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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:14 am 
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I am sure Nichiren Buddhist believe that Nichiren is enlightened, but is there any letters of his where he speaks of his enlightenment? From what I read I know he doubted if he was expounding the Lotus Sutra, because he was not protected until he had his vision. So was he already enlightened before his doubts or did he eventually become enlightened? Or has he yet to be enlightened. I would love to see some of his letters on this subject.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:25 pm 
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You would do well by reading the Lotus Sutra itself. The subject of enlightenment is redefined it this magnificent sutra. Lotus Sutra takes away the earlier small vehicle version of the enlightenment, and says that every one has to attain the complete awakening of a samyak-sambuddha. Your question is not really valid, if you mean the standard Sravakayana enlightenment.

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He writes in one of his goshos that he vows to attain Buddhahood. Depending on the sect, Nichiren is considered a bodhittsatva or the Eternal Buddha of the Latter Days.


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In Nichiren there is the same issue as in chinese, tibetan and indian buddhism namely: 1. Do the Buddha qualities develop gradually through the practice of the bodhisattva path? or 2. Do they exist primordially?
Nichiren takes the second alternative, because in the first case Buddha would not be eternally enlightened, which is emphasized in Nichiren. And the buddha qualities would be caused, which is also contradictory, because buddhahood is transcendent and uncaused.
This leads to the question: How could "enlightenment" take place, if it is uncaused and eternal?

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Namu Butsu wrote:
I am sure Nichiren Buddhist believe that Nichiren is enlightened, but is there any letters of his where he speaks of his enlightenment? From what I read I know he doubted if he was expounding the Lotus Sutra, because he was not protected until he had his vision. So was he already enlightened before his doubts or did he eventually become enlightened? Or has he yet to be enlightened. I would love to see some of his letters on this subject.


"No matter how much one may hate Nichiren, one cannot doubt his enlightenment."
"A person named Nichiren was beheaded at Tatsunokuchi, his soul having reached Sado Island."
"My teachings before the Tatsunokuchi persecution should be regarded as the Buddha's provisional teachings, while the teachings since should be regarded as the Lotus Sutra."

-from the writings of Nichiren Daishonin


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:00 pm 
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emulations wrote:
He writes in one of his goshos that he vows to attain Buddhahood. Depending on the sect, Nichiren is considered a bodhittsatva or the Eternal Buddha of the Latter Days.


Shakyamuni studied under the teachers of his day before he attained enlightenment. Even after he started teaching, he did not reveal that he had already attained enlightenment in a past life until the Lotus Sutra.
Nichiren's course was likewise.


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