The meeting in Osaka, where is the capital for people, was in a vigorous atmosphere. After the first part of the meeting , we had a rest time. In the hole, it seemed that everyone could not wait for the second part to start and we could see the blossom of dialogue here and there.
Then, we changed the seating arrangement and made a big circle with chairs, and the second part, where everyone can talk freely about their own experiences of the faith, had begun. Mr. B raised his hand quickly and said “I have a question to ask. I would like to know if you have had anything unexpected to happen until now.” Noguchi answered “What I have felt as I have fought together is that we have gone through one unexpected thing and another. I can not see what will happen, but I asked myself “What I can do now?” And I have put it into practice one by one, desperately. Two years has passed since we started the blog. We could not see the future at all, but we talked with each other, and made an advance desperately, which is what we feel, honestly. Regarding a silent protest, we, the three, had started it. However, when we held the second time, although we had not announced the starting time of the silent protest, five people in three pairs, who loved the Soka Gakkai, gathered. Their warm hearts brought tears into my eyes. I shook hands with them firmly, vowing to change the Soka Gakkai for Ikeda sensei. Then, one lady called out “Let’s unite together from this time on!” Her words created the flow to hold meetings all over Japan. Also when publishing a book, a publisher, “Weekly Friday” (Shukan Kinyobi), interviewed us and empathized with us. Then, it became the starting point to publish our book. Publishing a book was what we had not expected.”
Noguchi continued “In the last silent protest on June 18 as many as 71 people participated. And the circle of our comradeship is enlarged to more than 500 people. We cannot see what is coming, but I think the thing is to continue to do what we can do now with our whole being.”
We felt that our circle of comradeship for justice was expanding, steadily and gradually.
The next person who spoke was Mr. C. He looked around and started talking: “Today, manly youth members also has joined today, so I wanted to talk. About 10 years ago, in the district, where I used to live, there was a spy from a certain party.” Everyone listened to Mr. C carefully.According to Mr. C, in fact, to revenge the act of spying, the district decided to send a spy to the party. A person who was chosen to the position was Mr. C. A leader who came to tell Mr. C about appointing the position to Mr. C was a member that had been nice to Mr. C since Mr. C moved to the district. However, the leader ordered Mr. C “Even if you were exposed as a spy, do not disclose you were sent by the Soka Gakkai.” Mr. C continued to talk sadly, “I could not believe they have brought up such dangerous request. I am a ordinary citizen. I am neither a member of CIA, nor trained to be a spy. I am not Jack Bauer, either.” Mr. C used humorous expressions sometimes, which made attendants smiled and the atmosphere better. According to Mr. C, when the leader appointed Mr. C as a spy, It seemed that the leader felt sorry for it within himself and the leader was suppressing his feeling desperately that he wanted to cry. Needless to say, Mr. C declined that order. Later, according to Mr.C, the leader protected Mc. C. Probably, the leader felt the act of spying was wrong. Mr. C talked with anger, saying “the leader, who was urged to do such a dirty job, has lost his original luster, and sadly keeps away from the Soka Gakkai activities. Actually, senior leaders used the leader and brought him such a task. However, the senior leaders did not do anything by themselves. There are such evil leaders in higher organizational positions. They use people who are submissive, and make them do dirty jobs. I say people who become scapegoated are those who are in mid-level organizational positions, such as the leader in the youth division who appointed me as a spy in person. I would like you to kniw people who are scapegoated are ordinary people (members.)”
What a dirty way! Members are not their pawns! How can they fool members into thinking！The act of spying is to steal information and manipulate things behind the scenes, which is espionage activities and anti-society activities as well. The staff members did not do anything by themselves and used a sincere and earnest member and a pure youth who devoted themselves for the propagation of the Mythic Law. That fact made the attendants sighed with disappointment.
Then, Mr. D, who listened to the story of Mr. C seriously, raised his hand quickly. “Now, We have heard a story that senior leaders looked down members and used them on the spot. To tell the truth, there is a leader in Kansai who came from the same place as me. All his organizational positions were removed on the last November.” The story of Mr. D was so shocking that many attendants gasped in surprise. Moreover, the member who was excommunicated was not just one. Some members who were in the group named “Kosenbu” fought together with the leader, and many of them were also excommunicated. According to Mr. D, The reason was that they were with the member in Tokyo who was excommunicated. It is totally unreasonable. What on earth happened to the Soka Gakkai? What is wrong to talk with members who was excommunicated? Nothing is to be solved no matter how many times the headquarters excommunicate. Rather, the spirit of the Soka Gakkai used to be the one to have dialogue to solve if problem has happened. The members who were excommunicated were all youth. The spirit of Ikeda sensei is to love youth, and believe in them. It is clear that the act of the headquarters to excommunicate the members run counter to the spirit of Ikeda sensei. After that, Mr. D posed a question of the headquarters changing the doctrine in 2014, announcing “The Gohonzon, which was placed in the place of denigration in 1279, is not the subject of keeping and praying any longer.” Mr. D said it was something wrong.
Toda sensei and Ikeda sensei decided that the Gohonzon, which was placed in 1279, was the subject of our faith. Nowadays, the headquarters exclaimed “Daikoku temple became a place of denigration”, but it is not something has just begun. It is clear that the headquarters insisted and added the reason (for their advantages.) Toda sensei declared “The only one Gohonzon which Nichiren founded and left behind, is the one in 1279.
“Because of the formula of the offshoot of complex, it(something beneficial) always comes out from the Gohonzon. So, it is meaningless to pray to another Gohonzon or else. We must pray to the Gohonzon which was placed on October 12 1279 because the linage of the others were expired.”
(Toda Josei Daizenshu volume 4
Moreover, After Ikeda sensei’s position of a chief was removed by Daikoku temple, and the Soka Gakkai was expelled, Ikeda sensei said
“We do not change the subject of our faith. The subject is the Gohonzon of Ichienbudaisoyo in 1270, which is the purpose of the appearance of in this world of Nichiren.
(The first general SGI meeting, September 16 1993)
Therefore, the amendment of the doctrine, “not to consider the Gohonzon in 1279 as the subject of keeping and praying” runs counter to the guidance of the three founders. However, the headquarters have not listened to the concerns of members nor answered to their questions. The headquarters do not explain until everyone understands clearly and have made members worried and upset, consequently.
Mr. E, who is familiar with the teachings of Mythic Law and listened carefully to the story of Mr. D, joined the conversation and said as follows:: “Because the headquarters has changed the doctrine in a strange way, many problems happens like this. Mr. E talked with anger and pointed out things about the Gohonzon. What I am angry with about the changes of the doctrine is the headquarters said they would not consider the Gohonzon in 1279 as the subject of praying, but if so, what did Saint Nikkan, who we pray for every day, copy? In short, Nikkan copied and wrote the Dai-Gohonzon. If the Dai-Gohonzon is false, the Gohonzon, which was copied, is also false. When I told this to leaders, they just said “Umm.”
“Not to consider the Gohonzon as the subject of praying”- The headquarters amended the most important lines on the basis of the faith of the Soka Gakkai. So, the existence of the Gohonzon which was written by Nikkan, and which members have now, is toppled. We think that the headquarters assumes a significant burden of the careless amendment of the doctrine and principle, which upset members and suffer. Additionally, Mr. E talked about the shocking fact; “In fact, I have a friend who is a staff member, and he was excommunicated. Because I am familiar with the person, I was told “You are wrong” and my organizational positions were removed. Surprisingly, Mr. E was also punished because of the relationship with a person considered to be “evil”, “rebel”, and “a person who forsook the Mythic Law.” In addition, when Mr. E was notified of the punishment, a leader told Mr. E “Your positions will be removed because you have made inappropriate comments to senior leaders.” Then, Mr.E asked the leader “What did I say?” However, the leader just answered “I cannot tell you.” I do not understand why the leader could not tell the reason. Moreover, Mr. E made sure how other members in Mr. E’s district have heard about Mr. E regarding the punishment, and it was as follows. “Mr. E made a group in a group and was together with those who attempted to overthrow the Soka Gakkai.” An attendant said “It reminds me of the Conspiracy Law.” The headquarters conducted the thing as the same as the Conspiracy Law, by which those who has not made a crime could be punished. The headquarters used the vague definition “a group in a group” to justify. Additionally, in Mr. E’s district, members were told “If Mr. E visited your house, tell me, please.” Mr. E was isolated by his district organization. What they did to Mr. E was just bullying, exercising the power of the organization.
The Soka Gakkai got insane, definitely. The Soka Gakkai, where the three founders devoted themselves and established, used to prioritize dialogue. To discard the spirit of dialogue, to punish, and to excommunicate members who has the same faith is the act of forsaking the thought of human revolution- believing in the potential of human beings. “Discarding members who do not obey”- This is the evil thoughts to forsake the thoughts of the three founders.
Even though Mr. E was treated so badly, Mr. E was the person of being incapable of being defeated by adversities. He talked in a vigorous voice, declaring “As a disciple of Ikeda sensei, I want to continue to fight to creat the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei envisioned, together with you.” Hearing the hopeful determination of Mr. E, who pursue the spirit of Ikeda sensei and live his lives for his ideal, everyone applauded Mr. E.
In order to safeguard the spirit of Ikeda sensei, let’s show the power of people, not being afraid of authority or power! Let’s do this so as to safeguard the castle of people which Ikeda sensei established, definitely!
Daisaku Ikeda, The first general SGI meeting, September 16 1993
Josei Toda (1955 ) “Toda Josei Daizenshu volume 4