While we can only scratch the surface in this pamphlet in terms of details, many articles and publications about the temple issue have already appeared. Please consult with the leaders in your local area and have them assist you in finding the material you need. Some suggested readings are listed on the next page.

As this is a historic issue, and will be relevant to our Buddhist movement for a long time, there is no need to rush. Please proceed at a natural pace. The most important thing to keep in mind as you read is to think about which aspects of the Daishonin's Buddhism the temple issue concerns, and how do these aspects relate to your own faith and practice.

As you start reading about the issue, you will most likely have questions. You may already have some after reading this far. Please ask anyone in the SGI whom you feel might be knowledgeable 'about anything you don't understand. No question about Buddhism is silly; nothing in Buddhism is taboo or secret.

Praising one of his followers for asking a question about Buddhism, the Daishonin states: "For you to ask a question about the Lotus Sutra is a rare source of good fortune" (mw-i, 22 1). Asking a question is an expression of one's seeking mind.

Lastly, as you learn more about the temple issue, please share your understanding and feelings with others. Through dialogue, not only can you stimulate an interest about the issue in others, you can also arrive at new and deeper perspectives. Dialogue is mutually beneficial; we can learn from one another, so please don't feel you have to wait until you understand it all before you can talk about it.

Learning about the temple issue is an ongoing process; it is part of the unfolding history of the Daishonin's Buddhism and kosen-rufu, and certainly related directly to our study of the Gosho and Buddhism in general. Good luck, good fortune and best of health to you.

A Pamphlet Published by the Soka Gakkai International-USA, 1997.