This is just a short post to provide a copy of an “Ichinen Sanzen Explained” graphic I produced to explain how we arrive at the 3000 realms in a single moment of life, as revealed by T’ien-t’ai and later embodied by Nichiren Daishonin in Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
The Ichinen Sanzen diagram shows how the ten worlds, the mutual possession of the ten worlds, the ten factors, and the three realms all combine to provide insight into the incredible beauty and complexity of life at any given moment.
Ichinen (Ichi meaning One, and Nen being a translation of Sati-Smrti – or mindfulness) Sanzen (literally, 3000) was a system of thought put forth by the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai in China. It teaches the interconnectedness of all phenomena, including buddhahood, and our own lives. It is a deeply profound teaching and won’t be tackled here today! But here is the diagramDownload Ichinen Sanzen PDF