The Daishonin always conducted himself as an ordinary person, fought harsh persecutions as an ordinary person, and in this way revealed the solemn path of attaining Buddhahood. Therefore, his example in overcoming many difficulties is none other than proof of the greatness of the human being.
By enduring great persecution, he actualized the principle that “persecutions are themselves attaining Buddhahood” with his own life. He demonstrated the reality of an ordinary person becoming a Buddha, which is the essence of human victory. Therefore, the Daishonin calls on his disciples to follow in the same path, saying: “Like Nichiren, for example” (WND, 302); “I, Nichiren, am the first . . . .” (WND, 765); “Spread the Lotus Sutra as [Nichiren] does” (WND, 994); and:
“My disciples, form your ranks and follow me, and surpass even Mahakashyapa or Ananda, T’ien-t’ai or Dengyo! If you quail before the threats of the ruler of this little island country [and abandon your faith], how will you face the even more terrible anger of Yama, the lord of hell? (WND, 765).
“You must summon up your courage and advance along the same path as I have. By so doing you can definitely attain Buddhahood”— this is the declaration of the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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