Queequeg wrote:The Daimoku is the Daimoku; there is no phonetic notation of the Daimoku. But the point is, the spirit is the same. The words are different. Nonetheless Its better to chant the words 南無妙法蓮華経 as Tientai and Vasubandhu chanted. Which were not in Japanese. So, if pronunciation is so important, how did Tientai and Vasubandhu get it right?
Hmm.. By simply enunciating every syllable carefully and accurately.
But I have a question for you. Of course, the Lotus Sutra says "again and again they will be banished," and certainly I have been scorned here by those who do not want their eyes opened to the truth of the incontrovertible facts that I have humbly proffered, repeated practically verbatim from Master Nichiren's own lips... Likely, this is the work of the Devil King...
But, consider this. The object of devotion is given the honorific title "Go" in its name, as it is considered to be both venerable and alive, as are Master Nichiren's epistle's, which we refer to as "Go-sho." Even if it is true that Namu Ichiden Myoden is not another reading of the daimoku, as you say, and which makes sense given that he distinguishes the two chants clearly, this only means that Nichiren never addressed the phenomenon of variant enunciation. It is possible that he never encountered the issue, and, given the age in which he lived, it is likely that only the educated were aware of on-yomi and, thus, no variation had developed - if any ever did. But even if the on-yomi readings were less standardized then than now, it is still significant that we are dealing with a venerable title - O-daimoku
Rory compared the elision to the way we use contractions in English. But in English, "are not" is formal, "aren't" is informal. Why then, when chanting the title of the most venerable and profound teaching in all of the universe, would you use a relaxed form rather than the proper form? If you know something is wrong, why do it anyway? Why, O Queequeg, do we trample the legs of "Mu" like so many supersonic, flesh eating demon piglets that were raised in a spiritual barn racing on a highway to hell?
It is as if the firmaments of the various heavens had collapsed, the earth opened up and everyone fallen into the 3 evil paths!