a Lamp (Nirvana Sutra)
Honored One Flicks Dirt with His Toe (Vimalakirti Sutra)
and Contemplation of Anger (Maka Shikan)
of Thunderbolts on Ivory (Maka Shikan)
Heir of a Wealthy Merchant (Maka Shikan)
Wisdom (ancient sayings)
Bodhisattva Warriors (13th Dalai Lama)
Ourselves as Suchness (Shinnyo kan)
and I-lung (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin)
Makiguchi and Fudo Myo-o
and the Fine Feathered Bird
Little Priest Fable
and the Lovers
Parable of the Zither
and the Buddhist Monk
(Tao of Pooh)
Dancing Monk and the Self-Denying Monk
Hours To Die
Jewel and the Genome
Mantras of Other Beings
Wave Theory of Karma
Great Wish, the DaiGohonzon, and the SGI
The Order of Enlightenment
If the Universal Law is non-discriminatory,
why are some enlightened before others?
The Maka Shikan explains:
When the sun appears in the
east, it first illuminates the tallest mountains, then the next highest
peaks until finally even the valleys are filled with light.
Nichiren Daishonin wrote:
The sun does not discriminate.
The first enlightened are those who
seek the truth most strenuously, they are like the tallest mountains who
first receive sunlight. Inspired by their example, others follow
and are illuminated like the next highest peaks.
Finally, the Universal Law illuminates
even those of low capacity, like sunlight filling the valley.
[Paraphrased from Great Calming
and Contemplation (a translation of the Maka Shikan), p. 122]
"Fire can be produced by
a stone taken from the bottom of a river, and a candle can light up a place
that has been dark for billions of years. If even the most ordinary
things of this world are such wonders, then how much more wondrous is the
power of the Mystic Law."
(From "The One Essential
"Please understand that I am merely
joining my one drop to the rivers and the oceans or adding my candle to
the sun and the moon, hoping in this way to increase even slightly the
volume of the water or the brilliance of the light."
(From "Recitation of
the Hoben and Juryo Chapters")