This Month's Nichiren Shonin's Words


     深く 世法     を   識れば      即ち  是れ   仏法      なり

Fukaku sehou wo shireba sunawachi kore buppou nariu

"Those who truly knows the worldly teachings understands the Teachings of the Buddha!"

= The answers are at your feet =

   “Brother and sister, Tyltyl and Mytyl, set out on a journey in search of the Blue Bird. In the end, they found the bird inside a bird cage at their house.”

   This story of The Blue Bird is well known [play by Maurice Maeterlinck about happiness]. By the way, in the ultimate Dharma, it is possible to give us an answer to what happiness is.

   The Dharma answers:

“You're already standing on the answer.”


“Kaimoku Sho"

   Secular laws are understood as reason in this world. We use them as a guideline to answer our daily lives. However, our laws often change and becomes the source of sufferings.

   On the other hand, the Buddha Dharma shows an unchanging reason (Truth). The ultimate Dharma is the Lotus Sutra. It explains:

   “Accept all that is going on as it is, no matter what the situation is. Then you will find that you

   are already standing on the answer you are looking for. That is where secular law and the

   Dharma match.”


   Then, what can I do to accept me as I am now?

   Nichiren Shonin says, “Trusting and chanting 'Namu Myoho Renge Kyo' is the way to accept the present.”

Ninth Year Bunnei (1272)

Age: 51