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Study Lecture on Nichiren Buddhism Held in UK

Katsuji Saito Katsuji Saito (center) at Friends House (July 18)

On July 18, SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito delivered a Buddhist study lecture on Nichiren's writings to over 1,000 SGI-UK members at Friends House in London.

Mr. Saito lectured on Nichiren's writing "The True Aspect of All Phenomena," and spoke of the significance of the appearance, in the 15th chapter of the Lotus Sutra, of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth during the Ceremony in the Air. The Bodhisattvas of the Earth vowed to reappear after Shakyamuni's death and to help others attain enlightenment. Mr. Saito commented that the Bodhisattvas are described as "emerging from the earth" to signify their ability to break through the delusions and sufferings of the everyday world and bring happiness to all humanity. Through chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and overcoming all persecutions, Nichiren had proved that an ordinary person could reveal their Buddhahood. Those who practice Buddhism with the same spirit as Nichiren and who, based on a conviction that Buddha nature is inherent in all, dedicate themselves to the happiness of others are, according to Mr. Saito, Bodhisattvas of the Earth.

Mr. Saito also spoke about the concept of practicing Buddhism with the spirit of not begrudging our lives, which Nichiren encourages his disciple Sairen-bo to cultivate in "The True Aspect of All Phenomena." He said that its original meaning was to discard the small ego that restricts us and encourage self-motivation, a return to the vast original spirit of freedom and liberation. Mr. Saito said that it is by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo that we can bring forth this spirit of freedom and liberation, the vitality of Buddhahood with which we can triumph over each and every obstacle. He said that this is an eternal formula for both individual happiness and the realization of world peace.

SGI-UK At Friends House

[Adapted from an article in the July 20, 2011, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photos courtesy of SGI-UK Online News Bulletin]