Finally, we enter Chapter 28, the final chapter of the Lotus Sutra. The Universal-sage(Fugen) Bodhisattva, who had heard from a far-off east country in which the Treasure-Power-Virtue-Superior-King Buddha live that Shakyamuni Buddha preaching the Lotus Sutra on Mt.Sacred Eagle. And ask so.
"How can I obtain the teachings of the Lotus Sutra after Shakyamuni passed away?"
Based on this Universal-Sage Bodhisattva question, the Lotus Sutra that has been preached so far is summarized and reviewed from a different angle, so this chapter is also called "Reenactment of the Lotus Sutra."
While Shakyamuni-Buddha was preaching the Lotus Sutra, Universal-Sage Bodhisattva came from the far east with countless other bodhisattvas. At that time, Shakyamuni Buddha said that if he had fulfilled the four Dharma, he would obtain this Lotus Sutra after the death of the Tathagata. At this time, Universal-Sage Bodhisattva, after the death of the Buddha, will bring peace to those who uphold this sutra, and will appear on a white elephant with six tusks to face many hardships. I vowed to protect him and to make him remember even forgotten verses. Among his vows was that if he practiced the Lotus Sutra for thirty-seven days (21 days), Universal-Sage Bodhisattva would ride on a six-tusked white elephant and preach the Dharma. He preached a mantra saying that he would give Dharani to
Moreover, in showing the many benefits and merits of those who uphold the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni-Buddha added that those who uphold this sutra are those who exercise self-discipline and practice of this Bodhisattva. . After the death of the Buddha, the upholding of the Lotus Sutra is elevated to the protection of Shakyamuni Buddha through the Universal-Sage Bodhisattva. It can be said that what was left there was a big heart expansion and a sense of relief that could be said to be immovable.
Nichirenshu Ishikawa Dojo statement
In response to the Universal-Sage Bodhisattva's question, Shakyamuni-Buddha preached four important points in practicing the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. He replied that if these four laws could be fulfilled, even after the death of the Buddha, it would be possible to obtain the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, in other words, to understand the truth.
The first is SHOBUTU GONEN, which means being protected by all Buddhas.
If you truly and sincerely believe that the Buddha is always watching over you and protecting you at any time and in any place, you will always be with the Buddha.
The second is JIKISHO TOKUHON, the planting of the sources of all virtues.
"Planting the roots of virtue means planting good roots." In other words, it means accumulating hidden virtues. Whether people know about it or not, it doesn't matter at all.
The third is NYU SHOUJOUJU, or to enter SHOUJOUJU.
"SHOUJOUJU" means that faith is determined. To say that faith is properly established means that we do not make selfish decisions, and that we do not take things for granted. In other words, it means to live according to the Buddha's teachings.
The fourth is HOTUGU ISSAISHUJO, to set out to save all sentient beings.
Once you have established your own beliefs, then the Buddha's mercy to save all sentient beings must become your actions. Kenji Miyazawa said, "There is no individual happiness unless the world as a whole is happy."
Exactly so, and that is the way of life of the Lotus Sutra.
If we take a closer look at these four dharma fulfillments, we will be able to grasp what the Lotus Sutra preaches. First, we are always and everywhere in the mercy of the Eternal Buddha, who has eternal life. That is why we can say that planting good roots is accumulating hidden virtues. By doing so, one's faith will be established correctly, and this time one will be able to do one's best for many people.
That is to say, just as the Lotus Sutra was about to finish preaching, Bodhisattva Fugen came from a faraway land in the East and asked how the Buddha should be able to truly understand the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. But once again, we are reenacting the teachings of the Lotus Sutra.
"If someone reads this Lotus Sutra and practices according to its teachings, then I will ride a white elephant with six tusks and go with many bodhisattvas to that practitioner to make offerings and protect them. And let us watch over the practitioner's heart in peace, because it is for the sake of the Lotus Sutra."
"Those who wish to practice the Lotus Sutra in the age of the Latter Day of the Law should devote themselves wholeheartedly for 21 days. In the meantime, I will appear on a white elephant to delight and inspire the practitioners."
Then he preached a dharani called FUGENJU.
"Kanboppon'' means a chapter of inspiration and encouragement, and from this, Fugen Bosatsu is a bodhisattva who encourages and motivates practitioners of the Lotus Sutra.
So Fugen Bodhisattva made a vow.
"World Honored One, I will now protect this sutra with my supernatural power, and after the death of the Tathagata, I will spread it widely within the Jambudvipa(Enbudai), so that it will not be cut off."
Then Shakyamuni-Buddha praised the Universal-Sage Bodhisattva and said,
"I must use my supernatural powers to protect those who are able to bear the name of Fugen Bosatsu."
In this way, it is stated that I will protect those who bear the name of Fugen Bosatsu. The fact that Shakyamuni Buddha protects those who hold the name Fugen Bosatsu means that he protects the practitioners of the Lotus Sutra. In other words, the Buddha, the Universal-Sage Bodhisattva, and the Lotus Sutra are one.
The Lotus Sutra, which began with the first preface,"NYOZEGAMON(like this I heard)" ends with the twenty-eighth "SARAINIKO(worship and leave)'' When Shakyamuni-Buddha preached this sutra, various bodhisattvas including the Universal-Sage Bodhisattva, many disciples of Shakyamuni including Sariputra, and heaven, dragon, non-humans, etc. All the people who were present at the seat of the sermon were greatly delighted, and gratefully received the sermon of the Buddha, bowed to each other, and left Mt. Sacred Eagle with great vows in their hearts.
Citation "The Lotus Sutra Lecture Part 2" by Tanaka Nichijun