The 26 Admonitions explained by Richard Causton


Lotus Flower - photo by Strangely PerfectI’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold.  My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life.  I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.

I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly.  I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)

Quick Links: Background Discussion Preface and Conclusion The 26 Admonitions Conclusions

n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings.  The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)


LecturnThe following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)

Dick Causton’s and Nikko Shonin’s words follow…

Strangely Perfect’s First lay since 1985


Yes. It’s the first proper bit of recording I’ve done since 1985 and Crawling Chaos. It took a couple of hours fiddling in Reaper, mainly seeing what the bits do.

It’s quite a bit different to the original, I think, done by Colin Vearncombe, who dreamt it up. You can find it on an earlier post here. It’s two mikes on voice and acoustic 12 string guitar. Done in Reaper. You’ll see I quite often hear things differently to other folk…

18/3/2008 – remixed with gongyo bell doubled & downtuned by different amounts! It’s a lot smoother than the first time I mixed it and it has a Sargasso Sea touch!

27/3/2008 – It’s just dawned on me that I must really like the sound-scape effect of controlled echo. This track I’ve managed to keep a good controlling lid on the several different echoes. In Jhonn’s Angel and D.S.S., say, because of time constraints and other factors, the echoes are always just on the point of losing it all the way through.

[audio:JhonnsAngelA.mp3] Jhonn’s Angel for comparative purposes.

( Jhonn’s Angel is best heard really loud because that’s how we mixed it. There wasn’t enough time to check it at different volumes and through different speaker set-ups.)

Wonderful Life – Black (Colin Vearncombe)

original from 1987
Phil Collins ruins it! (I thought it was Fatso kicking in there)

The lyrics are pulled straight from Black’s site. The chords I’ve stuck on as they sound best to me. There are quite a few versions out there so this is mine how I currently do it. Anyone who knows me will not be at all surprised that I currently play it as on acoustic 12-string guitar like “Zombie Dance” from my “Crawling Chaos” days. Givvus a while and I’ll release it! There’s a version on Colin’s site which has similar chords, down-tuned a semitone, and with a bass picking out a slightly different path. It’s well different to his original from the 80’s.

This is a Strangely Perfect take on the track, as promised (added 6 March 2008). It’s the first thing I’ve put down since 1985… (Remixed with Gongyo Bell addition 18 March 2008)

I’ve always liked it. It’s been in my head a lot recently, enough to get me to transpose it to paper!


Em G Em C D

Em D G D Em


Em                         G

Here I go out to sea again


The sunshine fills my hair

G        D

and dreams hang in the air

Em                                             G

Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes


You know it feels un-fair

G        D

There’s magic every-where

Em                Am

Look at me standing

Em                  Am

Here on my own again



Em                                                            G

The sun’s in your eyes, the heat is in your hair


They seem to hate you

G      D

Because you’re there

Em                                            G

And I need a friend, oh I need a friend


to make me happy

G        D

Not stand there on my own

Em                Am

Look at me standing

Em                   Am

Here on my own again



Em                                   G

I need a friend, oh I need a friend


to make me happy

G     D

Not so alone

Em                Am

Look at me here

Em                 Am

Here on my own again



Em                             Am            G    Am

Up straight in the sunshine

Em          G

No need to run and hide

Em                C                   D

It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

Em        G

No need to laugh or cry

Em                C                   D

It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

Roger, Roger. Mayday for mp3’s


I saw Roger Edwards from Purple Ear today. Roger was a major influence when I started this Buddhism lark and was one of the original SGI people in Somerset. We had a very pleasant day following an invigorating Kosen Rufu Gongyo in Taunton, today being November 18th and 77 years since the Soka Gakkai was founded by Mr Makiguchi. It’s also 63 years since he died – co-incidentally on the same day, today.

Jillian & Roger
Jillian & Roger

We went to my parents-in-law where interesting histories of Accrington were exchanged. Roger has had some compy probs and can’t access his old purple ear stuff, but fortunately (or not, I suppose it depends on your viewpoint!), in 2003 I downloaded everything he had online at the time. So Roger, just for you until you tell me to pull them, here are your tracks. I think that they are all yours as I’ve just uploaded ones with similar dates and sounds. I hear what you say about the North African feel. You should do more like these. I think a trip to Mali like we were talking today would be a great benefit to you.

[audio:Go4Goa.mp3] Go4Goa.mp3

[audio:PurpleEye.mp3] PurpleEye.mp3

[audio:santur City.mp3] santur City.mp3

[audio:That is Fun.mp3] That is Fun.mp3

[audio:Underwater.mp3] Underwater.mp3

[audio:Words without Walls.mp3] Words without Walls.mp3


Mimmo, try these or follow the links. (SP, 14 June 2009)

– comment from Mimmo below prompted this particular postscript addition!!

(Amsterdam SGI)
(includes words and translation on source page: The audio is a bit droppy.)

(full liturgy; many voices, nice steady pace and a neat video!)

(really fast, full Lotus Sutra; Gongyo is the first half roughly; many voices) (full text as well, one voice)