Clarification on Attending SGI Activities
Several Hokkeko members mentioned that they have recently attended meetings of the SGI at its community center, or have chanted with SGI members in their homes. One member said that she goes back and forth both to Hokkeko meetings and SGI meetings. She asked whether or not this was the right cause to make.
From 1930, to the fall of 1991, the Soka Gakkai organization was affiliated with Nichiren Shoshu, and it upheld faith in the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary, and the Lifeblood Heritage of the Law passed down to each successive High Priest. However, in November 1991, this organization was expelled from Nichiren Shoshu due to its heretical interpretations of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism and it’s repudiation of correct faith in the fundamental doctrines of Nichiren Shoshu.
The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) of today is a heretical Buddhist sect. This group chants the words Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and recites a portion of the Lotus Sutra, but it is based on completely erroneous doctrine, and therefore, the Daimoku it chants will bring forth no benefit at all. Furthermore, the SGI issues to its members a counterfeit copy of a Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon that it made without the Head Temple’s permission or the High Priest’s authorization. This group even went so far as to alter this counterfeit copy by removing the name of the priest for whom it was inscribed.
The action of chanting to a counterfeit object of worship such as this is definitely slander of true Buddhism and will bring forth tremendous negative effects. Since the SGI is disconnected from the Dai-Gohonzon and the Heritage of the Law, the Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo that is chanted by the SGI members is nothing more than empty sound—it is not a manifestation of the enlightened life of the True Buddha—and is therefore a slander of the True Law.
The source of all benefit comes from the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching, enshrined in the Hoando Sanctuary at Head Temple Taisekiji. All of the Gohonzons issued by Nichiren Shoshu derive directly from the Dai-Gohonzon and receive the Eye-opening Ceremony by the High Priest. True benefit comes from upholding correct faith in the Three Great Secret Laws based on the Dai-Gohonzon and the Heritage of the Law.
Therefore, we must clearly understand that going to SGI activities and chanting with SGI members in their homes is a practice that goes directly against the teachings of true Buddhism. If someone does morning Gongyo here at the Temple, and then goes to the SGI center that night, this person is erasing his fortune and making causes for suffering in the future. Nichiren Daishonin gives the following admonishment:
“…we may be the kind of practitioners of the Lotus Sutra whose mouths are reciting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo one moment, but Namu Amida Butsu the next. This is like mixing filth with one's rice, or putting sand or pebbles in it.” (MW-7, p. 194)
If we know anyone who goes to the SGI center, we must correct this person and encourage him or her to practice only true Buddhism with Nichiren Shoshu.