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Overcoming obstacles And illness

 

Overcoming Obstacles

What problem cannot be overcome

What benefit cannot accrue

Winter always turns into Spring

Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished

 

Overcoming Obstacles

 

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The fifth volume of the Maka Shikan states: "As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge, vying with one another to interfere." It also states: "A wild boar scraping a gold mountain only makes it glitter, rivers flowing into an ocean increase its volume, fuel added to fire only makes it burn higher, and the wind inflates the body of the gura." If, with the mind of the Buddha, one practices the Lotus Sutra as the Buddha taught, in the right manner and at the right time, then these seven obstacles and devils will confront him. Nichiren Daishonin

 

Your Creative Potential

Shifting your internal reference point from an egocentric Being dependent upon the positions and possessions one has accumulated, to a Being of conscious energy, woven from the threads of the universal intelligence of the Mystic Law, has a profound effect on your mind and body.

 

When you become clear that the reason you want to live to a hundred years is so you can express your full creative potential, you change your chemistry and physiology. When you identify your unique talents and commit to using them in the service of others, you strengthen your immune system. When you decide that exercising regularly or preparing a balanced meal is an enjoyable experience, you improve your circulatory health and lower your blood pressure. Your perceptions, interpretations, and expectations influence every aspect of your mental and physical health. Shifting your perspective and making new choices provide you with powerful tools to change your life.

 

What problem cannot be overcome

The Sage and an Unenlightened Man :Nichiren Daishonin

 

If only you chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, then what offense could fail to be eradicated? What blessing could fail to come? This is the truth, and it is of great profundity. You should believe and accept it. (MW, 5-110)

Winter Always Turns to Spring :Nichiren Daishonin

Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, which never fails to turn into spring. Never have I seen or heard of winter tuning into autumn. Nor have I ever heard of any believer in the Lotus Sutra who remained a common mortal. A passage from the sutra reads, "Among those who hear of this Law, there is not one who shall not attain Buddhahood."

 

The Daishonin consistently taught that chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the true path to attaining enlightenment in one's present form (sokushin jobutsu) for all people living in the Latter Day of the Law. So whether we're having fun, are happy, are sad or are troubled and whenever we find ourselves dealing with a problem, we should earnestly chant Daimoku as this always opens the way for us. It is the true path to enlightenment in our present form.
(Daibyakuho, January 16, 1996

 

 

What benefit cannot accrue

 

Twenty-sixth High Priest, Nichikan Shonin, wrote:

If one believes in this Object of Worship and chants Daimoku there is no prayer that will go unanswered, no sin that will go uneradicated, no fortune that will fail to come and no truth that will fail to become evident.

["Exegesis on the 'True Object of Worship'" (Kanjin no honzon-sho mondan); "Essentials of the Fuji School" (Fuji shugaku yoshu), p. 213]

 

This guidance describes the vast benefits of chanting Daimoku with faith in the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary

 

Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished

In "On Attaining Buddhahood" the Daishonin also teaches us the importance of chanting Daimoku every day by saying

Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished. A mind which at present is clouded by illusions originating from the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but once it is polished it will become clear, reflecting the enlightenment of immutable truth. Arouse deep faith and polish your mirror night and day. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. (Gosho, p. 46)

 

Difficulties and adversities enable us to eradicate all the slanders of the Law that we have committed in the past.

 

REFERENCE;Overcoming Severe Difficulties, Obstacles, and Devils and Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure existence in this life" Nichiren Shoshu Overseas Bureau

 

1 By believing in the power of the Mystic Law we can realise the principle of changing poison into medicine.

 

2 Great difficulties are challenges which foster faith and create commitment to this profound practice.

 

In On the Buddha's Behaviour The Daishonin says

 

 The fifth volume of the Maka Shikan states: "As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge, vying with one another to interfere." It also states: "A wild boar scraping a gold mountain only makes it glitter, rivers flowing into an ocean increase its volume, fuel added to fire only makes it burn higher, and the wind inflates the body of the gura."

 

With deep commitment anything is possible with this practice and all obstacles in terms of illness, unhappiness, adversity, and material and emotional difficulties can be overcome as remarkable changes occur in a person`s life enhancing and empowering that person .

 

We have to realise the profound compassion of the Buddha to realise the nexus and ground of the Universe is based on Love.

 

Daishonin also teaches In On the Buddha's Behavior

In this age as well, it is not one's friends but one's enemies who assist his progress. (MW, 1-l86;Shinpell, P. 1063.

 

It was the Daishonin`s experience that the severe persecutions he had experienced in propagating this teaching had served to strengthen him and bring him to Enlightenment as he overcame all antagonism and persecution even to the point of overcoming what seemed like certain execution and death and also exile.
 

.In the Gosho The Drum at the Gate of Thunder The Daishonin says

 

Not only will all offenses vanish, but they will become sources of benefit. This is what changing poison into amrita means.
(MW, 5-288; Shinpen, p. 1290)

Earthly desires will not simply remain earthly desires but they will be transformed into enlightened life. The misfortunes of life will change into happiness as we overcome each and every single problem!. The sufferings of life and death in this lifetime will definitely lead to enlightenment. The merit of the Daishonin's Buddhism lies in the fact that we can take this saha world ( this World of suffering and delusion ), and this land in which we live with our own families , and transform them into the land of eternal, tranquil light

 

Difficulties are part of every day life. In Buddhism they become challenges to overcome. What seems to some to be unavoidable or too difficult or extreme --something to accept with equanimity--We overcome through our Buddhist Practice!!!

 

The Daishonin teaches us

 

Kyo'o Gozen's misfortunes will change into fortune. Muster your faith and pray to this Gohonzon. Then what is there that cannot be achieved? You should believe the Lotus Sutra when it says, "This sutra fulfills one's desires. It is the pond's cool, clear water that quenches thirst, "6 and "They will have peace and security in this life and good circumstances in the next."7 When I am pardoned from exile to this province, I will hasten to Kamakura where we will meet. If one considers the power of the Lotus Sutra, he will find perpetual youth and eternal life before his eyes.

 

Shigo Kingo was A samurai Warrior and a devoted follower of the Daishonin. Shigo Kingo`s baby daughter was very ill and the Daishonin wrote this letter Reply to Kyo-o to Shigo Kingo August 15, 1273,

 

 In this letter he also says

Since I heard from you about Kyo'o Gozen, I have been praying to the gods of the sun and moon for her every moment of the day. Always cherish the Gohonzon which I sent some time ago for her protection.

 

From this example the important thing is to chant copious Daimoku with heartfelt sincerity

 

This world is called the saha world, saha meaning endurance. This is why the Buddha [who appears in this world] is also called Nonin, He Who Can Forbear.(MW, 5-3; Shinpen, p. 264)

The challenge is to overcome difficulties one by one until the Buddha state becomes paramount in one`s life become a Buddha.

 

The Letter to the Brothers says

You must endure this trial and see for yourselves the blessings of the Lotus Sutra. (MW, 1J39; Shinpen, p. 982

 

Have conviction that those who embrace the Mystic Law will receive immense benefits and blessings in accordance with their firmness of mind.

 

 

Through faith in the Mystic Law, we can change poison into medicine:' achieve emancipation from karma arising from earthly desires and transform fixed karma

 

 

Our goal is to change all of our karma and eradicate all the slanders we have committed since time without beginning

 

Nichikan Shonin further states: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is the finest of all varieties of medicine. (From Yakuo-bon Lecture on the Eradication of lllness, Research Text 10-628)

In other words, through our faith, each of us can individually exceed the limitations of all conventional and complimentary Medicine and through the battle against any illness, we can grow as human beings overcome this illness and strive in body and mind for a transformation in our personal lives. Herein lies the value of our living Buddhism.

In the end faith is a battle with oneself'. It is a battle with the shadow and limitations within one's own mind. This is in the context of overcoming, transforming one`s own self through compassion , strength and wisdom

One's weak self, one's selfish self, one's lazy self, one's indecisive, vacillating self - what faith means is to merge these kinds of' selves into the Greater Self of who you really are!. The power is in the healing , the compassion, the love, the challenge, the mastery , the focussing, the dream, the winning. The success, the support and the Wisdom

 

Single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha" may be read as follows single-mindedly observing the Buddha, concentrating one's mind on seeing the Buddha, and when looking at one's own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha. Quote Reply to Gijobo

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Furthermore, to save oneself from karmic illness owing to slander of the Lotus Sutra or other heavy slanders, there is no path other than to return to the Mystic Law and utilize the powerful, good medicine of the Mystic Law. The Law is the supreme Physician just as the Buddha is .


This sutra is the good medicine for the illnesses of the people of Jambudvipa ( the whole World ). If a person with an illness is able to hear this sutra, the illness shall thereby vanish, and he will neither grow old nor die. (Kaiketsu, p. 606)

 The tenth chapter of the Nirvana sutra teaches

A person who has slandered this True Law must sincerely repent of his own accord.... One will find no relief other than through this True Law. For this reason, one should definitely return to the True Law. (Kokuyaku Nehan-bu, 1-223

 

The power of Daimoku is enormous! We don't have to grieve about anything as we bring forth a courageous, valiant spirit becoming people with a core of unbending steel as we change the devil king into the shoten zenjin ( protective forces ) who protect the Mystic Law. In the Bestowal of Prophecy (6th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra it states

 

Although the devil and his followers will be there, they will protect Buddhism. (Kaiketsu, p. 295)

In the Reply to Toki Ama the Daishonin says:

Your faith is like the waxing moon or the rising tide. Be deeply convinced, then, that your illness cannot possibly persist and that your life cannot fail to be extended! Take care or your self and do not burden your mind with grief. (MW, 7-126; Shinpen, p. 955

 

 REFERENCE;Overcoming Severe Difficulties, Obstacles, and Devils and Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure existence in this life" Nichiren Shoshu Overseas Bureau