(Muhengyo corresponds to number
11 on the Gohonzon
||Mu is the same character in
Namu. Mu looks like a checkerboard with four dots under it.
It is an image of men felling a forest, (the semi-circle at the top-left
is the radical for cutting). The four dots on the bottom are burning
stumps. It means vanishing, defect, want, or negation — a clearing.
||Hen is composed of two characters.
On the left and under is the motion of the feet. To the right and
above is the character for strength. The character for strength,
in this case, is a simplification of an older character that combined with
the motion of the feet to mean “an edge,” a limit, a boundary, and a border.
||Gyo is one foot (the left)
after the other (the right). It means continuous (daily) practice.
It is the same gyo that is in Gongyo.
the Bodhisattva who constantly clears away all boundaries. Muhengyo is
often translated as “Eternity” because he/she cannot be stopped even by
the boundaries of death. Muhengyo has all the power of the wind (the wind
is not stopped by anything.) He/she also blows away impurities.
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one of the Four Bodhisattvas — Anryugyo