Myohorengekyo NyoraiJuryouhon Dai Juroku(16)            THE DURATION OF THE LIFE OF THE TATHAGATA

Statue of Buddha in Kushinagar
Statue of Buddha in Kushinagar

About 2500 years ago, Sakyamuni, who was the crown prince of the Sakya tribe, left his wife, Princess Yasodhara, and his son, Rahula, at the age of 29, and set out on a priesthood training trip in search of the truth to save the suffering of all sentient beings. It was. Then, six years later, on December 8, he sat under the Bodh Gaya Bodhisattva tree and became enlightened and became a Buddha. Nearly forty years after become the Buddha, at the request of Buddhist disciples and people, he preached to guide them, and in the last eight years until his enterning nirvana at the age of eighty, the present Rajgir, the former Magadha country. At Mt.Sacred Eagle in the royal capital, Rajgir Castle, the Lotus Sutra was taught the teachings of one's own enlightenment, and the center is the 16th The duration of the life of the tathagata. 




The main point of the chapter 16

In the 15th exhibition of the previous chapter"Bodhisattvas from Underground", Maitreya Bodhisattva asked what the meaning of the innumerable Bodhisattvas that can be exported from the underground, which has never been seen before. This product was the answer to there doubts. It was an unprecedented, vast and breathtaking teaching. 


Buddha was reprimanded three times, and was preached after being reprimanded and reproved. Everyone thinks that Buddha left the Sakya castle, sat in the dojo, and gained enlightenment in the last forty years, but that is not the case, and he has had an infinite amount of time since he became a Buddhahood. I complained that it had passed. It's an unimaginable number of years. During that time, he has been teaching various sermons in this world of Sahā. Moreover, all the teachings that Tathagata has preached are to teach people how to live as human beings, such as the true Buddha, other Buddhas, various Bodhisattvas, various heavens, various people, various phenomena, etc. (six manifestations). All the teachings that have been preached with  are true.



It is that Tathagata (Buddha) is not a single conscious person, and there is no existence or degree of destruction, and he says, "I see the three worlds of the three worlds, not really, not emptied, not so much, not differently. This is because it is all over the place, as it says, "It doesn't happen." In other words, the Buddha is not an individual, but a whole-space (Buddha world) that is omnipresent and envelops everything. Also, this is not just the whole thing, but an indication that I will teach people the way, saying, "I have followed the path of the Bodhisattva and the life of the bodhisattva is still endless." It is something that has worked.



Despite this appearance, Tathagata (Buddha) has a degree of extinction so that human beings always rely on others and do not have an easy feeling, and by extinguishing it becomes important. This is to make you aware. The "Good Doctor's Metaphor" reveals this and appeals for a life that never dies (Buddha). And the "last lyrics JIGAGE" is a compilation of these.


Nichiren Shu Ishikawa Dojo statement


Three reveals-Reveal the truth

Buddha statue in the Boddha- Gaya Tower
Buddha statue in the Boddha- Gaya Tower

From ancient times, the most important teachings of "The duration of life of the tathagata " are "KAIGONKENON", "KAISHAKUKENPON", and "KAIGONKENJITU". It is said that there is. 


First of all, "KAIGONKENON" means "opening the near and revealing the distance." The fact that Buddha appeared as a human being before humankind and preached the teachings is called "GON". Being far means that Buddha was long before he appeared in the world. The near fact is the advancement of Buddha, and the distant cause is the infinite past. "KAIGONKENON" is to clarify the distant cause hidden in the infinite past through the near-visible fact of Buddha's advancement.


The next "KAISHAKUKENPON" is to "open the tentative and reveal the origin". "SHAKU" is a Buddha that appears in shape, such as Sakyamuni-Buddha, Many-Treasures-Buddha, and Amitayus-Buddha, and "PON" is a fundamentally invisible Buddha. "SHAKU" means that it has appeared, and "PON" is the hidden original thing. To "open the tentative and reveal the origin" is to know the eternal Buddha, which is the root of the Buddha, through the Buddha that appears. In order to have true faith, there must be an eternal Buddha, an absolute Buddha. Faith becomes immovable by understanding that the Buddha is the one who embodies the eternal life of the Buddha. 



The third "KAIGONKENJITU" is to "open a tentative teaching and reveal the truth. "GON" is a provisional teaching, a teaching of expedients. Using the teachings of expedients as a clue to enter into the teachings of truth is "KAIGONKENJITU". Since the "EXPEDIENTS Chapter 2", what I have been preaching until now is the teaching of the expedients, and from now on, I will enter the true teaching in this "THE DURATION OF THE LIFE OF THE TATHAGATA Chapter 16".



Remind 4 times and ask 4 times

Remains of the incense room of the Sakyamuni Buddha
Remains of the incense room of the Sakyamuni Buddha

At the beginning of "THE DURATION OF THE LIFE OF THE TATHAGATA Chapter 16", Sakyamuni-Buddha told three times to "believe the word of Tathagata", that is, to believe the true word of the Buddha that will be spoken from now on. In response, the Bodhisattvas, including Maitreya Bodhisattva, begged three times, saying, "Just hopefully preach." And finally, Sakyamuni-Buddha reiterated, "Listen to you clearly." These are called "Remind 3 times and Ask 3 times" and "Ask again and Remind again", and they are collectively called "Remind 4 times and ask 4 times".


 Among the many scriptures, the Lotus Sutra is the only one in which petition and praise are repeated with the disciples who listen to the preaching of Buddha. Where is it necessary to bother to believe in the true words of Tathagata?


It is easy to believe and understand because the passages other than the Lotus Sutra are the teachings of the expedient, which are preached to be easy for sentient beings to follow, according to the sentient beings' roots, past life's karma, personality and desire. On the other hand, the Lotus Sutra is a teaching that honestly abandons the expedient and preaches the true innocence, and it must be said that it is unbelievable and difficult to understand because it is the boundary between Buddha and Buddha. That is why he is told that he should believe in the true word, and that he should have immovable faith.


The secret lore and supernatural powers of TATHAGATA

 Many Bodhisattvas asked him three times and acknowledged his desire to hear the teachings of the Buddha, so he said, "Listen to me attentively! I will tell you about my secret lore and super natural powers." was first said. It is this "Secret lore and super natural powers" that is explained in  "THE DURATION OF THE LIFE OF THE TATHAGATA Chapter 16".


The secret of Tathagata refers to the essence of Tathagata, and the power of supernatural refers to the function of Tathagata. The Buddha did not simply appear in the world for eighty years and preach the teachings. The Buddha that appeared in this world is a temporary Buddha, and the true Buddha must be an eternal Buddha. The function of the eternal Buddha is deep and wide, so he called it the power of supernatural.


The secret lore and supernatural power of TATHAGATA is the wonderful power of the eternal Buddha. The eternal Buddha is invisible to our eyes. It's a secret because it's hidden. However, it is a mistake to think that you do not know because it is hidden. The eternal Buddha's function is that the vegetation blooms in the morning of spring, the leaves grow thick in summer, the leaves turn red in autumn, and the leaves fall in winter. 


referrence "Reading the Hokkekyo" by Shigeo Kamada,

&Volume 2 of the ”HOUTEIMYOISHO"



Good Doctor's Metaphor

The good doctor's metaphor explains why the Buddha's life was eternally resident, but why the Buddha that appeared on this earth was destroyed in eighty years.


The father gave a good medicine (Lotus Sutra) to the children (sentient beings) who accidentally suffered from poisoning in the absence of their father (Buddha), but the disappointed children refused to take the medicine. Therefore, the father left the messenger to save them by setting up a mercy service and told them that he was dead. The fainted children were so sad that they regained their true feelings and took good medicine to completely cure their illness. At this time, their father returned and revealed that the life of the Buddha would be permanent.


The Nichiren saint understood the child of disappointment as a sentient being live in the disappearance of Buddhism, the good medicine as a five-characters(MYO.HO.REN.GE.KYO), and the messenger as a bodhisattvas from underground. He devoted himself to the mission of the five characters of MYOHO.


Refer to the Nichiren Sect Encyclopedia


Recite the theme of NAMUMYOUHORENGEKYO toward sunrise at Mt. Sacred Eagle
Recite the theme of NAMUMYOUHORENGEKYO toward sunrise at Mt. Sacred Eagle