Contra Ten Commandments

Well, here’s a new argument for Roy Moore and co. to chew over, courtesy of Nichiren Shoshu:

(PRWEB) February 26, 2005 — The Ten Commandments are “imperfect precepts” and should be discarded, according to Reverend Jisei Nagasaka of the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist sect. Nagasaka further links them to the horrific disasters and confusion rampant in the nation today.

Nagasaka has informed his congregants that they must “discard the imperfect precepts of imperfect religions and ideas such as the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments.” According to Mr. Nagasaka, if all people were to join his sect “we won’t need precepts such as the Ten Commandments.” Instead he asks his parishioners to “denounce heretical, evil religions and lead the people to the True Law.”

…Nagasaka has posted his remarks on his temple’s website which can be found at,,, and (retrieved 2/18/2005).

Soka Gakkai used to be Nichiren Shoshu’s lay organisation; however, Soka Gakkai was excommunicated in 1991. See here for details, and thanks to Monte for pointing this out.

(Link via Cult News Network)

3 Responses

  1. Actually the Cult News Network is misinformed. There is no link between Reverend Nagasaka and the Soka Gakkai. Nichiren Shoshu, a sect of 1000 priests, “excommunicated” the Soka Gakkai, a lay society of 12 million members in 190 countries/territories, in 1990.

  2. I fail to see why this is news, any more than it would be news that the leader of an extremely small Christian church of about 1000 compared Buddhism to devil worship. They do that.

    (And, you know, I seem to remember some rather ancient advice to discard the whole of the law “for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”)

    I guess it is nice to see that the Japanese have been working to close the nutjobs-posing-as-religious-leaders gap with the West.

  3. Thanks, Monte, for the correction. And I agree with Daniel that this is not really “news” in any major sense, but I figured it made a quirky addition to the current Ten Commandments discussion.

    In actual fact, I did blog a while back on a Christian leader who thought the Dalai Lama caused earthquakes…

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