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This is more or less the same teaching "the reincarnation" part is expounded in Buddhism, or rather Nichiren Buddhism which is based on the Lotus
Sutra of the Mahayana Branch of Buddhism. The Lotus Sutra
Before I continue further, I would like to point out that all religion or religious teaching is to be expounded or propagated directly to the lay
person (i.e you and me) but sadly most of the "secrets" were either lost in translation or being filtered by someone who wants to be in control.
thus, the true meaning of all doctrines might be lost throughout times. This happened in Buddhism as well.
The essence of the philosophy of Lotus Sutra is the teaching of Ichinen Sanzen, 3000 realms in a single life moment, and the fundamental principle
that all living being and it's environment is interconnected on the most fundamental level which is called the Mystic Law, The law of the universe
which governs everything and contains the inexhaustible amount of life-force or energy that we can all tap into.
and the means or skills to obtain this life-force in the universe is inherent in all of us and teaching of Buddha through the Lotus Sutra and not
Buddha himself. as explains in the Nichiren Buddhism through a topic call " Buddhism equals daily life"
I quote the following from Buddhims equals Daily Life
Many of us may have been conditioned during our upbringing to see things to do with a religion or a teaching primarily in spiritual terms so that a
distorted view of Buddhism as being `other worldly` is formed. Yet Nichiren Daishonin`s Buddhism teaches that the spiritual and physical/material
aspects of life are inextricably linked. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and practising Nichiren Daishonin`s Buddhism, in the face of day to day
realities with its ups and downs, gives us a powerful means to draw out our Buddhahood. We find the key to our happiness in the middle of our daily
lives! This is one meaning of `Buddhism equals daily life`
Though there were many other Sutras that is written or taught by Shakyamuni / Gautama Buddha, Lotus Sutra is the last Sutra that he expounded in a
ceremony called "The Ceremony in the Air" before he passed into extinction. While he has written or taught many other sutras before this, do note
that,all other Sutras is written during his earlier lifetime of traveling and sharing his insights/ learning in his journey of discoveries. However,
the rest of the Sutras continue to survive and been adopted into many different schools of Buddhist teaching.
The fundamental teaching of Buddha is categorized into:
1) Hinayana (The Lesser Vehicle)
2) Mahayana (The Greater Vehicle)
When the Lotus Sutra is expounded to the world in the "Ceremony in the Air", Shakyamuni Buddha declares that all he has taught thus far in the Lotus
Sutra is true and ends with Shakyamuni urging the audience to propagate the lotus sutra in the latter day of the Law:
The Ceremony in the Air signifies that the mystical Law of the Lotus Sutra transcend the framework of time and space, which means that for someone
that devote him/herself in the Lotus Sutra by chanting Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo (literally translated as devotion to the Lotus Sutra) you can observe your
life of past,present and future in a single moment of mind and tap into the inexhaustible energy or life-force that exists in and around us to
overcome our challenges or obstacles in our daily life.
Fundamentally, all of us is form/created from some forms of energy, and when we die, we will revert to the original state of a latent form of energy
waiting to be reborn in another life in another form of energy.
In the teaching of the Hinayana branch of Buddhism, you will find that in order for your to attain enlightenment, you will requires more than 1
lifetime to achieved that if you are lucky.
Hinayana is a combination of 2 words in sanskrit, Hina and Yana
Hina means "poor, miserable; vile, base, abject, contemptible," and "despicable." and yana means Vehicle
While the word "Maha" means Great and Yana means Vehicle. in the Mahayana sutras, emphasis are made on the extensive instruction of (Sanskrit:
upāya,) or Skillful means in Chapter 2 of the Lotus Sutra and Lotus Sutra is the only Sutra that is well known to have expound extensively on the
instruction and concept of Skillful means.
Read : Lotus Sutra
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