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)
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
—Ibid, p. 195__________________
*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."And:
"Life at each moment permeates the universe and is revealed in all phenomena. One awakened to this truth himself embodies this relationship."