A simple way to live life with the lotus sutra
Wisdom of the lotus sutra
If one expounds the Lotus Sutra to those who want to hear about the Nembutsu , what benefit will they derive from it? How, then, in the latter age, can one say that the Law is worthy of respect, but that the person who upholds it is to be despised? The True Word school puts forth the doctrine of the ten stages of the mind , declaring that all the other sutras, being exoteric teachings , are inferior, while the True Word school , because it represents the esoteric teachings , is superior. In real terms this means that when we harness the inherent power of our Buddhahood, we can surmount any difficulty and establish a happy and victorious path of life. Although it is possible now to establish a chronology of texts using historical linguistics and other methods, it does not follow that such a chronology can be confidently traced back to the Buddha himself. But, for persons of inferior faculties and inferior capacity, the important thing is simply to have a heart of faith. In other words, the Mahayana sutras go to great lengths to give their compositions that aura of authenticity before going on to present a doctrine that is often at variance and the angle of that variance may be acute or obtuse with the earlier teachings. Employing this strategy of the Lotus Sutra means to always make our Buddhist faith and practice the foundation of our actions.
If someone not only fails to bring benefit to others, but on the contrary causes them to commit slander and fall into hellhe is no votary of the Lotus Sutra but rather a person of false views.
And you should fear them, too!
Or there are those who declare that the Nembutsu and the Lotus Sutra are essentially one. Meanwhile, Burnouf kept putting off the publication of his translation of the Lotus: it was issued only after his death, under the title Le Lotus de la bonne loi However fiercely the Daishonin was persecuted, the flame in his heart for the salvation of others could not be extinguished.
The ultimate happiness of human beings lies in such a state of mind. Taking a careful look at the world today, we see that, although people declare that the Law is worthy of respect, they all express hatred for the person who upholds it.
In Nichiren Buddhism, however, the attainment of Buddhahood is governed by a more profound principle of causality, as revealed in the Lotus Sutra.
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