Mark, you wrote:
to all living beings or specifically to our teacher
I am going to pick on you using your own MO. You insist on the record, so what does the record say? Not what you write. This is you putting words in Nichiren's mouth. He does not say that "living beings" actually specifically refers to one's teacher. This formulation substituting one's teacher for living beings seems to be Nichiren's formulation. Not that its wrong or right. But just give it a break when you get it wrong. You don't accept the retreat into a profession of faith by others, why should you be held to a different standard?
Its also worth a chuckle that you rely on the dictionary of Buddhism published by those people you can't find anything positive about.
illarraza wrote:Concerning taking refuge in the Three Treasures, Nichiren writes [quoting the Nirvana Sutra]:
“If there are those who possess differing ideas concerning the three treasures, then truly you should know that these people can no longer hope to take refuge in, or rely upon, the three pure treasures. They will never gain benefit from any of the precepts, and in the end, they will fail to obtain the fruits of the voice-hearer, the cause-awakened one, or the bodhisattva.”
It is clear Nichiren is referring to the benefit gained from taking refuge in the Three Treasures of True Buddhism: The Law of Namu Myoho renge kyo; Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra; and the Sangha lead by Jogyo.
This passage from the Nirvana sutra concerns people who deny the eternal nature of the triratna. If they deny this, then they are cut off from the correct teaching. That is what this section of the Nirvana Sutra is expounding.
Again, Nichiren does not state anywhere in his writings that taking refuge in the triratna is a necessity to practice the Lotus Sutra and he certainly never wrote what you say he "clearly" meant by quoting this passage. In fact, Nichiren compared his teaching to that of Never Disparaging. ND lived at a time and place where even the name of the triratna was not known, and yet that practice was the cause of Shakyamuni's ultimate awakening.
Sorry, Mark, in this case, you are telling people what you have set your mind on, not what Nichiren's writings actually say.
I'm not letting you off easy because this is what you dish out to others. Youre contributions to the sangha have been significant over the years, but sometimes its just too much and too far for no ostensible purpose except you want to criticize. Stop causing so much grief in the sangha.