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Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and The Lotus Sutra

| January 12, 2012
Namo Myoho Renge Kyo and the Lotus Sutra

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and the Lotus Sutra

Devout practitioners of chanting the Japanese Buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo say it brings them health, wealth and, ultimately, Enlightenment.

Nichiren, a Buddhist monk in Awa Province Japan, began teaching Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in 1253 CE.

A broad definition of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo would mean “Devotion to the Lotus Sutra.” The Lotus Sutra first appeared about 100 CE, or slightly earlier. It was translated into Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Buddhist teachings were greatly expanded by the Lotus Sutra. It contains some of the earliest mentions of Mahayana Buddhism, teaching that the Buddha voluntarily remained in the cycle of life and death to continue helping others. From this came the Mahayana teaching that practitioners should remain helping others until all sentient beings are Enlightened.

A very important precept in the sutra is that there is not just one Buddha who had a physical body and died. Rather, there is a constant stream of Buddhas that exist in Spiritual form. This stream of Buddhas stretches back through infinite time. The Buddhas will remain until all attain freedom from suffering.

Another idea presented is that the Universe contains many dimensions containing mythological beings. Dragons and demons, Gods and demigods, devas and many other beings actually exist.The Buddhas patiently teach all.

Perhaps the most important teaching in the Sutra is that Buddhahood already exists in all of life. It has only to be realized. A Buddha is in each of us. There is a state beyond emptiness, or the void, called Buddha Wisdom. Buddha Wisdom is a blissful state encompassing both wisdom and compassion that cannot be fully explained. It must be experienced directly, but it’s already there.

Within each human heart is an immense fountain of pure love and bliss. Living constantly in this state brings all the best that life has to offer. Good health, wealth, wisdom, compassion and loving relationships all form automatically because people instinctively make the correct choices for both their own good and the benefit of all.

The Lotus Sutra states that it is the highest teaching of Buddhism. It could therefore be argued that Namo Myoho Renge Kyo encompasses all these teachings and is the highest teaching in encapsulated form.

Receiving Shaktipat Blessings greatly accelerates the process of opening your heart to the beautiful fountain of compassionate wisdom within you. Then chanting Namo Myoho Renge Kyoho will keep you in bliss.

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