bad priests, refute evil priests, and protect Nichiren Shoshu. from outside enemies with all our might, thus accomplishing harmony between priesthood and laity. It is my sincere wish that the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood will wholeheartedly praise the Soka Gakkai's conviction and cleanse the sect by casting out evil priests. It is also my sincere request that the priesthood earnestly encourage Gakkai members to take leadership in subduing outside enemies and thereby reply to both Nichiren Daishonin and Nikko Shonin.
The warrior chieftain Kusunoki Masashige, despite his loyalty to the emperor, was forced to travel to Minatogawa to do battle and meet his death because of the foolish court noble, Fujiwara Tadakiyo. This is a very famous story. I hope that within Nichiren Shoshu we have wise priests who will not let fellow Soka Gakkai members die meaninglessly on the way to kosen-rufu. It is my sincere hope that Nichiren Shoshu priests will exercise good and wise judgment like that of Fujiwara Fujihusa and Fujiwara Suehusa, who enabled Masashige to happily fulfill his dream of inviting the emperor to the Hyogo area.
In any case, in the spirit of creating harmony between laity and priesthood, I hope lay believers respect those priests who cherish believers. In this way, without holding grudges against each other, I hope both will uphold the Daishonin's teachings and accomplish the kosen-rufu of the true object of worship throughout the three countries of Asia — that is, Korea, China, and India. This I pray to the Dai-Gohonzon.