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
The Daishonin teaches that, since it is by struggling that we can attain true inner peace and comfort, when we pursue this challenge to the end we can manifest a world of peace and security in this life that will be evident to anyone. We can create a world in which “The wind will no longer buffet the branches, and the rain will no longer break the clods of soil.” This is an unprecedented realm of agelessness and immortality. In other words, the power of the eternal Mystic Law is activated in both human beings and society, and a world of true happiness and peace that is not affected by the suffering of old age and death is realized.
Attaining “peace and comfort” does not mean leading a tranquil and uneventful life. It is to establish a state of life that nothing can perturb. Then we are always in a state of peace and comfort. Anyone can make such a great state of life their own by struggling with a strong spirit of faith.
The Daishonin did not passively encounter persecution. Rather, he says that he himself initiated this battle. It was a religious revolution, which he carried out under the “banner of the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo,” the heart of the Lotus Sutra. This is the struggle of kosen- rufu. And, as he indicates when he says, “So the battle goes on even today,” he carried on this struggle unremittingly for more than twenty years. Someone who continues to fight in this manner is a Buddha. The Buddha continuously strives to protect and build happiness for the people.
Even in the midst of such a succession of great persecutions, the Daishonin’s spirit always shone with a sun-like brilliance. His state of life was as immense and vast as the ocean. No matter what fierce waves arise on the surface, in its depths the ocean itself is always serene. It cannot be moved.
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