Monthly Gosho Passage

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.”

宗祖日莲大圣人于《曾谷殿御返事》曰:
不责谤法而祈愿成佛,如火中求水,水中寻火。渺茫也。渺茫也。无论何等信奉法华经,若有谤法必堕地狱矣。如漆千杯入一蟹足。『毒气深入,失本心故』者是也。

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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!

宗祖日莲大圣人于《立正安国论》曰:
倩倾微管聊披经文,世皆背正人悉归恶。故善神舍国而相去,圣人辞所而不还。是以魔来鬼来,灾起难起。不可不言。不可不恐。

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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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Gosho Passage July 2020 / 2020 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 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:

雪山之寒苦鸟为寒苦所侵,虽鸣拂晓必筑巢,然日出即于朝日温暖中酣眠而忘,又未筑巢得一生虚鸣。一切众生亦复如是。堕地狱遭火呛时,祈愿再世为人将搁置诸事供养三宝,以助后世菩提,偶至人世,名闻名利之风炽盛,佛道修行之灯易灭。

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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.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《日女御前御返事》曰:

黄河千年一度得澄。圣人千年一度出现。佛乃于无量劫一度出世。彼虽值之,然值法华经难。虽值法华经,然末代凡夫值法华经之行者难矣。

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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.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《最莲房御返事》曰:

法华经行者若信心无退转,身无诈亲,其身一切委由法华经,如金言修行,后生自不待言,今生亦息灾延命得胜妙之大果报,亦必成就广宣流布之大愿也。

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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.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《四条金吾殿御返事》曰:

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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Gosho Passage February 2020 / 2020 年 2月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Hyo’e-sakan (Hyo’e sakan dono-gohenji)”:

Changes certainly occur when the high tide yields to low tide, when the moon rises and sets, when summer gives way to autumn, or winter turns to spring. The same is true when a common mortal attains Buddhahood. At a critical moment, he definitely will encounter the three obstacles and four devils. The wise will rejoice, while the foolish will retreat.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《兵卫志殿御返事》曰:

潮退潮满、月出月没,夏与秋、冬与春,必有相违之事。凡夫之成佛亦如是,必出现三障四魔之障,贤者悦,愚者退,此也。

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Gosho Passage January 2020 / 2020 年 1月御书文段

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On the Buddha’s Behavior (Shuju onfurumai-gosho)”:

In the more than two thousand two hundred and twenty years since the Buddha’s passing, not even the likes of Mahakashyapa, Ananda, Ashvaghosha, Nagarjuna, Nanyue, Tiantai, Miaole, and Dengyo have propagated Myoho-Renge-Kyo. The five characters of Myoho-Renge-Kyo are the core of the Lotus Sutra and the origin of all Buddhas throughout the entire world. Upon seeing the signs that these five characters now must be propagated, I, Nichiren have set the precedent, today, at the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law. My disciples, you must follow one after another and become greater than Mahakashyapa or Ananda and, moreover, surpass even the Great Teacher Tiantai or Dengyo.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《种种御振舞御书》曰:

佛灭后二千二百二十余年间,迦叶、阿难等,马鸣、龙树等,南岳、天台等,妙乐、传教等,犹未弘之法华经肝心,诸佛眼目之妙法莲华经五字,于末法之始,弘扬于一阎浮提之瑞相,日莲为先驱也。和党二阵三阵相继,犹胜迦叶、阿难,亦越天台、传教。

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