The Buddha’s struggle is expressed by the line in the sutra, “I have never for a moment neglected” (LS16, 226). It is a ceaseless and ongoing challenge. If one “should slacken in resolve even a bit” (cf. WND, 997), devils would take the opportunity to slip in. It is a “battle [that] goes on even today” (WND, 392).
As long as there are people who are suffering, as long as there are people who are miserable, the Buddha continues to fight. The Buddha cannot abandon even one person in misery. In explaining the Buddha’s immense compassion, the Daishonin says that it is like the love of parents who “worry most about the sick child” (WND, 535). Although parents love all their children equally, they are particularly concerned about a child who is sick. In the same way, the compassion of the Buddha is directed most strongly toward those who are suffering.
The Buddha yearns for the happiness of all people, and continues working for the sake of those who are unhappy. This is the Buddha’s spirit and the challenge of kosen-rufu.
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