The Mystic Law

The Mystic Law of Cause and Effect, as predicted by Shakyamuni Buddha, was introduced to the people of Japan by the Buddha of the Latter Day, Nichiren Daishonin.  Nichiren’s means Sun Lotus, and it is in part the reason for why the Sun is in this illustration.  The sun also eludes to Shakyamuni’s prediction that the introduction of the Lotus Sutra would be to the East of India in the Latter Day of the Law, and so it was in 1253. 

Shakyamuni Buddha himself said that The Lotus Sutra was and is the Essential Buddhist teaching, and all Sutra’s before this are inferior. He knew that the introducing the Lotus in his day would be premature. The people could begin to understand and accept the inclusion and possibility of enlightenment in their lifetimes of all people regardless of color, social statis, sex, and age.  

Our goal is the same as Shakyamuni Buddha, to end suffering, bringing authentic happiness to all resulting in World Peace.  Myoho Renge Kyo is the title of the Lotus Sutra and contain the entirety of the Sutra in these words, thus chanting Nam myoho renge kyo opens the Buddha nature in all.  Nam means devotion. I am devoted to the Mystic Law of Cause and Effect. The beauty of our practice is that we are all equal, we are all the same. When we become enlightened, we are still an ordinary persons living ordinary lives, despite having the ability to see The True Aspect of Life and All Phenomena. 

Nam myoho renge kyo
      Devotion to the Ultimate Truth of the Universe                         that Permeates All Phenomena

The Treasure Tower

 

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

The Treasure Tower represents the opening of the Mystic Law within each and everyone once they begin chanting Nam myoho renge kyo, as this is what accesses your Buddha Nature.  The first time Shakyamuni Buddha introduced the Lotus Sutra, is portrayed metophorically as the Ceremony in the Air.  The Treasure Tower is the unlimited gifts available to all on their paths to enlightenment.  Nam myoho renge kyo means The Ultimate Truth of the Universe that Permeates all Phenomena.

Sun Lotus Illuminates – World Peace

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.

Sun Lotus Illuminates Our Heart
                                        Sun Lotus Illuminates Our Heart

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

We Are All The Same
                               We Are All The Same

 

Out of the mud comes a pristine Lotus Flower.
           Out of the mud comes a pristine Lotus Flower.