of the Buddha's power
If one doubts the strength of the
Buddha when he says, "I alone can save them"; if one is suspicious of
the rope held out by the Lotus Sutra when its teachings declare that one can
"gain entrance through faith"; if one fails to chant the Mystic Law
which guarantees that "[concerning this man's attainment of Buddhahood, ] there can assuredly be no doubt, " then
the Buddha's power cannot reach him and it will be impossible for him to scale
the embankment of enlightenment.
Thus it was that the
eight-year-old daughter of the dragon king was able to come out of the vast sea
and in an instant give proof of the power of this sutra, and Bodhisattva Jogyo of the essential teaching emerged from beneath the
great earth and demonstrated the unfathomably long life span of the Buddha.
This, the Lotus, is the king of sutras, defying description in words, the
wonderful Law that is beyond the mind's power to comprehend.
Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra
wrote this Gosho in the third month of 1263, shortly
after he had been pardoned and had returned to Kamakura following two years of exile on the Izu peninsula
are three meanings of myo given in On the Daimoku of
the Lotus Sutra by Nichiren Daishonin
He says This sutra opens the door of expedient teachings
and reveals the true aspect of reality."
"To open" indicates the quality or
power which activates a life, like opening a secret repository, and causes it
to pervade the entire universe. Miao-lo stated that
"to reveal is to open."
To be endowed and perfect" means, for instance, that
each drop in the ocean contains the same elements and properties as the ocean
itself. It means enlightenment Myo means "fully
endowed, " which in turn has the meaning of
"To revive" is, , to create value and
also means to revitalise, to create , to open the
gateway to unlimited Human Potential. It also means to cure and to return to life. and to cure the uncurable. The Lotus Sutra, however, can cure the dead
as well as the living, and therefore it has the character myo
in its title.
fundamental power is invisible and is "the ultimate spiritual reality
behind the universe." Since the fundamental power is beyond the
imagination, it is myo (mystic), and since we cannot
see it, it is "death." But the force does exist, unseen but
definitely underlying all phenomena (ho).
The Entity of the
- Totaigi Sho
Great Teacher Dengyo, explaining the lotus of the "one great reason"
[why the Buddha appears in the world], writes: "The 'one great matter,'
the true heart and core of the Lotus Sutra, is the revelation of the lotus. The
word 'one' signifies that it is the one reality. The word 'great' signifies
that it is broad and all-encompassing in nature. And the word 'matter' refers
to the essential nature of phenomena. This one great reason or 'ultimate
matter' is the truth, the teaching, the wisdom and the practice of the perfect
teaching, or the Dharma body, the
On the Daimoku of
the Lotus Sutra by Nichiren Daishonin
now to the character myo, [meaning "mystic" or
wonderful, "] the Lotus Sutra says, "This sutra opens
the door of expedient teachings and reveals the true aspect of reality." The
Great Teacher Chang-an comments on this as follows: "Myo means to reveal the depths of the secret storehouse."
And the Great Teacher Miao-lo says of this, "To reveal
means to open." Hence the character myo means to
fundamental myo or mystic principle underlies every
one of the 69, 384 characters that make up the Lotus Sutra. Hence the Lotus
Sutra comprises a total of 69, 384 mystic principles.
character myo is rendered in Sanskrit by the word sad,
and in Chinese is pronounced miao.
Myo means "fully endowed, "
which in turn has the meaning of "perfection." Each word and each character of
the Lotus Sutra contains within it all the 69, 384 characters that compose the
sutra. To illustrate, one drop of the great ocean contains within it the waters
of all the various rivers that flow into the ocean, and the wish-granting jewel,
though no bigger than a mustard seed, is capable of
showering down all the treasures that one could wish for.
give another analogy, plants and trees are withered and bare in autumn and
winter, but when the sun of spring and summer shines on them, they put forth
branches and leaves, and then flowers and fruit. Before the preaching of the
Lotus Sutra, the people in the nine worlds were like plants and trees in autumn
and winter. But when the single character myo of the
Lotus Sutra shone on them like the spring and summer sun, then the flower of
the aspiration for enlightenment blossomed and the fruit of Buddhahood
Myo means to revive, that is, to return to
life. This is like the yellow crane's chick. It is said that though the chick
may die, if the mother crane calls the name of Tzu-an, then the dead chick will
come back to life again. Or it is like the case of the fish and shellfish that
have been killed because a poisonous secretary bird has entered the water. If
they are touched with a rhinoceros horn, we are told, they will all be brought
back to life.
The reason that the other sutras are
called dai or 'great' but not myo
is simply that it is easy to cure those who have a mind, but difficult to cure
those who are without a mind. Because it [the Lotus Sutra] can cure that which
is thought to be incurable, it is called myo or
passages refer to the fact that sutras such as the Daihokobutsu
Kegon Sutra, Daijuku Sutra,
Daibon Hannya Sutra and Dainehan Sutra all have the character dai
in their titles but not the character myo. This is
because they can cure only the living but cannot cure the dead. The Lotus Sutra,
however, can cure the dead as well as the living, and therefore it has the
character myo in its title.