Other sutras of Shakyamuni represent the teachings of the Buddha, while the Lotus Sutra
represents both the teachings of the Buddha and the embodiment of the Buddha's wisdom.
Shakyamuni said of the Lotus Sutra that "among those sutras the Lotus is the foremost," and that
"among the sutras I have preached, now preach and will preach, this Lotus Sutra is the most
difficult to belileve and the most difficult to understand." "If one puts sincere faith in each
character and brushstroke in it, then one will become a Buddha in one's present form," wrote the
Daishonin.
The practice of Nichiren Shoshu is the recitation of the
title and two chapters (2nd and 16th) of the Lotus
Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin remarked that "Among the
entire twenty-eight chapters, the
Hoben [2nd] and
Juryo [16th] chapters are particularly outstanding. The
remaining are all in a sense the branches and leaves of
these two chapters. Therefore I recommend that you
practice reading the prose sections of the
Hoben and
Juryo chapters."
One of the several messages conveyed in the second
chapter is : "Of those who hear the Law, not one fails
to become a Buddha." From the 16th chapter comes
the message: "the nine worlds are present in the
beginningless Buddhahood, and Buddhahood exists in
the beginningless nine worlds."
To recite these two chapters in the morning and
evening is considered the secondary practice. To recite
and protect the daimoku or title of the Lotus Sutra, that
is
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, is the essential and primary
practice. Here is the opening page of Liturgy of
Nichiren Shoshu. The entire liturgy can be downloaded
by clicking the numbers below.
THE PRACTICE OF
NICHIREN SHOSHU
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