Proud Black Buddhist Publisher Sends a message to the Nichiren Shu Buddhist leaders
Nichiren Daishonin writes in the Gohsho: "Winter Never Fails to Turn into Spring;" "Suppose that a couple has seven children, one of whom falls ill. Although the parents love all their children equally, they worry most about the sick child."
Anthony "Amp" Elmore publisher of the "Proud Black Buddhist" Website writes a Buddhist lecture explaining why it is important that Buddhist teachers in Memphis should focus more on its African American Buddhist members in Memphis rather than potential Whites.
In 1998 I traveled to Ghana for the 1st Nichiren Shoshu Temple opening in Africa. During this time I officially recorded the ceremony for then Nichiren Shoshu High Priest Nikken Shonin.
In the course of my Buddhist practice I have been reprimanded, slandered and treated with disregard and disrespect by Nichiren Shoshu Priest and members for following the guidance of Nichiren Daishonin who tells us to “teach others to the best of our ability.” In our world today we use the “Internet and Social Media” to communicate. Such communications are the current “social norms” in America. In the case of me Anthony "Amp" Elmore I operate in my Buddhist practice as a "Free Black Man" I do as the Gosho reads; "follow the law and not persons."
Anthony "Amp" Elmore the publisher of the "Proud Black Buddhist" Website reaches out to Nichiren Shu Buddhist leaders to inquire if Nichiren Shu Buddhism is African American friendly.
Today in Memphis, Tennessee is November 28, 2013. It is a “Thanksgiving Holiday” in America. While most people are getting ready to enjoy this great American holiday a spirit got into my body and asked me to write a “Buddhist Lecture.” In the Gosho: “The true aspect of all phenomena Nichiren Daishonin writes: “
Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase.”
The Gosho I thought was very, very clear in that we who call ourselves disciples of Nichiren Daishonin should teach others to the best of our ability even if it is only a “single sentence or phrase.” The Gosho also reads; put faith in the law and not the person. I started practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism in 1974 and in a few months I will be a Nichiren Buddhist for 40 years. Please note that I operate as a "free Black man."
In my life I have dedicated my life to the “Lotus Sutra.” We have on record letter after, letter and fight after fight of our defending the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Sect. We have filmed and interviewed more English speaking Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist than any person living. We even filmed the current Nichiren Shoshu High Priest Nichinyo Shonin before he became the current High Priest.