Rev. Tsuchiya on Kyogan Sojo (The Succession of the Scrolls)
The Succession of the Sutra. Kyogan-Sojo
Nevertheless, in the Nirvana sutra preached under the twin sala tree,
the will of our compassionate Father Sakyamuni Buddha, it is said that
we should rely upon the dharma preached by the Buddha, not upon persons
who preach wrong thoughts. It means that even the highest ranking
bodhisattvas such as Fugen and Monjyu should not be trusted unless they
preach the sutra in hand. Grand Master T’ien-tai says, “Adopt whatever
agrees with the sutra, and do not believe in that which is not found in
the sutra in word or in meaning;” while Grand master Dengyo sates, “Rely
upon the words of the Buddha in sutra. Do not believe in what has been
transmitted orally.” (Kaimoku-sho,Open Your Eyes)
and arrogant persons abuse the sentence of "Rely on the Law and not upon
person",then speak ill of others when they can't do their own way. This
is very wrong thought.
"Rely on the Law and not upon person"
means that if there are persons who insist on different teachings from
the Lotus Sutra(Law), you must not follow these persons. On the other
hand, it means that if there is a person who propagates the Lotus Sutra
correctly, you should follow that person. Any good teachings are
transmitted rightly to people through good teachers. "Rely on the Law
and not upon person" doesn't mean that "I am superior than you."