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"Nichiren Buddhism teaches that the highest life-state of Buddhahood
does not exist somewhere separate from us ordinary human beings or our
daily reality, but within us. It teaches that we ourselves are Buddhas.
"Nichiren Daishonin likens the difficulty people have in believing this
truth to the inability to see one’s own eyelashes because they are so
close. In the same way that beautiful blossoms emerge from the
rough-barked branches of the cherry tree, he says, we ordinary people
can bring forth the life-state of Buddhahood from within our lives.
"!In short, it is the ultimate power of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo that brings
the supreme flower of life that is Buddhahood to bloom. This is an
absolute and unfailing principle."
SGI Newsletter No. 8716, 63rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting,
Bringing Forth Flowers of Happiness and Victory in Our Lives, translated
13th Feb. 2013
 The Daishonin writes: “We ordinary people can see neither our own
eyelashes, which are so close, nor the heavens in the distance.
Likewise, we do not see that the Buddha exists in our own hearts. . . .
[It is like the way that] the graceful cherry blossoms come forth from
trees” (WND-1, 1137).