The Buddha of the true cause (for enlightenment)
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Millions of people have revolutionized
their lives through this dynamic Buddhist practice. It is a living actual
Buddhism, based on chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to the mystical mandala or Gohonzon. Established
by Nichiren Dai Shonin, the
true Buddha on April 28th 1253 in Japan and continued ever
since by the Priesthood at the Head Temple at Taisekiji.
Nichiren Daishonin was born on February
16, 1222, at the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law to fulfill Shakyamuni's prophesy that the True Buddha would appear and
teach the Great Pure Law to save people for the eternal future. The date of the
Daishonin's birth has a mystic connection with Shakyamuni's
Buddhism because Shakyamuni died on February 15.
This indicates that the Daishonin's Buddhism began at
the point where the power of Shakyamuni's Buddhism
The purpose of this presentation is to share with you the
brilliance, clarity of thought, poetry and compassion of Nichiren
Buddha who was prophesised in the Lotus Sutra tonappear in the age that we live in now. His teachings and
practice have been kept alive by the successive high Priests at the Head Temple at Taisekiji
at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan
for 750 years. The eternal Buddha sought only for the truth and delved into
every teaching in his time to extract it. Eventually he found the essential
lived this teaching.He was a fervent patriot who saw
the truth as liberating the whole World. A deeply passionate and compassionate
man he looked upon his followers or disciples as an extension of himself ---his
family. His aim was the liberation of all humankind from oppressive authority
and restriction so that they may reach the unbounded shores of unlimited
story of The Daishonin
BIOGRAPHY OF NICHIREN
and the story of the contemporary Japan
of the thirteenth century is a story on a monumental canvas as vast as the
infinite Universe. It is filled with utter compassion and the ultimate
expression of a Heart felt Human being who challenges all obstacles to obtain
the ultimate Jewel the cosmic gift of ultimate fusion of the Person with the
Law or the attainment of the ultimate fusion of life with the phenomenal
Universe. He rightly called his teaching the Third Way
because it encompasses the numinous and the highest potential inherent in
OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN
Nichiren Dai Shonin was born on the seacoast
of the southeastern corner of Japan,to
a fisherman named Mikuni no Tayu and his wife, Umegiku-nyo, in the small fishing village of Kominato in
Tojo in Awa Province, which is now Chiba Prefecture.
His childhood name was Zennichimaro. The Daishonin referred to his birth in several of his Gosho, saying, "I am a fisherman's son," (Shinpen, p. 1279) and "I, Nichiren,
am the son of an 'untouchable' family." (Shinpen, p. 482; M.W., Vol. 5, p. l24).
village was surrounded in the north by undulating hills and washed by the dark
blue waves of the Pacific Ocean
on the south. Tidal waves have washed away the part of the seacoast where his
Father's house stood, and today the spot is pointed out in the depths of the
wonderfully clear water, on the rocky bottom of the sea, where lotus flowers
are said to have bloomed miraculously at the birth of the wonderful boy,
THE BIRTH OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN
In spite of
such humble circumstances surrounding the birth of Nichiren
Daishonin, there were many auspicious omens that are
recorded in the Gosho, "Transfer Document on the
Birth of Nichiren Daishonin"
(Ubuyu Sojo no Koto).
One of them
concerns a dream that the Daishonin's mother had
before his birth, in which she saw herself seated on Mount Hiei,
where the head temple of the Tendai sect was located.
She was washing her hands in the waters of Lake Biwa.
As the sun rose out of the east from behind Mount Fuji, she cradled the sun (in Japanese:
Nichi) in her arms. Startled by this dream, she awoke
and told it to her husband.
He, too, had an unusual dream in which Bodhisattva Kokuzo,
who represents the wisdom of the universe, appeared before him. On his
shoulder, the bodhisattva carried a handsome boy. He told the Daishonin's father that this child was Bodhisattva Jogyo, who was destint
to be a great leader to save all people.
Kokuzo said, "I will grant this lovely boy to
you," and disappeared. Shortly afterward Umegiku-nyo
realized that she was pregnant. Umegiku-nyo had
another dream the night before the Daishonin's birth
in which a blue lotus (Japanese: ren) flower
blossomed with pure water springing forth from it. A baby was inside the lotus
flower, taking his first bath in the water. The water which sparkled with a
golden color, spilled out onto the ground. The grasses shone as trees blossomed
and bore fruit. These symbolic dreams presaged the advent of the True Buddha of
the Latter Day of the Law.
As his father
was a fisherman, doubtless the boy was often taken out in the father's boat,
and must have enjoyed the clear sky and pure air of the open sea. When in later
years, during his retirement in the mountains, a follower sent him a bunch of
seaweed to eat, Nichioren Daishonin
wept as he called to mind his early memories of the seaweeds, which are,
indeed, a charming sight as they are seen through the transparent water. Far
away from the effeminizing air of the Imperial capital, far away from the
turmoil's and agitations of the Dictator's residence, the boy grew up in the
fresh and invigorating atmosphere of a seaside village, in the midst of
unadorned nature wooded hills and green trees, blue waters and sandy beaches.
The inspiration of nature and the effect of association with the simple, sturdy
people are manifest in each step of Nichiren's later
career, in his thoughts and his deeds.
In I233, when the
boy was eleven years old, his parents sent him to a monastery on the hill known
as Kiyozumi, he '' Clear Luminosity,'' near his home.
The reason is not given, but it was in no way an exceptional or extraordinary
step; in those days many a father did the same, whether from motives of piety
or for the sake of the boy's future career. The peaceful and innocent days of
the boy novice Passed; he was made an ordained monk when he was fifteen years
old, and the religious name given by his master 'as Rencho,
or '' Lotus Eternal.' ' Doubts grew with learning,
because too many tenets and practices were included in the religion he was
In his Reply
to Myoho-ama, Nichiren Daishonin wrote in his later writings:
Ever since my childhood I, Nichiren,
have studied Buddhism with one thought in mind. Life as a human is truly a
fleeting thing. A man exhales his last breath with no hope to draw in another.
Not even dew borne away by the wind suffices to describe life's transience. No
one, wise or foolish, young or old, can escape death. My sole wish has
therefore been to solve this eternal mystery. All else has been secondary.
For this purpose I once practised,
according to le custom of most fellow-Buddhists, the method of repeating the
name of Amita Buddha, putting faith in his redeeming
Power. But, since doubt had begun to arise in my mind as to the truth of that
belief, I committed myself to a vow that I would study all the branches of
Buddhism known in Japan and learn fully what their diverse teachings were.''
absolute and utter dedication and faith in the truth is the distinguishing
feature of this Ultimate Buddhism the truth Hidden in the Lotus Sutra is of
course Nam Myoho Renge Kyo actualised as the great Mandala and Gateway to Enlightenment the Dai Gohonzon. The Teaching relies utterly on the person's
fusion with this great Object of Worship for observing one's mind, gaining
Mastery over one's mind and attaining Enlightenmnet.
All else is secondary.