The Daishonin not only presents a model of courage through his own example, but he also teaches his followers that if they stand up with the same courageous spirit, they will attain Buddhahood. To take action oneself and urge others to do the same—this is the spirit of a Buddhist leader. In contrast, those who force others to do what they themselves are incapable of doing are tyrants.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs. Slanderers are like barking foxes, but Nichiren’s followers are like roaring lions” (WND, 997).
Steadfastly upholding the Law in this defiled age of the Latter Day is an undertaking difficult in the extreme. Yet we are widely transmitting the teachings of Buddhism in this strife-filled saha world, in this world of endurance. Instead of seeking to practice in a safe and tranquil environment, we of the SGI have boldly ventured out into the whirling storm of society to defend the cause of the people and to lead people to happiness.
“Earnest resolve” could also be replaced with the words “faith,” “seeking spirit,” “vow” or “heart of a lion king.” Devoting ourselves to kosen-rufu with the heart of a lion king, working throughout our lives to spread the Mystic Law—this, for us, is the meaning of “single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if it costs them their lives.”
It is we of the SGI who are continuing along this path opened by the Daishonin that enables us to reveal our inherent Buddhahood—the path that, in the language of Shakyamuni, enables us to reveal the Dharma.
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