It is our hope in writing this introduction to Buddhism
that each and every reader will be encouraged to try chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo
for themselves. We acknowledge that there is no small amount of
courage required to try something that is so foreign to one’s previous
religious beliefs. We have been in somewhat the same circumstances
as you probably are right now. We have chosen to try Nichiren’s
Buddhism, and we continue to be amazed with the results in our lives.
We challenge you, our reader, to try chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo
for thirty minutes to an hour (or more) each day and get a copy
of the writings of Nichiren and study them at least twenty minutes
a day for three months as an experiment. Such a practice will be
a clear test of the validity of this religion. We have yet to see
someone take this test and be able to come back to us and say that
they did not experience a remarkable and irreversible positive change
in their lives. Keep the three proofs in mind and prove this religion
to be true or false. Just as the law of gravity will not let anything
float to the heavens, the law of life cannot let even one single
person who tries this religion not be significantly and positively
affected by it, or it will be proven to be false.
The practice of Buddhism is not directly prohibited
by the most popular religions of our day – Christianity and Judaism.
You are not required to give up anything that you currently believe
to try practicing it. You must only have a seeking mind and the
courage to try for yourself a philosophy that will quickly change
your whole life for the better. There is no higher teaching than
this Buddhism. There is no other teaching that can actually free
you from the chains of your karma and establish absolute happiness
in your life. The practice is at once simple and extremely difficult.
As you challenge your doubts about yourself and this Buddhism, you
will open up a life you never knew you had. Remember the analogy
of the magnet and steel that we used to explain that as you chant
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo you take on the aspect of enlightenment. See
for yourself what this is like. No one could possibly explain enlightenment
to you even remotely as clearly as you will be able to see for yourself
when you chant Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. As you revolutionize your life,
you will clearly see others in your environment respond differently
to your life. You will become an actor rather than a reactor to
life. Even a few people with strong faith and practice can revolutionize
the world by revolutionizing their lives. We hope that you, the
reader, will join us.