of the Orally Transmitted
Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin
- Ongi Kuden -
Introduction and Preface to the Ongi Kuden: Namu Myoho Renge Kyo [Devotion to the Lotus Sutra]Namu derives from Sanskrit, and here [in Japan] it is rendered as kimyo , meaning to devote ones life. This means to devote ones life to the Person and the Law. Devotion to the Law means to devote ones life to the Lotus Sutra. Devotion to the Person means to devote ones life to Shakyamuni. Devotion of ones life means both the physical law of life and the spiritual law of life. The ultimate principle embodies the oneness of these two. In addition, devotion, (ki) indicates dedicating our lives to the principle of the eternal and unchanging truth revealed in the theoretical teachings of the Lotus Sutra. Life (myo) means to base ourselves upon wisdom that functions in accord with changing circumstances as revealed in the essential teaching of the Lotus Sutra. Thus, to devote ones own life is the very meaning of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. T'ien-t'ai states The eternal and unchanging truth and wisdom that functions in accord with changing circumstances are at each moment both contained within life, which embodies and permeates all phenomena.
Additionally, to devote
expresses our physical aspect and life our spiritual aspect. The supreme
principle reveals that the physical and the spiritual are one and inseparable
within the ultimate reality of life. T'ien-t'ai states that because we
devote our lives to the ultimate reality, our devotion is called the Buddha
vehicle. Also, while
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