Each time I read the writings and teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, I have different thoughts and conclusions. Five years ago I felt a certain way, and in five years with more study experience under my belt, I’ll surely have a more nuanced view.
After reading “On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” this excerpt sticks with me:
When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
This first part identifies what a Buddha is through the words of Nichiren – an ordinary human being free of delusions. And the second part identifies how to free oneself of delusions – by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with deep faith.
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