Nichiren Daishonin was the leader of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth of whom he speaks, and it was he who established the Gohonzon. On that premise, his statement “at this time” is very important. Citing a commentary by the Great Teacher Dengyo, he describes it as a “time of conflict.” Referring to the age in which he lived, the Daishonin interprets “time of conflict” to indicate “the two disasters of internal strife and invasion from the western sea that are occurring at present” (WND, 376).
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
This Gohonzon, like the treasure tower ceremony itself, makes it possible for the world of Buddhahood to become manifest in the life of each person and in the land as a whole. When we of the Latter Day of the Law, with the Gohonzon as our clear mirror, believe that this same expansive cosmos of life exists within us, we can open and reveal that vast and boundless condition in our lives. We can thereby fundamentally eliminate all suffering and build eternal, indestructible happiness.
Nichiren Daishonin inscribed the fundamental seed, or cause, for attaining Buddhahood as the Gohonzon of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo of the actual three thousand realms in a single moment of life, which he bestowed on all humankind. When we embrace and believe in this Gohonzon, we can actually perceive the Mystic Law in our own lives.
When we believe in the fundamental Mystic Law, it becomes manifest within us, and our state of life changes at the very core. The karmic relations arising from ignorance are eradicated, with the Mystic Law enriching our lives and overflowing into our environment. The world is transformed at a fundamental level. This is the basis of the benefit of the Gohonzon.
In contrast to fundamental darkness or ignorance, the fundamental Mystic Law corresponds to the Dharma nature, or, in other words, fundamental enlightenment. Whereas the causes and conditions of suffering in the cycle of birth and death are found in the three paths of earthly desires, karma and suffering, the way to attaining Buddhahood is found in the three virtues of the Dharma body, wisdom and emancipation.
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