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1 10th August 01:31
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A well know mentally unbalanced troll, Chas continues to spam
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2 10th August 01:31
nikken: my view of the teachings of nichiren shoshu has been polluted may 2000 dai-nichiren
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The true tragedy of Chas' repeated attempts to raise issues regarding
the alleged pacifism of the founders of the Soka Gakkai during World
War II is his inability to address actual facts. Instead he relies on
regurgitated agit-prop from the Soka Gakkai which when examined does
not support his position at all. He deliberately mis-attributes
authorship of material in that he quotes material as my own when in
fact it is not. At times it is material I have quoted from but at
times it is material he has just thrown in. Most troubling is that
neither Chas nor the voluminous material he quotes from actually
address the issues presented but rather attempt to overwhelm the
reader with massive volumes of material which speak all around the
subject or which misquote and misinterpret the material presented.
This is the classic straw man argument in which one ignores the actual
points presented and instead invents another false issue and "rebuts"
it instead. Hence Chas' and the Soka Gakkai's entirely fallacious
nonsense about the Nichiren Shu or any other Nichiren Buddhist group
taking an active role in the atrocities of the Japanese army during WW

Rather than actually address the simple fact that his own sensei, as
well as, the Soka Spirit and two of the Soka Gakkai's own tame
"scholars" disagree with Chas, he drags out various red herrings and
instead chooses to post the same nonsense again and again. This is
regrettable and shows actual proof of the bankrupt spirit that infuses
the so called "Buddhist" practice of the Soka Gakkai which is nothing
more than a personality cult centered on an old, dying Japanese man
known for shameless self-promotion and his actions in beating up
Buddhist priests in his youth.

The Soka Gakkai has worked long and hard to rewrite history and erase
reality. It is regrettable that they do so but it is not all that
unusual for people and organizations to re-invent themselves after the
fact. Consider how many people in France for example, claimed to be
members of the resistance after the war had ended when actual
historical fact shows that the resistance movement in that country was
nowhere near as large as the number of people who claimed to be member
after the war had ended. Further in Japan there is a great deal of
ambiguity about the war and worldwide, there has been severe criticism
of the
Japanese for their attempts to rewrite their actions during the war
and paint themselves as acting differently from what they actually
were doing, both in the popular media as well as in school texts used
in that country.

Chas has twisted all matter of claptrap together to make a case where
none exists. Much of his "writing" is taken verbatim from SGI spin
by its tame scholars" or from the Soka Spirit, an agit-prop branch of
the Soka Gakkai. The reality is that there is no indication
whatsoever that Makiguchi, the first leader of the Soka Gakkai, was a
pacifist and there is ample evidence that he was not. While Chas, as
with his Soka Gakkai handlers, place great emphasis on statements made
by Makiguchi, pre-1935, they ignore both do***ented events and the

well as the records of the Imperial Government including the very
charges made against Makiguchi, i.e. slandering the Imperial Talisman.

For example an excerpt from a statement made by Makiguchi after the
start of the Pacific War [which is how the Japanese termed their war
of aggression against the United States, Great Britain and some other
countries] clearly shows he had no actual opposition to the war
itself. On August 10, 1942, almost a year before his arrest and
imprisonment, Mr. Makiguchi published the following guidance:

“Sacrifice your own skin to slash the opponent's flesh. Surrender your
own flesh to saw off the opponent's bone. Because of their faithful
incorporation of this well-known Japanese fencing (kendo) strategy
into their tactics during the war, the
Japanese military is able to achieve its glorious, ever-victorious
invincibility in the Sino-Japan conflict and in the Pacific War, thus
easing the minds of the Japanese people. This (strategy of sacrifice)
should be taken as an ideal lifestyle for those remaining on the home
front and should be applied to every aspect of our daily lives.”
From: Makiguchi’s "The Instruction Manual Summarizing the Experiments
and Testimonials of Life based on the Philosophy of Value of the
Supreme Goodness.

Initially Chas denied this statement was ever made. He attempted to
deflect attention from it by referring to the statements Makiguchi
made pre-1935 in particular concerning the Russo-Japanese War. Now he
has posted material from Soka Spirit agit-prop materials citing the
very quotations he initially denied existed and then ignored. The
Soka Spirit is a propaganda division of the Soka Gakkai dedicated
primarily to spreading false and misleading information about the
Nichiren Shoshu. Chas then goes on to cite another gobbet from the
same source:

“This militaristic viewpoint came only a few months after Director Mr.
Nojima gave the opening address at the Fourth Soka Kyoiku Gakkai's
General Meeting on May 17, 1942. His speech included the words: 'Since
the start of the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity War, the brilliant
military achievements and glorious war results (of the Japanese
military) have occurred solely because the Lotus Sutra is the guardian
spirit of our country. After listening to the reassuring news about
the string of great victories broadcast on the radio last evening, I
am overwhelmed with gratitude and I am ever more appreciative of being
able to open the meeting today.”

Now Chas has also posted a claim by the Soka Spirit that the above
passages are mistranslated but even reviewing the Soka Gakkai offered
translation the two are not substantially different. The Soka Spirit
did not publish the entire articles nor publish both the original in
Japanese together with the translation they claim is correct so it is
impossible to determine if their mistranslation claim is correct.

Chas of course has no idea what any of the actual facts are as he
neither reads nor understands Japanese. He has never seen a single
do***ent nor done any independent research into the matter. All he is
doing is repeating the spin created by his organization. He
excoriates Dr. Brian Victoria, a professor from New Zealand, who is an
actual Buddhist scholar who has written extensively of Buddhism
including actions of various Buddhist groups during WWII. Dr.
Victoria does read and speak Japanese. He does publish in peer
reviewed journals and does not take money from any group to write
apologia for them. But let's not quibble about Dr. Victoria's

Interesting enough the material posted by the Soka Spirit does support
Dr. Victoria’s conclusions that the Japanese government was reacting
to the criticisms leveled at it by Makiguchi, Toda and the Soka Kyoiku
Gakkai that the government should throw all of its support behind
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism and suppress the other heretical religious
practices engaged in by the Japanese people. Yet the Soka Gakkai and
Chas excoriate Professor Victoria for his inclusion of the very same
points in a very small reference in one of his books.

In the very same article authored by Makiguchi mentioned above, the
Soka Spirit quotes him as saying:

"[Government leaders are] distorting and misusing the freedom of
religion, while cautioning people that 'one needs to have strong
religious faith, yet must not place disproportionate weight on one
sect or religion.' Thus, [government's leaders are] rationalizing
their ignorance of religion, while forgetting their duty due to their
high position in society, they lack leadership skills even toward
their own family members who are agonizing about the contradictions.
Moreover, it is egregious that those leaders are not aware of those
people who are considered to be their closest friends, who are taking
advantage of the ignorance of the leadership, not only selling useless
medicine for the mind [Shinto talisman] but also overtly spreading the
poisons in the world. One must know the root of evil, for confusion of
thoughts and awkward social situation lies here."

So even though the Soka Gakkai and Chas have viciously and
unjustifiably attacked Dr. Victoria for his research and publications,
the very material they reference in their attacks supports Dr.
Victoria’s own conclusions that Makiguchi and Toda were arrested not
for being pacifists but for criticizing the Japanese government
regarding its reliance on Imperial Shinto and other Buddhist sects.
Yet in attacking Dr. Victoria, a respected scholar, Chas has ignored
what my comments actually focused on. I did not mention Dr. Victoria
at all but addressed the issue based upon the writings presented by
members of his own cult or those in the pay of that cult.

I focused on the actual published materials put forth by the Soka
Gakkai for public consumption as opposed to what they pump out for
internal distribution. First consider what is written in a 2008
edition of Tricycle Magazine in a supposed "interview" with Daiseku
Ikeda. I say “supposed interview” as it is simply a cobbled together
series of questions posed via e-mail and responded to by the Soka
Gakkai, hardly what I would call a real interview. However Ikeda is
quoted as saying in the article:

"During World War II, however, they found themselves facing
persecutions when they resisted the currents of Japanese militarist
fascism and criticized the state’s use of Shinto to spiritually unite
the Japanese people behind the war effort. They were arrested and
imprisoned as a result."

In addition the article, which was approved by the SGI leadership and
presumably Ikeda himself states:

"Makiguchi was arrested under the Peace Preservation Act in 1943 by
the Japanese government for refusing to consolidate with other
Buddhist sects under the banner of State Shinto, effectively
challenging the authority of the military government. He died in
prison a year later."

Note that Ikeda does not go on the record with anything about
Makiguchi opposing the actual war. In fact he cannot make such a
claim because there are comments on the record by Makiguchi supporting
the war but stating that the war effort is doomed to failure if the
Imperial Government did not discard provisional teachings such as Zen
and Shingon and embrace Nichiren Buddhism. It was Makiguchi's Rissho
Ankoku-ron moment and there is little doubt that he saw it as exactly
as that. So Chas' own sensei, the spiritual head of the Soka Gakkai,
is rebutting Chas’ position.

But this has not deterred Chas from ignoring his own sensei and
venting his rage on Dr. Victoria. However he can no longer do so
validly because he has now admitted that this is exactly what
occurred. In the materials he is now posting is a gobbet from the
Soka Spirit which states:

“The July 1943 issue of the Tokko Geppo (Monthly Report of the Special
Higher Police), the official do***ent of Special High Police, shows
the actual reasons for their arrest:

‘The thoughts and beliefs of [Soka Kyoiku Gakkai]-related persons
centering on President Makiguchi manifest a number of subversive and
seditious elements. Following secret investigations by the Police
Agency as well as the Fukuoka Prefecture Special Higher Police
Department, we found that Makiguchi has been saying to the members
that 'His Majesty the Emperor is an ordinary man;'… 'The emperor
should not demand the people's loyalty, so the phrase 'their loyalty
to me' should be deleted from the Kyoiku Chokugo (Imperial Rescript of

'If one slanders the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren, one will definitely
receive punishment;' and 'There is no need to worship the Grand Shrine
of Ise,' 'thus, the Agency on the 7th day of this month arrested and
interrogated Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and five other persons for
suspicion of blaspheming the dignity of the Imperial Grand Shrine and
lese majeste.’”

Now it is not surprising that Makiguchi would get into trouble with
the Imperial Government for his views. The official position of the
government was that the Emperor was a god and subservient to no one.
Nichiren Buddhism would disagree with this position as all sentient
beings, including deities, are subject to the operation of the Dharma.

The position attacked so vociferously by Chas is also buttressed by
the writings of another scholar, a favorite of the Soka Gakkai in

"Thus, Makiguchi and Toda defied the government and went to prison not
necessarily for anti-war beliefs, which the Soka Gakkai preaches
today, but because it was against their deeply felt religious
principles to adopt Shinto practices or to merge with another
religious sect, even if it had Nichiren connections. While Makiguchi
may have indeed made the pro-Emperor statements that Victoria alleges,
his overall thinking and demeanor was certainly not pro-militarist.
The evidence simply does not support Victoria's argument."
A Critical ****ysis of Brian Victoria's Perspectives on Modern
Japanese Buddhist History by Daniel A. Metraux

So Professor Metraux disputes Professor Victoria's position that
Makiguchi was in fact pro-militarist [without citing any actual
evidence and ignoring Makiguchi’s own statements]. Prof. Metraux does
agree with the position put forward by Prof. Victoria, namely that
Makiguchi and Toda went to prison for what they were charged with -
lese majeste NOT for any actual anti-war beliefs or positions.
Professor Metraux admits that Makiguchi made the pro-Emperor
statements that Professor Victoria quotes although he disagrees on the
import of those statements. So Professor Metraux also rebuts Chas’
stated position.

Yet another of the Soka Gakkai’s tame scholars was paid to put forth
an opinion attacking Dr. Victoria’s position. However, if one
carefully reads the comments made by Koichi Miyata in his critique of
Prof. Victoria, he affirms Dr. Victoria’s position:

"To enable more systematic repression of religious movements, the
military government revised the Peace Preservation Law in 1939 to
provide for punishment of religious groups found to be committing
blasphemy against the Ise shrine. This shows the military government
viewed religious movements that rejected the authority of the emperor
as the last remaining impediments to rallying the nation behind its
war policies. It was against this political and social backdrop that
Makiguchi came to criticize the religious policy of the military
regime. His arrest under the Peace Preservation Law shows that the
regime judged his actions a hindrance to their conduct of the war.
Thus, Makiguchi directly opposed the militarist ideology of imperial
fascism for its religious policies, and because this opposition
constituted an impediment to conduct of the war by the military
regime, there is no doubt that he was persecuted for implicitly anti-
war activities."

Now Miyata is guilty of fallacious logic here. I have no doubt that
the Imperial Government wished to stifle any opposition to its
expansionist, militaristic policies, including any opposition from the
religious institutions of Japan. The record is clear that the
Japanese Government came down hard on dissenting views to its
policies. This includes those who would not go along with the system
that the government was instituting, namely of blind obedience to the
government policies.

Makiguchi did indeed threaten this blind obedience because he asserted
that the state policy regarding the supremacy of the Imperial Talisman
over the Buddha was wrong. And equally important to the government
was Makiguchi's stated position that the prosecution of the war would
fail unless the government undertook to fulfill the admonishments of
the Rissho Ankoku-ron prior to such an effort. Thus Makiguchi's
direct criticism of the religious policy of the Imperial Japanese
Government did not arise out of any basis of pacifism but rather out
of something completely different. Miyata’s claim that this criticism
of the supremacy of State Shinto, as well as, any argument regarding
the supremacy of Nichiren Buddhism over all other forms of Buddhism
made Makiguchi “implicitly” a pacifist absurd. Makiguchi is not
saying that the war is wrong under any cir***stances. He is saying
that it will fail unless the government suppresses other forms of
Buddhism and acknowledges the supremacy of Nichiren Buddhism over all
other forms of religious practice including other forms of Buddhism
and state Shinto.

Now I have suggested a position somewhat simpler and quite obvious to
anyone who actually pays attention to what is being said and what is
not being said by either Prof. Metraux or the Soka Gakkai's scholar,
Koichi Miyata. Chas and the Soka Gakkai make the assertion that Prof
Victoria is taking statements out of context to make Makiguchi into a
supporter of the military government and its view of the emperor.
That is fallacious and nothing but the classic straw man argument. It
is also irrelevant to my point and further, the statements of Metraux
and Miyata do not really support the position put forth by the Soka
Gakkai in their attacks on Dr. Victoria. However this is not the
argument I made.

Let's review shall we?

SGI Myth 1: The SGI is the only Buddhist group who stood up to the
Japanese government during WWII and opposed the war on pacifist

SGI Fact 1: The SGI as it is formed now did not exist prior to WWII.
However its founders, Makaguchi and Toda, were not pacifists, in fact,
they were far from it. There are speeches in existence in which they
affirm their loyalty to the Japanese government and the war. However,
they did remonstrate against the imposition of the Imperial Talisman
as an object of reverence, as well as, based upon their interpretation
of Rissho Ankoku-ron, urged the Japanese Government to suppress all
other Buddhist sects and force everyone to convert to Nichiren
Buddhism all while warning that the war effort would fail unless the
government did so.

They were imprisoned for the crime of lese majeste, i.e., for their
disrespect of the Imperial Talisman not because they were pacifists.
President Ikeda admits this as does Professor Metraux, in an article
he was paid to write by the Soka Gakkai.

The “Makiguchi and Toda were the only pacifists” claim made by the SGI
adds insult to the injury endured by thousands of Buddhists in Japan
who did demonstrate against the war and who were abandoned by the
leaderships of their respective sects. Many of those people were
imprisoned and executed. Others such as Nichidatsu Fujii were sent
into exile.

My position is simpler than Prof. Victoria's. Both Makiguchi and Toda
affirmed their loyalty to the Emperor and there are no statements made
by either of them which show any actual opposition to the war effort.
However they did oppose the prosecution of the war effort based upon
Imperial Shinto, as well as, their contention based upon their
interpretation of the Rissho Ankoku-ron, that any effort by the
Japanese Government to prosecute the war was doomed to failure unless
the Japanese nation was immediately converted to Nichiren Buddhism and
all heretical religious sects were suppressed. Their criticism of the
supremacy of State Shinto over Nichiren Buddhism was similarly a cause
of alarm among the far right government who viewed any opposition to
any policy it promulgated as dangerous. Thus they were imprisoned for
lese majeste, specifically their criticism of the government’s
doctrinal position of the supremacy of the worship of the Emperor over
the Buddha.

I have no doubt that the Imperial Government wished to stifle any
opposition to its expansionist, militaristic policies, including any
opposition from the religious institutions of Japan. The record is
clear that the Japanese Government came down hard on dissenting views
to its policies. This includes acting against pacifists of which
there were some, both religious and otherwise. It also includes those
who would not go along with the system that the government was
instituting, namely of blind obedience to the government policies.

Makiguchi did indeed threaten this blind obedience because he asserted
that the state policy regarding the supremacy of the Imperial Talisman
over the Buddha was wrong. Equally important, was the threat from
Makiguchi's argument that the prosecution of the war would fail unless
the government undertook to fulfill the admonishments of the Rissho
Ankoku-ron prior to such an effort. Thus
Makiguchi's direct criticism of the religious policy of the Imperial
Japanese Government did not arise out of any basis of pacifism but
rather out of something completely different. The Japanese Government
was quite pathological when it came to their requirement that all the
people of Japan must be in absolute support of the government’s
policy. Any nail head sticking up was most certainly going to be
hammered down.

Makiguchi was such a nail head. Makiguchi wanted the Imperial
Government to suppress all other forms of Buddhism and accept Nichiren
Buddhism as the only form of state accepted Buddhism. His position
was that if they failed to do so the war effort was doomed to
failure. This was a position that the Imperial Japanese Government
was unwilling to tolerate and hence his imprisonment along with that
of Toda.

The Soka Gakkai and Chas in their hurry to smear Prof. Victoria have
leapt to conclusions and not bothered to read what was written. This
is typical of the Soka Gakkai as well as, Chas. Chas is simply
regurgitating the nonsense he has been given as speaking points by the
Soka Gakkai leadership he has labored so diligently on behalf of in
spreading their positions on the web. For him this is a holy mission
and one in which is he is completely involved and frankly more than a
little obsessed.

However the level of incompetence among the Soka Gakkai leadership is
such that they attempt to “disprove” Professor Victoria’s statements
by having their own paid “scholars” issue rebuttals which are not
rebuttals of the main issue raised by Dr. Victoria, namely that
Makiguchi was a pacifist and opposed the Japanese war effort on that
basis. They throw out all sorts of comments concerning the use by Dr.
Victoria of pre-1935 commentary of Makiguchi while ignoring the
reiteration of these comment as well as others similar to them by
Makiguchi after the Japanese aggression in China had reached full
pitch and the start of hostilities by the Japanese against the United
States, Great Britain
and Holland among others. On top of this their attacks on Dr.
Victoria are not relevant to my position which does not rely on Dr.
Victoria but rather on the simple fact that their own sources as well
as the historical sources do not support their position.

SGI Myth 2: The SGI has always held fast to its principles and never
compromised them.

SGI Fact 2: The examples of the SGI violating its own principles are
in fact too numerous to detail. But one which is relevant to Chas'
regular rants is the claim that they have held fast to Nikko's
admonitions while the Nichiren Shoshu has not. In particular they
chastise the Nichiren Shoshu for sending priests for education at
Rissho University which is operated by the Nichiren Shu. Apparently
they have forgotten that SGI members have also attended that
university, some with the approval of their own governing body in

Of even greater amu*****t however are two other events. Shortly after
the split between the SGI and the Nichiren Shoshu in the early 1990's
the SGI approached the Nichiren Shu with an offer. They would
affiliate as a lay organization within the Nichiren Shu and pay for
all overseas missionary work, of course with the Soka Gakkai
administering all overseas propagation. The Nichiren Shu, having seen
what the SGI had been doing to the NST, politely and firmly declined
the offer. The second incident occurred when the SGI approached the
Nichiren Shu and offered one million US dollars for a Nichiren
authored Mandala. This offer was also rejected.

SGI Myth 3: The Soka Gakkai International loves democracy

SGI Fact 3: In fact the SGI while making lip service about democracy
has been adamant about stamping out any attempts by its membership to
adopt democratic principles in its own governance. Leaders within the
SGI are appointed by the higher ups and serve at their pleasure with
no accountability to the rank and file.

In fact when SGI members became aware on the web that in the Nichiren
Shu, the lay organizations did have elected leaders, the SGI through
proxies such as the Rubys and others made posts belittling that fact.
Similarly the SGI has refused to acknowledge or give in to a rank and
file movement towards actual financial accountability, keeping its
finances a closely held secret. Members are given no information
regarding their money once it is handed over to the organization, nor
are they allowed a say in how it is to be spent. Periodically this is
justified by claims that the local SGI chapters are not financially
independent and must depend on Japan for financial contributions.
However this begs the question. How does anyone know this and if in
fact it is true then how much comes from local sources and how much
comes from overseas? Further how is the local administration using
this money? The truth is that no one knows and no one is going to
know so long as the Soka Gakkai can keep a tight lid on its ship of

This is vastly different from say Nichiren Order of North America, the
Nichiren Shu lay organization in the USA, which regularly provides
information to its members as to what funds have been taken in and how
they have been spent, including a say at the local level as to how
they should be spent. Similarly the Nichiren Shu local sanghas
leadership as well as the national governing structure of the Nichiren
Order of North America, are democratically elected and its governing
organs conduct open meetings in which any member in good standing is
welcome to attend and speak.

As a final point Chas has decided to repeat and expand upon a lie he
came up with last year, namely that the Nichiren Shu is somehow an
“unindicted and utterly unapologetic co-conspirators in the Asian
Holocaust”. Now despite being challenged to support this allegation,
Chas has not done so. Instead he makes reference to books such as the
“**** of Nanking” which does not reference the presence of Nichiren
Shu clergy as being present or encouraging any of the atrocities
committed by Japanese army personnel. He cannot present any written
statements by any such Nichiren Shu clergy advocating the murder and
**** of civilians. Instead he points to the presence of some Zen
clergy in the ranks of the soldiers attacking Nanking and assumes that
Nichiren Shu clergy must have also been present. Similarly he points
to and account regarding the actions of a Japanese army officer who
fomented an attack on the Nichiren Buddhist priest [the book does not
say which sect]. His authority is a comment in a book by Herbert Bix,
"Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan". The book in no way
supports any complicity on the part of the Nichiren Shu in the
planning or execution of the officer's pan and indeed there is nothing
to indicate the victim of the attack, the Nichiren sect priest was
even aware of the role of sacrificial lamb he was slated to play by
the officer. This type of attack is childish in the extreme and
demonstrates Chas’ complete emotional instability as well as
incapacity for rational thought.
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