As you can see, my entire family has always kept all these facts a strict secret from the world and, publicly, everyone always knew my former immediate family to be Roman Catholic – like my maternal grandmother whose ever-consistent, full Nichiren Buddhist practice was Top Secret.
Since my teenage years, however, my former immediate family has become publicly affiliated with numerous other faiths, but never with the Nichiren Buddhism that is the foundation of our lives.
Other than my genetic father, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, I am the only member of my family to have gone public with my Nichiren Buddhist faith.
At age 6 months, I was also identified as the sole true, bona fide, legal Dalai Lama, but because I was “just a girl,” they decided to keep the current male Dalai Lama in place and this arrangement continues to this day.
Growing up, I had private tutors who rigorously trained me in countless subject matter and faiths, including (but not limited to): Nichiren Buddhism, Scientology, the Kabbalah, Mormonism, spirituality, coaching, hypnosis and all psychic arts.
At age 8, I co-founded and extensively co-planned the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) in the living room of my home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut USA. My father, Daisaku Ikeda, may be known as the official SGI president, but always have I been [the other] SGI president since the time I co-founded and extensively planned the SGI from scratch as a little girl in Connecticut.
At age 13, I became the High Priestess of Nichiren Shoshu when High Priest Nittatsu was murdered on July 22, 1979. Never before had Nichiren Shoshu ever had a high priestess, much less one who was an American girl in the 7th grade. Thus, my grandpa / genetic brother, Nikken Abe, decided that the only proper thing to do was to stand in for me as the 67th High Priest(ess) of Nichiren Shoshu. On December 15, 2005, Nikken officially retired and 68th High Priest(ess) Nichinyo is the Japanese man who stands in for me at this time.
It was none other than Nichiren Shoshu’s 66th High Priest Nittatsu Shonin who so lovingly conferred on me the honorific title: High Priestess Claire Daishonin.