Nichiren Diashonin's Buddhism

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Section – 1

Introduction

Happiness in not a life without problems, but rather the strength to overcome the problems that come our way. There is no such thing as a problem-free life; difficulties are unavoidable. The manner in which we experience and react to our problems depends on us. Buddhism teaches that we are each responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness. Our vitality – the amount of energy or “life-force” we have – is in fact the single most important factor in determining whether or not we are happy. We can never find happiness if we don’t challenge our weaknesses and change from within.

The practice of Nichiren Buddhism empowers us to increase our life force, overcome our weaknesses, face our problems,
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Nichiren writes: “[Myo] is simply the mysterious nature of our life from moment to moment, which the mind cannot comprehend or words express” (WND-1, p. 4.). The three attributes of myo are: to open, to be fully endowed and to revive. Ho is the Dharma or Law, and together the two characters of myoho refer to the Mystic Law. Myo and ho are also identified by Nichiren as corresponding to life and death, which Buddhism regards as the two aspects – myo, latent and unseen and ho, active and manifest – of a deeper life-continuum.

Renge – is the lotus flower. The lotus blooms and produces seeds at the same time and symbolizes the simultaneity of cause and effect. The circumstances and quality of our individual lives are determined by the causes and effects, both good and bad, that we accumulate through our thoughts, words and actions at each moment. This is called our “karma”. The law of cause and effect explains that we each have personal responsibility for our own destiny. We create our destiny and we can change it. The most powerful cause we can make is to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. As we chant, the effect of Buddhahood is simultaneously created in the depths of our lives and will definitely manifest in time. The lotus flower grows and blooms in a muddy pond, yet remains pure and fee from defilement.

Kyo – represent sutra, the voice or teaching of a Buddha. It also means sound, rhythm or vibration.

The Power inherent in the characters Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is
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