Ultimate Respect

The Lotus SutraThe Lotus Sutra, which explains that all people can attain Buddhahood and that all people are Buddhas, embodies a spirit of supreme respect for human beings.

By contrast, those teachings and ideas that seek to turn people into objects to be exploited, embody ultimate disrespect for human beings.

Such disrespect is an expression of fundamental darkness. On the level of the individual, practising the Lotus Sutra means confronting the fundamental darkness in one’s own life.

~ Daisaku Ikeda

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