“True Patriotism” as opposed to “Cult of Nation”


Nichiren was an example of caring for all humanity and in the same time caring for the country in which he was born. There is no conflict between true patriotism and the spirit of the Bodhisattva based on respect to the Buddhanature of all human beings:


Toda: Let me explain what I mean by patriots:

They may go different ways, but they have one thing in common: all of them are sincerely concerned about the situation of their country and the sufferings of their fellow citizens. They feel as if it were their own affair, and they act with unwavering confidence and full capability to save their country and its people. In a word, they are the revolutionaries of the Mystic Law. To be more specific, they are the executors of Buddhist propagation, kosen-rufu 

The Human Revolution p. 1235


A true patriot is none other than one who believes in the Mystic Law. The reason is that, a believer in Nichiren Buddhism can help people lead life of happiness for eternity and be the driving force for reconstructing an unhappy nation, they can create the foundation for a happy peaceful society.  It is natural that one who believes in and practices Buddhism is qualified as the best patriot”. The Human Revolution p. 230


Buddhism and Patriotism


According to SGI spirit of humanism, a true patriot aims at creating value to enrich their own culture and also to help other cultures in their contribution to global values of peace. Being truly concerned about one’s country does not contradict the concept of Global Citizenship.


It goes without saying that the existence of world citizens and national independence are not opposed to each other. It is fully possible to deepen one’s own national and cultural identities and to also take a broad look at the entire world while working for humanity”. Faith into Action p293


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