Be a Lamp (Nirvana Sutra)
World Honored One Flicks Dirt with His Toe (Vimalakirti Sutra)
Order of Enlightenment (Maka Shikan)
Calming and Contemplation of Anger (Maka Shikan)
Effect of Thunderbolts on Ivory (Maka Shikan)
Blind Heir of a Wealthy Merchant (Maka Shikan)
Mongolian Wisdom (ancient sayings)
Mighty Bodhisattva Warriors (13th Dalai Lama)
Seeing Ourselves as Suchness (Shinnyo kan)
Wu-lung and I-lung (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin)
Scholars describe Shakyamuni as having a big footprint because after his awakening, he traveled throughout Bronze Age India to awaken others. As they became enlightened by his teachings, they traveled telling others. Leaving a big footprint.
Shakyamuni treated kings and commoners the same. He went to a pauper's hovel or a palace with the same enthusiasm. His awakening transcended the illusionary differences between beings. The Lotus Sutra uses the phrase "the wisdom that embraces all species" to describe the wisdom of the Buddha.
As Buddhism spread, India experienced its "Golden Age".
Countries where the teachings were widely spread also experienced golden ages. Tibetans call their first Buddhist era "The Happy Generation."
Nichiren Daishonin was possibly the most prolific writer his time. His writings are required reading for historians studying the Kamakura Era.
Nichiren risked his own life repeatedly to transmit the teachings of enlightenment to others. During his life, Nichiren's footprint was as large as Japan. It has grown.
Why do enlightened entities spare nothing to share that enlightenment? The Lotus Sutra answers this question by revealing the mind of the Buddha:
"At all times I
think to myself:
Nichiren's desire is no different when he states: "... my most fervent wish is to enable the whole nation to attain enlightenment." (Major Writings, Vol. 1, p. 19)
To spread the teachings of enlightenment is the purpose of Shakyamuni, the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren, and the SGI.
Due to the SGI, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has spread to at least 163 countries in the world, fulfilling the admonition of the Lotus Sutra: "You must single-mindedly propagate this Law abroad, causing its benefits to spread far and wide. (Lotus Sutra, Chapter 22, p. 277)
By single-mindedly propagating the
Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the SGI ignored the machinations and power
plays within Nichiren Shoshu. They were irrelevant to the advancement of
kosen rufu. They still are.
The SGI is the only organization that resembles the will of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin.
If you share the same determination
as the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren Daishonin, and the SGI, then, look where you
have walked. You may see the footprints of a Buddha.