Explain the difference between Zen Buddhism and Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.
The Zen sect asserts that enlightenment is not to be
found in the pursuit of doctrinal studies, but only through the direct
perception of one’s own mind with the practice of meditation. Nichiren Shoshu
Buddhism is based on the Lotus Sutra, which is the Buddha’s legitimate
teaching. Nichiren Daishonin stated:
The Zen sect rejects the sutras.
It claims that they are in the category of the written word. Instead, it
teaches “a separate transmission outside the sutras, independent of scripture
(Gosho, p. 1308)
Thus, their arguments are based merely upon the worlds of
the teachers of doctrine and not upon the Buddha’s teaching. The Daishonin
When he taught the metaphor of the five flavors,
correlating them to the five periods, the Buddha proclaimed that the Lotus
Sutra alone was supreme. He stated that of all the sutras he “has preached, now
preaches, and will preach,” the Lotus Sutra is unrivaled on the path to attain
enlightenment. These are the golden words of the Buddha.
(Gosho, p. 1309)
we can attain enlightenment only through the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, but
we cannot manifest the Buddha nature by the practice of mere meditation.