Nikken: ''Gohonzon in sanctuary is fake. Seen as a result of handwriting analysis ...,'' Kawabe Journal p. 51, 2-7-78
2005-09-09 09:42:48 UTC
I am astonished that folks don't appear to be interested in the
historical circumstances previous to and surrounding the Shogunate of
the Tokugawas, High Priest Nissei 17th, and the Nichiren Shoshu's
(founded in 1912) emblem, the Crane. Or in the Theory of the True
Meaning of the Nichiren Shoshu Crane Emblem. Who knows, interest may
resurface in these two topics ... (it has, now)
Would anyone like to discuss the theory of the appearance of the crane?
Why the crane emblem has that characteristic look?
Read below, peregrinate your way to that section, read, then make a
comment, please. I really wrote this for y'all, please give it a
Once again, this would seem to have some passing significance, since
Nichiren Shoshu has wrapped Gohonzon in their crane emblem, and all
your Butsugu and Butsudan. It must be an important symbol, of
significance to people's faith. Otherwise, why would people cling to it
so ferociously? Ask yourself why?
From "The Entity of the Mystic Law", Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p.424 ...
Question: What is that profound significance?
Answer: In this passage, Shakyamuni Buddha explains that he is
entrusting the five characters of Myoho-rengekyo, which is the essence
of the Lotus Sutra, to the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, his original
disciples. The Thus Come One Shakyamuni, who attained enlightenment
countless kalpas in the past, says elsewhere, "What I long ago hoped
for has now been fulfilled. I have converted all living beings and
caused them all to enter the Buddha way." [Note 28: Lotus Sutra, chap.
2.] Thus, he has already fulfilled his earlier vow. Then, intending to
charge his disciples with the task of accomplishing widespread
propagation in the last five-hundred-year period after his passing, he
called forth the Bodhisattvas of the Earth and entrusted them with the
heart of the sutra, the lotus of the entity of the essential teaching.
This passage represents the ultimate purpose for which Shakyamuni
Buddha appeared in the world, the secret Law that he attained in the
place of meditation. It is this passage that gives proof of the lotus
of the entity that, for those of us who live in the Latter Day of the
Law, assures the attainment of Buddhahood in both the present and