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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Did you know?

Nichiren bestowed more than one Gohonzon on several individuals. Don't worry. If you like the Gohonzon for the Transmission of the Dharma or the Shutei Gohonzon, and wish to chant to more than one Nichiren Gohonzon from time to time, go ahead.

Did you know that Kyo'o Gozen died? So, if the infant daughter of the perfectly faithful Shijo Kingo died prematurely, a similar tragedy could befall any one of us. Never let anything destroy your faith. Birth, old age, illness, and death is one aspect of "immutable karma". Likewise, eternal lifespan is another aspect of "immutable karma" (thanks to the process of reincarnation). Nichiren teaches us that, when the practitioner attains Buddhahood, one's ancestors and descendants, for seven generations back and seven generations forward, attain Buddhahood. This is why we chant ceaselessly to attain Buddhahood and cause others to do the same.

1 comment:

  1. "I either preach my own body
    or preach the body of another or show my own body
    or show the body of another or show my own matter
    or show the matter of another. The various words I preach
    are all true and not empty. What is the reason?
    The Tathagata knows and sees the appearance
    of the Three Worlds in accordance with reality:
    there is no Birth-and-Death,
    whether backsliding or emerging;
    likewise there is neither existence in the world
    nor extinction; they are not real; they are not void,
    they are not thus; they are not different.
    It is not as the Three Worlds
    see the Three Worlds. In such a matter as this
    the Tathagata sees clearly
    and is without error. Because the various beings
    have distinctions of various types of natures
    and various types of recollections, I, desiring
    to cause various good karmic roots to be produced
    by means of considerable causalities,
    parables, and words, preach various kinds of dharmas:
    The work of the Buddha which I perform
    I have never once abandoned even for a brief time.
    Thus the time since I attained buddhahood
    is very great, long and distant.
    My life is immeasurable asemkheyas of kalpas
    and I abide forever and am not extinguished." -- Lotus Sutra Chapter 16