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   GLOSSARY OF BUDDHIST TERMS

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

We present a glossary of Buddhist and SGI terminology for those unfamiliar with our religious background. You may refer to this glossary when reading "Victorious America", "Remonstration" and some of the other documents on this site.

SGI (Soka Gakkai International) - Worldwide Buddhist lay organization, following the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin. Based in Japan, it has a membership of 12 million members throughout the world. SGI-USA is the national level of the organization in America.

President Daisaku Ikeda -Current and 3rd President of the SGI. We refer to him as Sensei in some parts of the essays, which means revered teacher or mentor. 

High Priest Nikken Abe - The current High Priest of the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist sect claiming to be the only valid successor of the Nichiren Daishonin. In a plot for domination over the entire sect, he excommunicated Daisaku Ikeda and the 12 million members of the SGI laymen's organization using the Dai-Gohonzon as the supreme object of extortion. He frequents Geisha houses in Japan and was caught with prostitutes when he was on a religious expedition in the U.S.

President Tuneseburo Makiguchi - Established the laymen's Buddhist organization called the Soka Gakkai (originally called the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai), and became it's first president. Protested Japan's involvement in war and resisted the harassment of the thought police to silence him from speaking out against the militant national agenda. He was imprisoned as a thought criminal and died in prison from malnutrition. 

Nichiren Daishonon - Born 1222 in Japan. The True Buddha, who founded the practice of orthodox Buddhism to enable lay practitioners to attain enlightenment. Spoke out exposing the religious deception of corrupt priests and government officials as the leading cause of the suffering of the people. He was continuously harassed and persecuted with several attempts on his life. Established the Dai-Gohonzon as the true object of worship for all mankind. Shakyamuni, the renowned historical Buddha, lent credence and authority to Nichiren Daishonin's appearance as the original Buddha.  

Dai-Gohonzon - The True Object of Worship of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. Nichiren Daishonin inscribed his life of enlightenment in sumi ink in the form of this mandala for people to worship. All members have a replica of the Dai-Gohonzon in their homes representing the perfect environment for one's enlightenment.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo - The Universal Law established by Nichiren Daishonin and another name for the True Buddha. The practice of chanting this Law enables individuals to overcome obstacles to achieving their aspirations. 

Gosho - The actual writings of Nichiren Daishonin which is the collection of  letters to individual followers and remonstrations with government officials. This collection forms the basis of the teachings of True Buddhism.

Human Revolution - Internal change to become a better person. 

Kosen Rufu - The ultimate goal of world peace to be achieved when True Buddhism is spread extensively throughout a country.

World Tribune - The weekly newspaper of the SGI-USA organization

Shakubuku - The act of introducing someone to Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism

 

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