Nichiren Daishonin writes: “The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs” (WND, 997), and “A calf begotten by an ox king will become an ox king; it will never become a lion king. A cub sired by a lion king will become a lion king; it will never become a human king or a heavenly king” (WND, 323). A lion cub grows into a lion. Likewise, though ordinary people, the children of the Buddha who strive to realize kosen-rufu will definitely become Buddhas. This is the very essence of the correct teaching of Buddhism.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
At any rate, of utmost importance is the oneness of mentor and disciple. A lion cub will also become a lion. Hence, the Daishonin teaches that we should struggle with the same spirit as the mentor.
In terms of Buddhism, the “heart of a lion king” refers to the inner state of life of a person who, through faith in the Mystic Law, has vanquished the fundamental darkness inherent in life and manifests the power of fundamental enlightenment. We could also say that it refers to the lifestate of Buddhahood that wells forth when we surmount the innate delusions of life with strong faith. Therefore, the “heart of a lion king” is endowed with the wisdom and compassion of Buddhahood.
The source of indomitable action lies within our lives. Nothing can take that away from us. If our efforts derive from our own inner motivation, there is no way we can be defeated. If, on the other hand, our efforts are just a pretense, an imitation of others’ actions, or involuntary, then our true colors will soon be revealed. A fox that borrows a tiger’s authority is cowardly. A lion that stands alone is indomitable.
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