Buddhist practice is a constant battle against obstacles and devilish forces. We are ever practicing in the midst of evil influences and bad friends.
It may be possible to carry out one’s Buddhist practice secluded in the mountains, cutting oneself off from negative influences or bad friends, like the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China did.
But for people living in today’s society and carrying out their Buddhist practice in the course of their daily lives, the path to Buddhahood lies in our effort to bring our humanity to shine while living amid evil influences, like “the lotus flower blooming in the water” (LS15, 222). Being surrounded by good friends is therefore indispensable to our practice.
The difficulty of practicing Buddhism in the Latter Day is of a scope far greater than is generally imagined. That’s because the Latter Day is an age overrun by erroneous teachings and false teachers that deceive people. In “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” the Daishonin says: “How pitiful to think that, in the space of a few decades, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of people have been deluded by these devilish teachings and in so many cases confused as to the true teachings of Buddhism” (WND, 15)
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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