"The idea that life and death are two is the reasoning of dreams, deluded and inverted. If when wide awake we examine our true nature, we will find no beginning that requires our being born and no end that requires our dying. What we will find is the essence of life, which can neither be burned by apocalyptic flames, nor worn away by flood, nor cut down by sword, nor pierced by arrow. It is not too large to enter the seed of a flower without the seed's expanding. It is not too small to fill the universe without the universe's contracting." -- Nichiren Daishonin, On the Ultimate Teaching Confirmed by All Buddhas.