All living beings are entities of the Mystic Law and as such are equal. In that sense, all life is connected to the Mystic Law and therefore endowed with the Buddha nature. This is expressed by the doctrine of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, which explains that living beings in the Ten Worlds inherently possess the world of Buddhahood. Among all life forms, human beings are unique in their ability to manifest the power of Buddhahood in character and action. To do so, the heart, the spirit, is crucial.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
Buddhist humanism is not grounded in a fixed conceptual framework; it is based on each person’s potential to achieve human revolution by cultivating his or her inherent Buddha nature. “Buddha nature” refers to a heart that is awakened to the Mystic Law. It does not mean that human beings alone are endowed with some special or unique quality.
When we delve deeper into the idea of relieving people’s suffering expounded in the Lotus Sutra, we can see that it is pervaded with a genuine spirit of humanism. Keenly sensing the real nature of the Latter Day of the Law, the Daishonin revealed this humanistic aspect of the Lotus Sutra in his teaching.
Nichiren Daishonin saw the Japan of his day as the exact description of the Latter Day illustrated in the sutra. He thus searched for a way to enable people living in such an age to change their lives fundamentally, realize absolute happiness and at the same time transform society. His discoveries are just as relevant today.
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