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2019年 08月 11日 ( 1 )


2019年 08月 11日

Twenty-seven importantpoints in ‘the chapter of The Life Span of the Tathagata’. 

Orally Conveyed Doctrines. Part Two.

These are established by Nichiren and are from the life span chapter to the two sutras of the opening and the finish.

1st. Concerning 'the tathagata's life span of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo' of the chapter sixteen.

'The words and phrases of the Lotus Sutra' of volume nine say: “Tathagata is a general designation for the Buddha of the ten directions and the three existences, the two Buddha, the three Buddha, the Buddha of the radical teachings, and the Buddha of the temporary teachings. In another meaning, it is a different designation for the three Buddha of the radical condition. ‘Life span' is referring to a reckoning of amount. It indicates a reckoning of the benefits of the two Buddha, the three Buddha, and all the Buddha of the ten directions and the three existences. Therefore, this chapter is called 'the life span chapter'.

The orally conveyed doctrines say: The title of this chapter is an important matter that concerns Nichiren himself. This is the entrustment that was described in the “Supernatural Powers” chapter. The Tathagata is Shakyamuni Buddha or, more generally speaking, all the Buddha of the ten directions and the three existences. Or, more specifically, it refers to the Buddha of the radical condition holding the three bodies. For Nichiren and his followers, generally speaking, the term “Tathagata” refers to all living beings. Specifically, it means Nichiren's disciples and supporters. Hence the term of “three bodies at liberty” means the votaries of the Lotus Sutra of the latter day of the Law. The title of honor for one who holds the three bodies at liberty is called Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is what the three significant doctrines of the fact in the “Life span chapter" mean.

In terms of the six stages, the Tathagata in this chapter is an ordinary mortal who is in the first stage. When one reverently accepts Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to his head, one is in the next stage of hearing the name of the truth.It is because one has for the first time heard the daimoku. When, having heard the daimoku, one begins a religious practice, this is the third stage of perception and action. In this stage one believes in the gohonzon that has the three thousand realms in a single moment of life. When one succeeds in overcoming various obstacles of illusions, this is the fourth stage of resembling to Buddha. When one sets out to help others, this is called 'the alter ego' of the fifth stage. And when one finally realizes that he is the three bodies at liberty, one is called Buddha of the highest stage.

In the main, to suppress worldly desires is not the ultimate way of the “Life span chapter". You should understand that the ultimate meaning of this chapter is that ordinary mortals, just as they are in their original states of being, are very Buddha. And if you ask what is act by the three bodies at liberty, it is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.


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by johsei1129 | 2019-08-11 13:09 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)