Attaining Buddhahood In This Lifetime

You must never think that any of the eighty thousand sacred teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime or any of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and three existences are outside yourself.

Your practice of the Buddhist teachings will not relieve you of the sufferings of birth and death in the least unless you perceive the true nature of your life.

If you seek enlightenment outside yourself, then your performing even ten thousand practices and ten thousand good deeds will be in vain. It is like the case of a poor man who spends night and day counting his neighbor’s wealth but gains not even half a coin…
It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha.
This is similiar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished , it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality.
Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night.
How should you polish it? Only by chanting,
“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”

From, The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
photo by Woodland Gnome

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