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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Heartfelt Brazil Soka Gakkai experience

"Innumerable meanings derive from one Law", doesn't mean that any base or mistaken concept is Buddhism.

"The cart that overturns on the road ahead is a warning to the one behind." -- Letter to the Brothers

"Draw your own conclusions from what I said above. Those among my followers who fail to carry through their faith to the end will incur punishment even more severe. Even so, they should not harbor a grudge against me. Remember what fate Sho-bo, Notobo, and others met." -- The Hero of the World

"Yet, for all that, [some people associated with Ota Jomyo distort the teaching]. I cannot fathom what could be in their minds." -- The Four Bodhisattvas as Object of Devotion

"The priest Nichigyo’s (Sammibo) death was indeed pitiful. I recited the Lotus Sutra and chanted Namu-myoho-renge-kyo for him here in Minobu, sincerely praying to Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions to receive him on Eagle Peak. I have not yet recovered from my illness, so I have written only briefly. I will write to you again." -- Four Bodhisattvas as the Object of Devotion

"Even those who are free from illness cannot escape the transience of life, but you are not yet old, and because you are a votary of the Lotus Sutra, you will not meet an untimely death." -- The Bow and Arrow

“Those who do not understand their obligations will in many cases meet with an untimely death." -- On Consecrating an Image of Shakyamuni Buddha Made by Shijo Kingo

"There is one thing to be thankful for. Kagenobu, Enchi, and Jitsujo all died before Dozen-bo did, and that was something of a help. These men all met an untimely death because of the chastisement of the ten demon daughters who protect the Lotus Sutra. After they died, Dozen-bo began to have some faith in the Lotus Sutra. But it was rather like obtaining a stick after the fight is over, or lighting a lantern at midday— the proper time had already passed." -- Repaying Debts of Gratitude

"The deaths of Ota Chikamasa, Nagasaki Jiro Hyoe-no-jo Tokitsuna, and Daishin-bo, who were all thrown from their horses, can be seen as punishment for their treachery against the Lotus Sutra." -- On Persecutions Befalling the Sage

"There was something very strange about Sammi-bo. Nevertheless, I was concerned that any admonition would be taken by the ignorant as mere jealousy of his wisdom, and so I refrained from speaking out. In time his wicked ambition led to treachery and, finally, to his doom. If I had scolded him more strictly, he might have been saved. I have not mentioned this before because no one would have understood it. Even now the ignorant will say that I am speaking ill of the deceased. Nevertheless, I mention it so that others can use it as their mirror. I am sure that our opponents and the renegades are frightened by the fate of Sammi-bo." -- Ibid.

"Some people criticize me, saying, 'Nichiren does not understand the capacities of the people of the time, but goes around preaching in a harsh manner—that is why he meets with difficulties.' Other people say, 'The practices described in the "Encouraging Devotion" chapter are for bodhisattvas who are far advanced in practice; [Nichiren ought to follow the practices of] the "Peaceful Practices" chapter, yet he fails to do so.' Others say, 'I, too, know the Lotus Sutra is supreme, but I say nothing about it.' Still others complain that I give all my attention to doctrinal teachings. I am well aware of all these criticisms against me. But I recall the case of Pien Ho, who had his legs cut off at the knee, and of Kiyomaro (Pure Man), who was dubbed Kegaremaro (Filthy Man) and almost put to death. All the people of the time laughed at them with scorn, but unlike those two men, those who laughed left no good name behind them. And all the people who level unjust criticisms at me will meet with a similar fate. The 'Encouraging Devotion' chapter says, 'There will be many ignorant people who will curse and speak ill of us.' I observe my own situation in this passage. Why should it not apply to all of you as well? 'They will attack us with swords and staves,' the passage continues. I have experienced this passage from the sutra with my own body. Why do you, my disciples, not do likewise?" (pg. 209)

The SGI teaches "Lesser doctrines", ie: Value creationism; human revolution; shoju in the degenerate age and towards those who would destroy the Lotus Sutra; mentor-disciple as the prime point of the Lotus Sutra; the inequality of those who chant the Daimoku; the purpose of the Juryo-hon is to smash the Hoben-pon and the purpose of Daimoku is to smash the Juryo-hon; Nichiren is True Buddha; Namu Myoho renge kyo is true Buddha; Nam Myoho renge kyo rather than Namu Myoho renge kyo; the Lotus Sutra has lost it's efficacy in Mappo; the common man can not understand the Lotus Sutra or Gosho in Mappo; prayers repaying one's debt of gratitude to the Three Presidents rather than that owed Shakyamuni Buddha; the Nichikan Gohonzon; personal guidance; the list goes on and on. The concept, "innumerable meanings derive from one Law", doesn't mean that any base or mistaken concept is Buddhism.

The One Vehicle is Myoho renge kyo:

"Thus it was that the eight-year-old dragon girl was able to come out of the vast sea and in an instant give proof of the power of this sutra, and Superior Practices, a bodhisattva of the essential teaching, emerged from beneath the great earth and thereby demonstrated the unfathomably long life span of the Buddha. This is the king of sutras, defying description in words, the wonderful Law that is beyond the mind’s power to comprehend." (Embracing the Lotus Sutra)

Nichiren does indeed teach, "Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself. The Gohonzon exists only within the mortal flesh of us ordinary people who embrace the Lotus Sutra and chant Namu-myoho-renge-kyo." but he also teaches that the mandala Gohonzon (the life and land of Original Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni) is the teacher of the Buddhas throughout the Three Existences:

"If it is not the proper Object of Worship (Gohonzon), even though there be no falsehood [even if the practitioner is sincere] it will not form the seed [of Buddhahood]. The Daimoku of the Hommon [Doctrine of the Original, found in the Lotus Sutra] is the seed of Buddhahood. This is because the Eternal Shakyamuni of the Honmon has put his Causal Practices (his myriad practices that lead to enlightenment) and his Virtues of the Effect (the merits of the effect, which is Buddhahood) into the seven characters of Namu Myo Ho Renge Kyo." (The True Object of Worship)


"If one doubts the strength of the Buddha when he says, “I am the only person who can rescue and protect others”; if one is suspicious of the rope held out by the Lotus Sutra when its teachings declare that one can “gain entrance through faith alone”; if one fails to chant the Mystic Law which guarantees that “such a person assuredly and without doubt [will attain the Buddha way],” then the Buddha’s power cannot reach one, and it will be impossible to scale the embankment of enlightenment." (Embracing the Lotus Sutra)

and again, it is not enough merely to believe in and chant the Mystic Law:

"Only when one understands all this clearly and believes in it can the Law manifest its power and the Buddhas and bodhisattvas bring benefit to the people. To illustrate, in kindling a fire, three things are needed: a good piece of steel, a good flint, and good tinder. The same is true of prayer. Three things are required— a good teacher, a good believer, and a good teaching— before prayers can be effective and disasters banished from the land.

A good teacher is a priest who is free from any fault in secular affairs, who never fawns upon others even in the slightest, who desires and is satisfied with little, and who is compassionate; a priest who reads and upholds the Lotus Sutra precisely as it teaches and also encourages and leads others to embrace it. Such a priest the Buddha has praised among all priests as the finest teacher of the Law.

A good believer is one who does not depend upon persons of eminence or despise those of humble station; who does not rely on the backing of superiors or look down on inferiors; who, not relying upon the opinions of others, upholds the Lotus Sutra among all the sutras. Such a person the Buddha has called the best of all people.

As for a good teaching, the Buddha has told us that this sutra, the Lotus, represents the foremost among all doctrines. Among all the sutras the Buddha “has preached,” among those he “now preaches,” and among those he “will preach,” this sutra is designated as foremost, and therefore it is a good teaching." (How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood).

Even a good believer is insufficient if the teacher and teachings are mistaken and SGI's "great good" of planting seeds too is unfounded. Their seeds are damaged seeds because their Object of Worship and teacher is damaged [mistaken]. They may sprout and look like beautiful saplings but as they mature, they grow into the crooked trees of the Taisekeji teachings. 

Disproving SGI's assertions of righteousness

An SGI member quotes Nichiren to prove SGI rightousness:

"Those who call themselves my disciples and practice the Lotus Sutra should all practice as I do. If they do, Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, Shakyamuni's emanations throughout the ten directions, and the ten demon daughters will protect them." -- On Establishing the Four Bodisattvas as the Object of Devotion WND, 978

Let us put this passage into context, first with the entirety of this writing and then with the entirety of Nichiren's writings. Two salient points of the writing, On Establishing the Four Bodhisattvas as the Object of Worship I would like to bring out [to validate my assertions about the SGI teachings]:

"In your letter you asked: "You have told me that an object of devotion should be made of Shakyamuni Buddha of the essential teaching, who attained enlightenment in the remote past, attended by the four bodhisattvas who sprang from the earth and who have been his disciples since that remote past. If this is correct, when is such an object of devotion to be established? "

The SGI denies that the object of devotion is Lord Shakyamuni of the essential teachings. This is not practicing with the same faith as Nichiren.

Finally, Nichiren writes in the concluding paragraphs:

"You also mentioned in your letter that the people connected with Ota Jomyo are apparently saying that the theoretical teaching of the Sutra can in no way lead to enlightenment. They are making a serious mistake. Remember this about the theoretical and essential teachings of the Lotus Sutra: Which is shallow and which profound, which superior and which inferior, which lenient and which severe, and which subordinate and which primary must be judged in accordance with the time and the people's capacity. There are three periods in which the sacred teachings of the Buddha's lifetime should be propagated; the people's capacity should be thought of in the same way.

In the first five hundred years of the Former Day of the Law following the Buddha's passing, only Hinayana teachings spread, while in the next five hundred years, provisional Mahayana teachings spread. The thousand years of the Middle Day of the Law saw the rise of the theoretical teaching. In the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law, only the essential teaching spreads, but even so, the theoretical teaching should not be discarded. Nowhere in the entire Lotus Sutra do we find a passage suggesting that we should discard the first fourteen chapters, which comprise the theoretical teaching. When we distinguish between the theoretical and the essential teachings on the basis of the threefold classification of the entire body of the Buddha's teachings, the pre- Lotus Sutra teachings were to be spread in the Former Day, and the theoretical teaching, in the Middle Day, but the Latter Day is the time to propagate the essential teaching. In the present period the essential teaching is primary, while the theoretical teaching is subordinate. But those who therefore discard the latter, saying it is not the way to enlightenment, and believe only in the former, have not yet understood the doctrine of Nichiren's true intention. Theirs is a completely distorted view.

This doctrine concerning the theoretical and essential teachings is not my own [but was expounded by the Buddha]. Those who would distort it can only be possessed by the heavenly devil, or Papiyas, and will topple others along with themselves into the great citadel of the hell of incessant suffering. How foolish they are! Teach this doctrine to others clearly as I have taught you these many years. Those who call themselves my disciples and practice the Lotus Sutra should all practice as I do. If they do, Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, Shakyamuni's emanations throughout the ten directions, and the ten demon daughters will protect them. Yet, for all that, [some people associated with Ota Jomyo distort the teaching]. I cannot fathom what could be in their minds.

The priest Nichigyo's [Sammibo's] death was indeed pitiful. I recited the Lotus Sutra and chanted Namu-myoho-renge- kyo for him here in Minobu, sincerely praying to Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions to receive him on Eagle Peak. I have not yet recovered from my illness, so I have written only briefly. I will write to you again."

The SGI, on the other hand, teaches the Nichikan doctrine: "We chant the Juryo-hon to smash the Hoben-pon and we chant the Daimoku to smash the Juryo-hon." They also teach:

"Although LS and Gosho are great teachings, they are limited to certain countries (Asian countries) and certain era (India 6 centuries BC, or 13th century Japan). It may need some explanations and interpretations in applying their principles to modern times and to other countries, such as Western countries and Africa. The person who is doing this unprecedented task is SGI President Ikeda. With his Ichinen and wisdom, Nichiren Daishonin's teachings has spread to 14 million people in 128 countries. President Ikeda is the mentor for our Buddhist practice. There is no other person in the world who can do this. . . . KHS members assert that LS and Gosho can be understood clearly by reading and interpreting as they are. This is an arrogant attitude. When someone falls into arrogance that he/she can understand everything by him/herself, the individual growth stops and he/she will fail to attain enlightenment. Buddhism is profound. No matter how many years we practice, still we always make new discoveries when we read Sensei's lectures and speeches."

Nichiren says we can not even abandon the Theoretical section of the Lotus Sutra but SGI teaches that the Lotus Sutra only applies to 6th Century India and the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren teach that the Lotus Sutra applies to to the entire world [Jambudvipa] throughout the Latter Day [Lotus Sutra Chapters 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23 and countless passages from the writings of Nichiren].

In asserting that the Lotus Sutra is too difficult and not applicable to us, SGI's teachings are no different than Nembutsu and Zen. In the Opening of the Eyes, Nichiren writes:

"Great Concentration and Insight says: "If one lacks faith [in the Lotus Sutra], one will object that it pertains to the lofty realm of the sages, something far beyond the capacity of one's own wisdom to comprehend. If one lacks wisdom, one will become puffed up with arrogance and will claim to be the equal of the Buddha."

Puffed up with arrogance, SGI teaches:

"...Buddhism is a teaching of mentor and disciple, expounding as it does the oneness of the Buddha (mentor) and living beings (disciples)."-- Encounter With a Mentor, World Tribune, Jun 25, 1999 PAGE 7

In other SGI writings they make the claim that all SGI members are Buddhas while actually, the members are treated as anything but Buddhas by their seniors in faith.

There are ten epithets of a Buddha used in the Lotus Sutra: Worshipful. All Wise, Perfectly Enlightened in Conduct, Understander of the World, Peerless Leader, Controller, Teacher of Gods and Men, Buddha, Tathagata. Would a Buddha say to another Buddha, "you lack faith" or "you ask too many questions, like Sharihotsu"? Why would a Buddha need guidance? Since when do Buddhas receive guidance from other Buddhas? When a Buddha expounds his teachings they are all true without a single exception. Every last Buddha has their own retinue of disciples and believers. Thus there is no need for a centralized organization of Buddhas since each one is autonomous and creates their own organization of believers.

If you compare the way the SGI and we treat believers, you see that we come much closer to the ideal of treating members as Buddhas, with all the faith, wisdom, and respect accorded to a Buddha.

Here are two similar passages to the one cited by the SGI member at the top of this essay.

"If you are of the same mind as Nichiren, you must be a Bodhisattva of the Earth." (The True Aspect of All Phenomena)

"In the same way, one who chants the Daimoku as the Lotus Sutra teaches will never have a twisted mind." (MW vol 5, Letter to Myomitsu Shonin, pg 196)

The reality of the SGI faith and practice, particularly SGI interfaith, Nichiren as True Buddha doctrine, and SGI Guru Yoga, is more correctly mirrored in the following passages:

"They entirely look up to groups of icchantikas and rely on them as leaders and, reverencing blasphemers against the Dharma, make them national teachers. Taking up the Classic Filial Piety of Confucious, they beat their parents' heads and, while chanting the Lotus Sutra of Lord Shakya with their mouths, they go against the Master of teachings." -- Letter to Tonsured Layman Soya.

"Those who practice Buddhism but adhere to distorted views destroy this loftiest of Sutras." -- Reply to Soya Nyudo

Compare Nichiren's prayers to Ikeda's

"The priest Nichigyo’s (Sammibo) death was indeed pitiful. I recited the Lotus Sutra and chanted Namu-myoho-renge-kyo for him here in Minobu, sincerely praying to Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions to receive him on Eagle Peak..." -- Nichiren

"They [the priesthood] are enemies of Kosenrufu and enemies of Buddhism who seek to render the Buddha's words meaningless.For this reason, we must resolutely CRUSH them. Between the Buddha and devilish functions, there is no middle ground." -- SGI President Ikeda World Tribune, June 28, 1993, p. 4

"Let us proudly advance on the supreme road to Kosenrufu as we BRING AN END to the [High Priest] Nikken sect..." -- SGI President Ikeda WT, March 1, 1993, p. 4

"Hit them, especially Nikken. Tie him up with a wire, and beat his head with a hammer. " -- Daisaku Ikeda at the All Japan Top YMD members' Meeting, Dec. 13 1992 

"To betray the Soka Gakkai is to betray the Daishonin. You'll know what I mean when you see the retribution they incur at the end of their lives." --Josei Toda

"These priests' instinctive way of thinking was just like that of an octopus; that is, 'We don't want a shell. All we want is meat inside.'

Compelled by their instinctive desires, Nikken and his cohorts were looking for an opportunity to create danto members, or believers who directly connect themselves with their temples. To this end, the priesthood was ready to pour poison into the Soka Gakkai. Those priests were no different from an octopus under the water.

In Buddhism, those priests with the 'octopus-like tendency' in their lives are regarded as the embodiment of the devilish functions that cause the Law to perish. Nikken couldn't have shed his tears of sympathy with the waka poem if he hadn't had the same mind of animality as the nature of the octopus."  --Soka Spirit website



Nichiren Daishonin stated in the Gosho as follows; "When I, Nichiren, consider Buddhism, it is clear that nothing can surpass documentary and theoretical proofs. However, most important of all is actual proof." "The sovereign and all those who look down on and despise the votary of the Lotus Sutra in the Latter Day of the Law may, at first lead eventless lives but in the end, they will all perish." 
As can be seen from these Gosho passages, the Daishonin teaches that those who act against the True Law will never fail to be strictly punished by the Buddha as actual proof. 
Looking back, we see that slanderous acts and destruction of the correct Law had already begun within the Soka Gakkai when in 1977 they took the so-called "line of 77" (their first deviation from the Daishonin's teaching). Then, in 1991, Soka Gakkai calculatingly launched a full-scale revolt against Nichiren Shoshu, which culminated in their excommunication from Nichiren Shoshu in 1997. During this time, the members of the Soka Gakkai, from the central leadership down to the lowest level, have been continuously demonstrating actual proofs of the Buddha's truly stringent punishment. 
The following incidents include some which occurred prior to the Gakkai’s excommunication. Grave slanders committed by the Gakkai (Ikeda as the true Buddha, denial of the Heritage, etc.) were the causes, which resulted in the excommunication of the Gakkai and the negative actual proof in the lives of individuals, as documented below.

Incomprehensible Death of Daisaku Ikeda's 2nd Oldest Son

On October 3rd, 1984, Daisaku Ikeda's second oldest son, Shirohisa Ikeda, died in a Tokyo hospital at the young age of 29. The cause of death was gastric perforation (a hole in the stomach). 
Following graduation from Soka University, Shirohisa Ikeda began his career as a staff employee of his alma mater. It is said that Daisaku Ikeda favored Shirohisa very much because his body type was similar to his own and as such, he was commonly regarded as his father's likely successor to lead the Soka Gakkai in the future. So why is it that Shirohisa suddenly died of a gastric perforation which, unless left untreated, is not normally fatal? In the 10th volume of Daisaku Ikeda's novel "Human Revolution," in the chapter called "A Steep Path," there is a passage which reads like a prediction of Ikeda's own son's death: "The father of Ittetsu Okada (who had made a counterfeit honzon) died in agony because of gastric perforation." By making counterfeit wooden honzons, Ikeda, himself, committed just such a grave slander thereby troubling High Priest Nittatsu Shonin greatly. And just seven years after the slanders of 1977, Ikeda, like the character in his novel, lost his most beloved son and successor due to gastric perforation.
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Mr. Hiroshi Hojo, the 4th President of Soka Gakkai Died Suddenly of Myocardial Infarction.

In July of 1981, Mr. Hiroshi Hojo, the 4th president of Soka Gakkai, died suddenly of myocardial infarction while taking a bath at his home. He was 58 years old. Throughout 3rd president Ikeda's presidency, Mr. Hojo waited on Ikeda hand and foot as the senior vice president. After Ikeda resigned in 1979, to assume responsibility for the problems he, himself, had caused, Mr Hojo became the 4th president of the Soka Gakkai. Mr. Hojo alone shouldered the whole responsibility for cleaning up and covering up the many scandals produced by Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai. Mr. Hojo served as Ikeda's confidant and was viewed as "a person who, more than anyone else, always devoted himself to Ikeda." No one can reasonably escape the conclusion that Mr. Hojo died suddenly at the young age of 58 years old as karmic retribution for supporting Ikeda's slanders. 
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Women's Division Chief Killed in a Horrible Crash

Mrs. T, a chief of the Women's Division in Northern Kyushu, together with her daughter, a district leader in the young women's division, were dedicated worshipers of Daisaku Ikeda. Mrs. T wouldn't even say, "Hello" to ex-Soka Gakkai members when she met them and she regularly severely slandered Nichiren Shoshu. 
On December 23, 1991, Mrs. T was riding in a car driven by a man with whom she was having an extra-marital affair. Tragically, the car collided head-on with a large truck and after biting into the front wheels of the truck, their car was totally crushed killing both the man and Mrs. T instantly. It took tens of hours to dismantle the wreckage and clean up the mess. Only the upper part of Ms. T's body and the lower part of the body of the man were ever found. Authorities said the collision was so terrible that determining the identities of the bodies was a difficult and time-consuming process. 
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Chapter Chief Run Over by a Train

Mr. H, a chapter chief in Kanagawa prefecture, was known for forcibly entering the homes of people who had left the Gakkai, in order to intimidate them into withdrawing their resignations from the Soka Gakkai. But that was before July 10th, 1991. That day, Mr. H. was waiting on a platform of the Shinbashi train station as his train approached. When he tried to pick up his baggage in anticipation of boarding the train, he staggered and fell forward onto the tracks just as his train pulled in. The Tokaido Line express ran him over killing him instantly. Funeral services were conducted by the Soka Gakkai. 
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First Daughter of the Young Men's Division Zone Chief Kidnapped and Murdered

On February 20, 1992, two female elementary school students in Fukuoka (girls A and Y) were kidnapped. The next day, their murdered bodies were found. One of the girls turned out to be the first daughter of Mr. N, Zone Chief of the Soka Gakkai Young Men's Division. The other girl's family belonged to Shoshinkai, which, just like the Soka Gakkai, had been excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu due to their denial of the Heritage of the Law.
In the local newspaper, two pictures were lined up side by side; one was a picture of A's funeral conducted by the Soka Gakkai and the other was the picture of Y's funeral conducted by a Shoshinkai priest. This case is a good reminder of the strictness of causality regarding the negation of the Transmission of the Law.
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Chapter Guidance Member Died During Meeting / Elevator Carrying His Coffin Falls to the Ground

Mr. B, a Chapter Guidance Member in Nagasaki Prefecture, was an active Soka Gakkai member for many years. He had dedicated himself to stopping Soka Gakkai members from leaving the organization, saying things like, "Those who leave the organization will fall into hell."
In February 1992, while attending a Soka Gakkai meeting held at one of their activity centers, he fell in the bathroom and expired. Following his Gakkai funeral, the funeral party escorted Mr. B's coffin out of the facility via an elevator. But when the relatives entered the elevator containing his coffin, the elevator cable snapped and although there was an automatic stop switch installed in the system, for some reason it didn't work. Mr. B's six relatives together with his coffin, free fell from the third floor, crashing to the ground. All six were injured in the bizarre incident. 
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Vice-Prefecture Chief's Company Bankrupt / He Goes Missing

In 1993, Mr. T was acting as a Soka Gakkai Vice-Prefecture Chief in Fukuoka. He was the person with primary responsibility for publicly slandering the High Priest at meetings and when members visited the Gakkai Hall, he would bang the tables with his fists as he slandered Nichiren Shoshu. 
Mr. T was also the director of a loan company but his company went bankrupt. It was discovered that Mr. T had been making fictitious transactions, some as huge as several hundreds of millions of yen each. In order to recover the company's funds, Mr. T's house and land were taken and all his personal property confiscated. Even so, there was still an enormous amount of debt remaining. Mr. T disappeared and hasn't been heard from since.
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The Hanshin Earthquake is Actual Proof of Soka Gakkai's Fake Honzons

In the early dawn of January 17th, 1995, a giant earthquake hit the Awaji district of the Hanshin region. With a seismic intensity rating of seven, the earthquake and its accompanying fire caused 5,500 people to die, 27,000 to be injured and 110,000 houses to be damaged, making it the largest disaster since World War II. It had long been said that an earthquake would not occur in the Kobe region and yet, without warning, such a large-scale earthquake struck. There must have been a significant cause to bring about such a catastrophic event. 
1995 was designated by the Soka Gakkai organization as "the Year of Victory for the Kansai Region" and "the Era of Hyogo." Perhaps for this reason, in the Hyogo region, the rate of replacement of legitimate Gohonzons with the Gakkai's fake honzons was intensely promoted and accelerated. 
On the 15th and 16th of January, immediately before the earthquake, fake honzons were distributed in large numbers at all Soka Gakkai halls in Hyogo. This also means that a significant number of Nichiren Shoshu's Gohonzons which had been bestowed upon the members, were at the same time, disrespectfully treated - the Soka Gakkai collected Nichiren Shoshu's Gohonzons and burned them all! 
Nichiren Daishonin states in his Gosho, "Slanderous monks fill the entire land, enraging the heavenly gods; comets cover the sky and the earth rolls like giant waves." As this Gosho passage teaches, the Hanshin earthquake was nothing but an actual proof (effect) of the gravely slanderous honzons which suddenly filled the region, causing the earth to dance like waves. What happened to the Gakkai members who lived there? "All four chapters burned down," said Mr. Mitsuru Miyamoto, headquarters chief in the area, "They were utterly destroyed," (quote from Seikyo Newspaper dated February 15, 1995). As reported in their own newspaper, many Soka Gakkai members' houses were destroyed and many Gakkai members were themselves crushed or burned to death in the rubble of their collapsed homes. Especially the Nagata ward─the area where the Gakkai members were most densely concentrated─experienced the highest level of devastation.
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In an Airplane which Failed to Take Off…

On June 13th, 1996, a Garuda Indonesian Airlines plane failed in its attempt to take off from the Fukuoka Airport and crashed and burned. Despite the seriousness of the accident, most of the passengers and crew were able to safely evacuate through the emergency exits and ruptures in the body of the aircraft. Unfortunately, however, three passengers did lose their lives. Among them, Mr. I was a Soka Gakkai member. He and all the members of his family were devoted followers of Ikeda. His father, in particular, used to openly declare, "If Sensei (President Ikeda) went to hell, I would go with him." Mr. O, another victim of the accident, had a daughter who was also an extremely devout Soka Gakkai member.
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SGI Member, Victim in Brazilian Airplane Crash

On October 31st, 1996, a plane crashed into a residential neighborhood bursting into flames right after taking off from Kongonhas Airport in Sao Paulo. This air disaster took the lives of 98 people including the passengers, crew and residents in that area. Among the dead passengers, there was a Brazilian Soka Gakkai member famous for making huge donations of money to the Soka Gakkai every year. Also, Mr. F, a plasterer, who was working on a building located where the plane crashed, was splashed with burning jet fuel and died crying for help with his whole body covered in flames. Mr. F was a devout Soka Gakkai member too. The local newspaper did a story about him including a photograph. Sadly, visible within the photo was the fake honzon he had worshiped. In contrast to this, Mr. K and Mr. A, who both belonging to Nichiren Shoshu Ichijoji Temple in Brazil, were able to escape this disastrous accident in a mystic way. 
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Young Men's Division Member Slashed his Ex-Girlfriend 100 Times

On August 1st, 1997, a female piano teacher was murdered in Hamamatsu City. According to police, the murderer, Takashi Ohsumi, had been regularly dating the piano teacher but when the victim communicated her determination to break off the relationship, Ohsumi took it badly. On the day of her murder, he sneaked into her apartment and slashed her more than one hundred places on her body. Ohsumi was a Young Men's Division member in the Soka Gakkai and his parent's house was famous in their neighborhood as the home of a "dedicated Gakkai family."
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Men's Division Senior Leader Committed Suicide by Fire

Mr. K, a senior leader of the Soka Gakkai's Men's Division in Sanjo City, Niigata prefecture, was very active in the organization, even taking the central role in conducting Gakkai funerals. He was such a fanatic Gakkai believer that he went so far as to try to make Hokkeko believers leave Nichiren Shoshu. But after undergoing surgery for rectal cancer in April of 1999, he developed a serious neurosis. On November 21 of the same year, he tried to kill his sleeping wife by stabbing her in the neck with a kitchen knife. Bleeding, his wife ran out of the house seeking help. That was when Mr. K poured kerosene throughout his house and set it ablaze. The next morning, Mr. K's carbonized body was found amidst the ashes of his home. 
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Soka Gakkai Member Fell From Bridge and Died Crushed Under His Car

Mr. T, a resident of Yamanashi prefecture, devoted himself to doing Gakkai activities together with his wife. He was a leader in his district and considered to be a close associate of the prefecture chief (a Soka Gakkai vice president). On January 15, 1999, while Mr. T was driving his stationwagon in Yamanashi prefecture, he lost control of his car, crashed through a bridge railing and fell down to the flood plain alongside a river, 30 meters below. He was immediately crushed to death under his car. Since on the day of the accident, it was snowing, it seems that the car slipped on the frozen surface of the road. Mr. T was thrown out of his car, which then landed on and crushed him. If he had remained in the car, or the places where the car and his body fell were apart, he could have escaped his death. It was truly an unfortunate and tragic accident. 
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Shocking! An Attempted Murder Between Soka Gakkai Staff in the “Peace Hall”

On May 14, 1999, in broad daylight, an outrageous incident occurred in the Tachikawa Peace Hall in Tachikawa City, Tokyo. The suspect, Mieko Tashiro, was one of the Gakkai's Young Women's Division staff (Vice-Headquarters' Chief of the Young Women's Division). She stabbed Mr. K a staff member of the Seikyo Newspaper Company (at that time, acting as a Chapter Chief and until the previous year, a national vice-secretary of the Young Men's Division). The suspect, Tashiro, was caught in the act of the attempted murder.
It is said that the suspect, Tashiro, and Mr. K had been dating for about three years but when he told her, "Let's break up since I found another woman," Tashiro thought that she had no other choice but to kill him. It is also reported that when she saw him in a reception room of the "Peace Hall" she got a kitchen knife and stabbed Mr. K in the left side of his abdomen. 
It seems that at the time they started to go out with each other, Mr. K already had a wife and children and the reason he wanted to clear up this extra-marital affair was because he had found yet another woman. This is really surprising and simply amazing. What on earth are the ethics of the Gakkai members? Because the Gakkai members ─ with absolutely no justification─falsly accused the High Priest, the successor of Nichiren Daishonin, of sexual misconduct, this too, is nothing but punishment from the Buddha. Causes the slanderers have made will never fail to come back to them. 
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All of these actual proofs were serious crimes and accidents reported in the major public newspapers. But these are only the tip of the iceberg of what has been actually happening to millions of Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan. How sad and tragic! 
Surely the Gakkai members are carrying out their activities not to make themselves unhappy and yet we see that the longer time elapses and the more slander they accumulate, the more serious and extensive the consequences for the Gakkai members become.
We sincerely hope that for their own sake and for the sake of those around them, the current Soka Gakkai members will leave the organization, the source of their misfortune, as soon as possible, and follow the correct path to Buddhahood without averting their eyes from this harsh reality. "

From the standpoint of Nichiren Lotus Sutra Buddhism, not Nichiren Shoshu Taisekeji pseudo-Lotus Sutra Buddhism, the individual conspicuous punishment of Soka Gakkai members, is their slander of the Law, the Buddha, and Nichiren Daishonin. From SGI Steve Sonada's website, we see an equal number of bizarre individual conspicuous punishments befalling Nichiren Shoshu members.

"The establishment of Shohondo signifies the completion of the Three Great Secret Laws" -- Silly President Hojo

"After all, with the completion of Shohondo, the Three Great Secret Laws have been realized here." Later, in order to further elaborate on this point, Hiroshi Hojo (then Director and Vice President of Soka Gakkai) stated, "During the Daishonin's era, the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, namely, wisdom, as well as the True Object of Worship of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism namely, meditation were established. Only precepts, i.e. the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, has been left for later generations to accomplish as it says in the Gosho, 'Simply await the right time.' Considering this important significance, from the standpoint of Buddhism, the establishment of Shohondo signifies the completion of the Three Great Secret Laws." (Daibyaku-renge, May, 1970 issue)

"Mr. Ikeda. the most important person in the future history of the earth"?

"Mr. Ikeda. the most important person in the future history of the earth"

"If we can exert a billion lifetimes of painstaking effort in a single moment then for certain we can experience the full-blown Buddhahood that Mr. Ikeda enjoys." Public statement by Salem Don on the SGI yahoo board 

"Sometimes we find it very difficult to chant to find our Buddhahood. Buddhahood can be so undefinable. But I have heard of several women who chant instead to support and protect Sensei or to have the same heart as Sensei. This allows them to believe in themselves and this helps them believe in their Buddhahood. If the word Buddhahood is too vague or maybe idealistic then try chanting to have Sensei's spirit: to be a real disciple of Sensei." SGI Trets Womens Division Leaders Training Course October 2001

"Expand the heart, pry it open and let your heart connect with Sensei's heart. His heart is big enough to encompass the whole world and everything in it. By making your connection with his heart and keeping it strong everyday, you begin to sense the immense richness of your life." SGI Trets Womens Division Leaders Training Course October 2001

"Didn't anyone tell you that 'no prayer is unanswered?' They should have. Pray to visit President Ikeda in a dream. That's all. Anyone can do it. What's so difficult about that? Then maybe you wouldn't spend so much time minimizing the reality of Mr. Ikeda, 'the most important person in the future history of the earth' or lamenting that he is inaccessible." Salem Don

Over the top adulation of Ikeda [beginning at 1:30]

As to changing his name [from Taisaku "fat building" to Daisaku "great building"] -- "it is all too absurd!" -- Nichiren

"And [the ruler of] Akitsushima, this island country of Japan, cannot compare even to the retainers of the wheel-turning kings of the four continents. The ruler of Japan is simply the chief of this island country. To speak as you do of being “summoned” by persons who serve that ruler, of appearing before those “in high position,” and of conducting yourself “fittingly” is, however I consider it, in the end an insult to me, Nichiren!

It would seem that Nichiren’s disciples, after journeying to the capital, at first were careful not to forget their purpose, but later, led astray by the heavenly devil, they lost their senses completely. That is the way Shō-bō was acting. You had better beware that you do not act the same way and incur the anger of heaven.

So you have gone to the capital, and before much time has passed you are changing your name, a piece of utter nonsense. No doubt you have also changed your way of speaking and acquired the accent of the capital. Like a mouse that has changed into a bat but in fact is neither bird nor mouse, you are now neither a country priest nor a priest of the capital. You are behaving just like Shō-bō.

You should just go on speaking like a country person—otherwise you will only sound ridiculous. And as for changing your name to Sonjō, the characters of which are the same as those of the personal name of the Retired Emperor of Oki—it is all too absurd!"