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The Truth about the Object of Worship Forged by Soka Gakkai

It only looks like a real Gohonzon!

Because Soka Gakkai was excommunicated by Nichiren Shoshu and can no longer receive the Gohonzon from the Priesthood, Soka Gakkai has, since 1993, been issuing its own object of worship. The Soka Gakkai's object of worship is a "forged replica honzon" of an original Gohonzon transcribed by 26th High Priest Nichikan Shonin. The image of the original was altered according to the Soka Gakkai's needs and then massively reproduced.

Since the appearance of the fake object of worship is similar to that of a true Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon, there are many Soka Gakkai members who are unaware it is a fraud. Deceived by their Gakkai leaders who urged, "Let's replace your old Gohonzon with a new one," millions of Gakkai members were persuaded to replace their true Gohonzon with the counterfeit imitation.

Virtually all of the authentic Gohonzons confiscated by the Gakkai have been mistreated without a single one being returned to the priesthood. Those who have committed such grave slander will not live out their lives free of severe consequences. In the upper right portion of the Gohonzon it states, "One who in confusion disregards this (Gohonzon), will have his head broken into seven pieces." So naturally, a person who relinquishes his precious Gohonzon, allowing it to be abused and then enshrines a demonic counterfeit object of worship will never fail to have his head broken into seven pieces and descend into Hell. In Japan, several million true Gohonzons were destroyed by the Soka Gakkai and several million imitation honzons were distributed. As a result, Japan has been transformed into the land of gravest slander. Due to punishment from the Buddha, the three perils and seven disasters are rampant including frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, extreme economic recession and the proliferation of heinous crimes.

Once again, the reasons why the Gakkai's object of worship is counterfeit are:
1.High Priest Nichikan Shonin was the 26th High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu, Taisekiji. He was neither a President of Soka Gakkai nor a chief priest of Nichiren Shoshu who quit the priesthood. Nevertheless, without permission from the head temple of Nichiren Shoshu, Soka Gakkai exploited the Gohonzon transcribed by Nichikan Shonin. This is an act of "stealing the Law" and therefore the Gakkai's object of worship is a "stolen honzon."
2.Prayer for the opening of the eye must be made to the Gohonzon through the transmission of the Heritage of the Law entrusted to only one person. Without it, a Gohonzon cannot be connected to the Heritage of the Law flowing from the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of True Buddhism. The Gakkai claims, "The opening of the eye is not necessary." If that is true, then anyone is free to make copies of the Gohonzon and to produce as many Gohonzons as they wish. Would you knowingly worship a "copy honzon" without the opening of the eye?
3.Nichikan Shonin's original Gohonzon bears the name of the person upon whom the Gohonzon was bestowed, "Daigyo Ajari Honshobo Nissho of Honmyozan Joenji in Ogusurimura, Shimotsuke Province." However the Gakkai took the liberty of eliminating the recipient's name from their replica and concealed this omission by widening and lengthening the central inscription's characters and altering the characters of The Four Heavenly Kings", etc. Clearly, the result is nothing but a forgery.

From the points mentioned above, we can see that the Soka Gakkai has produced a slanderous "fake honzon." If you replaced your Gohonzon with the forged one without realizing all this, please never again place your palms together in front of the counterfeit honzon. Instead, waste no time in eradicating your slander by either disposing of the honzon yourself or bringing it to the temple. At the same time, in order to expiate the evil karma that you have accumulated by treating your real Gohonzon in a slanderous manner, it is vital that you re-convert and commit yourself to Nichiren Shoshu with firm resolution.

Shown on the left is the Gohonzon transcribed by High Priest Nichikan Shonin. The image on the right shows the alterations incorporated into the forged honzon produced by Soka Gakkai.

1. Indicates the area where the name of the person upon whom the Gohonzon was bestowed by Nichikan Shonin was eliminated.
2. Shows where the end of the Sanskrit letter was extended downward.

3. Shows where "Kyo" of the Daimoku was extended downward and widened.

4. Shows an alteration of the character, "Ten" (Heaven) of Dai-zochotenno making the tip of the character thicker.

Soka Gakkai: Chronic Honzon Counterfeiter

Even Omamori Gohonzon was Enlarged and Engraved!

Soka Gakkai is currently counterfeiting and distributing fake honzons. Their excuse for this is that since they have been excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu and can no longer receive the Gohonzon, they are left with no choice but to create their own forged honzons. They say it is, therefore, Nichiren Shoshu who should be blamed. Soka Gakkai's logic is distorted and self-serving.

This current case, however, is not the first time the Soka Gakkai has forged honzons. According to recent investigations, it has been discovered that as early as December 1973, a wooden honzon had already been forged and enshrined on the seventh floor of the culture center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Later, in 1977, forged wooden honzons were created one after another and enshrined at Soka Gakkai facilities in various locations. In other words, Soka Gakkai led by Ikeda, has turned out to be a habitual offender in the forgery of honzons! Soka Gakkai attempts to deny this saying, "Permission was granted from High Priest Nittatsu Shonin. All we did was engrave the Gohonzons into wood to make wooden Gohonzons since paper Joju Gohonzons were becoming worn out." But at that time, Nittasu Shonin clarified, "The [wooden] honzons which were made without my approval, have been confiscated from Soka Gakkai and I have admonished them." (Dai-nichiren, July 1979 issue) Accordingly, seven forged honzons were turned over to the Head Temple (it had been discovered that at least seven wooden honzons had been secretly manufactured without permission). Because the Soka Gakkai leadership apologized for their misdeeds, Nichiren Shoshu, showing great mercy, decided to once again compassionately watch over the Gakkai.

However, fifteen years later, in 1993, Soka Gakkai again put their hands to the creation of forged honzons. Having already committed the appallingly corrupt act of producing fake wooden honzons, they apparently had no compunctions about mass-producing counterfeit paper honzons.

The Soka Gakkai has proven itself to be an organization hopelessly mired in a swamp of deceit and slander. Among the wooden honzons forged by Soka Gakkai one outrageous example is shown here.

The picture is of a forged wooden honzon enshrined by Ikeda himself (at the time third president of Soka Gakkai) at Makiguchi Memorial Hall located at the Tohoku General Training Center in Japan. The honzon Ikeda enshrined was the replica of the Omamori Gohonzon (of course, paper), personally bestowed upon him by 64th High Priest Nissho Shonin on May 3rd, 1951. The fake honzon was produced by photographing the Omamori Gohonzon, enlarging the image then having it engraved into wood -all without the permission of the head temple.

So why is this a problem? To start with, Omamori Gohonzon is meant to be carried with and protected by the believer upon whom it is bestowed as was stated by Nichiren Daishonin in His Gosho, "The Omamori Gohonzon I bestowed on you the other day should not leave your hands even for a moment and should be carried with you at all times."

An Omamori Gohonzon is not for the purpose of being enshrined and chanted to by everyone, let alone enlarged and made into a wooden honzon. Daisaku Ikeda explained his reason for enshrining the forged honzon as follows: "I would like to securely protect the Tohoku region. But since I cannot find time to visit here myself, I want to keep it enshrined at this training center. I have brought this small Gohonzon with me with a desire to protect you all by enshrining it as long as the Soka Gakkai organization in Tohoku lasts" (October 27th, 1976). In this statement he is claiming to securely protect the Tohoku region by enshrining the forged honzon as a substitute for himself. In other words, Ikeda regarded himself as someone equal to the Gohonzon. Do you, Soka Gakkai members, still insist that "Ikeda Sensei" has made no mistake?

The Truth Behind the Demolition of Shohondo - The Building Used to Support the Theory of Ikeda Being the True Buddha

The Soka Gakkai speculated that the reason for Nichiren Shoshu deciding to demolish the Shohondo was that High Priest Nikken Shonin had become jealous of the feat accomplished by his predecessor, Nittatsu Shonin, since the building was built during Nittatsu Shonin's era. They further insist that this is an outrage against the members who made offerings for the Shohondo's construction. So let's review the history and learn the circumstances leading up to the decision to demolish Shohondo.

According to the golden words of Nichiren Daishonin as stated in "The Three Great Secret Laws" and described in "Ichigoguhosho," "When Propagation of Buddhism is achieved, the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism should be established at the foot of Mt. Fuji." However, back in 1965, Soka Gakkai volunteered to construct Shohondo, the main hall of which was expected to serve at some point in the future as the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism when Kosen-rufu is accomplished.

Attachment and intense feelings towards the Shohondo by Ikeda Soka Gakkai have been unusual from the beginning. On the occasion of the Construction Petition Ceremony held in October 1967, Daisaku Ikeda (then President of Soka Gakkai) stated, "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) This statement is understood to mean: The Daishonin revealed the Gohonzon and the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism in His time, but not the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism. 700 years later, Soka Gakkai led by Ikeda, has appeared and we are about to see the establishment of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, with which the Three Great Secret Laws are going to be complete. With Vice President Hojo's statement, the Soka Gakkai was actually claiming: The High Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings of True Buddhism which could not be revealed even by the Daishonin is to be established by President Ikeda. Therefore, President Ikeda is a Buddha superior to the Daishonin. This is the theory of President Ikeda being the True Buddha (as a matter of fact, just such guidance was spread within the Soka Gakkai at that time). In other words, the establishment of Shohondo, which was considered equal to the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings of True Buddhism, carried "significant meaning" as an actual proof for the theory of Ikeda being the True Buddha in that, "Daisaku Ikeda is the Buddha even surpassing the Daishonin." This is the main reason why the Soka Gakkai showed extraordinary attachment to the Shohondo.

However, at the time of the completion of Shohondo in 1972, High Priest Nittatsu Shonin issued an official statement of doctrine clarifying that since there were still so many slanderous people, Kosen-rufu had yet to be accomplished. For this reason, Shohondo was formally designated a main hall which could become the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism upon completion of Kosen-rufu at some point in the future.

Daisaku Ikeda, who was deeply disappointed with the decision that the Shohondo was not to be immediately designated the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, applied intense pressure on the High Priest and Nichiren Shoshu following Shohondo's completion but Ikeda never succeeded in getting Nittatsu Shonin to reverse the decision. Until they were finally excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu in 1991, Ikeda and his people claimed behind Nichiren Shoshu's back, "Kosen-rufu has clearly been accomplished with the completion of Shohondo" or "Shohondo is the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching of True Buddhism," whenever they had a chance.

As a consequence of Soka Gakkai's betrayal, Kosen-rufu of Nichiren Shoshu, which was expected to be achieved in the near future, has instead receded into the distance while Shohondo, which was built based on the expectation of the imminent accomplishment of Kosen-rufu, lost its justification for existence. And yet, unbelievably, despite the fact that as a result of their excommunication, they have no connection with Nichiren Shoshu Taiseki-ji, the Ikeda Soka Gakkai still continues to insist, "Shohondo is the High Sanctuary of Essential Teaching of True Buddhism, and President Ikeda, in establishing it, has achieved an unprecedented feat in the history of Buddhism." etc., etc.

Considering the reality that Shohondo has been used as a basis for the unprecedented and shockingly slanderous theory of Ikeda being the original True Buddha, Nichiren Shoshu determined that the time had come to completely sever the root of this greatest of slanders. Such a building could not be retained if the premises of the Head Temple were to be kept pure. This judgment led to the decision to demolish the building. Of course, the demolition entailed costs, but when it comes to protecting the purity of true Buddhism, it is not a matter of money. Daisaku Ikeda took advantage of the members using their sincere offerings to persistently promote the gravest slander- his, "Ikeda as the original Buddha" theory. It is Daisaku Ikeda's actions that are to blame and truly an outrage.

Gakkai Propagandists Used Dubious Documents to Tout: Bogus "Project C"

The Gakkai is still claiming, "It wasn't by choice that we left Nichiren Shoshu, the Gakkai was expelled because of "Project C." They say, "In the summer of 1990, Nichiren Shoshu became jealous of the growth of the Gakkai and devised "Project C" ("C" for "cut") to remove Ikeda Sensei as sokoto (head of the Hokkeko Believers Association) and excommunicate the Gakkai from Nichiren Shoshu." This Gakkai claim is an outright lie. It is as if one were to say the heavens above are actually the earth below. And yet, consistent with the Soka Gakkai's leadership principle that a lie told 100 times becomes the truth, thoroughly propagandized Gakkai members around the world seem to have swallowed this story.

The strategy behind the Gakkai's campaign is simple: first, create the impression that, the Gakkai is a "victim," then manipulate the members' shared consciousness as "victims" to cut their emotional attachment to the Head Temple. The logic of their scheme can be illustrated as follows: suppose someone wished to forcibly detach a child from his parents. Reasonable sounding explanations such as, "You were abandoned by your parents," could be used. A steady diet of such poisonous lies would cause the child to lose trust in his parents and gradually grow to harbor hatred towards them. In just such a manner, the Soka Gakkai skillfully exploits human psychology to turn the Gakkai members away from the Head Temple.

So just what is the truth behind what the Gakkai calls, "Project C"? The fact is, Nichiren Shoshu never had a "Project C" or any other kind of scheme to cut the Soka Gakkai from Nichiren Shoshu. Not surprisingly, it is the Soka Gakkai which, ever since the period following completion of the Shohondo, held the objective of controlling Nichiren Shoshu or, if that were not possible, becoming independent from Nichiren Shoshu, as was explicitly stated in the Gakkai leadership's "Hojo Report" dated June 18, 1974 and "Yamazaki and Yahiro Report" dated April 12, 1974.

When the Gakkai's intentions became clear, 66th High Priest Nittatsu Shonin resolutely determined to protect the Daishonin's Buddhism even if it meant the membership of Nichiren Shoshu would shrink in numbers. His seriousness of purpose was conveyed in his comments at the Current Events Discussion Meeting of February 9th, 1978, "I pointed out all the issues (to Daisaku Ikeda) including the Gakkai's references to Nichiren Shoshu as if it were a slanderous temple. And I went on to say, 'with such statements it's natural that the problem will not go away. Young priests insist that they will sever the relationship with the Gakkai. I'm controlling their moves now, but if we are to finally break off with the Gakkai, I think it's necessary to make things clear by convening the assembly of Nichiren Shoshu."

At that time, the Gakkai apologized to Nichiren Shoshu temporarily putting an end to the matter. However, the Gakkai's intention to, "Control Nichiren Shoshu or become independent from it," endured as they vigilantly awaited their chance.

Their malevolent plot resurfaced in 1990, which had been designated by the Gakkai as the "Year of Completion." Beginning in spring, Ikeda's speeches within the Gakkai started to include unconcealed criticisms of Nichiren Shoshu and the leaders began to arrogantly exhibit belligerence towards the priesthood. Alarmed by these developments, Nichiren Shoshu made preparations to inquire as to the Gakkai's true intentions at the next communication meeting between the Gakkai and Nichiren Shoshu scheduled for July 17th. However, it seems that information had been leaked to the Gakkai in advance.

On the day of the meeting, the moment the Gakkai participants took their seats, they began by stating, "We will now say all we have to say today." Whereupon, using highly abusive language, the Gakkai representatives launched into a one-sided litany of groundless charges against High Priest Nikken Shonin and criticisms of local Nichiren Shoshu temples. When they had, to their full satisfaction, exhausted their list of grievances, the Gakkai leaders, led by Akiya, rose as one saying, "That's all for today!" and walked out leaving the dumbfounded Nichiren Shoshu priests no chance to respond.

Shocked by the Gakkai's hard attitude, the priesthood hastily convened a meeting the following day at the Head Temple with High Priest Nikken Shonin in attendance for the purpose of discussing how to cope with the Gakkai.

When we look back on the events of the summer of 1990, we should remember that the Soka Gakkai was an organization which had already committed numerous unacceptable acts including: attempting to coerce High Priest Nittatsu Shonin, bringing several priests before their "kangaroo court" for alleged offenses and spreading malicious rumors about Nichiren Shoshu at their meetings and in personal communications. All of this had been carried out with the belief, "In the long run, there is no other choice but to cleverly separate [from Nichiren Shoshu]" (quote from the Hojo Report) which had been formulated at the time of the "Line of 1976." It was understood that if Nichiren Shoshu were to attempt to correct such an organization, it would have to be prepared, just as Nittatsu Shonin had been when confronted by a similar situation, for the worst-case scenario, that is, to break off with the Gakkai. As a matter of fact, it was clear to everyone that without such awareness, it would be totally impossible to change the Soka Gakkai.

After having discussed the issue thoroughly, the conclusion of the meeting was stated as follows: "In order for us to say what must be said, we must correct our attitude so the Gakkai will not be able to take advantage of our shortcomings. It is necessary for us to strictly tighten up discipline within the priesthood." And it was decided to, "postpone for the time being" responding to or questioning the Gakkai. In spite of this, the Gakkai began a propaganda campaign saying that ""Project C" to cut off the Gakkai was formulated at that meeting" based on their contention that the words, "Project C" were found in a note jotted down by a priest attending the meeting. It seems that this priest mentioned, "Then this project can be called project G," to which the High Priest responded, "It's not G but C." The memo allegedly obtained by the Gakkai only describes the latter statement made by the High Priest and since it is a phrase used in a personal memo, it's not certain that the High Priest even said it at all. In the context of the meeting, if such a statement was made, it meant, "If worst comes to worst, be prepared to face the situation where there is no choice but to "cut" (off) relations." There is absolutely no justification to conclude that the July 18th meeting was, "a strategy meeting for Nichiren Shoshu to cut the Gakkai."

Even before the Gakkai brought up the memo, they were making a big ruckus about a document of dubious origin, which the Gakkai claimed was a plan sheet prepared by Nichiren Shoshu to cut the Gakkai. They further claimed that since the words, "Project C" appearing in the suspicious document correspond to the word "C" in the above mentioned memo, "Project C" was proved to be a scheme formulated by Nichiren Shoshu. But this is a ridiculous conclusion. It turns out that the reason the words correspond is that a person heard about the word "C" coming up during the meeting on July 18th, and decided to create a likely plan using the letter "C "which he then anonymously sent to tease the senior leaders of the Gakkai. At any rate, the plan described in the dubious "Project C" document is not at all like the real actions taken by Nichiren Shoshu after July 19th. Obviously, the anonymously authored document is a fabrication of someone who did not even attend the meeting in question.

And finally, when the Soka Gakkai was excommunicated from Nichiren Shoshu in 1991, President Einosuke Akiya called to the Gakkai members throughout Japan saying, "Congratulations on the day of our spiritual independence!" Do not his words eloquently proclaim that it was the Soka Gakkai, which left Nichiren Shoshu, just as they originally planned?

Ikeda's Insane Statements Disqualify Him As A Religious Leader

Introducing His Unedited Speeches, Extracted from Recorded Tapes

Although the Soka Gakkai has been advertising itself with statements like, "All the leaders in the world are seeking the guidance of President Ikeda," his live speeches are infamous for their crude vulgarity. Let us introduce here unedited transcripts of some of his recorded live speeches.

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"I would like to thank you, the Men's Division in the Chubu region, from the bottom of my heart for your sincere effort on behalf of the Soka Gakkai of the entire world. Thanks. (*The participants applauded and waved their hands). Come on! You're barely waving your hands. And those of you who've just waved your hands will not suffer from palsy!! You look great. See. If you could wave your hand more energetically, you could've accumulated good fortune, but…" (April 26th, 1992 at the 8th Chubu General Meeting)

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"You know, there may be quite a few people who have not done morning Gongyo, but it's OK. One Daimoku will do." (April 26th, 1992, at the 8th Chubu General Meeting)

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"The fourth volume of the Lotus Sutra, in the Hosshi Chapter, teaches that to hate and become hostile even the slightest to the followers of the Lotus Sutra in the Latter Day of the Law─more specifically to me, and in general, to the Gakkai members─ is even more sinful than slandering the Buddha for a long period of time called one medium Kalpa. This is what the Daishonin is saying." (April 26th, 1992, at the 8th Chubu General Meeting)

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"True honzon only exists in the two characters of faith (shin ? jin). To hell with the High sanctuary of True Buddhism, and the wooden Gohonzon! (Dai-Gohonzon). Kanson (Nichikan Shonin) says: 'The true object of worship can only be found in faith.' (The High Sanctuary of True Buddhism and Dai-Gohonzon) That's nothing but an object!" (September 7th, 1993 Senior Leaders Meeting at Headquarters)

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"Thank you, members from San Francisco, for taking care of the exchange group from the Kansai region. If I flatter like this, I know I can get a lot more donations for Kofu Fund, and I say this in a low voice." (January 27th, 1993 at the Joint General Meeting between the US SGI and Kansai region)

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"We have entered a great era, haven't we? Soon several government ministers will be appointed from amongst us. That will happen soon. In fact, you will see them tomorrow or so. They are all your subordinates. You can regard them that way. The Soka Gakkai is No.1 in Japan." (August 8th, at the 69th Headquarters Senior Leader's Meeting)

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"Well, let's see, like (High Priest) Nikken is representative (of disgusting men). So he should be tied with a wire and his head hit with a hammer." (Laughter) (December 13th, at the National Youth Division Senior Leaders' Meeting)

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"Itoman Peace Hall? I am afraid that it might be better to change its name. It sounds like a woman… sounds like a woman. Itoman sounds like a woman. (*This joke did not appeal to the audience very much.) No good. This is much better. A better name is Kin-Man. (*Kin represents the first kanji character of the male's genital organ in Japanese while Man represents the female's.) Or rather, Itoman, Kin-XXX ko!" (There was laughter in the hall because *Kin- XXX ko are vulgar Japanese words, meaning male + female genital parts.) (July 7th, 1993 at the 66th Headquarters' Senior Leaders' Meeting) * Ikeda actually verbalized the worst gutter-slang Japanese four-letter-words but since this is a newspaper, XXX is used.

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“My speech is sophisticated and easy to understand an'yet it's philosophical, literary, poetic and colloquial. You must be very smart to follow me. And when you get stuck, let out your frustration by listening to a chorus together. That's artistic and that's the true way the SGI should practice Buddhism. The opposite is (High Priest) Nikken's way." (January 27th, 1993 at the Joint General Meeting between the American SGI and Kansai Region)

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"New York! People from New York are clean because you wash your body every day (It was not at all funny to the New Yorkers)." (January 27th, 1993 at the Joint General Meeting between the American SGI and Kansai Region)

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"Hawaii! Mahallo! Mahallo! Bakayallo! (*meaning "Idiot") Bahallo!" (January 27th, 1993 at the Joint General Meeting between American SGI and Kansai Region)

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"The other day, Obasan, Obasanjo…Without adding two letters, it would be "Obasan". (* "Obasan" means a middle-aged woman with a derogatory nuance in Japanese) But it turned out to be a man. (* Referring to a former Head of Nigeria, Obasanjo) He is the central figure among all African nations. To tell you the truth, he is smart. It's hard. When we say "Africa", they are a little bit black. Yes, but it's even worse. Prejudice is no good. The most stupid is (High Priest) Nikken!" (April 26th, 1992 at the 8th Chubu General Meeting)

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"You must be hoping that it (* the meeting) should be over quickly because you all want to piss. Isn't that right?" (April 26th, 1992 at the 8th Chubu General Meeting)

Cases of "Individual Conspicuous Punishment" for Soka Gakkai's Grave Slander

From the Son of Daisaku Ikeda to Soka Gakkai Staff and Senior Leaders

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.

By Myokanko