The actions of the Votary of the lotus sutra

2 essays due day after tomorrow.

brilliant student division meeting yesterday, recharged me to study earnestly. Heard from many people how passionate they are about their study. Some of them spent 16hrs in the library!! so motivated so today i came to my own uni library which is an hr away from home, but whatever ūüėÄ

so before i settle down to study, thought i’d read 30mins of gosho, and today im listening to what daishonin has to say in the letter ‘the actions of the votary of the lotus sutra’

Background

why was it written? who was it to? when was it written? etc

Date – 1276

to – konichi (a common lay practitioner). She was a widow and was raising a son. she lived in awa where daishonin grew up. Her son practiced the daishonin’s buddhism and due to him, she started practicing too. But after a while the son passed away but she overcame her deep sadness and remained a strong nichiren buddhist until she died.

letter contents

Daishonin had previously predicted something would happen on On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land (i cant remember what). and exactly as he predicted, the mongols attacked japan. daishonin says its because the country slandered lotus sutra.

Government people were deciding whether to behead the daishonin or to send him to exile. How awful to know this, but daishonin is more than happy! in the past, boy snow mountains and various other people gave their life and body all in the name of buddhist practice, so he’s happy that he is being persecuted because it only confirms him¬†that he is in the right path.

lotus sutra is he truth. but how its practiced is dependent on people’s capacity of understanding it and the time and age that it is practiced on.

shakyamuni said: –

The Buddha made a prophecy, saying:

After my death, during the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law that follows the two millennia of the Former and Middle Days, person will appear who will propagate only the heart of the Lotus Sutra, the five characters of the daimoku. At that time an evil ruler will be in power, and evil monks, more numerous than the dust particles of the land, will argue with one another over the various Mahayana and Hinayana sutras. When the votary of the daimoku challenges the monks, they will incite their lay supporters to abuse, beat, or imprison him, to confiscate his lands, to exile or behead him. In spite of such persecutions, he will continue his propagation without ceasing. Meanwhile the ruler who persecutes him will be beset by rebellion, and his subjects will devour each other like hungry spirits. Finally the land will be attacked by a foreign country, for Brahma, Shakra, the gods of the sun and moon, and the four heavenly kings have ordained that other countries shall assault a land that is hostile to the Lotus Sutra.

its just too good and i dunno what to say abt it! ill just copy paste ^^

None of you who declare yourselves

to be my disciples should ever give way

to cowardice. Neither should you allow

concern for your parents, wife, or children

to hold you back, or be worried

about your property. Since countless

kalpas in the past you have thrown

away your life more times than the

number of dust particles of the land for

the sake of your parents, your children,

or your lands. But not once have you

given up your life for the Lotus Sutra.

You may have tried to practice its

teachings to some extent, but whenever

you were persecuted, you backslid

and ceased to live by the sutra. That is

like boiling water only to pour it into

cold water, or like trying to strike fire

but giving up halfway. Each and every

one of you should be certain deep in

your heart that sacrificing your life for

the Lotus Sutra is like exchanging rocks

for gold or dung for rice.

basically then, daishonin says, im the first one who had guts to propagate nam myoho renge kyo. not even dengyo, tien tai and many bodhisattvas who knew about it preached it because at that time the time or the capacity of the people were’nt right. i wonder how daishonin knew the time and capacity of ppl were right for¬†him to propagate :s

and many more but u can carry on reading on here, http://www.sgilibrary.org/pdf/093_0763.pdf ill get on with my essay ^^

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