The Daishonin carried out a struggle to protect the Law in order to transform the conflict-ridden Latter Day, to enable all people to manifest their Buddha nature, and to construct an age of happiness and peace for all humanity. His selfless dedication to uphold the correct teaching and his strong spirit of compassion for the people gave him no choice but to engage in that struggle.
It goes without saying that his state of life was vast and boundless. It was because of his deep compassion for others that he so fiercely battled the devilish nature inherent in life. It was because he sought to fundamentally transform the age that he transcended the age itself. Very few intellectuals have accurately grasped and adequately discussed the essence of the Daishonin’s pacifist thought.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
Nichiren Buddhism is a religion of kosen-rufu. Without determination and practical efforts to spread the Mystic Law, the Daishonin’s teaching becomes nothing but empty words. For a period of seven hundred years, that teaching certainly existed in the form of written words, but it was never spread far and wide. It was our great predecessor Tsunesaburo Makiguchi who revived the Daishonin’s teaching in accord with the Daishonin’s spirit. In that sense, the Soka Gakkai’s appearance testifies to the validity of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. In the present age, the only place where one can engage in the correct practice of Nichiren Buddhism and encounter the essence of the Daishonin’s spirit is in the Soka Gakkai. I wish to declare this as the solemn truth.
The Daishonin’s writings contain a supreme universal philosophy earnestly sought by people everywhere. They include guidelines that illuminate the future and are filled with a message of hope that revitalizes those who have none. They contain wisdom that enriches people’s lives, encouragement that spurs people to action, and compassion that leads all people to happiness. Moreover, they are filled with the courage to battle negative forces, and the sharp sword of reason that can defeat the devilish nature inherent in life. They have passion that fuels advancement, sincerity that cherishes the thoughtfulness of others, strong conviction that cuts through delusion and principles of leadership that open the path to victory. The Daishonin’s writings constitute teachings that illuminate human nature and life. They serve as a mirror that reflects the realities of daily life and human existence, and they offer penetrating insight into society and nature. In addition, they explain the Buddhist practice for pursuing happiness and creating peace. The Soka Gakkai is eternally based on these teachings.
The Buddha spoke out selflessly to free people from suffering. His disciples in turn compiled his teachings into sutras, based on their own firm commitment to spreading the Law. The words of the sutras are themselves the words of the Buddha. Indeed, the sutras are compilations of the golden words that arose from the Buddha’s ungrudging dedication to bringing happiness to all people.
The Daishonin states, “One’s voice does the Buddha’s work” (Gosho Zenshu, p. 708), and “The Buddha saves people through the written word” (GZ, 153). The Buddhist Law would still remain distant from people’s lives if the Buddha had kept his enlightenment to himself. Actually, it probably wouldn’t have much meaning at all. The Buddha’s preaching of the Law is what brought it to shine as a light that can liberate people from the darkness of suffering. That is why the Daishonin says: “The Law does not spread by itself. Because people propagate it, both the people and the Law are worthy of respect” (GZ, 856). Spreading the Buddha’s teaching is a noble undertaking that illuminates both the person and the Law.
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