“Oneness of mentor and disciple” means directly carrying on the spirit of Nichiren Daishonin, who is the “lion king.” When we do so, we become the cubs of the lion king. From a Buddhist perspective, possessing the heart of a lion king is the most fundamental requirement for a leader. To have the heart of a lion king is to have the courage to dauntlessly challenge even the most powerful of adversaries, no matter how fearsome, in order to protect the Law.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
It is vital that we stand together with the same aspiration, and that we talk openly with one another. In any situation, dialogue is a positive endeavor. It builds solidarity and creates unity. To reject others only has negative repercussions. It invites division and leads to destruction. The point is to meet and to talk. It is only natural that our perspective may at times differ from that of others. But dialogue gives rise to trust, even among those who don’t see eye to eye. In society as well, dialogue is the foundation for peace, while rejection is the gateway to war.
The important thing is faith directed toward realizing kosen-rufu. If we are striving wholeheartedly for kosen-rufu, we will have no time to quarrel. The Daishonin repeatedly admonishes against the folly of fellow practitioners squabbling in front of the enemy, comparing such behavior to the “sea bird and the clam,” who were both caught by the fisherman because they were preoccupied by arguing among themselves.
We are all Buddhas. Therefore, to criticize another is to criticize a Buddha. Because we are all Buddhas, we should respect one another. The Soka Gakkai should abound with the spirit described in the passage, “You should rise and greet him from afar, showing him the same respect you would a Buddha” (LS28, 324).
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