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    attainment of Buddhahood
    [成仏] ( Jpn jobutsu )

    To become a Buddha. Several principles concerning the attainment of Buddhahood or enlightenment have been expounded on the basis of the sutras:

    (1) Attaining Buddhahood in one's present form. This means to attain Buddhahood just as one is, without discarding the body of a common mortal. Also referred to as attaining Buddhahood as a common mortal, this principle was formulated by the T'ient'ai school on the basis of the Lotus Sutra. According to many of the teachings other than the Lotus Sutra, one can attain Buddhahood only after having discarded the body of a common mortal that gives rise to earthly desires and illusions. In contrast, the Lotus Sutra teaches that one can attain Buddhahood in one's present form, or as an ordinary person. This principle is often illustrated by the example of the dragon king's daughter who, according to the "Devadatta" (twelfth) chapter, attained Buddhahood in a single moment without changing her dragon form. The concept of attaining Buddhahood in one's present form contrasts with that of attaining Buddhahood through transformation of sex and character. The latter means, for example, that a woman must be reborn as a man in order to attain enlightenment.

    (2) Attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime or in a single lifetime. This concept contradicts the idea that one must practice over a period of many kalpas in order to attain Buddhahood. This concept is essentially the same as attaining Buddhahood in one's present form. Other principles concern the attainment of Buddhahood by certain categories of people and derive from the Lotus Sutra per se:

    (1) Attainment of Buddhahood by persons of the two vehicles. In the first half of the Lotus Sutra, persons of the two vehicles—voice-hearers and cause-awakened ones—receive a prophecy from Shakyamuni Buddha that they will attain Buddhahood in future ages. This prophecy refutes the view of the provisional Mahayana teachings, which deny persons of the two vehicles the attainment of Buddhahood, for they seek only personal salvation and do not strive to save others. The Lotus Sutra says that they will practice the bodhisattva way and attain Buddhahood.

    (2) Attainment of Buddhahood by women. In the first half of the sutra, the dragon king's daughter attains Buddhahood, and Yashodhara, Mahaprajapati, and other women receive Shakyamuni's prophecy of their future enlightenment. Almost all sutras deny women the capacity for attaining Buddhahood and insist that they must be reborn as men in order to attain enlightenment. The Lotus Sutra, however, teaches that both women and men are equally endowed with the potential for Buddhahood, based on the teaching of the true aspect of all phenomena.

    (3) Attainment of Buddhahood by evil persons. Even those who oppose and slander the correct teaching of Buddhism, such as icchantikas, or persons of incorrigible disbelief, can attain Buddhahood through a reverse relationship. That is, because they establish a connection with the correct teaching by opposing it, though they receive the negative effect, eventually they profess faith in it and attain Buddhahood. In the Lotus Sutra, this idea is illustrated by the examples of Devadatta and those who ridiculed and attacked Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. See also Buddhahood.


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    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      A woman's love and affection and compassion for people's lives
      is the wellspring for creating peace.
      Please try to do all you can to shine a light of inspiration and encouragement
      at your family and the people around you in society!

      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!
      I pazzi osano dove gli angeli temono d'andare....

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        "Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo."

        (On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1,page 4) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, March 1st, 2013
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          "Please try to find whatever time you can, no matter how brief, to chant in earnest, as well as to make an effort to read even just a line or two of the Gosho, to study Gakkai guidance, and to reconfirm the true purpose of your Buddhist faith and practice.

          "The presence of fellow members who are a source of inspiration in faith is also important. People tend to grow weak when they are isolated and alone. That's why good friends who encourage and support us are so invaluable.

          "Nichiren Daishonin thus cites the Lotus Sutra passage: 'Thrust aside evil friends and associate with good companions [cf. LSOC3, 114]' (WND-1, 832)."


          SGI Newsletter No. 8727, The New Human Revolution, Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 60, translated 25th Feb. 2013
          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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            "What a joy it is for us to have been born in the Latter Day of the Law and to have shared in the propagation of the Lotus Sutra! How pitiful are those who, though born in this time, cannot believe in this sutra!"

            (Letter to Niike - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1,page 1026) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, March 2nd, 2013
            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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              "In ‘On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,’ Nichiren Daishonin writes: ‘Whether you chant the Buddha’s name, recite the [Lotus] sutra, or merely offer flowers and incense, all your virtuous acts will implant benefits and roots of goodness in your life. With this conviction, you should strive in faith’ (WND-1, 4).

              “In other words, please be assured that everything we do for kosen-rufu—including our gongyo and daimoku and all our Gakkai activities—becomes a source of benefit and good fortune for ourselves and for our families, and forms the vital 'roots' that allow happiness to thrive.

              “I also hope you will always engage in activities with a positive attitude. And please keep not only the aims of the organisation, but your own personal aims, clearly in view, then chant and take action wholeheartedly to realise them and transform your various sufferings and problems. To win in the realm of kosen-rufu is to win in life. To find joy in our activities is to find joy in life.

              “The life condition of those who truly enjoy Gakkai activities and introducing others to Buddhism is the life condition of the Buddha.”


              SGI Newsletter No. 8727, The New Human Revolution, Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 61, translated 25th Feb. 2013
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                A woman's love and affection and mercy for people's lives
                is the wellspring for creating peace.
                Please try to do all you can to shine a light of inspiration and encouragement
                at your family and the people around you in society!


                Daisaku Ikeda
                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                  "In the Daishonin’s Buddhism, we can all equally and directly connect to the Gohonzon."

                  SGI Newsletter No. 8727, The New Human Revolution, Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 61, translated 25th Feb. 2013
                  Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                    "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion."

                    (Reply to Kyo'o - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1,page 412) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda's guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, March 3rd, 2013
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      "No matter how poor these estates might be, avoid complaining of it, either to others or to your lord. If you say, 'They are excellent, excellent lands,' your lord may add to your fiefs again. But if you say things like, 'The lands are poor,' or 'There are no profits,' you could very well be forsaken by both heaven and other people. You should bear this in mind."

                      (The Receipt of New Fiefs - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 945) Selection Source: Suntetsu, Seikyo Shinbun, October 11th, 2012
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        "There are some words of the Daishonin that I would like all of us to engrave in our hearts. It is the passage from The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings: 'Great joy [is what] one experiences when one understands for the first time that one’s mind from the very beginning has been the Buddha. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest of all joys'(cf. OTT, 211–12).

                        "Realising that 'one’s mind from the very beginning has been the Buddha' means awakening to the fact that one’s life itself is the ultimate reality, incomparably noble, strong, and wise and in complete rhythm with the fundamental Law of the universe. A person who chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can experience 'the greatest of all joys' as an entity of the Mystic Law and lead a life of supreme fulfillment and victory.

                        "Nothing surpasses the power of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The Daishonin writes: 'Myo [mystic] means to revive, that is, to return to life' (WND-1, 149). In accord with these words, let’s bring forth the inexhaustible life force that resides within us, and joyfully and energetically expand our circles of joy, hope, and happiness in our families, communities, workplaces, and societies."



                        SGI Newsletter No. 8643, Paving the Way to a True Golden Age of Worldwide Kosen-rufu (SGI President Ikeda sent the following message to the 61st Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, on October 7th, 2012. At this meeting, Soka Gakkai President Harada announced the organisational theme for 2013 as “Year of Victory for a Youthful SGI.” Translated 10th Oct. 2012 from the October 8th, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun

                        [1] “New Power” General Meeting—a general meeting for members who have just started practicing or who are still young in their Buddhist practice. “Kayo Leaders” General Meeting—a general meeting for young women’s division group leaders, who are known in Japan as “Kayo leaders.”
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post

                          "There are some words of the Daishonin that I would like all of us to engrave in our hearts. It is the passage from The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings: 'Great joy [is what] one experiences when one understands for the first time that one’s mind from the very beginning has been the Buddha. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest of all joys'(cf. OTT, 211–12).

                          "Realising that 'one’s mind from the very beginning has been the Buddha' means awakening to the fact that one’s life itself is the ultimate reality, incomparably noble, strong, and wise and in complete rhythm with the fundamental Law of the universe. A person who chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can experience 'the greatest of all joys' as an entity of the Mystic Law and lead a life of supreme fulfillment and victory.

                          "Nothing surpasses the power of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The Daishonin writes: 'Myo [mystic] means to revive, that is, to return to life' (WND-1, 149). In accord with these words, let’s bring forth the inexhaustible life force that resides within us, and joyfully and energetically expand our circles of joy, hope, and happiness in our families, communities, workplaces, and societies."
                          Right on! Mugi Wasshin Baby!!!

                          And the Proof of Actual Fact!

                          Let's keep kicking Devil Ass!!!

                          Don't Be Afraid!
                          Don't Be Defeated!
                          Faith!
                          Victory of GOLD!!!


                          Bowing in humble obeisance,

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                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            "Shakyamuni taught that the shallow is easy to embrace, but the profound is difficult. To discard the shallow and seek the profound is the way of a person of courage."

                            (On Repaying Debts of Gratitude - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, page 712) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, October 20th, 2012
                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              "Great events never have minor omens. When great evil occurs, great good follows."

                              (Great Evil and Great Good - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1119) Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shinbun, October 6th, 2012
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                Nam myoho renge kyo !! Mugi wasshin
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