ANSWER: Many people have the misconception about Buddhism that Buddhism is the teachings or words of the Buddha; that the Buddha created these teachings. But that is not so. Buddhism is the teachings of the Law, which teaches us how to attain enlightenment and become Buddha. Buddhas, bodhisattvas and common mortals attain enlightenment when they place the Law - Namu-myoho-renge-kyo - in the center.
There are many Buddhas who are recognized, such as Shakyamuni, Dainichi Buddha , Amida Buddha, Kannon and Miroku (Maitreya) to name a few. If we ask these Buddhas to save us then we are not practicing Buddhism. Even though other so-called Buddhisms are called Buddhisms they really are not Buddhism at all.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WHY IS NICHIREN SHOSHU NOT IN THE MAINSTREAM By Reverend Raido Hirota
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