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Nichiren Shoshu and Nam myoho renge kyo

To: soc.religion.eastern
From: Anil Raja (deeppurple@maple.circa.ufl.edu)
Subj: Nichiren Shoshu and Nam myoho renge kyo (0000.nschant.ar) 
Date: unknown

     All Nichiren sects chant this phrase, I believe, and its
practice originates in Japan, founded by the True Buddha,
Nichiren Daishonin.  The words are a Japanese pronunciation of
the title of the Lotus Sutra, whose Sanskrit pronunciation is
"Saddharma Pundarika Sutra".  Kumarajiva translated it into 
Chinese, and the title was something like "Miao-fu-lienge-ciao".
The Japanese pronunciation is Nam myoho renge kyo.  The "Nam"
is for devotion, and the sentence reads:
"Devotion to the Mystic Law Lotus Sutra".
    There are many many meanings attributed to this phrase,
including, for sutra, as a previous poster mentioned, "thread".
"Myo" is unfathomable, and "ho" is law.  This is not to say
that Myoho is unreasonable, however it is not accounted for by
reason alone.

    An introductory pamphlet states:
    In these words [Nam myoho renge kyo] Nichiren Daishonin
embodied the universal truth to which he had attained 
enlightenment.  He taught that by chanting this phrase all
people regardless of ability or understanding, could actually
activate their potential for enlightenment and establish 
indestructable happiness.
    SGI members all chant this phrase.  We use our faith to create
peace and harmony in society, by setting an example of our own
personal growth.  There are other SGI members who read this group,
and they can contribute to this discussion also.  I'd be happy to
answer any questions.     

Anil Raja
deeppurple@maple.circa.ufl.edu

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