A Buddha who leaves for a pure land in another world after attaining enlightenment or takes refuge in the tranquillity of nirvana, is not truly a Buddha. If, upon becoming a Buddha, one’s life of the nine worlds ceases to exist, then one has not attained true enlightenment, nor is one truly a Buddha.
A genuine Buddha goes out into society, which is swirling with the life states of the nine worlds, and there becomes active, manifesting the life of the world of Bodhisattva. A Buddha directly engages people, one by one, as they deal with the sufferings of existence in the real world and, thoroughly treasuring every person, takes unswerving action to guide each to happiness. It is precisely in this dauntless path of the bodhisattva that the life of the Buddha shines.
For everyone’s happiness, a Buddha racks his mind, exerts himself, and employs a wide range of expedient means. He mobilizes all of the Ten Worlds. To manifest the state of life needed at any time in any of the nine worlds is the totally free state of life of the Buddha.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The fundamental Law of the universe is Myoho-renge-kyo, and the true aspect of our lives is Myoho-renge-kyo. The life of the Buddha is the manifested aspect of Myoho-renge-kyo in the body and spirit of a human being; and the ultimate Law for attaining Buddhahood expounded by the Buddha is also Myoho-renge-kyo.
To chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is to praise most highly the Gohonzon that Nichiren Daishonin manifested. At the same time, it is to praise the Gohonzon in our own lives and to praise the world of Buddhahood within us. When the world of Buddhahood is praised in this fashion, it becomes manifest.
In “How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood through the Lotus Sutra,” the Daishonin says, “We revere Myoho-renge-kyo inherent in our own life as the object of devotion” (WND, 887). With this awareness, we chant daimoku. The object of devotion is Myoho- renge-kyo, and the daimoku that we chant with faith in the object of devotion is Myoho-renge-kyo.
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