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In Nichiren Buddhism, there are two aspects of the daimoku: the daimoku of the faith and the daimoku of the practice. The first concerns the spiritual aspect of our practice and consists essentially in the battle that takes place in our hearts to counter our inner condition deluded, or darkness. It is a battle against the forces of negative and destructive inner to open a gate in the darkness that envelops the Buddha nature and bring out the life-condition of Buddhahood through the power of faith.
The daimoku of practice concerns the specific action of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and teach it to others, the efforts that we make, in the words and actions, for our own happiness and that of others, which are tangible demonstration of our inner battle against illusion and internal negativity.
When we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo we are reciting the name of Buddha nature that exists in our life and the lives of others, and at the same time we are waking up. When faith wins over doubt and inner illusions, the power of the Buddha nature is awakened by the sound of daimoku and occurs spontaneously in our lives.
Taken from Buddhism and Society” N. 119
Buddhism describes the Basic Law of the mystical life as the principle of cause and effect. In Nichiren Buddhism the manifestation of the Buddha nature is an effect of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon and, in turn, a potential cause of progressive and radical transformations of individual life, which originate from the deep level change of ichinen, the way in which we live the single present moment. For example, it is fairly common for a practitioner to experience a pain that seems unbearable dissolves naturally during prayer and becomes, in our perception, in a normal problem and solved. Nothing has changed during the prayer if not the ichinen, a way to “feel”.Taken from “Buddhism and Society” N. 114
Disciples of Nichiren Daishon in Mrs. NichinyoWe have no definite information on the life of Mrs. Nichinyo. Apparently this was the wife of the eldest Ikegami. Or maybe it was the daughter of Mrs. Matsuno.
It is certain that the Daishonin sent some letters that were preserved one of which, the true appearance of the Gohonzon, constitutes for us a very valuable indications concentrate on faith.
From the tone of these letters we can imagine that Nichinyo was a mature woman, educated, who enjoyed what they say a good location.

Surely an independent woman, faith, courageous and conscious, who lived in profound unity with his teacher. For this Nichiren Gohonzon had granted a personal, even before they enter the Dai-Gohonzon.

Mrs. Nichinyo had sent a very generous offer to the Daishonin, who at the time lived in his retirement on Mount Minobu. “A thousand coins and a cargo of rice” meant the sustenance for a year. Nichiren they would be used to continue to instruct his young disciples, setting the stage for the propagation of the Law in the infinite future.
With its offerings to the Gohonzon Mrs. Nichinyo was therefore claiming the lives of his teacher and with the development of Kosen-rufu.
We thank Nichiren Daishonin assures that these deals will come back to you as good luck, protection and immeasurable benefits, not only in this life but also in the lives to come.
“A woman who is dedicated to the Gohonzon invites happiness in this life and in the next the Gohonzon will be with you and protect you always. Like a lantern in the darkness, like a strong arm supporting you along a treacherous path, the Gohonzon will protect you, ma’am Nichinyo, wherever you go. So you have to deal with the slanderers impediresti as well as a courtesan to come into your house “(The true face of the Gohonzon, SND, 4, 201).
The key is therefore continue to engage with courage, protecting the Law with their lives.
“When we fight to protect the Law – writes Daisaku Ikeda – the power of our courage dispels the mists of illusion critical that surrounds our hearts allowing the unlimited power of the Mystic Law to flow in our lives” (Daisaku Ikeda, MDGs, 1, 164).
Courage is the basic requirement for the disciples of Nichiren Daishonin.Comparing the Lotus Sutra with the provisional teachings, Nichiren Daishonin writes: “One sutra says that the woman is good to envy, but I know of a sutra that says it is good to seek Buddhism. [In the sutras prior to the Lotus Sutra] the mind of the woman is compared to a breeze, even if you could catch the wind, it is impossible to grasp the mind of the woman. The mind of a woman is compared to the writing on the water because the letters do not stay there even for a moment […].
[But] the Lotus Sutra, containing the words “honestly discarding the provisional teachings,” […] is the sutra they believe the people who have a mind straight, straight as the string taut arch, as the line drawn from the carpenter “(Letter to Nichimyo Shonin, SND, 5, 139).
Even Sennichi-Ama, a disciple of the pure faith (see Buddhism and Society, 111), one day he had delivered a letter to Minobu in which it expressed its concern about the possibility to manifest Buddhahood by women. So what is the truth that exposes this sutra?
“For all those who believe in the Lotus Sutra – the Nichiren answers – but they could not believe at all, the fifth volume expounded the essence of the entire sutra, the doctrine of attaining Buddhahood in one’s present form. It was as if a black object had turned white, as if the black lacquer had become like snow, as if a dirty thing had become clean and pure or wish-fulfilling jewel that had been thrown into the murky water. It tells the story of how Ryunyo [the daughter of the King of Nagas], had attained Buddhahood in the form of a serpent.
And at that point no one could doubt that it was possible for men to attain Buddhahood. So the Lotus Sutra uses the lighting of women as a model [to reveal that Buddhahood is accessible to everyone].
These statements do not clarify perhaps that of all the teachings of the Buddha’s life, the Lotus Sutra is the first place and that, among the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, the most important concerns the attainment of Buddhahood by women?
Therefore, all Japanese women, […] since the Lotus Sutra guarantees their Buddhahood, why should grieve?
I, Nichiren, […] I made a vow to save all the women of Japan and my sincerity can not be ignored, especially since what I say is in agreement with the Lotus Sutra. ”
Here, then, that Nichiren takes her hand and leads her Nichinyo the lady with him, into the air Ceremony. Pauses to disclose to her the meaning of the Object of worship, after ideogram ideograph.
He tells her the wonder of this Act, and how this Gohonzon is the supreme mandala that contains all the benefits. Like everything that is certainly not an invention of Nichiren, but in essence it was already contained in the Lotus Sutra.
And how extraordinary that he himself was the first to reveal, for the salvation of all living beings. Because in two thousand and two hundred and twenty years after the Buddha’s death, no one yet had never been able to do so.
This time Nichiren does not refer to children, husbands or parents. It is aimed precisely and only to her. Mrs. Nichinyo. A woman who lives in the feudal era Japan.
He wants to show her that her happiness does not depend on anything or anyone. He wants to teach her how to trust herself. Of Buddhahood that exists within his life. Not to seek support from outside, because every change begins in the deep, and his life already contains the solution.
The Hoto chapter of the Lotus Sutra – the Nichiren writes – with all the bodhisattvas and Buddhas of the ten directions, is enclosed in a lotus flower with eight petals of the heart lady Nichinyo.
“There are shadows in the dark, but men do not see them. There are routes in the sky along which the birds fly, but men do not see them. There are paths in the sea along which the fish swim, but men do not see them. All beings and things of the four continents, without exception, are reflected in the moon, but men can not see them. But the divine eye sees them. Similarly, mere mortals can not see the Hoto chapter that is in the body of Mrs. Nichinyo, but Shakyamuni, Taho and the other Buddhas of the ten directions they see it. I, Nichiren, I sense. What sublime. ”
Of course it is not easy for Mrs. Nichinyo understand that his life and the life of the Buddha are the same thing. Nor is it easy for us. For this Nichiren Daishonin inscribed the Gohonzon as a mirror shining. In order for us to see Buddhahood in our lives.
“Never seek this Gohonzon outside yourself. The Gohonzon exists only within the mortal flesh of us ordinary people who embrace the Lotus Sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo “(The true face of the Gohonzon, SND, 4, 201).
Hence the reason it stops and “understand” means “believe.” Believe, simply, in the words of the Buddha, without being influenced by the doubts of the mind. The Gohonzon is found in faith alone.
As the sutra says: “Only with faith can enter into Buddhahood.”
The most important thing is chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and attain enlightenment.
Everything depends on the strength of our faith.Taken from “Buddhism and Society” N. 115

August 2013

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