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)
Mr. Makiguchi and Fudo Myo-o
The traveler admired a carefully raked stone garden. The wavy rake lines all pointed, in a round about way, to the center stone. It was over seven feet tall! Standing straight up! And though it stood high off the ground, it seemed that an earthquake could not shake it.
The traveler conjured meanings in
the arrangement. He saw Fudo Myo-o, the Buddha who is immovable in fire.
("Fire" also means "trouble" in Chinese.) In his right hand, Fudo
holds a thunderbolt. The thunderbolt is the Buddha speaking in his loudest
voice, shouting, "Make all things work for your enlightenment!" (Fudo Myo-o
is on the right middle side of the Gohonzon.)
A caretaker of the garden noticed the traveler lost in thought and asked, "What is the meaning of this garden?"
The traveler guessed "A stone that tall would normally look precarious but this stone appears so stable. It must mean Eternity? Courage? Standing for who you are is the only stable ground? How does such a tall stone give this impression?"
The caretaker explained, "The stone you see is only seven feet above the ground. The stone itself is twenty-seven feet long. The master who built this garden buried twenty feet of the stone to express the word 'Indomitable'."
The largest part of the SGI cannot be seen. It is buried in unrecognized effort and history. Because of it, we enjoy the practice of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. We Rise from the Earth. We are Immovable in Fire, and Unshaken by Earthquakes.
Note: If you are interested, there is more information on Fudo Myo-o here.