As told by
Reverend Raido Hirota
odhisattva Monjushiri was teaching Buddhism in the depts of
the ocean.  The Dragon King's daughter heard him and
wanted to practice herself.  Once she started to practice she
immediately aspired to attain enlightenment.  With a longing
to see the Buddha she asked Monjushiri to take her to meet
Shakyamuni.  So Bodhisattva Monjushiri took her to Eagle
Peak, just outside the city of Rajagriha, to meet the Buddha.

The Dragon King's daughter asked Shkayamuni if she could
attain enlightenment.  Without hesitation Shakyamuni replied,
Sharihotsu, Shakyamuni's most learned disciple, objected.  Turning to the
Buddha he said, "You taught that females were prohibited from becoming
enlightened.  Women are doomed by the five obstacles and three types of
obediences.  Women cannot become a
Bonten.  Women cannot become a
Taishaku.  Women cannot become a devil king.  Women cannot become a
wheel-turning king.  And most certainly women cannot become a Buddha.  In
addition, it is demanded of women that they obey their parents in childhood,
their husbands after marriage, and their sons in old age."  Nonetheless
Shakyamuni Buddha held firm, and despite these objections and prohibitions
against women the Dragon King's daughter attained enlightenment.
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Every living thing can achieve enlightenment because all life itself is  
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo . Everything possesses the life of Buddha.  Because
the Buddha's life is in you, when you chant  
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo -- which
is the Buddha's life -- you awaken it.  Before the Lotus Sutra was taught, even
if all of society wanted to practice true Buddhism, it would have been difficult
to do so, and impossible for women.  Society was patriarchal -- men were
dominant.  The role of women was to support the men and do as they were
told.  Women had no power or free will to determine their own lives.  That is
the kind of society into which true Buddhism was introduced.  Even today
there are cultures and societies that are still like this.  In the 12th chapter of
the Lotus Sutra, however, it is revealed that even animals and women can
become enlightened.  This teaching was revolutionary.  There is no way that
only men can achieve enlightenment and the rest of life can not.  All life has
the same value.  Therefore, only
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo can save all life --
women, animals, plants, everything.  Only the practice of
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo can enlighten all life.