What is the meaning of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo?
Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the ultimate Law or true entity of life permeating the universe. It also signifies the name of the True Buddha as Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the same and identical with the life of the true Buddha from the beginningless past. Another interpretation of Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the essence and the heart of all sutras, and the most supreme and correct Law.
THE MYSTIC LAW
The meaning of each of the words is infinitely profound and goes beyond a literal definition. "Nam"originally derives from ancient Sanskrit. The closest translation of "Nam" is "devotion of our mind and body." Next, "Myoho-Renge" signifies the ultimate reality of the universe to which the Original Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin is enlightened, and "Kyo" inidicates the expressed teaching of the significance of "Myoho-Renge."
In Nichiren Daishonin's Gosho, "Reply to the Wife of Lord Ueno" ("Uneo ama gozen-gohenji") it states the following:
"The Lotus Sutra teaches that the hands used to hold it will immediately enter Buddhahood, and the mouth that chants the Daimoku will instantly become a Buddha.... The Lotus Sutra states, 'Among those who hear this Law, there is not one who shall not attain enlightenment.' This passage means that if there are a hundred or even a thousand people who embrace this sutra, all will become Buddhas without exception." (Gosho, p. 1574)