"Brian Holly" wrote:
"...I have asked this question of a couple of
vice-General Directors, and they have answered without hesitation
that it is NOT necessary to believe these doctrines. I suspect that
at least one of them doesn't believe them himself. I certainly do
not "parrot" it, and if it comes up in a district meeting, I always
point out that this is dubious information that we got from a source
known to be unreliable..."
This is encouraging...I find myself very well tolerated as long as I
avoid excessive soapboxing...and I find those leaders I regularly
relate with have, for the most part, become comfortable with my
If my convictions about the doctrines of Nichikan & Co. are correct,
then I can demonstrate that fact using logic and literal proof...and
no one wants to be in the position of supporting doctrines they don't
personally accept...If my views are in error, I will gladly accept
that when it's demonstrated to me...
As the Wicked with of the West said when trying to get those rubby
slippers off Dorothy's feet, "These things must be done
delicately...or you break the spell"...
I don't expect an announcement from President Ikeda tomorrow that the
DaiGohonzon is of unknown origin and was never mentioned in
Nichiren's known writings, that Nichiren never claimed to be the True
Buddha, that the correct object of devotion is the "eternal
Shakyamuni of Kuon Ganjo" within our own lives...That The Gohonzon is
in fact a depiction of this "Eternal Shakyamuni" surrounded by all
the great buddhas, teachers, bodhisattvas and deities...that it's
purpose is the observation of this eternal and innate enlightenment
within our own lives...that the idea of Nichiren the historical
person as an actual object of devotion is Nonsense...That the idea
that the sole purpose of Nichiren's advent was the inscription of a
wooden mandala he never mentioned is quite a stretch...that the
doctrine that Nichiren taught Shakyamuni in the remote past is
ridiculous and illogical...that the idea that Nichiren ever discarded
his identity as Bodhisattva Jogyo is directly in opposition to the
literal text of the Gosho and to the direct statements he made about
this role all the way to the end of his life...that the doctrines of
Nichikan are more about pulling together the authority and control of
a medeival religious sect in feudal japan that resoring the
authenticity of Nichiren's teachings...
But it would be a nice thing to see...or would it?