Saturday, September 13, 2014

Some Interesting Guidance on Finding Love....

I am just like many of you...chanting for my partner for kosen rufu. Yesterday I got guidance I want to share with you. As always, I share from my heart, as an earnest practitioner, not in any official SGI capacity.  

In guidance our leaders in the SGI do not tell us what to do, but they do help us to steer our daimoku and practice in the direction we want to go. This senior has been happily married for almost 40 years. 

After we talked a while she proposed I "date the Gohonzon." And this really intrigued me. I thought: 

"Oh, that makes so much sense! 
The Gohonzon is, after all, my life itself." 

She proposed I fall in love with the Gohonzon (myself). 
That I greet my life in chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as I would someone I love and cherish...that I speak to it (have in my mind while chanting) loving words and filled with appreciation.  I get it. 

This morning I followed this guidance. 

As I chanted I poured love from my heart into the Gohonzon...and I felt deep feelings of appreciation. 

As I was doing this I felt love for my own self welling forth. As Buddhists we all know that our lives are a reflection of our own inner lives. It only makes sense to develop deeper feelings for our own this strikes a real chord with me. 

She proposed I apologize for any past slander of my own life (comparing myself to others, and/or not feeling equal or good enough). Okay, I can do that too!

And she proposed I make a list of all I am looking for in a life mate...a new list. And then she asked me to take a look at it and ask myself I have those same qualities in myself. And, if I feel I fall short in any area, to chant to develop those qualities in myself. 

I think this is a really wise idea. I am going to do it today. And I'm going to continue to "date" the Gohonzon (scroll that represents my own life) and refocus on what I am looking for for a life mate...someone who can embrace the Gohonzon as I do, someone honest and kind with a twinkle in his eyes, a light heart and a commitment to ongoing personal awakening and expansion. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

When We Just Don't Feel Like Chanting - FUEL our Lives!

Thank you Caley-san for this pink Sausalito California sunset!

What's the main thing that keeps us from chanting?

I think it must be our own fundamental darkness showing up as a feeling of hopelessness...

We think: 

"Why will it matter if I chant? I've been chanting about this problem for_____ days,/years, I don't think it will ever be solved..." 

We have all felt this way at times, right? Well, I hate to say it but this is our fundamental darkness attempting to get us to stop chanting. 
Having our fundamental darkness attempt to defeat us is PART of this practice. It HAS to happen, right? 

We all know it is something we have to look out for...yet sometimes when it arises we are 'Fooled" not "Fueled". 

How do we become Fueled not Fooled? 

How can we take our own fundamental darkness and say 
"No how, no way, I AM WINNING TODAY!"?

Every time we chant we WIN. When we muster appreciation to the Gohonzon and our own life we FUEL our lives. 

In The Heart of the Lotus Sutra by Daisaku Ikeda he writes:

"Fundamentally, the Buddha's benefit is life force, 
it is the power to thrive. 
In the "Life Span" chapter, 
Shakyamuni clarifies that 
the Buddha's life span is in fact immeasurable. 

Each day, we receive this immeasurable life force, 
this immeasurable benefit from the Gohonzon. 
Therefore the more we praise 
the great beneficial power of the Gohonzon, 
the more our own lives increase in majesty and power
and shine with brightness."

Every time we win over our own weaknesses and bring ourselves to chant in appreciation ~ we win in life. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

16 Quotes on Jobs, Careers and Personal Finance by Daisaku Ikeda

(Compiled by Bob Hasegawa)

NOTE- Emphasis and headings added**

1. Beauty, benefit and good**

Mr. Makiguchi taught that there are three kinds of value: beauty, benefit and good. In the working world the value of beauty means to find a job you like; the value of benefit is to get a job that earns you a salary that can support your daily life; the value of good means to find a job that helps others and contributes to society. (Faith Into Action, page 45)

2. No more moaning**

President Toda said that the most important thing is to first become indispensable wherever you are. Instead of moaning that a job differs from what you'd like to be doing, he said, become a first-class individual at the job. This will open the path leading to your next phase in life, during which you should also continue doing your best. Such continuous efforts are guaranteed to land you a job that you like, that supports your life, and that allows you to contribute to society. (Faith Into Action, page 45.)

3. The Fundamental Cause of Unhappiness**

Problems as we have seen, are not in themselves the fundamental cause of unhappiness. Lack of power and wisdom to solve them is the real cause. Fortunately we all innately possess infinite power and wisdom; and Buddhism shows us how to develop these qualities.
When in the depths of despair or grappling with a difficult problem, it may be hard to believe that our lives possess unlimited potential. But this is the essence of one of the profoundest Buddhist teachings, known as three thousand realms in a single moment of life, which we will explore in this chapter. (Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, page 105.)

4. Success Means Not Giving Up**

I hope each of you will realize success in your respective fields, fully recognizing that success means not giving up halfway but resolutely pursuing the path you have chosen. To this end, it is also important that you realize that the place where you work is a place for forging your character and growing as a human being. By extension, therefore, it is a place for your Buddhist practice, a place for practicing your faith. When you view things from this angle, all your complaints will disappear. No one is more pathetic than someone who is constantly complaining. (For Today and Tomorrow, Daily Encouragement, at page 283.)

5. Should you quit?**

Once you have decided on a job, I hope you will not be the kind of people who quit at the drop of a hat and are always insecure and complaining. Nevertheless, if after you've given it your all you decide to move on, that's perfectly all right too. My concern is that you don't forget that you are responsible for your environment when you make your decision. (Faith Into Action, page 46.)

6. Excel at something**

There is a saying that urges us, "Excel at something!" It is important to become trusted by others wherever you are and to shine with excellence. Sometimes people may dislike their job at first but grow to love it once they become serious about doing their best. "What one likes, one will do well," goes another saying. Growing to like your job will also enable you to develop your talent. (Faith Into Action, page 46.)

7. Wisdom vs. Ego**

When working for a company--which is like a society or community all its own--it is important to create harmonious relations with your colleagues and superiors, using wisdom and discretion along the way. If you incur your co-workers' dislike by being selfish or egotistic, you will be a loser in work and society. Wisdom is vital to being successful at one's work. The Daishonin writes, "The wise may be called human, but the thoughtless are no more than animals." (Faith Into Action, page 46.)

8. A Buddhist must not be defeated**

Buddhism is an earnest struggle to win. This is what the Daishonin teaches. A Buddhist must not be defeated. I hope you will maintain an alert and winning spirit in your work and daily life, taking courageous action and showing triumphant actual proof time and time again. (Faith Into Action, page 3.)

9. What is actual proof?**

When we speak of showing actual proof, it doesn't mean we have to try to put on a show of being any more knowledgeable or accomplished than we are. It is my hope that, in the manner that best suits your situation, you will prove the validity of this Buddhism by steadily improving in your daily life, your family, place of work and community and by polishing your character. (Faith Into Action, page 4.)

10. Past failure, past small success**

It's foolish to be obsessed with past failures. It's just as foolish to be self-satisfied with one's small achievements. Buddhism teaches that the present and the future are what are important, not the past. Buddhism teaches us a spirit of unceasing challenge to win over the present and advance toward the future. Those who neglect this spirit of continual striving steer their lives in a ruinous direction. (Faith Into Action, page 17.)

11. Chant to become people of strong will**

Life is a struggle with ourselves. It is a tug-of-war between progress and regression, between happiness and unhappiness. Those short on willpower or self-motivation should chant Daimoku with conviction to become people of strong will who can tackle any problems with seriousness and determination. (Faith Into Action, page 109.)

11. President Toda prohibits borrowing or lending money among members**

Some members felt that it was the individual's right to loan money if he or she saw fit, but to this President Toda said: "I have prohibited the borrowing and lending of money among members, because in the end it will harm the member's faith and destroy the Soka Gakkai, an organization that stands for truth and justice. A leader who has borrowed from members will no longer be able to offer them proper guidance, nor will they be objective. Leadership appointments can also be influenced.
"On the other hand, if a member makes a loan to a leader or fellow member and that person doesn't repay it, the member will begin to doubt his or her faith or the Soka Gakkai, will become resentful, and eventually discard faith altogether. Whenever this has happened in the past, the outcome has been the same. I have prohibited these transactions in order to protect the members. If in spite of this you still want to lend money to another member, go right ahead, but don't expect the Soka Gakkai to have anything to do with it. If you don't get your money back, don't complain. If you simply must lend money, do it as if you were giving it away." (The New Human Revolution Volume 8, pages 236-37.)

12. Faith and deadlocks at work and in life**

Over the long course of your life, you may at times find yourself in a deadlock at work, at school or in your daily affairs. However, these are phenomena of daily life and society which lie on a different plane than faith and are not themselves the essence of faith. Therefore, you must never allow yourself to be swayed by such superficial matters and risk losing your faith entirely. (Daily Guidance, Volume Three, page 183.)

13. Worldly fame and wealth**

Worldly fame and wealth which is not based on Myoho may appear to be sources of happiness for the moment. However, such happiness is merely superficial and cannot last. Through your faith, however, you can change transient, superficial happiness into actual happiness, and temporary enjoyment into everlasting prosperity. Everything boils down to the strength of your faith and the power of your conviction. (Daily Guidance, Volume Three, page 39.)

14. What is faith?**

Everything is contained in a single word faith. It encompasses truth, courage, wisdom and good fortune. It includes compassion and humanity as well as peace, culture, and happiness.
Faith is eternal hope; it is the secret to limitless self-development. Faith is the most basic principle of growth. (Discussions On Youth, Volume 2, pages 163-164.)

15. Faith and Work**

Faith and daily life, faith and work these are not separate things. They are one and the same. To think of them as separate ~ faith is faith, and ~ work is work is theoretical faith. Based on the recognition that work and faith are the same, we should put one hundred percent of our energy into our jobs and one hundred percent into faith, too. When we resolve to do this, we enter the path of victory in life. Faith means to show irrefutable proof of victory amid the realities of society and in our own daily lives. (For Today and Tomorrow, Daily Encouragement, page175.)

16. Strength is Happiness.**

Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is not happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. A strong spirit, strong faith and strong prayerdeveloping these is victory and the world of Buddhahood. (For Today and Tomorrow, Daily Encouragement, page 50.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

5 Keys to Getting Guidance in Faith and Breaking Through!

Guidance in Faith 
What a wonderful part of our practice in the Soka Gakkai.  

Getting Guidance in Faith can propel us in the direction of our absolute happiness. 

When we get guidance we pour out our heart to a leader, and open our lives to how we can realign our attitude and "arrow" of faith to bring about our own breakthrough. 

How do we know when we need guidance?  

We may feel hopeless. 
We are not reaching our targets. 
Chanting feels like a habit, but not a generator of results. 
We have a hard time doing shakubuku. 
We are discouraged and feel we've hit a wall. 

I'm going to give you some of my insights on getting guidance in the SGI. As always, I write from my heart, and do not express the SGI in an official SGI capacity. I share my heart and experience with you. 

I have been going for guidance since the early days of my practice. 

When did I get guidance? When I felt stuck. When chanting just didn't seem to be doing it for me. When there was a wall so high I could not see over it....even though I practiced, studied, did may be able to relate. 

Guidance is serious. The person giving you guidance will not tell you what actions to take in your life. But they might help you rewire your thoughts so that you can focus in the right direction of your happiness in your prayers.  It takes courage to go for guidance. AND it can really open your life. 

Here are 5 keys to getting guidance that I follow:

1. Chant about it. I know, it sounds obvious, doesn't it? But I mean it. Chant about what you want to get guidance about. What breakthrough do you want to create? Write it out if you like. That's what I do to clarify my thoughts.  Chant to connect with the leader who will help you to open your life. 

2. Work with your leaders to get an appointment set up. When you have an appointment CHANT CHANT CHANT in the days before the appointment. Chant that this will be THE exact guidance you need to hear and that you will embrace it and have the breakthrough you are seeking. This is for your life. No one tells you you have to get guidance. This comes from our own seeking spirit alone. 

3. Invite a friend or fellow leader to come and take notes while you are getting the guidance. This can be very helpful. I know sometimes it can be hard to really hear, I mean really hear, what the person giving guidance is saying....especially if they are showing you a key to correcting your attitude that will really help you. 

4. When you go home follow the guidance. Read the notes every day. Chant to understand "with your life" what you heard in guidance. Chant for the courage to carry it out in your heart and in your mind. 

5. Report back to the person who gave you guidance when you have your breakthrough. What a great thing to do! 

Here's to YOUR breakthrough! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"A Coward Cannot Have any of His Prayers Answered"

My copy of the Gosho is all written upon and highlighted. Sometimes I open it to any page and find what the message is for me today. Today I got this passage and I'm sharing it with you now: 
This was written to Shijo Kingo. I call him the Daishonin's "Everyman." He was a Samurai warrior in feudal Japan. He worked for a Lord who opposed his practice, at first. Eventually Shijo Kingo, by following Nichiren Daishonin's guidance, won him over. 

Faith alone is what really matters. 
No matter how hard Nichiren prays for you, 
if you lack faith, 
it will be like trying to set fire to wet tinder. 
Spur yourself to muster the power of faith. 
Regard your survival as wondrous. 
Employ the strategy of the Lotus Sutra before any other. 
Then, just as the sutra says "All enemies are crushed." 
These golden words will never prove false.
Believe them wholeheartedly. 
The heart of strategy and swordsmanship derives from the Mystic Law. 
A coward cannot hace any of his prayers answered." 

Nichiren Daishonin
The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra. 

Guidance by Vice President Tsuji

I'm sorry the type on this is so small. 
From Forever Sensei Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
It was too good not to share!

Gongyo is directly related to your life. There are three things
directly related sustaining life. One is to eat and rest. It is
important to consume nutrients and to get adequate sleep. These
two are easy to understand and everyone does them. You don't
quit eating or sleeping because you are unhappy with someone.
But when it comes to doing Gongyo, there are those who quit
doing their prayers easily. It is because they do not realize
that Gongyo and Daimoku are directly related to sustaining
their life. You can improve your destiny by chanting Daimoku.
Your karma will further deteriorate with out chanting. If you
do not chant your destiny will revert back to your former bad
karma. It is like reverting back to your former state of having
a weak intestinal system or back to poverty. These types of
changes are not easily recognized. This is why people get lazy
with their daily Gongyo and Daimoku. This is a frightening
There is a phrase in the Gosho, English Gosho page 81, "There
is no true happiness other than upholding faith in the Lotus
Sutra." But do you really do your Gongyo with this conviction?
You must feel that it gives you the greatest pleasure to do
Gongyo and Daimoku. There is phrase in the Gosho that
emphasizes that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest of all
joys. To be wed is a joyous thing. But Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a
greater joy. To save millions of dollars may make you happy.
But Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is even more enriching. To finally
renovate your home after many years of waiting may bring you
joy but chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is better than that.
Finally getting a child after many attempts may be a joyous
occasion but Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is more joyous than that. Look
into your hearts to see if you are chanting with this type of
gratitude. Are you receiving 100% of the benefits that the
Gohonzon would like to grant you? I feel that m ost of you are
just receiving 10 to 15% of what you could be receiving. With
this type of life condition you will lose to obstacles and deep
Why do you receive benefits when you chant to the Gohonzon -
and why do you continue to chant? If you chant only to overcome
a specific illness will it only cure that illness? If you chant
for the success of your business, will you only become
successful in business? It is not such a limited practice.
The Gohonzon is telling us it can elevate our life to the
highest level, equal to the Gohonzon. There is a passage in the
Gosho, "hoping to make all persons equal to me, without any
distinction between us." You should chant with deep gratitude
to the Gohonzon for granting you the same life condition as the
As you continue chanting you yourself will embody
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. There is another quotation from the Gosho
page 216, " Shakyamuni Buddha who attained enlightenment
countless Kalpas ago, the Lotus Sutra that leads all people to
Buddhahood, and we ordinary human beings are in no way
different or separate from one another. To chant
Myoho-renge-kyo with this realization is to inherit the
ultimate law of life and death. If you doubt whether this Gosho
is true or not you are already separated from your Gohonzon.
Because you think there is a difference your connection is
weak. Therefore your benefits are diminished.
There is another quotation from page 832 of the Gosho, "Never
seek this Gohonzon outside yourself. The Gohonzon exists only
within the mortal flesh of us ordinary people who embrace the
Lotus Sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo." As stated in this
Gosho Nam-myoho-renge-kyo exists within us. But for some reason
it is very difficult to manifest Nam-myoho-renge-kyo or we can
not seem to bring it out. That is why we are mere mortals. Then
how can we manifest it in our lives?
We can bring it forth by just vocalizing Nam-myoho-renge-k yo.
You may see cherry blossom and feel how beautiful it is. You
may see a full moon and enjoy the moonlight. You may see a
cockroach and feel disgusted. By seeing these things you feel
these types of life conditions. You may be moved by hearing
beautiful music or be motivated by hearing President Ikeda's
speech on tape. You achieve these through your ears.
You're related to your Gohonzon through vocalization. That
means by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo out loud you bring forth
your Buddhist life force. There is a phrase in the Gosho that
states that your voice brings out Buddhahood. As long as you
chant Daimoku you bring out your Buddhahood. It will explode
from you. If you are conned or robbed your life will burst
with anger. If your life is filled with worries and suffering
you may commit suicide. If you chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo you
can change life filled with such suffering, anger or poverty
and overcome your problems.
There is a Gosho phrase on page 412, "What sickness can
therefore be an obstacle?" For those of you suffering with
poverty there is a phrase on page 1137 of the Gosho "...those
who now believe in the Lotus Sutra will gather fortune from ten
thousand miles away." We recite in our Gongyo, "Jiga toku
burai" or "Since I attained B uddhahood". It is that crucial
that we chant with conviction. To think that someone else will
grant you Buddhahood is wrong. You must act yourself.
I visited the Kawai residence in Fukui Prefecture of Japan to
give guidance at a meeting being held there around February.
Mr. Kawai who is now 51 years old had been blind from three
years old after contracting measles. I told him, "You have
eyeballs don't you? If you have eyes then you can open them.
This Gohonzon is the Gohonzon of "The Opening of the Eyes".
"The Opening of the Eyes" teaches us to see clearly. And yet
you can not see - it must be because you did something against
the Gohonzon and the Buddhist teachings in your past. You must
have committed great slanders in the past. Ask the Gohonzon to
please forgive your slanders. Express your gratitude to have
had the fortune to meet the Gohonzon in this lifetime. Pledge
to dedicate your life to Kosen rufu. Ask the Gohonzon to allow
you to see th e Gohonzon, your family and others around you so
you can contribute towards Kosen-rufu." I asked him to pray in
such a way.
In the beginning of March, I received a message that he
regained his sight after almost fifty years. Through his
experience the whole Fukui prefecture has revitalized itself.
It is such a surprise that one person regaining his sight can
have such a great impact on an entire region.
But what I wonder about this incident is why he couldn't regain
his sight sooner? He was a member who offers his own home for
meetings, never missed his Gongyo and had strong faith. Yet why
wasn't he able to see sooner. It was because his attitude when
doing his Gongyo and Daimoku was incorrect. His faith had gone
off track.
You must pray earnestly, "Isshin yokenbutsu fujishaku shinmyo"
or "single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha". You must chant
with gratitude and conviction that you will become one with the
Gohonzon and Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. There is no such thing as a
sick or poor Buddha. Therefore all worries will be resolved.
That is why you can achieve human revolution. Only human beings
are able to achieve these things.
In May 22nd when I visited Okayama Culture Center a young
mother came to me for guidance. She was concerned about her two>
year old son who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. This
disease causes shrinking of the muscles until it affects even
the internal organs until it results in death. I told this
mother that it was her karma to suffer over her child. On the
Gohonzon it is written that things are supposed to prosper and
grow, then what is it that such a thing as shrinking happening?
It must be because of the horrendous slander she committed
against the Gohonzon. Pray that the two of you will work
together as mother and child for Kosen rufu so please cure the
disease. The Lotus Sutra is like a like a plague that spans
past, present and future. The Lotus Sutra can even help a
person who has passed away to achieve enlightenment. Your child
is still alive.
It is natural to transmit the Lotus Sutra to your child. There
is no sin that can not be eradicated by this Gohonzon. Your
worry is not the result of your current slanders, it is a
result of slanders in your past life. It is a slander from your
past life that you can remedy in this life. Parent and child
are one. Pray earnestly.
This mother was sort of a complainer and insisted that her son
was named by President Ikeda and that he was a fortune baby. I
told her that President Ikeda will name a child at a parent's
request but he can not change your destiny. It is up to you to
change your own karma and destiny.
I got a message from her afterwards that her son began to run
without falling after three days. She was shocked at how great
the Gohonzon's power was and how happy she was. Her son could
now play on the slide and kneel by himself. He no longer had
nose bleeds when he ran. As she continued practicing and her
son got healthier, her husband began practicing earnestly too.
For this mother who used to complain that she was suffering and
had to practice because of her son, her attitude changed 180
degrees to gratitude towards her son for helping her to
practice. Her practice changed from one of complaint to a
practice of gratitude. With this as a turning point all her
prayers were then answered and her wishes fulfilled.
Each time I hear such experiences I truly comprehend how great
the power of the Gohonzon. To be able to receive guidance to
change our life is the benefit of having the organization. In
the end what our attitude is when we face our Gohonzon is the
most important thing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Go Buddha GO! Yell at those Shoten Zenjin! Rock Your World!


As practitioners of the Lotus Sutra, we chant the Mystic Law every single day. Intoning Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (which means: I fuse my life with the Mystic law of cause and effect through sound vibration) is a noble cause. It elevates our life condition, and the life condition and vibration of all of life. 
We chant for ourselves. 
We chant for others. 
We chant for this life and this world. 
We change our karma 
for the sake of changing the whole world's karma.  
We are the noble Boddhisatvas of the earth 
and Votaries of the Lotus Sutra. 
We TELL our lives what we want. 
We do not ask for favors from a force outside of our lives. 
We ARE Nam-myoho-renge-kyo! 
We know that the goal of our practice is to have faith like flowing we chant every day, twice a day...we study...we encourage each other, introduce others and attend our SGI meetings. 

And....Sometimes it seems like it is taking FOREVER for a benefit to come or an obstacle to go away, doesn't it? Even though we KNOW the answer lies within our own karma, and in doing our human revolution, sometimes we just have to get mad at our own life and wake those Shoten Zenjin UP!

In the February Living Buddhism Magazine
(published by the SGI-USA and available by calling 800-835-4558) one of my favorite Gosho passages appeared. In this Gosho, Nichiren Daishonin has been persecuted by the government and is being taken away to Tatsunokuchi Beach to be beheaded. On the way, he sees a statue of Hachiman, one of the Buddhist deities (which represent functions within our own lives). 

He makes the entourage stop so he can address the statue. (The full quote is at the end of this blogpost)

What I love about this moment in the Gosho is that he basically yells at the Buddhist God and says you had better show your support to me RIGHT NOW because that is the pledge you made. If I die I will report you! Get to work! Of course, after he yells at the statue, when Nichiren is taken to the beach to be beheaded, a huge orb comes out of the sky lighting up the faces of his would-be assassins, they all run scared, and he is saved from death. 

Nichiren's indignant attitude when he addresses the statue shows us we can summon our anger at the forces within our life. We can all pray in front of our own Gohonzons with fury and with fire. 

I just finished two and a half hours of Daimoku chanted with this kind of energy. As I was chanting I had this in mind: 

PowerPrayer to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
I kept this prayer in my mind while chanting...picturing the Shoten Zenjin rushing to my aid, the country's aid, and the world's aid right now!  
By Jamie Lee Silver of

Shoten Zenjin! 
I Don't know HOW to make it happen. 
I just know it HAS TO!!
It is time for me to see results in this area. 
I demand: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

We can all summon this fiery attitude at the crucial moment - we are ALL dignified votaries of the Lotus Sutra, we can all command the fundamental forces that are within our lives and represented on the Gohonzon. 

Here is the Gosho passage: 

Nichiren stops at the statue and shouts: 

'Great Boddhisatva Hachiman, are you truly a god?...Now I, Nichiren, and the foremost votary of the Lotus Sutra in all of Japan, and am entirely without guilt. I have expounded the doctrine to save all the people of Japan from falling into the great citadel of the hell of incessant suffering for slandering the Lotus Sutra....When Shakyamuni Buddha expounded the Lotus Sutra, Many Treasures Buddha and the Buddhas and Boddhisatvas of the ten-directions gathered, shining like so many suns and moons, stars and mirrors. In the presence of the countless heavenly gods as well as the benevolent deities and sages of India, China and Japan. Shakyamuni Buddha urged each one to submit a written pledge to protect the votary of the Lotus Sutra at all times. Each and every one of you gods made this pledge. I should not have to remind you. Why do you not appear at once to fulfill your solemn oath? ....If I am executed tonight and go to the pure land of Eagle Peak, I will dare to report to Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, that the Sun Goddess and Great Boddhisatva Hachiman are the deities who have broken their oath to him. If you feel this will go hard with you, you had better do something about it right away!' (WND - 1, 766-67)