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).
The Daishonin goes so far as to say that when people get into the habit of criticizing others, “They never rid themselves of this wrong attitude, so they seem to be destined for the evil paths” (WND, 757). Therefore, he says, “You should respect one another” as Buddhas (WND, 757).
He also asserts that we should be kind, just like Shakyamuni and Many Treasures who in the “Treasure Tower” chapter of the Lotus Sutra share a seat (in the Treasure Tower).
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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