Thanks a lot, Daverupa, Ñāṇa and Vinasp
That answers that
For some reason I have some niggling doubts I am working to rid myself of.
I now recall where my doubt arose, it came from a presumpiton based on the following from Wikipedia on Nichiren: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichiren
"1- Revealing the “Direct Path to Enlightenment”: The path to enlightenment in pre-Lotus Sutra teachings extends gradually throughout many Bodhisattva stages requiring many lifetimes before reaching Buddhahood
I mention this just for interest as I am sastified with the answers above.