I have come a long way from searching my path in Buddhism, Daoism, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, it has been a search for more than 2 decades as i look back at it.
One of the great things i have encountered in Buddhism (in general) is that it puts one back to his own resources, giving the practitioner back his / her life.
Buddhism basically tells us, that the suffering we endure is our own consequence from deeds carried out in the near past of even the most remote distant past.
This might sound somewhat negative to those who are not very familiar with the basic principles of Buddhism, yet it gives us back our own responsibility, to take back our own life and thus offers the chance to clear these past deeds and actions.
Isn't it great ?
A way of life that just says: "Here is your life back, do as you please but beware, what goes around, comes around, or ... from the push come the shove".
When we get familiar with how this principle works, we are able to understand more abour ourselves, we tend to be more carefull in our words and action, even our thoughts.
Since we got to learn that whatever we do, we will have to take full responsibility for them.
Is that what Buddhism is about?
well to live with awareness is great , but no , ultimately , it is the search for enlightenment, to be one with the Buddha, at the Eagle Peak where Lord Shakamuni is constantly preaching the Dharma, The Utlimate Law.
So when i become a Buddhist, i can reach enlightement then ?
Yes, but this is where it gets confusing, since the are several paths that can be followed, ... at first sight.
Eventually, I found and learned there is but only one path and but only vehicle that leads us to be free from suffering , old age, ignorance and death eventually.
This is where the Lotus Sutra comes into town.
Nichiren had studied every sutra available and came to the final conclusion, that it is only through the Lotus Sutra, one can attain the Supreme Enlightenment.
By chanting Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, the Odaimoku of the Nichiren Faith.
Lord Shakamuni himself promised that, even if a person rejoices in one single phrase of the Lotus Sutra, that person is to be sure to become a Buddha himself..
Therefore, who would ever doubt the words of Lord Shakamuni ?
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo !