THE FOUR INGREDIENTS
Pray for self and others
Be diligent in
developing your faith
diligent in developing your faith until the last moment of your life, otherwise
you will have regrets. For example, the journey from kamakora
to kyoto takes 12 days. If you
travel for eleven but stop on the twelfth how can you
admire the moon over the capital? --- Letter
to Niike 1280
LET THE CHANTING PERMEATE YOUR WHOLE BODY
Myo is Third eye
Ho is throat
Ren is chest
Ge is abdomen
Reply to Gijobo
กค The Jigage section of the chapter
states, '...single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if
it costs them their lives---My interpretation of the passage is that 'single'
stands for myo
(mystic), 'mind' for ho (law), 'desiring'
(lotus), 'see' for ge
(flower), and 'Buddha' for kyo (sutra). In propagating these five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo, one should 'not hesitate even if it costs
them their lives.'
desiring to see the Buddha' also means to see the Buddha in one's own mind, to
concentrate one's mind on seeing the Buddha, and that to see one's own mind is
to see the Buddha. I have attained the fruit of Buddhahood,
the eternally inherent three bodies by living this sentence.
Buddha admonishes that one should by all means become the master of one's mind
rather than let one's mind master oneself This is why
I have emphatically urged you not to hesitate to give up your body and your
life for the sake of the Lotus Sutra. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo,