The Daishonin says that those who carry out the faith and practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo based on the belief that Myoho-renge-kyo is the fundamental Law that governs their own lives and the seed for attaining Buddhahood are themselves Buddhas. There is no substantial difference between the common mortal and the Buddha as human beings. The difference lies in their minds, in their actions. What we must remember is the Daishonin’s exhortation to believe that our life is an entity of Myoho-renge-kyo. We mustn’t forget his admonition that if we seek enlightenment outside ourselves, we are practicing not the Mystic Law but some inferior teaching. The benefit of Myoho-renge blossoms in such firm faith. Single-minded faith in Myoho-renge-kyo manifests as the life-state of Buddhahood. Continuing faith in the Mystic Law is itself the attainment of Buddhahood.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
It is precisely by challenging and overcoming difficulties as ordinary people that we can demonstrate the greatness of the Mystic Law. That we are ordinary people is an expedient means that enables us to fulfill this mission. To be defeated by suffering and filled with complaint is to be shackled by our karma. It is when we squarely face our suffering that we can transform it into our mission. Everything depends on our determination. Opening our eyes to the Buddha within, to the Mystic Law within—that is the linchpin of faith and the foundation of Buddhism.
We need to break through the shell of the lesser self and focus ourselves on the eternal thought in the innermost depths of our lives. That is what it means to have faith in the Mystic Law. Ultimately, it comes down to awareness. We need to awaken to the fact that we are the Mystic Law. We need to establish the awareness that we are living out our lives based on the Mystic Law over the three existences of past, present and future.
President Toda said the following about attaining Buddhahood: “Attaining Buddhahood doesn’t mean simply becoming a Buddha or striving to become one. It means believing wholeheartedly in the Daishonin’s teaching that ordinary people can attain the ultimate state of Buddhahood just as they are and that all phenomena are manifestations of the true entity. In other words, it means having profound confidence that we are Buddhas just as we are from the eternal past and that we will be into the infinite future.”
He [Nichiren Daishonin] is urging us to decide and believe that we ourselves are entities of Myoho-renge-kyo. The Mystic Law is the great beneficial medicine for relieving the sufferings of all people. It is also the wonderful treasure trove for realizing human happiness. We need to live out our lives based on and dedicated to the Mystic Law. We need to fill and solidify our lives with this great Law. The Mystic Law is eternal. It is the wellspring of all things. When we perceive that our life is one with the Mystic Law, we experience the eternity of life and boundless energy wells forth. Nothing can destroy this. No matter what happens, we enjoy a state of complete freedom. That is the life-state of Buddhahood. Therein lies the profound significance of chanting Myoho-renge-kyo. When we believe in and become one with the Mystic Law, our impermanent self becomes eternal. Infinite power wells from our finite existence. As a result, we can break through any deadlock. That is the purpose of faith.
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