1) Do you consider Nichiren to be a Buddha? or a reincarnation of a Buddha? if so why, because he didn't say that he was?

2) Why do you think that the only way to achieve enlightenment is by chanting a Japanese phrase, and reciting two chapters in Japanese out of one of 84,0000 sutras the Buddha preached. The Buddha was Indian, didn't speak Japanese, and he also didn't chant to achieve enlightenment. How do you learn the Buddha's teachings by reciting a phrase in a language that you can't comprehend?

3) Why do you also consider Nicheren Buddhism, to be the only true Buddhism? Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other places have studied all of the Buddha's teachings for centuries. Even the Buddha said 'all that I say is true not false .' and he also said that he preached the earlier sutras as an expedient for those who weren't ready to comprehend that they could become Buddhas. So isn't there not one true Buddhism, but only one Buddhism?.






1) Do you consider Nichiren to be a Buddha? or a reincarnation of a Buddha? if so why, because he didn't say that he was?

There are two Buddhas which have unmistakably manifested in this realm of existence. Sidhartha, called Shakyamuni. He incarnated in India and is the most well known Buddha. He by his own statements is the true Buddha of goyaku-jintengo. The other is by his own statements, Nichiren Dai-Shonin. He incarnated in Japan. He is lesser known in this realm. He is by his own statements the true Buddha of Mappo and the original Buddha of kuon ganjo. He stated and Shakyamuni concurred that Nichiren preceded Shakyamuni in attaining enlightenment and followed Shakyamuni in manifesting in this realm as we of limited view perceive the space-time continuum.
I do not know the basis of the statement that he didn't say he was a Buddha because he explicitly said he was, implicitly acted as if he thought so, and was attempted to be overtly executed, but only exiled to Sado Island in an attempt to have him die via exposure, because the royal court of Japan thought he had the arrogance to say and write that he was.
I cite Nichiren's own words in his gosho, "The Votary of the Lotus Sutra Will Meet Persecution",


<< Truly you should know that Nichiren is the Votary of the Lotus Sutra, who has appeared in the Latter Day of the Law. How glad I am to fulfill the words of prophecy from the sutra. >> [The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. VI, page 83.]

The prophecy of which he speaks is Shakyamuni's prophecy that the Buddha who taught him how obtain enlightenment in goyaku-jintengo (a year less than an infinity ago) would manifest 2500 years after the apparent death of Shakyamuni. That Buddha would be the true Buddha of kuon ganjo (infinity plus a year ago).


However, first and foremost, as written proof of the fact that Nichiren proclaimed himself to be the Daishonin, the Buddha of kuon ganjo, the parent, teacher and sovereign, is in his gosho the Kaimoku Sho ( The Opening of the Eyes) [The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. II, pages 71 - 214.] which he began with the words,

<<There are three categories of people that all men and women should respect. They are the sovereign, the teacher and the parent. >>.[ibid, pg 71]

He goes on to say that all buddhas in the ten directions possess the characteristics of the three categories. Along the way, he says of himself,

<< I, Nichiren, am the richest man in all of present-day Japan. I have dedicated my life to the Lotus Sutra, and my name will be handed down in ages to come.>>[ibid, pg 175]

The climax of the gosho is his unambiguous statement,

<<I, Nichiren, am sovereign, teacher, father and mother to all the people of Japan.>> [ibid, pg 212] [TOP OF PAGE]

2) Why do you think that the only way to achieve enlightenment is by chanting a Japanese phrase, and reciting two chapters in Japanese out of one of 84,0000 sutras the Buddha preached. The Buddha was Indian, didn't speak Japanese, and he also didn't chant to achieve enlightenment. How do you learn the Buddha's teaching by reciting a phrase in a language that you can't comprehend.

This is a most profound question. Its answer encompasses what is the true essence of life, and, can its experiential course be directed wilfully. In non-Buddhist theory life is possibly finite and certainly pre-determined. That is and was the fatalistic conclusion of Vedic thought. It was from that pessimism that Shakyamuni was influenced to sit under a Bodhi tree for 11 years.
In Buddhist theory, life is infinite. It just is. Life experiences can also be influenced by internally willed causation. However, there are at least two major schools of thought concerning what type of causes to make to obtain a desired effect. The Hinayana school, which includes Thailand, states that one must "DO SOMETHING" to obtain enlightenment. Doing something is called a mundra. The Mahayana school, which includes Sri Lanka, states that one must "MAKE A NOISE" to obtain enlightenment. Making a noise is called a mantra.
Then there is the specific instructions of Shakyamuni and Nichiren. Shakyamuni said in partial code that the only method to obtain enlightenment was to say aloud, "Namah Buddha". Nichiren clarified the code in teaching that "Buddha" is equivalent to "Myoho Renge Kyo". Thus in the same letter in which Nichiren wrote that he was the True Buddha of the Latter Day, he also wrote that the only means of obtaining enlightenment is to chant "Nam(u) Myoho Renge Kyo".
How did you reach the conclusion that Siddhartha did not chant to reach enlightenment? He said he did.



<<Of yore I followed countless buddhas...> [ page 53, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]



<<The laws of all the Buddhas in the universe are alike...All these laws are for the One Buddha-vehicle, there is no other vehicle, neither a second, nor a third...so that all those living beings, who HEAR the Law ..might all finally obtain perfect knowlegdge..>> [ page 60, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]



<< Be pleased to send forth the mystic sound>> his disciples plead to him. [ page 56, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]



<<If any, even with distracted mind, cry but once {'Nam Myoho Renge Kyo'}, they have attained the Buddha-way. [ page 69, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]

He also said he did not achieve enlightenment when he manifested in India. The sixteenth chapter of the Lotus Sutra is devoted to exactly when he did achieve enlightenment, that was in goyaka jintengo, myriad kotis of kalpas ago.

<<Good sons! Now I must clearly announce and declare to you...since I became Buddha surpasses hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of nayuta of asamkhyeya kalpas.>> [ page 250, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]

In his commentary on the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren Daishonin wrote,



<<the various Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and heavenly and human beings described in the sutras that preceded the Lotus may seem to have gained enlightenment through the particular sutras in which they appear. But in fact they attained enlightenment only through the Lotus Sutra. [The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. II, pages 158 -159.]

It was the second startling and unbelievable piece of information Shakyamuni gave to his would-be students, the first being that the only means of obtaining enlightenment was to chant a phrase. He didn't specifically say what. He said his teacher would manifest later with the specifics. That teacher is Nichiren. Apparently the messages were so unbelievable that many got up and left, returning to their native lands with more palatable half-truths. That is why there are so many non-true Buddhist sects.
The point of Buddhism is to achieve enlightenment, not to learn the Buddha's teachings per se. If the technique is known, the means of why and how and what are simultaneously irrelevent and more fully known than any national language can comprehend. It is written many times in sutra and gosho that << The true aspect of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas.>>
By way of metaphor, Philo Farnsworth, when fifteen years old described in minute detail a picture sending radio he had invented. Although, he knew exactly what he had in mind and drew it on a blackboard for his 13 year old girlfriend, it wasn't until his invention was stolen by RCA and made manifest that he or she, or you or I, could simply push a button and watch TV. It is not the theory of television, but its practical application that is paramount. It is not the theory of Buddhism but its practice that is paramount. The practice is to chant specifically, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
Chanting that phrase is not Japanese, although it had meaning in Japanese at one time. The sound vibrations of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo are not the property of any language, nation or planet, or dimensionality, according to the Lotus Sutra.
According to the Green-Schwartz-Gross Heterotropic String Theory of Quantum Mechanics and bolstered by Chaos Theory, a sound vibration over here and now manifesting as a multi-dimensional object over there and then, makes perfect sense.
Parenthetically, but not insignificantly, the Lotus Sutra is the only text which states that women can achieve buddhahood in their present form, without having to become something else, like a dragon or a man, first. In that way, and others, the Lotus Sutra is the only completed and finished sutra.

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3) Why do you also consider Nicheren Buddhism, to be the only true Buddhism? Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other places have studied all of the Buddha's teachings for centuries. Even the Buddha said 'all that I say is true not false .' and he also said that he preached the earlier sutras as an expedient for those who weren't ready to comprehend that they could become Buddhas. So there isn't one true Buddhism, there is only one Buddhism.

While reading my reply to your question, it would probably be beneficial to meditate on the actual prediction of numerous buddhas about this very situation. As Shakyamuni is quoted and amplified in the Kaimoku Sho of Nichiren Daishonin:

<<In the troubled times of the Latter Day of the Law, those who slander the True Law will occupy all the land in the ten directions, while the supporters of the True Law will possess no more land than can be placed on top of a fingernail.>>
[the Kaimoku Sho ( The Opening of the Eyes) Gosho, The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. II, page 98.] and [page , The Nirvana Sutra, a/k/a, the Mahaparinirvana Sutra]

The short answer: It is true that Shakyamuni said "all that the sutras state is true and not false.." and that Ananda to emphasize the correctness of the sutras, prefaced them with the words, "Thus I have heard.." and that the Hinayana and most Mahayana sutras were preparatory, including most of the Lotus Sutra. The purpose of the preparatory sutras is correctly stated as being a wake-up call that Buddhahood is an achievable goal because it exists inherently dormant in all sentient and insentient beings. However, the message to stand-by for important information to follow was not the instruction set of the method expedient for anyone in the latter day to achieve enlightenment. The only place where one can find the specific set of instructions to achieve enlightenment is in the second chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

As for the origin of false Buddhists scattered among many nations, they spring from those who did not wait for the full instructions. Why didn't they wait? Of them the Lotus Sutra says:

<<Because the root of sin in these beings was so deep and their haughty spirit so enlarged that they imagined they had attained what they had not attained and had proved what they had not proved. In such error as this they would not stay...Thereupon the Buddha said, 'Now in this congregation I am free from useless twigs and leaves, and have nothing but all that are purely the true and real.>> [ pages 58 -59, The Threefold Lotus Sutra, Kosei Publishing Co., First Edition, Sixteenth Printing, 1998]

Not in the least insignificant as a written proof is the fact that Nichiren Daishonin, the True Buddha of Mappo and the Buddha of Kuon ganjo said there is a true Buddhism as opposed to a false. The title of one of his more lengthy goshos translated into English is "On Securing the Peace of the Land through the Propagation of TRUE BUDDHISM (the Rissho Ankoku Ron)
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For the lenghty answer to this question, I refer you to the following URL,
http://www.ebonicy.org/contents.htm
Click on the "How many kinds of Buddhism are there" link.

When all is said and done, you have the answers you seek within you. The technique to access the answers is stated succinctly as "Practice, Study, Faith" in that order. Chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo with open minded sincerity. Study anything and everything whether, "Buddhist" or not, which you think will lead you to the answers you seek. I suspect that you are already doing so based on the character of the questions you asked and to whom you asked. Whether or not you should or will have faith in the Mystic Law will become blatantly obvious.

I hope the foregoing begins to direct towards the answers you seek. Again I encourage you to first read the EBONICY page, then the full text of the Lotus Sutra, then the full text of the writings of Nichiren Daishonin. If you have time after that, then read the other 83,998 sutras.