Tapping the power of the Law

Nichiren Daishonin`s Buddhism enables us to free ourselves from the sufferings of birth and death. But to achieve this we must “perceive the mystic truth that is originally inherent in all living beings.” This means tapping the limitless power of the Mystic Law inherent in our lives. This is the passage in which the Daishonin states:

“If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail unsurpassed enlightenment in this lifetime, you must perceive the mystic truth that is originally inherent in all living beings. This truth is Myoho-renge-kyo. Chanting Myoho-renge-kyo will therefore enable you to grasp the mystic truth innate in all life”. (WND p3)

Power Of the Law

When we are able to do this infinite power wells from our finite existence. As a result we are able to break through any deadlock. We can’t put the blame on others. Everything comes back to us.

The life-state of someone who has attained Buddhahood can be described as one of ‘great hope’. This great hope stems from inner confidence in one’s ability to attain Buddhahood and one’s grasp of the meaning of life, as well as conviction in the inherent ability of all people to become enlightened. Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism teaches that the purpose of life is to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. This takes place in the midst of our day to day reality where Buddhism truly equals daily life. He writes:

“A person of wisdom is not one who practices Buddhism apart from worldly affairs but, rather one who thoroughly understands the principles by which the world is governed” (WND p1121)

In other words, to practise Buddhism means to value society; it means to contribute and work for society`s benefit. This too is what it means to say that `Buddhism equals daily life`.

The Buddha and the ordinary being

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