I will discuss the Lotus Sutra in the post & in the next Nichiren Daishonin and my school Kempon Hokke
Neither of you seem to have read the entire Lotus Sutra: Ch 3 is about who Shariputra transmits to, Chap 15 the Bodhisattvas from many worlds are told it is the task of the Bodhisattvas from Under the Earth to proclaim the Lotus Sutra. And in Chapter 22 the Buddha tells them to do so & to good men & women.
In Chapter 3 of the Lotus Sutra the Buddha tells Shariputra to whom he, Shariputra, should expound the Lotus Sutra:
Lotus Sutra Chapter 3 " A Parable"
f there be those who, with mind intent,
Seek the Buddha.s Sharira,
Or who likewise seek the Sutras,
And attaining them hold them atop their crowns,Such people will never again
Resolve to seek other Sutras
Nor ever have the thought
To seek the writings of outside ways,
For people such as these,
You may speak it.http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/reso ... lotus3.htm
In Chapter 15 "Welling from the Earth" The Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas from other worlds wish to proclaim the Lotus Sutra but the Buddha Shakyamuni replies
it is the duty of the Bodhisattvas from under the earth.
" Stop! Good men, you do not need to protect and maintain this Sutra. Why not? Within my Saha World itself there are Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas equal in number to the sands of sixty thousand Ganges Rivers, each of whom has a retinue equal in number to the sands of sixty thousand Ganges Rivers. After my quiescence, all of them will protect, uphold, read, recite, and vastly proclaim this Sutra." http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/reso ... otus15.htm
And in Chapter 22 'The Trasmission" / "The Entrustment" The Buddha Shakyamuni tells the Bodhisattvas from Under the Earth to transmit this Dharma widley:
I have cultivated and practiced the rare Dharmas of anuttarasamyaksambodhi I now entrust them to all of you. You should receive, uphold, read, recite, and vastly proclaim this Dharma, causing all living beings to hear and understand it.
"In the future, if there is a good man or a good woman who believes in the Thus Come One�s wisdom, you should expound the Dharma Flower Sutra to that person, causing the person to hear and understand and obtain the Buddha�s wisdom.http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/reso ... otus22.htm
In Nichiren Buddhism, the devoted followers are considered to be the Bodhisattvas from Under the Earth; and obeying the Sutra & chapter 22; I have proclaimed this Dharma of the Lotus Sutra to you. There is no more silly quibbling. You can accept it or reject it but you have heard it!