1. You will have the Law of Namumyohorengekyo in the center of your life, and you will not live by depending on your likes and dislikes, on your emotions, on merit or demerit, on a fixed idea, or on existing ideas.
2. Rely upon the Dharma or ultimate truth itself .
3. Do not distort or bend the teachings of the Lotus Sutra to suit any power, whether it's wealth, employer or boss, parents, siblings, pressure from any organizations, or the opinions of others.
4. Do not get drawn in or swept up by the majority.
In "Refuting Ryokan and the Others" (Gosho Zenshu p. 1293), it says that Nichiren Daishonin made these his standard, and realized the True Law of Namumyohorengekyo.
The purpose of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and the Gosho are basically for the achievement of enlightenment for all living things. There are no absolute and perfect people. There isn't one special person. A very basic teaching of this Buddhism is that all living beings have the Ten Worlds from Hell to Buddhahood in their lives. There isn't a special, omnipotent and omniscient person whom you can ask to absolve you of your sins, approve your actions or enlighten you. Each person should devote him- or herself to following the Law and not a person. Practice diligently to polish your own Buddha nature and achieve enlightenment. This is the Daishonin's teaching.
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