Doctor Who wrote:
As a person that used to practice this Sutra and believed like Nichiren did that it was openly taught by the Buddha I have a question .
The tradition in Mahayana states that the Lotus Sutra was written down at the time of the Buddha and stored for five hundred years in the realm of the dragons (or Nagas). After this, they were reintroduced into the human realm at the time of the Fourth Buddhist Council in Kashmir
what possibly changed in the human realm that allowed for this to now be seen in the human realm.
seriously, i honestly don't see anything in any history of the human race that shows some change from 2500 years ago and 2000 years ago.
I'm seriously questioning this whole thing.
I practiced Buddhism in different forms from age 15 to well into my 40's.
the lotus sutra from 20 till in my forties.
I need to know this stuff.
What criteria are the masters claiming changed in the human realm for the dragon people to have decided to let us read this stuff.
I can't answer your question definitively, but I can give you some educated guesses. Perhaps since there's no one size fits all teaching, the teaching in the Lotus Sutra was especially suited for the time in which it was revealed to humans. Causes and conditions always being in flux, certain times can be more propitious or appropriate than others. Perhaps the Buddha specified to the nagas when it should be revealed to humans. Maybe the Buddha foresaw that 500 yrs later there would be beings at that location in India for whom this sutra would be just what they needed at that precise time. Maybe the Buddha foresaw that 500 yrs later, beings who'd formerly been nagas present when he originally gave that teaching to them would be reborn as humans in that location in India and their karmic link with this sutra would especially benefit them as human practitioners. The possibilities are endless. Who can claim to understand the wisdom and skillful means of a buddha?
Really there's no way to prove that anything
attributed to the Buddha was taught by him, but it doesn't matter. We don't accept Dharma as truth because the Buddha taught it; we accept it because we find it rings true.