“extiger” brought up the ole “zuiho bini” thing in my last blogs’ comment section.
Here’s the official SGI-USA stance from their web site:
SGI-USA: Members’ Resources: Buddhist Concepts: The Precept of Adapting to Local Customs
What they have stated as a course of action would be nice. Unfortunately it turns out to be ironically hypocritical due to the behavior of the leaders and those who follow as dictated by Japan. I’ve actually gotten into an argument with one of those indomitable Japanese Pioneer Women, aka “The Enforcer”, who believes that all other nations that practice the SGI are doing a better job than here in the US because they follow better. In other words, even more like Japan. I invoked the sacred name and said, “Well then maybe that’s why President Ikeda says America is the worlds’ greatest hope for the spread of kosen rufu.” She wasn’t used to being challenged. Her momentary but obvious confliction exposed her cultural antipathy, after which she abruptly changed the topic.
Here’s a rebuttal of an impression of the SGI paradigm of zuiho bini, and a postulation of what someone else thinks it should be. From Mark Rogow on his FWP blog which expounds that Kempon Hokke contains the correct way to practice:
Kempon Hokke Zuiho Bini versus SGI Zuiho Bini [Zuiho Bini versus Zuiho Bullshit] – Kempon Hokke
And here are two more FWP op eds from Chris Holte on zuhio bini:
More on Zuiho Bini – Holte’s Corner
Here’s my favorite from a message board :
Another definition of zuiho bini: Not
calling it zuiho bini (unless your Japanese), but rather
what it really is – Adapting Buddhism to local
customs, culture, to the times, etc. Calling it
“Zuiho Bini” can create the allure of something deep,
inscrutable or beyond the grasp of American minds, but it
certainly is not. The English language is quite capable of
handling the concept. And referring to it as ‘zuiho bini’
in America is actually not ‘zuiho bini’ – it is not
adapting the idea for our culture. Therefore real
‘zuiho bini’ requires getting beyond calling it ‘zuiho
bini’ if Buddhism is really going to become mainstream.
in America (which is what ‘zuiho bini’ is about).