Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dharma Lesson from the Lotus Sutra:
 this is Rev. Tsuchiya's lesson that I will be posting now regularly. You can also find it on our facebook Kempon Hokke group:
The teacher of the Dharma, chapter 10

(scripture 52)
Even while I am alive, this sutra is hated with jealousy by many people. Needless to say, it will be more after my extinction.

If there is person who copies, keeps, reads, and recites this sutra, makes offerings to it, and expounds it to others after my extinction, he will be covered by my robe. He also will be protected by the present Buddhas in other worlds. This person will have the strong power of faith, the power of willingness and the power of making good deeds. You should know that he is living with me, the Buddha. His head will be surely caressed by my palm.

You should understand, it is a matter of course that the opposite against the right teachings happens where many people are under the control of illusion. Because Lotus Sutra is the right teachings, the opposite happens. Even when the Buddha Shakamuni existed in the world, there were nine big persecutions to him. Needless to say, after the Buddha's death, people who oppose to the Lotus Sutra also increase more and more because the world worsens and people's minds are twisted. As the proverb says "Good medicine tastes bitter, Good advice is seldom welcome", Nichiren shonin explains in Kaimoku-sho(Open your Eyes) that enemies emerge there because you expound the righteousness sternly, many people oppose to the Hokke practitioner because he points out their errors.

However, the Buddha protects the Hokke practitioner. The Buddha Shakamuni supports those who spread the Lotus Sutra, and protects them. "He will be covered by my robe" means that, the Hokke practitioner surely is protected kindly by the Buddha's affection as like the mother who holds a baby in her arms, covering by her clothes. Because the Hokke practitioner is guided by this teaching, he can have the strong power of faith, the power of willingness and the power of making various good deeds. Although the power of faith is caused for the eternal truth of universe, the original Buddha and the Buddha-nature of you, anyways, the strong faith is established there that the teachings of the Buddha are the supreme doctrine, which is never broken by anyone. In this way, you will have the strong spirit to make efforts for people and the world, with the power of willingness which saves all human beings and establishes the peace country by the true Dharma, and you will also have the executive ability to do all sorts of good deeds. It is not a selfish desire such as the prosperity of family, or the narrow spirit getting the freedom from suffering in the world for your own self which was criticized by Mahayana.

In this way, the Hokke practitioner has to make efforts, having the strong power of faith, the power of willingness and the power of making good deeds. If you have only the faith without the willingness or the practice of good deeds, it disobeys to the meaning of the Sutra. The Hokke practitioner who makes efforts is living with the Buddha. Even if he is exiled or is sat for beheading, he is always with Buddha. The Buddha caresses the head of practitioner with a palm. It has been clearly expressed in the faith and activity of Nichiren shonin. Therefore, we have to learn steadily this meaning of the Sutra as disciples of Nichiren's sects, and follow his example. You should not abide by the principle of “peace-at-any-price”as like many ordinary priests in Nichiren's sect. If you always behave as a good man uttering flowery words, and also lose the dignity of religion by admiring the praying for magic or the fortune telling, Buddhism will become worthless for people more and more. If you consider that Buddhism is supreme religion, and that Nichiren shonin has demonstrated the righteousness and orthodox doctrine of Buddhism, you have to accomplish your duty as a disciple, having more great aspiration.


  1. if this can help our sanghat: like to have your thoughts(all of you).

    (I call The Six Harmonies for the kempon Hokke)

    The Six Harmonies are guidelines that will enable us
    to get along in a sangha, which is the Buddhist
    community of four or more people, monastic or lay,
    who practice the teachings together. The Six
    Harmonies are:
    1. Harmony in having the same viewpoints (Namu Myoho renge Kyo).
    2. Harmony in observing the same precepts; if i can call precepts(Daimoku).
    3. Harmony in living together
    4. Harmony in speaking without conflict
    5. Harmony in experiencing Dharma bliss (Lotus Sutra).
    6. Harmony in sharing benefits
    First is harmony in having the same viewpoints,
    which means establishing consensuses in a group.
    The group members must uphold the same principles
    and methods that they are studying and practicing for
    harmonious group cultivation. If we want a stable
    society, everyone needs to get along with one another.
    Only harmony can gradually draw together and
    eventually minimize the differences in our opinions,
    ideas, and ways of life. Then equality can be achieved,
    and finally, happiness.

    Second is harmony in observing the same precepts.(Daimoku).
    When we live and practice together, we need to have
    rules, or else there will be disorder.
    Third is harmony in living together as a group. The
    purpose of establishing a cultivation center is to help
    every participant in the group succeed in their
    practice. Living together in a group, practitioners can
    support each other.
    Fourth is harmony in speaking without conflict. By
    reducing, and ideally eliminating, disputes, people will
    be better able to focus on their cultivation. People
    who talk too much often create problems for
    themselves. Misunderstandings can arise as the
    listener takes to heart a careless remark of the
    speaker. Thus, a careless speaker unknowingly incurs
    many enmities, which give rise to future retaliation.
    This is why it is best to, "Talk less; chan more Daimoku.
    The less we speak, the fewer problems

    we will have. It is best that we speak only when
    Fifth is harmony in experiencing Dharma bliss.(lotus Suttra).
    When we learn and practice a Dharma Door,(Daimoku); the
    basic achievement that we should attain is happiness.
    If we feel unhappy in our practice, then we have
    encountered a serious problem. This problem lies not
    in the Buddha’s teachings, but in the way we practice.
    We may either have done something that goes against
    the principles of the teachings or applied the
    principles incorrectly. Otherwise, the results would
    gradually become apparent as we lessen our suffering.
    With each passing day, we would enjoy greater
    happiness and freedom. This shows that we are
    progressing in our practice. If we are not achieving
    this, we need to reflect, find our mistakes, and then
    correct them. We can then thus truly benefit from our
    Sixth is harmony in sharing benefits. In the sangha,(kempon Hokke).
    everything is shared fairly and whenever possible,
    equally. In this way, everyone’s basic needs will be met.
    Special needs are also to be considered. Understanding
    that everything in the sangha is an offering, nothing shold be
    wasted.This will insure that future needs in the sanghat will also be met..

    PS: please my engles is not so good.. hopping this will help us in Hokke.
    with respect yours humble servant Sebastian..
    Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.

  2. Also we need to develop Bodhichitta by having strong power of faith
    in the lotus sutra.