The ‘Original’ and the ‘Subordinate’

The [Lotus Sutra] it must be understood, consists of two parts, the “original” and the “subordinate” respectively. The former treats of the original Buddha and the original reality of all living beings, while the latter deals with the subordinate Buddha and the derived or temporary condition of all living beings. Thus the Buddha is conceived of under a twofold aspect; one, as originally or self enlightened, the other as having attained enlightenment only after study and meditation. Again, the real state of living beings connotes the reality of things as perceived by the Buddha intellect – that is, their natural and true condition.

Doctrines of Nichiren (1893)