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A Short History of Buddhism. Shakyamuni’s Teaching. Taught for over 40 years, according to the circumstances and understanding of the people he met. Taught that suffering was the result of attachments. In the last eight years of his life he taught the Lotus Sutra. Lotus Sutra.

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Shakyamuni s teaching
Shakyamuni’s Teaching

  • Taught for over 40 years, according to the circumstances and understanding of the people he met.

  • Taught that suffering was the result of attachments.

  • In the last eight years of his life he taught the Lotus Sutra.


Lotus sutra
Lotus Sutra

  • Purpose of the Lotus Sutra was to enable all beings to enter into the Buddha way.

  • “Honestly discard expedient means” he discarded his previous teachings which had been preparatory.

  • Did not “attain Buddhahood” in this lifetime, but rather in remote past.

  • Explained that all beings are manifestations of Buddhahood, but did not leave a “method” to reveal it.


Nichiren daishonin
Nichiren Daishonin

  • 1222, born in Japan as the son of a fisherman.

  • Studied at local temple since 12

  • Entered the priesthood at 16


Nichiren daishonin1
Nichiren Daishonin

  • 1253 at 32, declared Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the correct teaching

  • 1279, inscribed the Dai Gohonzon, dedicated to the happiness of all mankind.


Nichiren s teaching
Nichiren’s Teaching

  • Declared that the Lotus Sutra is supreme amongst Buddhist teachings.

    • It teaches that everyone without exception has Buddhahood.

    • It reveals that life is eternal.

  • He was able to “read between the lines” and declare the ultimate teaching.

  • He revealed the fundamental law of universe which is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and taught a specific practice for all people to attain enlightenment.