The Ocean of the Law
All people equally
possess the Buddha nature.
The ocean has eight mysterious qualities. First, the ocean
becomes gradually deeper and deeper. Second, its bottom is too deep to fathom.
Third, its salty taste is identical everywhere. Fourth, its tides rise and fall
regularly. Fifth, it houses various treasures. Sixth, living beings of great
stature reside in it. Seventh, the ocean rids itself of corpses. Eighth, though
it absorbs all rivers and heavy rainfalls, its volume neither increases nor
The first quality, "the ocean becomes gradually deeper
and deeper, " means figuratively that the Lotus
Sutra gradually leads all people, from common mortals who lack understanding to
sages who have understanding, to attain the way of Buddhahood.
"Its bottom is too deep to fathom" indicates that the realm of the
Lotus Sutra can be understood and shared only between Buddhas;
bodhisattvas at the stage of togaku or below cannot possibly realize it. As for the
quality, "its salty taste is identical everywhere": All the various
rivers, which contain no salt, are comparable to the sutras other than the
Lotus Sutra, which cannot enable anyone to attain enlightenment. Just as the
water of all rivers eventually flows into the ocean and becomes salty, so all
the people of different capacities instructed through the various provisional
teachings are eventually enabled to attain the path of buddhahood by taking faith in the Lotus Sutra.
"Its tides rise and fall regularly" indicates that those who embrace
the Mystic Law will surely attain the stage of non-regression, even if they
should lose their lives. "It houses various treasures" means that the
practices and virtuous deeds of all Buddhas and
bodhisattvas, as well as the benefits of the paramitas, are all contained
within the Mystic Law. As for the quality, "living beings of great stature
reside in it," Buddhas and bodhisattvas are here
referred to as "living beings of great stature, "
because they possess great wisdom. The great stature, the great aspiring mind, the
great extraordinary features, the great evil-conquering forces, the great
preaching, the great authority, the great occult powers, the great compassion
of these Buddhas and bodhisattvas--all originate from
the Lotus Sutra. "The ocean rids itself of corpses" means that
through the Lotus Sutra one can free himself for all eternity from the offense
of slandering the Law or of having incorrigible disbelief. The eighth quality, "its
volume neither increases nor decreases, " means that the heart of the
Lotus Sutra is the teaching that all people equally possess the Buddha nature.
The Universal Salty Taste-
Doitsu Kanmi Gosho -Nichiren Daishonin
This is a very
profound statement about the Law which is likened to an entity as vast as the Great Ocean.
We are like waves of potentiality on a Sea of Quantum
reality. The quantum realm is the fountainhead of pure potentiality, giving
rise to the raw material of our body, our mind, and the physical universe. The
quantum realm is the womb of creation, the invisible world where the visible is
designed and assembled. The practical essence of this new understanding is that
human beings can gain enlightenment and revitalise
The Lotus Sutra--The Eternal Truth
nature, who you really are, is the domain of
ever-present witnessing awareness that is beyond your physical and mental
layers. It is the 9th consciousness, the essence of
enlightenment in the Universe This field of consciousness gives rise to both
the thoughts in our minds and the molecules in our bodies. Tapping into this
realm of awareness by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo where time and space
have no meaning is the basis of emotional and physical renewal. Accessing this
field of pure potentiality has spiritual as well as physical consequences.
Knowing your essential self as a local and nonlocal
being, inextricably interrelated to everything else in the cosmos, awakens
greater creativity, meaning, and purpose in life.
The most profound
way to improve health and reverse aging is to chant to the Dai Gohonzon By chanting we open the door to the evolution of
consciousness, which can create the better World we seek for..
The spiritual approach of chanting Daimoku means that
we expand our awareness, even while focusing our attention and intention
locally. We all seek for satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness. Chanting Nam
Myoho Renge Kyo which is the source and goal of all desires in life, and
the essence of enlightenment itself creates the possibility for satisfaction, happiness,
and fulfillment independent of the inevitably changing situations, circumstances,
and people that surround us. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is like the roar of a
Lion. We ourselves overcome all obstacles and penetrate our benighted nature
until only pure consciousness remains--the diamond like life of the heart centred individual.