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Buddha Wisdom and Slander



The Buddhas appear in this world to open the door to the Buddha wisdom, to reveal it, to let all beings know it and enter into it. All people can attain enlightenment by realizing this wisdom of the Buddha---.Admonitions against Slander. Vol. 1



Slander is when we don't live up to the ultimate truth inherent in the Lotus Sutra. All other teachings are partial truths. Although truth has always seemed a philosophical and metaphysical question , The Dai Gohonzon , through our unique relationship with it clarifies the truth in our minds like a clear mirror. So Slander is not living up to the ultimate truth. If we slander we basically fall into the 9 lower Worlds which then paradoxically serve to push us back up again as long as we keep on chanting.


We are all guilty of slander in one way or another. But---Do we need to feel guilt which just enhances our disconnection from truth? The Lotus Sutrs portrays The Buddha as a Loving Father Physician who wishes to cure Humanity at all costs. The Words of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo are the Great Medicine for the Ills of Humankind. To inculcate gullt is to be self critical and limit the full expression of the greater Self.

On the other Hand there are people who possess no guilt in that they are psychopathic. Some people are taken up with their desires for wealth, power and control at all costs . Wars look upon Human Beings as collateral damage. Our planet is currently being mutilated by excessive greed and exploitation by Human Beings. Guilt or Conscience is a way our Geater selves warn us against self destruction.



To seek enlightenment without repudiating slander is as futile as trying to find water in the midst of fire or fire in the midst of water. No matter how sincerely one believes in the Lotus Sutra, any violation of its teachings will surely cause him to fall into hell, just as one crab leg will ruin a thousand pots of lacquer. This is the meaning of the passage in the Lotus Sutra, "The poison has penetrated deeply, causing them to lose their true minds."

Admonitions against Slander. Nichiren Daishonin



Fourteen Slanders Gosho, p. 1046)

There are fourteen types of slander enumerated in the Hokke Mongu Ki, based on the Hiyu (third) chapter of the Lotus Sutra. They consist of fourteen attitudes that believers should avoid in their practice of the True Law: (1) arrogance, (2) negligence, (3) arbitrary, egotistical judgment, (4) shallow, self-satisfied understanding, (5) attachment to earthly desires, (6) lack of seeking spirit, (7) not believing, (8) aversion, (9) deluded doubt, (10) vilification, (11) contempt, (12) hatred, (13) jealousy and (14) grudges Since these fourteen slanders affect priesthood and laity equally, everyone must be careful!



Admonitions against Slander.

The sutra and interpretation make clear that the path to enlightenment lies within the two elements of reality (kyo) and wisdom (chi). Reality means the entity of all phenomena in the universe, and wisdom means the perfect manifestation of this entity in the individual's life. When the reality is an infinitely broad and deep riverbed, the water of wisdom will flow ceaselessly. Enlightenment is the fusion of wisdom and reality.



The Selection of the Time--- Nichiren Daishonin

-t'ai says, "The method chosen should be that which accords with the time."

Chang-an says, "You should let your choices be fitting and never adhere solely to one

or the other." What these remarks mean is that, at times, the Buddha's teaching will be met with slander and one therefore refrains from expounding it for the present, and that, at other times, even though one encounters slander, one nevertheless makes a point of preaching anyway. There are times when, although a few persons may have the capacity to believe, the great majority will only slander the Buddha's teaching, and one therefore refrains from expounding it for the present. And there are other times when, although the great majority of people are bound to slander the Buddha's teaching, one nevertheless makes a point of preaching anyway. When Shakyamuni Buddha first attained enlightenment and prepared to preach, the great bodhisattvas Dharma Wisdom, Forest of Merits, Diamond Banner, Diamond Storehouse, Manju-shri, Universal Worthy, Maitreya, and Moon of Deliverance, as well as the heavenly lords Brahma and Shakra, the four heavenly kings, and countless numbers of ordinary people of superior capacity, came to hear him. When he preached at Deer Park, Ajnata Kaundinya and the others of the five ascetics, along with Mahakashyapa and is two hundred fifty followers, Shariputra

and his two hundred fifty followers, and eighty thousand heavenly beings all gathered to listen.At the ceremony of the great assembly for the Correct and Equal sutras, the World-Honored One's father, King Shuddhodana, displayed a sincere desire for the Buddha's teachings, and the Buddha therefore entered the palace

and preached the Meditation on the Buddha Sutra for him.




Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra


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