The Daishonin indicates that the mind of an ordinary person who seeks the Buddha directly manifests itself as the mind of the Buddha. He says that attaining this inner enlightenment is “attaining the fruit of Buddhahood, the eternally inherent three bodies.”
The Daishonin manifested the mind of the Buddha and the “fruit of Buddhahood, the eternally inherent three bodies” in his life through his selfless struggles for kosen-rufu. He revealed them in the form of the Gohonzon for the benefit of all people of the Latter Day of the Law. Because he established the fundamental means to achieve genuine peace and happiness for all humankind, his achievement far surpasses that of T’ien-t’ai and Dengyo, Nagarjuna and Mahakashyapa.
We, too, can attain the mind of the Buddha and the “fruit of Buddhahood, the eternally inherent three bodies” when we uphold faith in the Gohonzon and strive for kosen-rufu with the spirit of “single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if it costs us our lives.” This is the only way to attain Buddhahood in this evil age defiled by the five impurities.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
In “Letter to Gijo-bo,” the Daishonin says that, through the sutra passage “single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if it costs them their lives,” he has revealed the Buddhahood in his own life and embodied the Three Great Secret Laws. He then interprets “single-mindedly” as meaning: 1) single-mindedly observing the Buddha, 2) concentrating one’s mind on seeing the Buddha, and 3) when looking at one’s own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha.
The human mind is subtle. It changes according to the time and in response to various conditions. If we make our mind, which is always changing, our master, it will be difficult to follow a path of sure and steady progress. What we should depend on instead is the Law. We need to make the Law our master, and take a correct practitioner of the Law as our standard. From the perspective of ordinary people, the path to attaining Buddhahood lies in none other than single-mindedly seeking the Law and single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha.
When we speak of eternal truth, it is not something that is just lying around quietly somewhere; it is found in rigorous struggle. The Daishonin teaches that from the perspective of the Mystic Law, both delusion and enlightenment are one. When we strive to defeat and break through our delusion or fundamental darkness, the power of our enlightened nature shines forth. Because we believe in our own Buddha nature, we can wage this inner struggle. Also, through continuous efforts to challenge ourselves in this way, our enlightened nature manifests as the power to create value. The Mystic Law is found only in such unceasing struggle.
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