To give a judgement on a certain country leader we have one of 2
references: the media perspective or the Buddhist perspective.
Which of these 2 references affects our judgement is a matter of
In one recent Group meeting, with the subject of "Activating the
Buddha nature in evil oriented people" one member said she had a
difficulty in overcoming hatred to the American President, and the
discussion then brought Castro and Bush to the meeting. In a recent
speech, P.Ikeda mentioned that when he met with Castro they argued
for a long time, and the word "argued" means that the dialogue (on
democracy, peace etc..) was not a smooth journey.
P.Ikeda was also creticised for going to meet P. Kossigen of the
Soviet Union especially at time of border dispute between the
and was severly criticised for meeting ZhoEnlai the Chinese leader,
a visit in which as a Japanese, he apologised for war crimes and
offered a perspective of gradual change of relations from hatred and
bitterness into mutual cultural exchange. Criticised by the Head
Temple, he answered that he'll go to meet people everywhere because
all people have the Buddha nature. Few years after, one chinese
University (or Museum?), presented the SGI with part of original
text of the Lotus Sutra, found in some excavations. I don't know
whether any of Castros crimes equals that of murdering one's father,
as king Ajatashatru did, but the Buddha's comapssion later emerged
in his heart and he was later converted to Buddhism.