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

01 Jan

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。

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