September 12

Tuesday, September 9, 2014: The Christ you see on the Cross is the Christ being crucified, the ordinary human being suffering the intense agony of torture. If you could see the real Christ, the resurrected Christ, what you would see is something totally different. Just picture, for a minute, the shapes, lines and curves that artists have rendered for centuries of the suffering, tortured Christ that Christians pray to. Now imagine those same shapes, lines and curves shifting slightly and revealing the image of the Chinese characters Nam-myoho-renge-kyo beaming forth down the center of the Gohonzon, flanked by all the living beings of the ten worlds. That is the risen Christ, the eternal Buddha of time without beginning that is the NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO essence of every human being and every life form permeating the universe. To realize this physically through chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon is to experience eternal resurrection that is in each moment of time.

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