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Gosho Passage Dec 2020 / 2020年12月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Nichinyo gozen”:
This Gohonzon exists within faith alone, as expressed by the two characters, “belief” and “heart” (shin-jin). This is what is meant by “gaining entrance [to enlightenment] through faith alone” [in the Lotus Sutra]. The disciples and followers of Nichiren, without any doubt, wholeheartedly believe in “honestly discarding expedient means” and “not accepting a single verse of the other sutras.” Thus, they can enter the Treasure Tower of the Gohonzon. How encouraging, how heartening! By all means, exert your best efforts for the sake of your future lives. It is most important to chant only Nam-Myoho- Renge-Kyo and attain Buddhahood. This will depend on the strength of your faith. The essence of Buddhism is to have faith.

此御本尊亦只纳于信心二字。以信得入者是也。日莲之弟子檀那等,以“正直舍方 便”、“不受余经一偈”,无二信之故,得入此御本尊之宝塔中也。幸甚幸甚。无论如何后生必安稳,必安稳。诚惶诚恐。唯唱南无妙法莲华经而成佛之事尤为重 要。应依信心之厚薄也。佛法之根本以信为源。

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Gosho Passage Nov 2020 / 2020 年 11月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On Persecutions Befalling the Buddha”:
The four kinds of punishment consist of the general and individual, and the conspicuous and inconspicuous. The great epidemics and national famines, the extensive uprisings, and the foreign invasion occurring in Japan are general punishment. Epidemics are also a form of inconspicuous punishment. [The deaths experienced by] Ota and the others represent conspicuous and individual punishment. Each one of you must summon up the spirit of the lion king and never cower to those who may threaten you in any way. The lion king is never intimidated by even a hundred beasts, and the same is true of its cubs. [Those who slander] are like howling jackals, while the followers of Nichiren are like roaring lions.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《圣 人御难事》曰:

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Gosho Passage Oct 2020 / 2020 年 10月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Soya”:
Trying to attain enlightenment without admonishing slander of the Law is like seeking water in fire or fire in water. How useless! No matter how earnestly one upholds faith in the Lotus Sutra, a single act of slander will cause one to fall into hell without fail. It is like a single crab leg, which can ruin a thousand pots of lacquer. This is what is meant by, “The poison has penetrated deeply, causing them to lose their true mind.”


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Gosho Passage Sep 2020 / 2020 年 9月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Rissho ankoku-ron”:
When I, with my limited knowledge, read the sutras, I find that all people have gone against the correct Law and become wholly devoted to evil doctrines. This is why all the guardian deities have abandoned this country and sages have left this land, and not to return. Seizing this opportunity, devils and demons rush in, bringing disasters and calamities. This is most fearful. We must speak out!


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Gosho Passage August 2020 / 2020 年 8月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On Practicing According to the Buddha’s Teachings”:
The fifth Five-hundred-year Period, which corresponds to the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law, is the time when the pure and perfect teaching of the single truth of the Lotus Sutra is to be propagated throughout the world. [As precisely predicted by the Buddha], this is the age of conflict, when the pure Law will become obscured and lost, and the Lotus Sutra and pre-Lotus Sutra teachings are confused. When there are enemies, you should take up a sword, stave, and bows and arrows. When there are no enemies, you do not need such weapons. In the present time of the Latter Day of the Law, the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings are the enemies of the Lotus Sutra. When the teaching of the one vehicle of Buddhahood is spread, all the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings become its enemies. When the Lotus Sutra and pre-Lotus Sutra teachings are confused, you first should refute the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings using the true Mahayana. Of the two practices of shoju and shakubuku, this is called shakubuku, based on the Lotus Sutra.

宗祖日莲大 圣 人于《如说修行抄》曰:
末法始之五百岁唯 纯 圆 一实之法华经 广 宣 流布之时也。佛定此时为斗诤坚固、白法隐没,权实杂乱之际也。有敌时应持刀杖弓箭,无敌时弓箭兵 杖 何用。今时权教即 成 实教之敌。一 乘 流布时代权教成敌。混淆不清应由实教责之。於摄折之修行 中 谓此乃法华折伏也。

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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 practised [in order to observe one’s mind] based on the theory [elucidated in the surface meaning of the words]. 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《三大秘法禀 承事》曰:
题目有二意,所谓 正 像 与末法也。 正 法时,天亲菩萨、龙树菩萨虽 唱 题目,但仅止于自行。 像 法时,南岳、天台等 唱 南无 妙 法 莲 华经,乃为自行不为化他广 说。是理行之题目也。入末法,今日莲所 唱之题目异于前代,乃亘及自行化他之南无妙法莲华经也。

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Gosho Passage June 2020 / 2020 年 6月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Letter to Ni’ike”

It is said that the Kankucho bird in the Snow Mountains suffers from the cold at night and cries out it will build a nest after dawn. But when the sun rises, it is lulled to sleep in the warmth of the morning sun, and again, does not build its nest. For its whole life, it keeps screeching in vain. The same applies to humans. Upon falling into hell, we suffer in anguish in raging fires, yearning to be reborn as a human so that we can make offerings to the three treasures before everything else and attain enlightenment in the future. However, when we happen to be reborn as a human, the wind of desire for fame and fortune blows fiercely, easily extinguishing our light of determination for Buddhist practice.

宗祖日莲大 圣 人于《新池御书》曰:


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Gosho Passage May 2020 / 2020 年 5月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Nichinyo gozen”:

It is said that the Yellow River becomes clear once in a thousand years. It is said that a sage makes his advent only once in a thousand years. A Buddha is said to be born only once in innumerable kalpas. Even if you encounter the Buddha, it is difficult to encounter the Lotus Sutra. And even if you encounter the Lotus Sutra, it is still more difficult for common mortals like us, who were born in the Latter Day of the Law, to encounter the votary of the Lotus Sutra.



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Gosho Passage April 2020 / 2020 年 4月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Sairen-bo”:

The votaries of the Lotus Sutra must neither discard their faith nor dishonestly live their lives. If they devote their lives completely to the Lotus Sutra and practice precisely as stated in the golden words of the Buddha, they will, without fail, enjoy a long and healthy life, unaffected by misfortunes and illnesses. They will achieve the ultimate supreme effect not only in their future lifetimes but also in their current lives. Moreover, they will be able to attain the great aspiration of kosen-rufu.



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Gosho Passage March 2020 / 2020 年 3月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Shijo Kingo
(Shijo kingo dono-gohenji)”:

The Lotus Sutra states: “If, after my passing, there are good men and good women, and one among them secretly preaches the entire Lotus Sutra or a phrase of it to even one other person, then you should know that this individual, indeed, is an envoy of the Tathagata. As the Tathagata’s envoy, he carries out compassionate action in his stead.” A person who recites even a character or a phrase of the Lotus Sutra and also preaches it to others is an envoy of Lord Shakyamuni.


法华经云“若是善男子 善女人 我灭度后 能窃为一人说法华经 乃至一句 当知是人 则如来使 如来所遣 行如来事”等云云。一字一句唱法华经,又向人说,即为教主释尊之使也。

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