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Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō
Through this practice, one is able to reveal the state of Buddhahood in one's life, experienced as the natural development of joy, increased vitality, courage, wisdom and compassion. Having studied widely among all the Buddhist sutras, he had concluded that the Lotus Sutra contains the ultimate truth of Buddhism: that everyone without exception has the potential to attain Buddhahood. Brief and unavoidably limited explanation of some of the key concepts expressed by this phrase:. The word nam derives from Sanskrit. A close translation of its meaning is "to devote oneself. In the original Sanskrit, nam indicates the elements of action and attitude, and refers therefore to the correct action one needs to take and the attitude one needs to develop in order to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime.
It was used in the s in India to commence the Multi-faith prayer meetings of Mahatma Gandhi , followed by verses of the Bhagvad Gita. The Tendai monks Saicho and Genshin are said to have originated the Daimoku while the Buddhist priest Nichiren is known today as the greatest proponent. The mantra is an homage to the Lotus Sutra which is widely credited as the "king of scriptures" and "final word on Buddhism". Nichiren gives a detailed interpretation of each character see Ongi kuden Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in this text. Namu is used in Buddhism as a prefix expressing taking refuge in a Buddha or similar object of veneration. Among varying Nichiren sects, the phonetic use of Nam versus Namu is a linguistic but not a dogmatic issue,  due to common contractions and u is devoiced in many varieties of Japanese words. The Lotus Sutra is held by Nichiren Buddhists, as well as practitioners of the Tiantai and corresponding Japanese Tendai schools to be the culmination of Shakyamuni Buddha 's fifty years of teaching.
The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering. Our lives possess this power because they are inseparable from the fundamental law that underlies the workings of all life and the universe., Nam myoho renge kyo is the awakened heart of the living universe Nichiren Daishonin wrote that: 'There is no true happiness for human beings other than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nichiren Buddhism tells us that at our core we have the Buddha nature.
As long as we have faith in the Gohonzon, we are not going to suffer punishment or negative consequences on such account. So please put your mind at ease. Nichiren Daishonin says that chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even once contains limitless benefit. Yes, so you can imagine the immense benefit you will obtain when you continue earnestly to recite the sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo morning and evening. Basically, you do both for yourselves. Your practice of reciting the sutra morning and evening, and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is not an obligation—it is a right.
The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering. Our lives possess this power because they are inseparable from the fundamental law that underlies the workings of all life and the universe. Shakyamuni , the founder of Buddhism, first awoke to this law some 2, years ago. Discovering that the capacity to transform suffering was innate within his own life, he saw too that it is innate within all beings. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo could be described as a vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature.