Sutras and Commentaries:
  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)
  Wu-lung and I-lung (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin)

Parables:
  The Spider Thread
  Mr. Makiguchi and Fudo Myo-o
  Taishaku and the Fine Feathered Bird
  A Little Priest Fable
  Shakyamuni and the Lovers
  The Parable of the Zither
  SuShi and the Buddhist Monk
  Wo and Jah
  Stonecutter (Tao of Pooh)
  The Dancing Monk and the Self-Denying Monk
  24 Hours To Die

Essays:
  The Jewel and the Genome
  Mantras of Kitties
  The Mantras of Other Beings
  The Wave Theory of Karma
  Water Karma
  Gandhi on Anger
  Buddhas' Footprints
  Connections
  The Great Wish, the DaiGohonzon, and the SGI
  The Gakkai Spirit

Humor:
  The Daimoku Parrot
  The Excommunicated Newlyweds
 
 

Seeing Ourselves as Suchness 

"If you wish to realize Buddhahood quickly or be born in the Pure Land without fail, you must think that your own mind is precisely the principle of suchness*. If you think that suchness, which pervades the dharma realm, is your own person, you are at once equivalent to the dharma realm; do not think there is anything outside this. When one is enlightened, all Buddhas and all Bodhisattvas of the ten directions of the dharma realm dwell within one's own person." 

Excerpt from the "Shinnyo kan" in Original Enlightenment and 
the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism
by Dr. Jacqueline I. Stone, p. 192


 "When you provide for your wife, children, and retainers, or even feed oxen, horse, and others of the six kinds of domestic animals, because the myriad things are all suchness, if you think that they are precisely suchness, you have in effect made offerings to all Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and to all living beings without exception.... And this is not only true of offerings made to others. Because we ourselves are precisely suchness, one's own person includes all Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and three time periods and is endowed with the hundred realms, thousand suchnesses, and the three thousand realms, lacking none. Thus when you eat while carrying out this contemplation, the merit of the paramita of giving at once fills the dharma realm..." 

Ibid, p. 195
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*Suchness is an extremely poor translation of the phrase "Nyo ze" (as in Nyo ze sho, etc.).  But this is the way that Western scholars have translated it. SGI has translated this as the 10 aspects, which is closer to the literal meaning. The real meaning is the true aspect of all phenomena or the true entity of all phenomena the ever-present, all encompassing Buddha reality that exists in each moment. This Buddha (and all phenomena) is interdependent and co-penetrating. Faith equals daily life. 

Nichiren Daishonin wrote: 

"Shakyamuni who attained enlightenment countless aeons ago, the Lotus Sutra which leads all people to Buddhahood, and we ordinary human beings are in no way different or separate from each other. Therefore, to chant Myoho-renge-kyo with this realization is to inherit the ultimate law of life and death." 
"The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life"
And: 
"Life at each moment permeates the universe and is revealed in all phenomena. One awakened to this truth himself embodies this relationship." 
"On Attaining Buddhahood"