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Re: Re: God And Buddha..........The Essence Of Buddhism....

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Posted by Glenn on December 9, 2000 07:15:42 UTC

So, the word ALLAH,in arabic, is only a borrowed name from different languages of the god in jews that u had mention.

you wrote:
What is Law without Life. 'Allah is the living Law which by it's/his Law give life to us an all things that come forth from nothing at the beginning.' i.e. Allah is the Fabricator of Life from Life of his Light that is made manifest in to matter/substance and energy which depend on the living Law which feeds it from various sources which also depend on Allah also. This Living Law, Allah, we say, MUST have had and has living intention to create, from it self, a self-fulfilling other living Laws in his (Allah's) generosity which is reflected in life itself as it lives and dies and returns to where it came from.

Answer: I am beginning to see the picture how u percieves the Ultimate reality. What u are talking with "Allah", a concatenate with "Buddha" sound which i firmly believe that Islam has influence from Buddhist teachings, as the living law and a fabricator of Life is the "Eternal Buddha" which state in the sutra. Buddha is seen as blank or void that describes in the sutra. It states the 32 negations that describes the nature of Buddha. Because of that many of buddhist monks "sangha" made how is Buddha pictured out. That is why they made many statues or of images of Buddhas in which they could show their respect and to pay homage to the Buddha. And many postulated worshipping statues of Buddhas, as their saviour, as u have seen them today.

Now, as you have said " What is the law without Life ". Our LAte president Toda of SGI,whom had a deep understanding of the Lotus sutra, has said:

" The Buddha is the Life itself!. It is an expression of Life. The Buddha does not exist outside ourselves, but within our Life. NO, it exist outside our lives as well. It is an entity of Cosmic Life."

That is the actual entity of Buddha. Mr. Toda used the word LIFE because he had percieve the Buddha as real entity. Yes! LIFE is a straightforard, familiar word we use everyday. But at the same time it is a word that can express the most profound essence of the Buddhist LAW, a single word that expresses infinite meaning. ALL human beings are endowed with LIFE, so this word has practical, concrete meaning for evryone. In this way, MR TODA's realization made Buddhism comprehensible to all.
Life has enormous diversity. It is rich and full of energy. At the same time, it operates according to ceratain laws and has defined rhythm. The doctrine of a single-Life moment possesing 3000 realms or 3000 worlds describes this harmony in diversity, and one who has percieve the essence of this principle is a Buddha.
With the word Buddha, the image of a supreme being tends to dominates poeples impression; it evokes a feeling of Buddha being somehow distant and separate from them. With the word LAW, the impersonal, as in "rule" or " phenomenon", is emphasized, and it doesn't evoke much warmth. Essentially, The BUDDHA and the LAW are not two different , separate things- the word LIFE encompasses both.
All people are endowed with Life, and life is immesurably precious. The declaration that the " Buddha is the Life itself" reveals the very essence of Buddhism- the Buddha and the Law- is in our own LIFE.

My practice of Nicheren Buddhism is different as what u seen in some Buddhist school like what u are familiar with is only Hinayana or theravda school of Buddhism. Nicheren Buddhism, a kind of Mahayana Buddhism, is basically the practice based on the teachings and philosophy of the Lotus sutra, the true Law(Dharma) of Mahayana teachings. And most especially, we are NOT worshipping images or statues of Buddha. The true nature of Life is the fusion both of our physical and spiritual aspects of Life because our Life is One with Eternal Buddha or the universal life, that is the Oneness of the MYSTIC LAW.

Buddhism as taught by Nicheren may be summed up in the phrase "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo ", which means, " I devote myself to the inexpressibly profound and wonderful truth- the philosophy of Life- expounded in the lotus sutra, which embodies the loftiest teachings of Buddhhism. In different words, the phrase signifies dedicating oneself to the ultimate reality of life- to the life that is omnipresent in the universe. NICHEREN Daishonin held that only when man becomes one with the Life of the universe does he achieve, absolute, unshakable happiness(the realm of Buddhahood)
The practice of Nicheren Daishonin aside from prescribed carrying out Buddhist practice is chanting of that phrase. According to his Buddhism, once a person trust himself entirely to the Mystic LAw or to Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, the power of universal Life suddenly wells up in him and he begins to live in unity with the Life of the universe. This phrase expresses the ultimate truth of Life and the universe. This truth operates within our lives and therefore, it allows each individual to tap his or her innate Enlightened nature directly. Thus, one who chants is able to gain power and wisdom to live with confidence, overcome any problems, and develop a happy future. That is the fundamental meaning of practice of Nicheren Daishonin's Buddhism.

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