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The Nature of the Buddha's power



If one doubts the strength of the Buddha when he says, "I alone can save them"; if one is suspicious of the rope held out by the Lotus Sutra when its teachings declare that one can "gain entrance through faith"; if one fails to chant the Mystic Law which guarantees that "[concerning this man's attainment of Buddhahood, ] there can assuredly be no doubt, " then the Buddha's power cannot reach him and it will be impossible for him to scale the embankment of enlightenment.

Thus it was that the eight-year-old daughter of the dragon king was able to come out of the vast sea and in an instant give proof of the power of this sutra, and Bodhisattva Jogyo of the essential teaching emerged from beneath the great earth and demonstrated the unfathomably long life span of the Buddha. This, the Lotus, is the king of sutras, defying description in words, the wonderful Law that is beyond the mind's power to comprehend.


Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra

Nichiren Daishonin wrote this Gosho in the third month of 1263, shortly after he had been pardoned and had returned to Kamakura following two years of exile on the Izu peninsula


There are three meanings of myo given in On the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra by Nichiren Daishonin He says This sutra opens the door of expedient teachings and reveals the true aspect of reality."


"To open" indicates the quality or power which activates a life, like opening a secret repository, and causes it to pervade the entire universe. Miao-lo stated that "to reveal is to open."


To be endowed and perfect" means, for instance, that each drop in the ocean contains the same elements and properties as the ocean itself. It means enlightenment Myo means "fully endowed, " which in turn has the meaning of "perfection."


 "To revive" is, , to create value and also means to revitalise, to create , to open the gateway to unlimited Human Potential. It also means to cure and to return to life.and to cure the uncurable. The Lotus Sutra, however, can cure the dead as well as the living, and therefore it has the character myo in its title.



The fundamental power is invisible and is "the ultimate spiritual reality behind the universe." Since the fundamental power is beyond the imagination, it is myo (mystic), and since we cannot see it, it is "death." But the force does exist, unseen but definitely underlying all phenomena (ho).



The Entity of the Mystic Law
- Totaigi Sho



On the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra by Nichiren Daishonin



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