What is Nichiren Buddhism about?

Nichiren Buddhism is about revealing one’s potentials to live a happy meaningful life, transforming all hardships into beneficial experiences - and helping others do the same.

What is the basic belief in Nichiren’s Buddhism?                                                

•  The basic belief in Nichiren Buddhism is that everything in nature: plants, animals and human beings - live according to a universal and eternal Law of Life (Myoho). 

•  When one’s behaviour and relationships accord with this Law of Life, then one’s life is in a state of harmony and good fortune.  On the other hand, sufferings emerge when one is ignorant of the working of this Law (called also the Law of Cause and Effect).

The focus in Christianity is on God. What about Buddhism?

The focus in Buddhism is on the human being: it is about how to transform human sufferings and how to live a happy and harmonious life. 

In Christianity: God is eternal, divine and creative.                                                                  In Buddhism :  Life  is eternal, divine and creative. 

What is the main principle or main teaching in Buddhism ? 

The main teaching in Buddhism is that : all people possess the potential for enlightenment and happiness.  In other words, all people have the potential for revealing and expressing their “Buddhanature” – which is the highest possible state one can enjoy: life force, wisdom and compassion.

What is the daily practice in Nichiren Buddhism compared with other schools?

The general practice of Traditional Buddhism is silent meditation towards a Buddha statue. The practice of Nichiren Buddhism is based on voice chanting, towards a Mandala (Gohonzon), which represents the Life of Buddhahood.

Chanting is a rhythmic vibrations, which harmonise the body and mind.  It creates a feeling of inner peace and clarity in mind.

What is the meaning of the Chanting phrase: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo?

In the deepest essence of its meaning,

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo   -  can be understood as:

I lead my life to happiness, lifeforce and enlightenment

Nam – means I lead myself to devotion and harmony with the Law of Life (MyohoRengeKyo)

MyohoRengeKyo is the Law of Life (or the Law of Reality, the Law of Cause and Effect). 

Myoho stands for the unexplainable and wonderful reality of life.

Renge Kyo means the Law of Lotus (or the Law of Cause and Effect), which explains the dynamism, through which we can transform our life.  The metaphor of the Lotus flower refers to this possibility, as the flower transforms its environment of mud into a mystic beautiful structure.

How does chanting work?

Chanting rhythm is comfortable for the body and mind.  The rhythmic action of chanting harmonises the muscles of one’s breathing, the most important action for the physical aspect of the body. 

The mental aspect of chanting constitutes the intention of the individual to take responsibility for one’s life and to achieve inner harmony.

Through chanting, one perceives a feeling of peace in one’s heart, and clarity of mind. With emerging clarity in mind, one understands the deeper meaning of occurring events in one’s life, and how to transform hardships through the power of the Law of Cause and Effect to achieve desirable outcome (to benefit self and others).

The reason why chanting is effective is that: the Law of Cause and Effect operates at the background of all events in reality and in all states of life.  Both the chanting phrase and the dynamics of reality express the same principle. Through chanting one acquires the clarity and courage to take responsibility for actions and behaviour to direct one’s life towards the best state, making one’s life enjoyable and meaningful.