"The non-Buddhist teachers claimed that
the Buddha offered only one way to enlightenment, but that they
had ninety-five. In the same way, the renegade disciples say, 'Though
the priest Nichiren is our teacher, he is too forceful. We will
spread the Lotus Sutra in a more peaceful way.' In so asserting,
they are being as ridiculous as fireflies laughing at the sun and
moon..." (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, pg. 306)
"If we merely rely upon the commentaries
of various teachers and do not follow the statements of the Buddha
himself, then how can we call our beliefs Buddhism? To do so would
be absurd beyond description!" (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
"One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates
it." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"How you and the NBAA explain Shakabuku has been a great help
to me. By nature, I am not a proselytizer, but I have found inspiration
in the writings on the website by you and others on the topic of
Shakabuku, and find myself sharing Nichiren's Buddhism with others
with new enthusiasm, and even pointing out the errors of other religions
to their adherents (I am a seminary graduate and student of comparative
religion, so I have a lot of ammunition for this sort of thing),
more and more often.
"I'm liking the changes that I am seeing in myself and the
new energy infusing my practice. I would like to correspond more
about the NBAA and its take on the teachings of Nichiren, for I
find that as I read the Gosho and I read the website, there's a
pretty darn good match. " -- Ernesto Torres, Los Angeles, CA
Shakubuku, while being the most discussed subject in the writings
from Nichiren, is seldom written about by Nichiren Buddhists. We'd
like to refocus on the topic as a major issue of the practice of
Nichiren Buddhism. These first essays are our introduction to the
In the Footsteps of Nichiren
by Marge Kirkpatrick
by Shannon Heimburg
Breaking the Unity
Over the Teaching of Shakubuku
A letter written to an SGI member in response to a criticism that
shakubuku isn't an important enough issue over which to separate
ourselves from SGI.
Essay on the meaning of the Life Span Chapter and the purpose
of the gongyo ceremony. You can also download a file to hear us
doing English gongyo to just listen or do it together with us.
Here's a chart that shows at a glance some of the important differences
in the religious teachings between Nichiren Buddhist organizations.
It can be confusing to either old or new Buddhists to try to grasp
why Nichiren Buddhists are so divided. But there are some critical
differences that really are important to each person's practice
of Buddhism. This chart will help the reader sort this out for themselves.
Anyone who follows NBAA's web site knows that we only discuss matters
relevant to the attainment of enlightenment. This chart is about
such matters. If anyone from the organizations listed disputes this
information we will gladly update the chart accordingly (see information
about updating the chart at the top of the chart itself).
letters by NBAA members to others about Buddhism
by Marge Kirkpatrick