HOW WILL THE TEMPLE ISSUE AFFECT THE SGI IN THE FUTURE?
Buddhism is concerned with winning. To win in this case means to help as many people as possible understand what is at the core of this issue. This will prove the correctness of our practice and open the way for the humanism of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism to become accessible to all.

It is for the people's happiness and for kosen-rufu - that we pray for Nikken's resignation.

In "On the Treasure Tower," the Daishonin writes:

In the Latter Day of the Law, there is no Treasure Tower other than the figures of the men and women who embrace the Lotus Sutra. It follows, therefore, that those who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, irrespective of social status, are themselves a Treasure Tower and likewise they themselves are Taho Buddha. (MW-I, 30)

Today, we are experiencing what has been called a Soka Renaissance, a result of our struggle against the priesthood's authoritarianism and regressive dogmatism. We no longer need to hesitate in stating our conviction that all can become happy without exception, and that the SGI practices Buddhism exactly as the Daishonin taught.

We are entering an age when the truth of the Daishonin's Buddhism will be revealed. In one sense, that truth has been partially obscured behind the formalities and mystique of authority created by the priesthood. We can now re-examine which formalities are valuable and which are not.

While formality has a place in Buddhism, it should never be used to control people nor should it be allowed to block the progress of kosen-rufu.

Our prayer and efforts from now on will focus on bringing the teachings of the Daishonin's Buddhism to society so that it may become a world religion in the truest sense.

A Pamphlet Published by the Soka Gakkai International-USA, 1997.