Majority of the leaders applauded the decision to expel gakkai traitors
Recently anti-gakkai lecturers in QR (Quietrevo) evil blog criticize SGM for expelling those members associated with NBA and other Nichiren sects. They argue we should continue to build friendship and trust with those traitors and win them over. They ask why on one hand we conduct dialogues with people from other faith and yet we cannot tolerate our own members’ association with NBA other Nichiren sects. It seems they are very confused with interfaith dialogue and intra faith dialogue with those slanderous sects.
Firstly, we need to understand it is SKT, LKK and HCT who burned all the bridges and not gakkai. Even though they fabricated malicious lies and went ALL OUT to use social media to attack gakkai and slander our top leadership, at the peak of Johor Incident GD and central leaders were trying their very best to have dialogues with them but none of them ever turned up. They continued to attack, attack and attack; slander, slander and slander.
Therefore, when the proofs of their associations with NBA and Nichiren Shu were exposed, that was the last straw. These former senior leaders knew pretty well it was a grave offence to associate with priests from Nichiren sects established by five senior priests without refuting them. How can we condone and compromise such slanderous act and betrayal?
You can hear a loud cheer from the leaders at IPA when it was announced that SKT was expelled from the organization. Almost everyone applauded the decision. Unfortunately, the lecturers and sympathizers in QR still think we should condone their betrayal and be friend with these traitors whom have done so much damages to SGM, especially to our youth division.
Do not use SGI Charter to compromise our religious beliefs and abandon the spirit of shakubuku
The gakkai dissidents like to cite Article 7 of SGI Charter to misled other members that SGM is cruel.
Article 7 of SGI Charter states: “SGI shall, based on the Buddhist spirit of tolerance, respect other religions, engage in dialogue and work together with them toward the resolution of fundamental issues concerning humanity.”
Now, let’s make it clear the difference between interfaith dialogue and intra faith dialogue with other Nichiren sects.
Article 7 of the SGI Charter declares that we “respect other religions, engage in dialogue.” This is not to say that we compromise our religious beliefs and abandon the Daishonin’s spirit of shakubuku. The concept of “respecting other religions” is easier to comprehend if we understand its intention, which is to respect the people who practice those religions. It must be pointed out that showing respect to other human beings, regardless of their religious beliefs, is different from accepting or advocating their belief.
Interfaith dialogue is conducted on the respect for the culture and religion of others in a multi religious community. In interfaith dialogue, people of different religions get together to seek for common ground and common values, such as good morality, respect for lives, peace and happiness.
In interfaith dialogue, we can freely share our religious beliefs and practices, but we cannot try to convert people of other faith. We maintain very cordial relationship with these outside religious groups. However, we do not compromise our beliefs and practices.
Now, when dealing with the NBAs or the Nikken sect or other Nichiren sects, the situation is different. These various sects, including the NBAs have deviated away from the original intent of the Lotus Sutra, the intent of Nichiren Dsidhonin: kosen-rufu and attaining of Buddhahood for all humanity. They do not practice in exact accord with Nichiren’s teachings.
Many of these sects have committed serious errors in doctrine, e.g. the object of devotion, view of Nichiren as the Buddha of the Latter Day and interpretation of the Gosho etc. We cannot condone and compromise the deviations from these basic beliefs.
What is shakubuku? Is it not to strictly refute erroneous teachings?
We do, and we should conduct dialogue with these Nichiren sects, we do it to refute evil and impart the true. This can be viewed as intra faith dialogue. However, in such intra faith dialogue with these slanderous sects, we have to be strict.
We cannot meet them without pointing out their errors. We cannot sit idle and watch these slanderers adulterate and distort Nichiren’s teachings. This is the true spirit of shakubuku.
Our challenge to grasp and practice the intent of Article 7 of the SGI Charter is two-fold. We must endeavour to be tolerant toward people regardless of their religious affiliation, while at the same time strictly maintaining and protecting the integrity of the Daishonin’s Buddhism.
Rebuking slander at the risk of one’s life is Nichiren Daishonin’s spirit
The Gosho warns: “Neither non-Buddhists nor the enemies of Buddhism can destroy the correct teaching of the Thus Come One, but the Buddha’s disciples definitely can. As a sutra says, only worms born of the lion’s body feed on the lion.” (WND-1 pg 302)
The function of SKT, LKK is that of a worm: to devour the body from within. Isn’t it right to remove the worms for sake of The Law?
They QR evil lecturers choose not to believe “Buddha’s disciples definitely can destroy the correct teaching” as proclaimed in the Gosho. They keep writing articles to defend those traitors and condone their slanderous acts in the name of compassion. Those “disciples” who have deviated from the Dashonin’s teachings are evil friends who encourage our weaknesses. In Nichiren Daishonin’s words: “Evil friends are those who, speaking sweetly, deceiving, flattering and making skilful use of words, win the hearts of the ignorant and destroy their goodness of mind.”
Let’s continue to refute evil and imparting the true. Rebuking slander at the risk of one’s life is Nichren Daishonin’s spirit. Practicing with such a spirit enables us as disciples to come in contact with the great spirit and courage of the true Buddha and leads us to enter the path of oneness of mentor and disciple.