I’m a Nichiren Buddhist. Nichiren Buddhism follows precisely what Shakyamuni Buddha said was the correct Buddhist teaching, as written in his final work, The Lotus Sutra. Contained in this writing were two important sections, the Theoretical Teaching which explains The Mystic Law of Cause and Effect, and the Essential Teaching.
In the later, two important revolutionary inclusions appeared. He wrote that all people can be enlighten in their lifetime, and all means all: men, women, poor, rich, all races and ethnicities–not a problem, and even evil doers. All can be enlightened and enlightened in ones lifetime. Never before was their an all inclusive philosophy such as this. This was 2500 years ago.
Shakyamuni Buddha knew that this teaching was premature at the time of its creation; it wouldn’t be understood. He said that not “Latter Day of the Law” could The Lotus Sutra be taught and understood.
Nichiren Daishonmin proved to be the Buddha of the Latter day, and introduced the world to the Teachings of the Lotus Sutra. He created the practice that we still do today. It is accessible for all — in short — chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Nichiren’s name means Sun Lotus, and this illustration is my homage to him.
Below depicts our mission: to help people become authentically happy, ending their suffering, to be compassionate, to treat all with dignity and respect. We are all the same, and we are all equal–everyone has Buddha Nature.
A word regarding the Lotus Flower (Renge). This beautiful flower symbolizes cause and effect because it seeds and blossoms at the same time. It also speaks to our journey. The Lotus Flower can only grow in muddy ponds, and yet when reaching for the sun, it breaks through the surface of the pond and blooms – a pristine magnificent flower appears. No matter how messy our lives are, a beautiful pristine flower lies within is all