Gosho Passage – December 2011

12 Dec

Nichiren Daishonin states in the “Letter to Shiiji Shiro” (Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering): You must realize that it is because of a deep karmic relationship from the past that you can teach others even a sentence or phrase of the Lotus Sutra.

A passage from the Hosshi chapter reads, “If there is someone, whether man or women, who secretly teaches to one person even a single phrase of the Lotus Sutra, let it be known that he is the envoy of the Buddha” This means that anyone who teaches others even a single phrase of the Lotus Sutra is clearly the Buddha’s envoy, whether he be priest or nun, lay man or woman.

 

宗祖日莲大圣人于“椎地四郎殿御书”曰:虽一问一句亦为他人言法华之法门者,应知乃过去宿缘甚深也。(中略)法师品曰:“若是善男子,善女人,乃至则如来使,僧,尼,女,虽一句亦为人言者,可见乃如来之使也”。