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6 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2008 - 2:30AM #11
etoro
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Kosen Rufu must be understood within the context of the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra. This means many things but the foundation of its meaning and insight must be based on faith and practice to the Gohonzon joyful of the opportunity to do so. All people experience a change in their lives when they sincerely chant to the Gohonzon. Over the course of time they naturally come to purify their sense organs and they begin to develop genuine virtue in their lives. This occurs in the realm of dependent origination and across the chain of causation. The chain of causation itself is reversed and the entity of ones life returns to the wisdom of the true aspect of all phenomena. Or we can say that the three bodies of the Buddhas life is seen for what it is within our lives. The three bodies of the Buddhas life is the manifestation of the Law of Myoho Renge Kyo.

Kosen Rufu means to chant to the Gohonzon with the knowledge that "there is no greater happiness for human beings that to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo".  Here Nichiren is saying that the practice of chanting NMRK is an end in itself, yet it is also a means to an end.. He also quotes, "the people their in my land are happy and at ease." NIchiren interprets this statement from the Lotus Sutra when he states that "happy and at ease" means "the joy derived from the law".

The joy derived from the law indicates that we can experience the transcendental power of the Buddha in our lives. The Transcendental power of the Buddha is his transcendental wisdom. This power was transmitted from the Buddha to the people in the ceremony of the Lotus Sutra. Transcendental wisdom indicates an awakening to the Threefold Buddha in ones own mind. The threefold Buddha are the principles of temporary existence, nonsubstantiality and the middleway of wisdom. Each of these three truths contain each other and become the joy of existence as one  engages in faith and practice to the Gohonzon.   Nichiren states that faith in the Gohonzon fullfills all ones desires. The sutras states "all desires are fullfilled".

All of these reasons are the reasons why we gather together and chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and engage in the practice of helping others to do the same. All these reasons enable practitioners to overcome all obsatcles to the goals of daily life, that is to exist in a state of true happiness.  Existing in a state of true happiness derives from the knowledge that nothing is impossible when practices to the Gohonzon. The more one chants to overcome suffering and challenges, the more joy one obtains from the practice.  As Nichiren states, "logs make a fire roar and the wind makes the Gura swell".

The benefit of practicing to the Gohonzon means that we can manifest beauty and goodness in our lives. Beauty and goodness are temporary events and phenomena. They indicate the realms of Humanity and Heaven and the four noble paths. All events sponsored by the practitioners of the SGI are always accompanied with joy, vitality, courage, determination, and true wisdom towards the future. These are all virtuous qualities which transform poison into medicine. The consistent rebirth of these realms of existence at each moment of life is the principle of non-subsantiality. The consistency between the production of events characterized with pure joy, faith, consistency, sincerity, courage, determination, compassion for all beings through faith in Gohonzon is the manifestation of the middleway of wisdom. In this respect Kosen Rufu is none other than the practice of Nichiren Buddhism in society.
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4 years ago  ::  Nov 01, 2010 - 11:20PM #12
mah4angel
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Taken directly from the SGI website:


"The phrase itself is of ancient origin and appears in the 23rd chapter of the Lotus Sutra, which states, "In the fifth five hundred years after my death, accomplish worldwide kosen-rufu and never allow its flow to cease." Here, the phrase kosen-rufu is written with four Chinese characters that could be rendered, respectively, as "widely," "declare," "flow" and "promulgate," and in its most literal sense it means the widespread flow and spreading--and application--of the teachings contained in the Lotus Sutra. Kosen-rufu implies an approach to Buddhist practice that is deeply engaged with the affairs of society and the world.

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4 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2010 - 10:19AM #13
etoro
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The principle "kosen Rufu" which is translated as "wide spread propogation of the Law" as expressed in the 23rd chapter of the Lotus Sutra also carries with it many profound principles of wisdom and insight. This is clear from the fact that what is to be carried forth into the world of living beings and society is the wisdom of the Buddha and more specifically the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra. As the great teacher Nagarajuna states in his "Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom"  where he states, "the Lotus Sutra [the sublime great vehicle wisdom] is like a skilled physician which can turn poison into medicine".  The Lotus Sutra aka Buddha wisdom provides the medicine which can heal all the illnesses of the mind, the body and the environment of all living beings itself.


The Lotus Sutra is a vaipulya doctrine, a correct and equal doctrine, a doctrine which teaches the Buddha's principle of great equality, the principle of the true aspect of all phenomena, the Law of cause and effect, provisional existence, and the principle of dependent origination. The Lotus Sutra expounds the eternal Law of the universe which gives rise to the chain of causation and all interdependent phenomena spanning the eternal continuity of past, present, future and the infinite continuity of multidimensional space. 


The Lotus Sutra is the great vehicle Buddha doctrine which transmits the totality of the Buddha wisdom to all future generations. It is the Buddha's keep sake which fullfills all of the Buddha's desires. As the Lotus Sutra states, I, the Buddha from the start took a great vow to make all people equal to me and by the now the vow I have taken has been fullfilled.  I have enabled all living beings to enter the wisdom of all Buddha's". (LSch2)  The doctrine of the Lotus Sutra preserves the sublime integrity of the the eternal triple gem, the three jewels of Buddha, Sad-Dharma and sangha or community of believers. 


The Lotus Sutra also displays the true relationship between the Buddha's numerous means and methods and his underlying intent. The numerous means and methods go by the name "the three vehicles" whereas the Buddha's underlying intent goes by the names "the single vehicle", "the Buddha vehicle", "the single great truth" etc. 


The Great Teacher Tien Tai, a master of the Lotus Sutra taught that the Buddha provided three forms of expedient means. The first type of expedient means is the way in which the Buddha adopts the Buddha wisdom to the mind set of those who are attached to temporary self.  The second form of expedient means is the way in which the Buddha produces gateways to lead people into alignment with the Buddha wisdom and the third way is the way in which the Buddha transforms the identity of all people and makes them realize that they already are Buddha's since the infinite past. 


The acccomplishment of the third way is the purpose of the Lotus Sutra. But the third way also includes the first two methods as well. In the 21st chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the chapter in which the Buddha completes the transmission of the sutras wisdom to the leader of the Bodhisattva's of the Earth, the Buddha states, 


"At  that time the Buddha spoke to Bodhisattva Superior Practices and the others in the  great assembly of bodhisattvas, saying: "The supernatural powers of the  Buddhas, as you have seen, are immeasurable, boundless, inconceivable.  If in the process of      entrusting this sutra to others I were to employ these supernatural  powers for a measurable, boundless hundreds, thousands, ten thousands,  millions of asamkhya kalpas to describe the benefits of the sutra, I  could never finish doing so. To put it briefly, all the doctrines  possessed by the Thus      Come One, the storehouse of all the secret essentials of the Thus  Come One - all these are proclaimed, revealed, and clearly expounded in  this sutra."


"For  this reason, after the Thus Come One has entered extinction, you must  single-mindedly accept, uphold, read, recite, explain, preach and  transcribe it, and practice it as directed. In any of the various lands,  wherever there are those      who accept, uphold, read, recite, explain, preach, transcribe, or  practice it as directed, or wherever the sutra rolls are preserved,  whether in a garden, a forest, beneath a tree, in monks quarters, in the  lodgings of white-robed laymen, in palaces, or in mountain valleys or  the wide      wilderness, in all these places one should erect towers and offer  alms. Why? Because you should understand that such spots are places of  religious practice. In such places have the Buddhas gained  anuttara-samyak-sambodhi, in such places have the Buddhas turn the wheel  of the Law, in such places      have the Buddhas entered parinirvana." LSch21.


The essential purpose of the Buddha's ministry was to transform the samsaric world, the state of suffering derived from transience and change into a Buddha's land. A Buddha's land is the indestructable realm that is produced by a Buddha's mind of insight and wisdom of the eternal universal Dharma Law.  Kosen Rufu therefore means to transform the world of misery into a world of peace and tranquility through a transformation of the minds of the people by teaching them the Buddha wisdom aka wisdom of the Lotus Sutra.

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4 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2010 - 2:24PM #14
etoro
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The Lotus Sutra documents - in the truest possible sense that this principle can be understood by the minds of human beings - the actual appearance of all Buddhas.  This insight derives from the 9th level of consciousness. In fact, every event that occurs in the Lotus Sutra is a manifestation of the pure and transcendental mind of the Buddha as he operates and uses his transcendental power to transform the mind set of the saha world from the standpoint of the ninth level of consciousness. These were the actual states of consciousness, wisdom and awareness enjoyed by the Buddha and his true disciples.


On the one hand we can say that these are rarified and esoteric yet actual yogic events. Indeed all of the experiences of persons who were true disciples of the true Buddha, whether voice hearers, cause awakened ones, bodhisattvas and other provisional buddhas where rarified yogic experiences of deep wisdom and insight into the true aspect of life and the oneness of birth and death.  


The Lotus Sutra itself is expressed from the viewpoint of the 9th level of consciousness. The concept "ninth level of consciousness (skt: amalas) is a principle of wisdom that was established by the great Indian sage of the Yogacharra school known as Paramartha. The principle, "gathering of the three kinds of Buddhas" can only be understood from the point of view of the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra itself. This is because the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra levels the uneven states of consciousness and eliminates completely among mentor and disciple the mind of discrimination in its actuality. In this respect the great scholar of the Lotus Sutra Tien Tai taught that the Lotus Sutra expounds the principle known as "mutual interpenetration of the ten realms of dharmas".


The capacity to give rise to this state of wisdom - mutual interpenetration of the ten realms of dharmas -  such that all beings in any state of life are seen as true entities of the mystic law of cause and effect is one of the transcendental powers of the Buddha. The Lotus Sutra's opening chapter begins with this kind of psychic transformation engendered directly by the Buddha's deep and compelling state of being.  Notice how in the first chapter the Buddha joins together all the lands of the ten directions into a single Buddha land. This pyschic feat sets the stage for the exposition of the entire teaching of the sutra to all the persons of the assembly.  From here forward and throughout the remainder of the sutra the Lotus Sutra weaves together all the workings of the universal life force of the mystic law of cause and effect in terms of all karmic manifestations within the conscious mind. When this is properly understood we can see why the Lotus Sutra is the King of all Buddhist teachings. 


The Lotus Sutra embodies in its totality the pure basis of the Buddha's life force as vast as the universe itself. It is the basis by which human kind can bring about a true knowledge and understanding and the value system necessary to bring about peace and tranquility in the world.  This is because the Lotus Sutra encompasses all of the doctrines and all of the mystic wisdom possessed by the Tahagata.


In the ceremony of the transmission of the Lotus Sutra to his true disciples the Buddha calls forth his true disciples known as Bodhisattvas of the Earth. They make appearance in the 15th chapter of the sutra. These are the Bodhisattvas who are destined to appear in the latter degenerate age of the Buddha Dharma. This Buddha teaching reached its fruition in the land of Japan.


The entire history of Japan is grounded in the teaching of the Lotus Sutra going back to the 6th century. It is already a legendery recording that the 6th century Crown Prince Shotoku was a reincarnation of the Great Dharma Master, Master Si of Nan Yueh Mountain. Just type this into the search engine and you will get plenty of hits to confirm this. It is also legendary that the great Dharma Master Saicho better known as Dengyo Daishi, founder of the Japanese Tendai school is the reincarnation of Great Master Tien Tai the direct disciple of Lotus Master Nan Yueh.   And Nichiren himself, born February 16th, 1222 in Awa province Japan is the reireincarnation of the leader of the Bodhisattva of the Earth.  Whether one believes in a literal meaning of reincarnation is not the point here.  The point is to understand the oneness of mind, correct insight and sense of purpose that is transmitted across place and time, first from India eastward to Japan and now from Japan across to the entire world.


All peple who wish to understand the movement for Kosen Rufu (widespread propogation) of the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra should study the teachings of Nichiren in depth as well as the advent and contemporary history and global movement of the Soka Gakkai International and the work and accomplishment of its three Presidents.


 


 

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 29, 2012 - 10:59PM #15
Strongwind
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". . .It is important to clarify what kosen-rufu is not. It does not mean the conversion of all Earth's inhabitants, without exception, to Nichiren Buddhism. While the members of the SGI, deeply confident in the validity of Nichiren Buddhism, are eager to share its benefits with family and friends, faith is not seen as a stark demarcation between those who are "saved" and those who are not. Because the lives of all people are interconnected at the most profound level, a fundamental change in the life of one individual will have a positive influence on all the people with whom that person has contact, especially those sharing an intimate connection. Just as the light of a single beacon can guide many ships to safety, the example of a single person shining with confidence and joy can help many people find direction in life.


In our world today, the darkness that most requires dispelling is the entrenched inability to recognize the dignity of life. Ideologies teaching that certain people are without worth, that certain lives are expendable, undermine the common basis of human dignity. The failure to recognize one's own true potential and worth is always linked with the denial of these qualities in others. Violence has its wellsprings in a gnawing lack of self-confidence. Thus, for the members of the SGI, kosen-rufu means the ceaseless effort to enhance the value of human dignity, to awaken all people to a sense of their limitless worth and potential. It is for this reason that efforts in the fields of peace, humanitarian aid, educational and cultural exchange are all seen as vital aspects of the movement for kosen-rufu. For these promote the values that are integral to human happiness." Daisaku Ikeda http://www.sgi.org/buddhism/buddhist-concepts/kosen-rufu.html

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