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Buddhism: The Most Precious Treasure

Life is the most precious of all treasures. Even one extra day of life is worth more than ten million ryo of gold.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Nichiren Daishonin teaches that life is the greatest treasure. It must be respected, and if there is any possibility to extend one’s life by even a day, this is equivalent to 10,000,000 coins of gold. This is not only true for human beings—life is the greatest treasure for all living beings in the sentient world.

Why is life considered to be so important from the standpoint of the Lotus Sutra? The reason is because all life exists within the ten worlds and therefore possesses the Buddha nature.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, What is the meaning of life? June, 2011.

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