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Bringing Forth Protection From Without

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“Buddhism teaches that, when the Buddha nature manifests itself from within, it will receive protection from without.” (“The Three Kinds of Treasure,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 848)

Ikeda Sensei’s Guidance

Nichiren Daishonin explains … the “Buddha nature manifesting itself from within and bringing forth protection from without.” In other words, when we activate the Buddha nature inside us, it will cause the protective functions of life to work externally.

We possess this Buddha nature, and it is up to us to awaken to and manifest it. By practicing Nichiren Buddhism, the Mystic Law comes to permeate one’s life and exert its influence (see WND-1, 848)—that is, our Buddha nature, once revealed, pervades our lives in the same way that burning incense imbues our clothing with its fragrance. Our Buddha nature emerges like a fragrance wafting in the breeze. And while we speak of receiving protection from the heavenly deities—the positive forces of the universe—the first step in that process is to embark on our own inner transformation. …

In other words, because we all possess the Buddha nature, when we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with a clearly focused mind, the life of the Buddha is summoned forth from within and emerges. Manifesting our inner Buddhahood causes protection to arise from without. All this hinges on our inner focus or resolve.

In light of the principle of the Buddha nature manifesting itself from within and bringing forth protection from without, we can definitely change any situation or environment by transforming our fundamental mindset and revealing our Buddha nature. All fear vanishes the moment we fully believe that “I alone write the script for the drama of my life.” (The Teachings for Victory, vol. 1, pp. 167–68)

From the July 2023 Living Buddhism

SGI-USA Phoenix Buddhist Center

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