does the Lotus Sutra mean when we are promised, "peace and security in
this lifetime and good circumstances in the next"?
signifies the benefits obtained by hearing the true Law in the present
lifetime, and also in the next life. The Medicinal Herbs (Yakusoyu;
fifth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra states:
Once these living beings have heard the Law, they will enjoy peace and
security in their present existence and good circumstances in future
Furthermore, if we exert our utmost efforts for kosen-rufu, we will get
lots of benefits. The
Daishonin teaches that we, the people living in the Latter Day of the Law, can
obtain the benefit of attaining Buddhahood by conducting the practice of
shakubuku. He states:
committed countless sins and accumulated much evil karma in the past, they must
expect to suffer heavy retribution for everything they have done for numerous
lifetimes. However, it is due to the blessings obtained by protecting the true
Law that they can diminish in this lifetime their suffering and retribution,
and eradicate their sins and evil karma.
(Gosho, p. 582 [Summary])
Thus, let’s chant Daimoku first
and take action to do shakubuku in order to establish a happy life in this
lifetime and in the next life.