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)
The Great Wish, the DaiGohonzon, and the SGI
The Great Wish:
"At all times I think to myself:The DaiGohonzon:
The word "DaiGohonzon" is
composed of four Chinese characters:
The DaiGohonzon is GreatHonorableRootsourceBuddha.
Q. Why is the DaiGohonzon great? Is it because it was inscribed by the Daishonin? Because it is carved from a camphor log? Because it is inlaid with gold? Because millions have praised it?
A. None of the above. The DaiGohonzon is great because it embodies the "Great Wish". The Great Wish is the root source of virtue. This wish is the source of all Buddhas.
One may demean Nichiren or the Gohonzon known as the DaiGohonzon (not recommended). But know that all Buddhas abandon those who demean the "Great Wish".
This Wish is to widely spread (kosen rufu) the five or seven characters of the Lotus Sutra. For the first time in history, the SGI has spread these characters to every nation in the world. The SGI also embodies the Great Wish.
Q. Is the Great Wish greater than other wishes?
A. The Great Wish encompasses all wishes. Without Myo (hope) one cannot even wish. Without Ho (justice) wishes are stillborn. Without Ren (a cause in the present moment) they can not be realized. Without Ge (the effect of Ren) they are unfulfilled. Without Kyo they cannot endure. The SGI has lifted the banner of Myoho-renge-kyo and is the champion of the Lotus Sutra and all Buddhas.
Those who turn their back on the DaiGohonzon, as Nikken has done, block the lamp of hope, dull the sword of justice and become lost in the sea of suffering. Instead of propagating the Mystic Law, out of ignorance, they slander those who do.
A. "Because the poison has penetrated deeply and their minds no longer function as before....Because of the poison in them, their minds are completely befuddled." (Ibid, p. 228)
The SGI has spread Myoho-renge-kyo throughout the world. Those opposing them have done nothing remarkable. This should surprise no one.
An old Chinese proverb says "When you drink water, remember those who dug the well." In this spirit, when you chant daimoku cherish the SGI who spreads Myoho-renge-kyo throughout the world. This act will delight and honor all Buddhas, and is the rootsource of great virtue.
Nichiren Daishonin wrote:
"The Buddha who is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo, of the Juryo chapter of the essential teachings, who is both inhabiting subject and inhabited realm, life and environment, body and mind, entity and function, the Buddha eternally endowed with the three bodies — he is to be found in the disciples and followers of Nichiren. Such persons embody the true entity of Myoho-renge-kyo; these are the meritorious workings that the spontaneous transcendental powers inherent in it display. Could anyone venture to doubt it? Indeed it cannot be doubted!"