The Imagery of nichiren's Lotus
Sutra: Other Chinese Characters of Interest to Buddhists
Ankoku Ron in Chinese
The "Ri" of Rissho is a
person standing firmly on the ground — established.
"Sho" is the image of a
path that goes directly to the top of a hill (and then the person at the
top can see in all directions). Its meanings are to arrive, to reach a
goal without going astray, and — by extension — to be correct.
"An" is peace, good order.
The symbol for "koku" at
left is the treasure of identity and responsibility enclosed with boundaries
— in other words, the country.
Another common character
for country (koku) is the image at left of boundaries that are protected
by horsemen with lances.
Neither of these characters
is the character that Nichiren used. He used a character that meant "the
people of the country."
"Ron" is a discussion or
a discourse. It is composed of three smaller characters: On the left is
a mouth with the voice extending from it. On the right are two other characters
— on top is the bringing together of diverse elements, and under it are
the multitudes. When combined, the smaller characters on the right mean
to gather documents to compare, to meditate, and develop them.
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