Nichiren: The Message of “All People are Buddhas”

At the age of 16, Nichiren became a monk and spent close to 20 years studying the various Buddhist scriptures. He came to the conclusion that the Lotus Sutra is the highest teachings of Shakyamuni, and that the essence of the Lotus Sutra can be distilled to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Through his teachings and life struggles, Nichiren opened the way for all people to attain Buddhahood.