(Recompense of Indebtedness) by Nichiren Shonin, translated by Taikyo Yajima, published 1988, 247 pages, Hardbound, Bilingual (English, Japanese)

Hoon is generally regarded the way human beings should follow. Nichiren Shonin, however, grasped the essence of the Hoon, regarded as a common ethic in human society, to be fundamental to Buddhism. That is to say, Nichiren Shonin saw that ultimately the concept of Hoon, which is a moral code of ordinary society, has something in common with the concept of attaining Buddhahood, which is the basic principle of Buddhism. He believed that attainment of Buddhahood was not a step in which individual reached an ideal state but was the only way to perform the recompense of indebtedness to all living beings.Nichiren Shonin came to believe this as he saw that worldly and spiritual ideals are ultimately one and the same. In other words, Nichiren Shonin realized that complete attainment of Buddhahood meant complete recompense of indebtedness to all living beings, and that they are merely two sides of a coin.In the last chapter he mentions the ultimate intention of his essay, that all the merit he has accumulated by spreading the Lotus Sutra at the risk of his life be dedicated to his late Master Dozen.


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