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FUNDAMENTALS OF NICHIREN SHOSHU BUDDHISM


In the past, physicists have tried to redefine reality to fit their models. The "new physics" or "process physics" is about semantic or meaningful information and it is internally meaningful.

"It thus models reality like a mind. The difference between the human mind and reality is that the human mind has lots of structure e.g., neurons, whereas reality having no prior structure is all mind." (Prof. Reg Cahill)

This can be likened to Myo or Myoho Renge Kyo. Myo represents the Law, the Mystic entity or the "True Entity of Life" from which all phenomena arise. It also represents in the human being the ninth consciousness. The body is likened to the palace of the ninth consciousness, the unchanging reality from which all phenomena arise.

THE GOHONZON
Every buddhist has a Gohonzon enshrined in their home. The Gohonzon is a sacred mandala, a scroll with Nam Myoho Renge Kyo written down the centre. The characters on the scroll represent the fusion of the person with the true entity of life, the ultimate Mystic Law of enlightenment in the universe."I am bestowing upon you the Gohonzon of Myoho-renge-kyo. Though this mandala is written in but five characters, it is the teacher of all Buddhas throughout the three existences and the seal that guarantees the enlightenment of all women. It will be a lamp in the darkness of the road to the next world and a fine horse to carry you over the mountains of death. It is like the sun and the moon in the heavens or Mount Sumeru on earth. It is a ship to ferry people over the sea of suffering. It is the teacher who leads all people to enlightenment. This mandala has never yet been revealed or propagated anywhere in the world in the more than 2,200 years since the Buddha's passing."

BESTOWAL OF THE MANDALA OF THE MYSTIC LAW
(Major writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 3)

The Buddhism of the Mystic Law states that every conceivable desire, no matter how base, can be used to attain enlightenment through the process of transformation. It believes that you do not have to undergo austerities and that life itself is the training ground that you conceive and process. The technique is based on the power of the Buddha and the power of the Law.

The teaching goes beyond space and time but sees every human being as having within them innate enlightenment which he or she can access through chanting to the Gohonzon with which the practitioner fuses in order to polish and perceive his own true life. The Gohonzon has only writing on it and has Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, written in ancient Japanese characters down the centre.

Although this teaching encompasses all the other Hinayana and Mahayana teachings it goes beyond them at a point of criticality and emerges as a new truth to give a message and expression of hope to all humanity.