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Namdrol wrote:Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo during the physical union of man and woman is indeed what is called “earthly desires are enlightenment,” and “the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana.”
I don't know if that is the answer to my question, but this quote is obviously not taken from the Lotus Sutra, as the daimoku (namu myoho renge kyo) is not explicitly mentioned in the text. From which text did you take the quote?
Hello Venerable Namdrol. It has been a long time. "This Sutra" [Myoho renge kyo], for example, " 'This Sutra' is that which can save all the living" is mentioned 171 times, if my memory serves me correctly. The Lotus Sutra also states,
"Constellation King Flower! If a person who brings forth the resolve desiring to obtain anuttarasam yaksambodhi can burn off a finger or a toe as an offering to a Buddha stupa, his offering will surpass that of one who uses as offerings countries, cities, wives, and children or even the three thousand great thousand worlds with their mountains, forests, rivers, ponds, and precious objects.
"If, further, a person filled the three thousand great thousand world system with the seven treasures and offered it to the Buddha, to the great Bodhisattvas, Pratyekabuddhas, and Arhats, the merit and virtue that person would obtain would not be equal to that of one who receives and upholds even a single four-line verse of the Dharma Flower Sutra, for the latter's blessings are greater by far.
The fourfold verse is Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. Now my dear Namdrol, you are an emminent Bodhisattva but Nichiren Daishonin was the Supreme Votary of the Lotus Sutra. He too agrees that the formula for delivering all the living is Namu Myoho renge kyo. I suggest you take the Lotus Sutra's and Nichiren Daishonin's Excellent medicine and then you too will be saved [anuttara samyak sambodhi].