The Priesthood as “superior” to laity


The Priesthood :


                          ” To talk about the priesthood and laity with a sense of equality

                            are expressions of great conceit. In fact, they correspond to

                            the five cardinal sins…”

                            Nichiren Shoshu Head Temple's chief administrator,

                            Nichijun Fujimoto, 12 Jan.1991.


SGI :


         On equality of all believers before the Law, Nichiren states:


         ”Now in the Latter Day of the Law, if any person embraces Myoho Renge   

          Kyo, and practices it in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings – whether he

          be...priest or lay believer, or of high or low position –

          he cannot fail to attain Buddhahood.WND1 p 482


The priesthood idea of self-superiority contradicts Nichiren’s teachings, because the state of Buddhahood is not dependant on one’s social position. Ordinary people and priests are equal in being envoys of the Buddha: ”…anyone who teaches others even a single phrase of the Lotus Sutra is the envoy of the Thus Come One, whether that person be priest or layman, nun or laywoman WND1 p 33

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