Gosho for the day
- I have written out the prose section of the "Expedient Means" chapter for you. You should recite it together with the verse portion of the "Life Span" chapter, which I sent you earlier. The characters of this sutra are all without exception living Buddhas of perfect enlightenment. But because we have the eyes of ordinary people, we see them as characters. For instance, hungry spirits perceive the Ganges River as fire, human beings perceive it as water, and heavenly beings perceive it as amrita. Though the water is the same, it appears differently according to one's karmic reward from the past.
Reply to the Lay Priest Soya
Written to the lay priest Soya in March 1275
from "Daily Wisdom - from the writings of Nichiren Daishonin"
- Thank you Nathan.
From: "nathandknutson@..." <nathandknutson@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 4:55 PM
Subject: [SGI] RE: Gongyo: Why 2nd and 16th chapters?
Those two sections highlight the two most important teachings of the Lotus Sutra, the 2nd chapter refers to the skillful means used by the Buddha to teach the Dharma and the universality of Buddhahood, and 16 teaches the eternity of Buddhahood.
--- In SokaGakkaiUnofficial@yahoogroups.com, <email@example.com> wrote:
Can someone help me understand why gongyo involves recitation of the 2nd and 16th chapters of the lotus sutra? I 've heard about other chapters also being recited but any specific reason for these two chapters?
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