What is Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo?
In the infinite past of kuon-ganjo,
the True Buddha named the ultimate Law or true entity of life in the universe
as Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. In view of the person, the life of the True Buddha,
Nichiren Daishonin himself is “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.” Literally “Nam” means
devotion and “Myoho-Renge-Kyo” is the title of the Lotus Sutra. A simplified
translation means “Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra.”
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is also called the mystic Law of cause
and effect, because within it is both the cause and effect of attaining
Buddhahood. “Renge” means Lotus Flower. The Lotus Flower produces its flower
and seeds at the same time, representing the simultaneity of cause and effect.
The cause is to chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and the effect is attaining
Even though Buddhahood exists within our lives, we are
unaware of it until we begin to chant to the Gohonzon. It is important to
understand that without fusing with the life of the True Buddha we cannot
actualize it in our own lives.
Once we awaken this true entity within
our lives we manifest the immeasurable wisdom and power to overcome adversity
and reveal our own enlightened life.
Just as the word “India” includes
within itself all the mountains, rivers, treasures and people of India,
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo includes within itself all of the teachings and benefits
of Buddhist practice.
The depth and significance of chanting Daimoku
(Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo) cannot be fully explained. You must experience it through
practice, in order to grasp the meaning and benefits within your own life.