The important thing is that we eventually sit down in front of the Gohonzon and chant daimoku. On the other hand, if we’re going to sit in front of the Gohonzon eventually anyway, then it is much faster to start out by doing just that. We have to directly connect with the Gohonzon. This is the path whereby an ordinary person can easily become a Buddha; this is faith.
The Daishonin says: “What is called faith is nothing unusual. Faith means putting one’s trust in the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions, and the heavenly gods and benevolent deities, and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as a woman cherishes her husband, as a man lays down his life for his wife, as parents refuse to abandon their children, or as a child refuses to leave its mother” (WND, 1036).
This is what is meant by “honestly discarding expedient means” (LS2, 44) and “not accepting a single verse of the other sutras” (LS3, 79).
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
With his life, the Daishonin showed us how to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. “Casting off the transient and revealing the true” means establishing such a firm self that we can overcome any painful hardship, banish darkness, and manifest the essential nature of all phenomena. The more great difficulties we face, the more the life of the world of Buddhahood shines forth. Establishing such a self is the way to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. It is by manifesting the faith to overcome hardships that we can polish our humanity in a true sense.
High Priest Nichikan says: “When one embraces and has faith in this Gohonzon and chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, one’s life immediately becomes the object of fundamental devotion of three thousand realms in a single life-moment. It becomes the life of Nichiren Daishonin.” He also says: “When we gain awareness of the object of devotion in terms of the Person, our life manifests the life of the founder Nichiren Daishonin innate to our own lives.... When we gain awareness of the object of devotion in terms of the Law, our life manifests the object of devotion of the high sanctuary of true Buddhism.”
The Daishonin manifested the life of the Buddha of limitless joy as an ordinary person through and through. If we overlook this point, then the incorrect notion may arise that attaining Buddhahood means becoming a superior being distinct from a human being. Nichiren Daishonin did not give up his life as an ordinary person. Rather, he brilliantly manifested the life of the eternal Buddha within the life of an ordinary person.
His words, “What greater joy could there be?” perfectly sum up his attitude. How can one develop such an immense state of life? How can a human being achieve such greatness? There is no greater mystery than this. I am confident that this is the power of making a vow. When we dedicate our lives to fulfilling our deep pledge and to correct ideals, our hearts
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