Monthly Gosho Passage

Gosho Passage October 2017 / 2017 年 10月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Kyo’o”:

I, Nichiren, with sumi ink, have infused my life into the Gohonzon. So believe in it. The will of the Buddha is the Lotus Sutra, but the spirit of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《经王殿御返事》曰:

日莲魂魄注染于墨而书之,当信也。
佛之意乃法华经,日莲魂魄即南无妙法莲华经。

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Gosho Passage September 2017 / 2017 年 9月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Letter to Akimoto”:

The doctrine of sowing, maturing, and harvesting is the heart and core of the Lotus Sutra. It is only through the five characters of Myo-Ho-Ren-Ge-Kyo, the seed of enlightenment, that all Buddhas of the three existences and the ten directions have attained Buddhahood.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《秋元御书》曰:

种熟脱之法门,是法华经之肝心。三世十方之佛,必以妙法莲华经五字为种而成佛。

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Gosho Passage August 2017 / 2017 年 8月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “The Letter to Hōren”:

Trying to practise the doctrines of this sutra without faith is tantamount to entering a treasure-filled mountain without hands or attempting to walk on a journey of a thousand ri without feet.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《法莲抄》曰:

无信而行此经,如无手而入宝山,无足而欲行千里之路。

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Gosho Passage July 2017 / 2017 年 7月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On the Transmission of the Three Great Secret Laws”:

There are two types of Daimoku: the Daimoku chanted during the Former and Middle Days of the Law, and the Daimoku to be chanted during the Latter Day of the Law. Although Bodhisattvas Vasubandhu and Nagarjuna themselves chanted the Daimoku during the Former Day of the Law, they did so to practise for themselves only. During the Middle Day of the Law, Nanyue, Tiantai, and others did chant the Daimoku; however, they did it only for the sake of their own practice and not for teaching others. This type of Daimoku was practiced based on the theory. Now, in the Latter Day of the Law, the Daimoku that Nichiren chants is different from that of previous ages. It is the Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo of the practice for oneself, and the practice for others.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《三大秘法稟承事》曰:

题目者,有二意,所谓正像与末法也。正法虽有天亲菩萨,龙树菩萨唱之,仅止于自行而唱。像法有南岳,天台等,亦唱南无妙法莲华经,但为自行,不广为化他而说。此为理行之题目。入末法,今日莲所唱之题目异于前代,乃亘于自行化他之南无妙法莲华经也。

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Gosho Passage June 2017 / 2017 年 6月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “The Swords of Good and Evil”:

Money serves various purposes according to our needs. The same is true of the Lotus Sutra. It will be a lantern in the dark or a boat at a crossing. At times it will be water, and at other times, fire. This being so, the Lotus Sutra assures us of “peace and security in this life and good circumstances in the next.”

宗祖日莲大圣人于《弥源太殿御返事》曰:

谓钱者,随用而变也。法华经亦复如是。暗时为灯,渡时为舟,或亦为水,或亦为火。若然,法华经乃现世安稳,后生善处之经也。

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Gosho Passage May 2017 / 2017 年 5月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “The Swords of Good and Evil”:

Should Nichiren die before you, I will come to meet you at the moment of your death. If you should die before I do, I will be sure to tell King Emma everything about you. All that I tell you is true. According to the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren is the guide on the difficult road to enlightenment. Devote yourself single-mindedly to the faith with the aim of reaching Eagle Peak.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《弥源太殿御返事》曰:

日莲若先去,必来相迎。又若君先行,日莲必向阎魔法王详述之。此事无丝毫虚言。若如法华经之文,日莲为通塞之引导也。只一心贯彻信心,期往灵山。

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Gosho Passage April 2017 / 2017 年 4月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On Attaining Buddhahood”:

Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished. A mind which is presently clouded by illusions originating from the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but once it is polished it will become clear, reflecting the enlightenment of immutable truth. Arouse deep faith and polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《一生成佛抄》曰:

譬如暗镜,若经琢磨则视之如玉,今一念无明之迷心乃未磨之镜也。若磨之,必成法性真如之明镜。应深发信心,日夜朝暮不懈磨之。如何磨之,只奉唱南无妙法莲华经,是云磨也。

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Gosho Passage March 2017 / 2017 年 3月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On the Lifeblood of True Buddhism”:

Be resolved to summon forth the great power of your faith, and chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with the prayer that your faith will be “steadfast and correct at the moment of your death”.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《生死一大事血脉抄》曰:

务必致力强盛之大信力,以南无妙法莲华经祈念临终正念。

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Gosho Passage February 2017 / 2017 年 2月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Letter to Lord Niike”:
Deep in the Snow Mountains lives a bird called Kankucho which, tortured by the numbing cold, cries that it will build a nest in the morning. Yet, when the day breaks, it sleeps away the hours in the warm light of the morning sun without building its nest. So it continues to cry vainly throughout its life. The same is true of people.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《新池御书》曰:

雪山之寒苦鸟,被寒苦折磨,
虽夜中鸣叫,天亮必造巢;
但日出,贪眠于朝阳之温暖;
忘寒苦,不造巢。
又得夜鸣,如此虚度一生。
一切众生,亦复如是。

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Gosho Passage January 2017 / 2017 年 1月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Letter to Niike”:
When they fall into hell and suffocate in its flames, they long to be reborn as humans and vow to put everything else aside and serve the Three Treasures in order to attain enlightenment in their next life. But even on the rare ocassions when they happen to be reborn human, the winds of fame and fortune blow violently and the lamp of Buddhist practice is easily extinguished. They squander their wealth without a qualm on meaningless trifles but begrudge even the smallest contribution to the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood. This is very serious, for then they are being hindered by messengers from hell.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《新池御书》曰:

堕地狱受焰呛之苦时,只愿未来生而为人搁诸事供养三宝。虽誓愿后世成就菩提,然偶至人间时,名闻名利之风激烈,佛道修行之灯易灭。于无益之事不惜耗尽财宝,却不愿对佛法僧作稍许之供养,此事非等闲,乃地狱之使竞相所为。

Download Gosho Passage – January 2017 / 下载 2017 年 1月御书文段