In even the most dire circumstances, the Daishonin always managed to open a way forward. He certainly never retreated. He advanced, advanced again, and continued advancing.
His true disciple, making the mentor’s spirit his own, carried on and further expanded his struggle. Nikko Shonin went directly to where there were stubborn foes, addressed them one person at a time, practicing shakubuku, and advanced the spread of the Law in reality.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
When we practice the Lotus Sutra, persecutions are bound to arise. It is by enduring and overcoming persecutions, however, that we can manifest the “Thus Come One whose life span is immeasurable,” which is the original reality of our lives. In that sense, the Daishonin teaches that persecutions are fuel for polishing and tempering our own lives in the deepest sense. Those who avoid difficulties and training certainly cannot achieve personal advancement and growth. This is the Daishonin’s great confidence based on his own experience, and an eternal truth of Buddhist practice.
On the other hand, as for the rulers of the country who had persecuted him on account of the Lotus Sutra despite his complete innocence of breaking any law of society, the Daishonin says: “I have . . . encountered a ruler who will enable me to free myself in my present existence from the sufferings of birth and death” (WND, 44). He goes so far as to express gratitude to the ruler as a person “to whom I owe the most profound debt of gratitude” (WND, 43) for having made it possible to carry out his practice for attaining Buddhahood. He is utterly indomitable, while maintaining a spirit of supreme humanism.
In “The Teaching, Capacity, Time, and Country,” he says: “As I, Nichiren, ponder the truth of the Buddha’s words, I realize that these three types of enemies are indeed real. If I allow them to remain hidden, then I will not be the votary of the Lotus Sutra. Yet if I cause them to appear, then I am almost certain to lose my life” (WND, 53).
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