Point One, regarding the Benefits of Responding with Joy to Myoho-renge-kyo
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings says: “Respond” means to respond to and comply with actuality and principle. “Joy” means that oneself and others together experience joy. By actuality is meant responding to and complying with the actual fact of Shakyamuni manifesting [in this life] his original state [of enlightenment] numberless major world system dust particle kalpas ago. By principle is meant responding to the principle of ordinary people being able to manifest their original states. In the end, then, responding means responding to and complying with the inner truth of the “Life Span” chapter. When that is done, then both oneself and others together will take joy in their possession of wisdom and compassion.
Now, when Nichiren and his followers chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they are expressing joy in the fact that they will inevitably become Buddhas eternally endowed with the three bodies. For that reason, we may say that the word “respond” applies to the Law one responds to, while “joy” applies to the person one takes joy in. The person is the ancient Buddha of numberless major world system dust particle kalpas ago, Shakyamuni. The Law is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo of the “Life Span” chapter. To respond to them and take joy in them is what is meant by the words “responding with joy.”
Broadly speaking, “to respond” may be regarded as another name for faith. To respond means simply to have the mind of faith. That is why it is stated in the second volume of the Lotus Sutra, “It is because they have faith in the Buddha’s words / that 147they can comply with this sutra, / not because of any wisdom of their own” (chapter three, Simile and Parable).
Since chanting I have come to experience the text in bold above.
To all my teachers and those who embrace and encounter the teachings of the lotus sutra
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!
The shape it takes could be yours to choose
What you may win, what you may lose
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Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cured - Ureapwhatusow
nobody every told me i found out for myself, you've got to believe in foolish miracles - o. osborne
Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to - b. Dylan