Waga Soshi ha Kanyou konomi Tamauzoya Onndeshi dannna Mamori shitagae
On the surface, it means "Our founder of a religious sect wants to grasp the key points, so we all follower have to obey it".
Today's theme is to get the main points.
In the Lotus Sutra, the most important poit is "Odaimoku(Namu Myou Hou Ren Ge Kyo)" that we belivers of HBS chant every day but do you know why? Let's check it out!
There are five Buddhist scriptures (classified into five large groups) that Gautama Buddha preached. Chronologically, the Kegon(Avatamska) Sutra, the Agon Sutra, the Houdou Sutra, the Hannya(Wisdom) Sutra, the Hokke(Lotus) Sutra.
Tendai Daishi, who was alive in China from 538 to 597 and studied the Lotus Sutra, quoted the case of "taste" to explain them clearly. In order, Nyu Mi(taste of milk), Raku Mi(taste of butter), Shoso Mi(it seemed that "so" was ancient cheese in Japan), Jukuso Mi, Daigo Mi("Daigo" was a refined thick drink from milk and it seemed so delicious. From that, the word Daigo started to be used for the splendid things).
Raku Mi includes Nyu Mi, but Nyu Mi does not contain Raku Mi, just like butter includes flavor of milk but milk does not contain butter. In the same way, Shoso Mi contains Raku Mi and Nyu Mi...then Daigo Mi contains all of tastes. It means that once you could understand key pooints of Lotus Sutra and practice what it preaches, you are happy! That's why Lotus Sutra is the most important in whole Buddhist scriptures.
It's just one of reason why "Odaimoku" is the most important for us. To listen to Gohoumonn(sermon) every day, especially in this Kansannkei, becomes it clearly, so let's keep it!!