Original Enlightenment explained: waves vs. acorns
Okay, Masaru asked me to explain this in plain English and here goes, if anyone
has questions, is confused about a point just ask me! I'm happy to discuss it.
Now SGI teaches that the Buddha is life and you can tap into that energy,
that you're a buddha too. This idea comes from medieval Tendai philosophy
basically that ordinary humans = Buddha's enlightened reality. So SGI would say
the Buddha is the ocean and we are the waves...no difference.
Now Kempon Hokke teaches that chanting the Daimoku plants the seed of
Buddhahood. Ordinary people have the potential to become Buddhas, but they
are not there yet. . Think of an acorn, every acorn is the seed of a potential oak
So you can see the big difference; it's waves vs acorns.
Nichiren followed the Buddha-seed idea, which comes from Zhiyi (Chih-I) the
founder of the Tiantai sect in China. Zhiyi said the Buddha sowed the seeds of
enlightenment in human beings by preaching the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren says the
Daimoku is the seed of buddhahood and this happens as:
Sakyamuni Buddha's cause and effect are contained into the five of words of Myoho renge kyo. If we keep this five of words, His cause and effect are naturally transferred to us. Kanjin Honzon-sho
Well that's a lot and I really think enough for now. But you can see when you
have the seed of Buddhahood, you're basically a student of Shakyamuni
Buddha, so you need to listen to your teacher, meditate on his teachings and
study a lot!