Saturday, March 24, 2012

When all of the functions of the Ten Worlds within our lives are enveloped in the light of the wisdom and compassion of the world of Buddhahood, we can give expression to the power of supreme goodness and create enduring value. It also means that each unique individual comes to shine as an entity of the Mystic Law and manifest their inherently dignified nature. The Gohonzon enables us to build what Mr. Toda described as 'a joyful, pure, and sunny realm of friends living together in harmony and peace.

In such a realm, everyone—irrespective of their circumstances or whether they are still in the process of transforming their karma—shines with the 'dignified attributes that they inherently possess.' Those in the world of Hell, for instance, manifest the world of Hell contained within the world of Buddhahood, and though there may still be suffering, it is not the hopeless suffering of wandering lost in eternal darkness. They can bring forth the courage to face difficult realities head-on, the wisdom to surmount the obstacles and barriers arising from within and from without, and the powerful life-force to make new strides forward. Sufferings become challenges that aid one’s personal transformation and growth, a springboard to great development.

Illuminated by the light of the five characters of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the noble state of life that is one with the Mystic Law functions vibrantly even in the world of Hell. The meaning of the sufferings of hell is thereby turned around completely.

SGI Newsletter No. 8466, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [35] “The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon”, Tapping the Infinite Benefit of the Gohonzon through Faith, from the December 2011 issue of Daibyakurenge, translated March 6th, 2012

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