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SINGLE MINDEDLY DESIRING TO SEE THE BUDDHA, NOT HESITATING EVEN IF IT COSTS THEM THEIR LIVES -LETTER TO GIJO BO BY NICHIREN DAISHONIN

3 May 2012

What does my heart desire to manifest?

ABSOLUTE HAPPINESS TO ALL LIVING BEINGS

Absolute is an adjective ( an adjective is a word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it.) that describes the noun it relates to as COMPLETE-UTTER-PERFECT-TOTAL-SHEER-OUTRIGHT, Not qualified or Diminished in any way, Total.

Absolute Happiness.

Happiness – the STATE of WELL BEING characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to INTENSE JOY.

Intense – Existing in a high degree,Highly Concentrated, POWERFUL; syn. Rejoicing. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure. syn. DELIGHT

Joy is the emotion EVOKED by SUCCESS or GOOD FORTUNE

Joy is the emotion of GREAT HAPPINESS caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying occurring.

LIMITLESS – Without End, Limit, or Boundary. Syn. Boundless, Unlimited, Unbounded, Infinite.

BUDDHA – Person Who Has ATTAINED FULL ENLIGHTENMENT

ENLIGHTENMENT – Attainment of spiritual knowledge or insight that frees a person from the cycle of Birth & Death

BODHI – Bodhi is both Pali and Sanskrit world traditionally translated as “ENLIGHTENMENT” by which means “AWAKENED”

Buddha means “AWAKENED ONE”

BUDH – TO AWAKE, BECOME AWARE, NOTICE, KNOW or UNDERSTAND–CORRESPONDING to bujjhati & bodhati orbudhyate. Also, same root in Sanskrit is buddhi which equates in Greek tot NOUS

NOUS – Philosophical Term For The Faculty of the human mind and NOUS is necessary for understanding what is true or real, very close in meaning to intuition. Often described as a form of perception which works within the “Mind’s Eye”

“Understanding” “Mind” “Reason” “Thought”

NOUS denotes “Common Sense”

NOUS has been extended to described the source of ORDER in NATURE itself.

NIRVANA Does Not Equal Enlightenment Within The Mahayana Traditions of Buddhism.

PARI-NIRVANA is a state of PERFECT BUDDHAHOOD

BUDDHA NATURE – BODHI – Equivalent to Universal and Natural Pure State of the Mind.

BODHI is Pure Universal and immediate knowledge which extends over all time, all universes, all beings elements, conditioned & unconditioned. It is absolute and identical with reality & with TATHATA, or THUSNESS, or SUCHNESS

BODHI is TATHATA & cannot be understood by discursive thought. But, BODHI must be comprehended through Samadhi.

SAMADHI is a higher level of concentrated meditation, or DHYANA. A non-dualistic state if consciousness of the experiencing subject when subject becomes one with the experienced object.

“All disciples and lay supporters of Nichiren should chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with the spirit of many in body, but one in mind, transcending all differences among themselves to become as inseparably as fish and the water in which they swim.” – The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life

Transcend all differences, become as inseparable as fish and water, through applying specific type of spirit to Act of Chanting MYSTIC LAW

This shows that Nichiren is poetically admonishing his disciples and others that support his mission of KOSEN-RUFU to become one with the MYSTIC LAW by being ONE IN MIND, or by entering a STATE OF MIND beyond dualistic consciousness where subject and object are experienced as not separate. SAMADHI is a higher level of concentrated meditation. Chanting the Mystic Law with “spirit of many in body (many objects), but one in mind (Essentially One Unified Object, is an exact object to concentrate the mind on while conducting the Meditation of the Mystic Law, id est, Invoking the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra.

“But how great is the difference between the blessings received when a sage chants the daimoku and the blessings received when we chant it?” To reply, one is in no way superior to the other.” – The Fourteen Slanders

“If you are a true sage, how can you begrudge your life in FEAR of the world or OTHER people? – The Letter of Petition from Yorimoto

“Hearing of this, Sage Nichiren declared, “Somehow I must overturn the delusion of his great arrogance and save him from the agonies of the hell of incessant suffering.” – The Letter of Petition from Yorimoto

“Hearing this news, the Sage Nichiren said, “Although prayers for rain are a trifling matter, perhaps I should take this opportunity to demonstrate to everyone the power of the Law that I Embrace.” The Letter of Petition from Yorimoto

Chih I insisted that Buddha Nautre transcends teh subject/object relation and can never be an object. Tien Tai concludes:

Emptiness discovered in the relative world is seen to be identical to the temporary.

There is a connection between the insight of enlightenment and an actual function in the temporary world (BODHISATTVAS).

This truth is the MIDDLE WAY, the ideal balance between insight & actual realization. Real Truth, Worldly Truth, and Way Are Three Unified Perspectives of one Ultimate Reality.

This Ultimate Reality is described by Tien Tai as 3,000 Realms in Each Life Mind, The Mutual Possession of the Ten Worlds Permeated by the 10 Suchnesses s Tranversing The Three Types of Existence Present In Each Realm: Realm of Living Beings, Space, and the Realm of the 5 Skandhas

Beings in hell-like conditions, Animals Conditions, Hungry Ghosts-Unsatisfactory Conditions, Human Conditions, Fighting Demons – Aggressive Conditions, Heavenly Beings – Divine Conditions, Direct Disciples of the Buddha – Sravaka-Like Conditions, Single Buddhas – Pratyeka-Like conditions, Bodhisattvas, Buddhas.

Each of these 10 levels stated above share characteristics with one another so they form 100 levels. !0 worlds contain all other worlds. So, 100 levels or worlds.

There are also 10 “SUCHNESSES”

Suchlike CHARACTER, Suchlike NATURE, Suchlike CONTENT, Suchlike POWER, Suchlike ACTIVITY, Suchlike REASON, Suchlike CONDITIONS, Suchlike EFFECTS, Suchlike REPENTANCE, Suchlike ABSOLUTE IDENTITY OF BEGINNING AND END.

Each of the above stated 10 SUCHNESSES each share their attributes with the 100 levels to form 1000 levels. Each of these 1000 levels has THREE ASPECTS: 1) LIVING BEINGS 2) SPACE 3) THE SKANDHAS. Each of the 3000 levels is implicit in each single moment, because all levels are part of each other. ~TRANQUIL LIGHT

“The Sage replied: “Since you have already understood the principle involved, there really is no need to go on and inquire what scriptural passages it is based on.” – Conversation Between a Sage and an Un-enlightended Man

“The Sage replies that one can best repay one’s debt of gratitude to one’s parents and sovereign by EMBRACING the correct Buddhist teaching and thus leading them to salvation.” – Conversation Between a Sage and an Un-Enlightened man

“The Unenlightened man now having RESOLVED TO EMBRACE THE LOTUS SUTRA, the Sage reveals to him that the ESSENCE of the sutra lies in the five characters of MYOHO-RENGE-KYO that form its title.” (Same Work As Above)

“What the sage was OBSERVING the PRINCIPLE and ASSIGNING NAMES to ALL THINGS, he PERCEIVED that there is this WONDERFUL SINGLE LAW [MYOHO] that SIMULTANEOUSLY POSSESSES both cause and effect [RENGE], and he named it MYOHO-RENGE.” – The Entity of the Mystic Law

“The sage practiced with this LAW AS HIS TEACHER and attained enlightenment, and therefore he SIMULTANEOUSLY obtained both the MYSTIC CAUSE and MYSTIC EFFECT of BUDDHAHOOD, become THUS COME ONE of PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT and FULLY REALIZING virtues.” – The Entity of the Mystic Law

Because the object to FOCUS THE MIND ON is the “Spirit of many in body, one in mind as water and fish as not separate,” but inseparable and experienced as ONE ENTITY, LIFE and ENVIRONMENT, perceived without discriminating barriers, The mind with have the LASER LIKE FOCUS described to take a long duration in other traditions become manifest INSTANTANEOUSLY with gentle in intent. The use of comparison with an easily understood to the uneducated practitioner’s of 13th Century Japan Metaphor of what they most easily can COMPREHEND visually with the MIND’s EYE is DEFINITIVE EVIDENCE that the practice is UNIVERSALLY APPLICABLE and RUDIMENTARY in its practice when GREAT SAGE SUN LOTUS’s ADMONISHMENTS ARE APPLIED TO THE PRACTICE to chant the DAIMOKU “with the “SPIRIT OF”

Further, SAMADHI is highly concentrated meditation where dualism is not perceived, & which the mind becomes still, one-pointed or concentrated . While the person remains conscious.

SAMADHI is the state of consciousness induced by complete meditation. The term’s etymology involves “SAM” (TOGETHER OR INTEGRATED)m “A” (TOWARDS), and “DHA” (TO GET, TO HOLD). The result may be seen as “TO ACQUIRE INTEGRATION or WHOLENESS, or TRUTH ( SAMAPATTI ) .

SAM ( EVEN) ADHI (INTELLEC) – STATE of TOTAL EQUILIBRIUM of a DETACHED INTELLECT.

KALPA is a sanskrit world which means “IMAGINATION”

The Vaishnava Bhakti Schools of Yoga define Samadhi as “complete absorption into the object of one’s love.” Thus, True Samadhi is achieved when one has pure, unmotivated love of God. Further, “Anyone who is always thinking of Krishna within himself, he is first-class Yogi.”

Here, The object of one’s love for adherents to Nichiren’s Teaching of the Mystic Law would be for the Nikko Shonin branch the Gohonzon enshrined in out respective home altars where the Three Great Secret Laws Functions In Accord With Our Individual Daily Lives. Moreover, the Method to “ALWAYS THINK” of the Object of Devotion of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is to INVOKE the Object’s Daimoku. This Daimoku metaphorically describes through sound, just as the Gohonzon describes through visual medium, The Ultimate Reality of the Middle Way That Is At One With And Permeates All of Existence and Non-Existence. It is Perceived as the Truth of Non-Substantiality, The Truth of Temporary Existence. These Two Truths Are Unified With The Ultimate Reality of All Phenomena. The True Aspect of all Phenomena Which Functions in Accordance With Changing Circumstances: The TRUTH OF THE MIDDLE WAY.

All three of these truths are the manifestation of the FUNDAMENTAL LAW of all that is and all that is not. And this MYSTIC LAW is the Teaching Guarded and Kept In Mind By All Buddhas or Awakened One’s of the Three Existences of PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE as well as the TEN DIRECTIONS. This fundamental LAW of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is my fundamental PRIMORDIAL NATURE ESSENTIALLY ETERNALLY CONNECTED to the ETERNAL SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA WHICH IS NONE OTHER THAN NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO EXPRESSING ITSELF ETERNALLY ON A MISSION SHOULDERED BY THE BODHISATTVA’S OF THE EARTH

LETTER TO GI JO BO from sgilibrary.org for reference here to what I am about to write out above.

I HAVE carefully reviewed your question about the Buddhist teachings. The blessing of the Lotus Sutra is a state of life that can only be understood between Buddhas. It is an inner enlightenment that even the wisdom of Shakyamuni’s emanations throughout the ten directions may be no match for. That is why, as you well know, even the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai commented on the character myo, saying that it is defined as beyond ordinary comprehension.1 As for this sutra, however, it is divided into various practices. These are the teachings that were known only by men such as T’ien-t’ai, Miao-lo, and Dengyo. The Great Teacher Dengyo in particular, even though he was the reincarnation of T’ien-t’ai, sent envoys to T’ang China on many occasions in an effort to resolve the doubts of others. So what is really important is that the teachings of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, of the hundred worlds and thousand factors, and of three thousand realms in a single moment of life are the essence of this sutra. These teachings are described in the work entitled Great Concentration and Insight.
Next, the teaching of the “Life Span” chapter is what I, Nichiren, personally depend on. Although T’ien-t’ai and Dengyo also understood it in a general way, they never put it into words or proclaimed it. The same is true of Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu. The verse section of the chapter states, “. . . singlemindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if it costs them their lives.” As a result of this passage, I have revealed the Buddhahood in my own life. The reason is that it is this sutra passage that has enabled me to embody the Three Great Secret Laws, or the reality of three thousand realms in a single moment of life, that is found in the “Life Span” chapter. But keep this secret, keep it secret.

The Great Teacher of Mount Hiei [Dengyo] journeyed to China and received instruction on the point of this passage. “Single” of “single-mindedly” means the one pure way, and “mind” means all phenomena.2 That is why the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai, explaining the Chinese character for “mind,” said that its four brush strokes represent the moon and three stars, and that this implies that the mind of the effect [of Buddhahood] is pure and clean.3 I, Nichiren, say that “single” stands for myo, or mystic, “mind” for ho, or law, “desiring” for ren, or lotus, “see” for ge, or flower, and “Buddha” for kyo, or sutra. In propagating these five characters, practitioners should “not hesitate even if it costs them their lives.”
“Single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha” may be read as follows:single-mindedly observing the Buddha, concentrating one’s mind on seeing the Buddha, and when looking at one’s own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha. Having attained the fruit of Buddhahood, the eternally inherent three bodies, I may surpass even T’ient’ai and Dengyo, and excel even Nagarjuna and Mahakashyapa. The Buddha wrote that one should become the master of one’s mind rather than let one’s mind master oneself.4 This is what I
mean when I emphatically urge you to give up even your body, and never begrudge even your life for the sake of the Lotus Sutra. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Nichiren
The twenty-eighth day of the fifth month in the tenth year of Bun’ei (1273)

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