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2015年 05月 31日

Gosho 異体同心事 Many in Body, One in Mind


 If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals, where as if one in body but different in mind, they can achieve nothing remarkable. The more than three thousand volumes of Confucian andTaoist literature are filled with examples.
 When Hōki-bō, Sado-bō and others, as well as the Atsuwara believers are united with the spirit of many in body, one in mind, they will achieve everything, whereas, in the case of one in body, many in mind, they will not accomplish anything. This has been proven in more than 3,000 volumes of Chinese non-Buddhist literature.


 King Chou of Yin led seven hundred thousand soldiers into battle against King Wu of Chou and his eight hundred men.Yet King Chou’s army lost because of disunity while King Wu’s men defeated him because of perfect unity.
 For example, there was a battle between King Zhou of Yin with his 700,000 soldiers and King Wu of Zhou with his 800. King Zhou was defeated due to disunity, whereas King Wu won because of unity.


 Even an individual at cross purposes with himself is certain to end in failure.
 An individual at odds with himself will not achieve anything, because his heart is not dedicated to a single purpose.


 Yet a hundred or even a thousand people can definitely attain their goal, if they are of one mind.
 Even if there are 100 or 1,000 people, if they are united with one heart, they can definitely accomplish anything.


 Though numerous, the Japanese will find it difficult to accomplish anything, because they are divided in spirit.
 Although there are many people in Japan, they will find it difficult to accomplish anything because of disunity.


 In contrast,although Nichiren and his followers are few, because they are different in body, but united in mind, they will definitely accomplish their great mission of widely propagating the Lotus Sutra.
 In contrast, I believe that despite their small numbers, if Nichiren and his followers have the spirit of many in body, one in mind, they certainly will accomplish their great purpose and the Lotus Sutra will spread.


 Though evils may be numerous, they cannot prevail over a single truth,
 No matter how numerous evils may be, they will never defeat the single truth.


 just as many raging fires are quenched by a single shower of rain.
 This can be compared to a stream of water extinguishing many raging fires.


 This principle also holds true with Nichiren and his followers.
 This is true of Nichiren and his followers.

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2015年 05月 31日

Gosho 種種御振舞御書 The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra


 If a person cannot manage to cross a moat ten feet wide, how can he cross one that is a hundred or two hundred feet?


 The destiny of Japan depends solely upon Nichiren.


 A house without pillars collapses, and a person without a soul is dead.


 Nichiren is the soul of the people of this country


 Even if my counsel is heeded, if I am not given due respect as the votary of the Lotus Sutra, then the country will perish.


 Because I chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, I have for over twenty years been driven from place to place. Twice I have incurred the wrath of the authorities, and in the end I have retired to this mountain.

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2015年 05月 31日

Gosho 生死一大事血脈抄


The function of fire is to burn and give light.


The function of water is to wash away filth.


The winds blow away dust and breathe life into plants, animals, and human beings.


The earth produces the grasses and trees, and heaven provides nourishing moisture.


The five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo are also like that.


They are the cluster of blessings brought by the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, disciples of the Buddha in his true identity.


Be resolved to summon forth the great power of faith, and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with the prayer that your faith will be steadfast and correct at the moment of death.


Never seek any other way to inherit the ultimate Law of life and death, and manifest it in your life.


Only then will you realize that earthly desires are enlightenment, and that the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana.


Evenembracing the Gohonzon [Lotus Sutra] would be useless without the heritage offaith.

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2015年 05月 31日

Gosho 生死一大事血脈抄


 The Great Teacher Dengyō states, “The two phases of life and death are the wonderful workings of one mind. The two ways of existence and nonexistence are the true functions of an inherently enlightened mind.”


 All disciples and lay supporters of Nichiren should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with the spirit of many in body but one in mind, transcending all differences among themselves to become as inseparable as fish and the water in which they swim. This spiritual bond is the basis for the universal transmission of the ultimate Law of life and death.
 All disciples and believers of Nichirten should chant Nam-myoho-Renge-Kyo with the spirit of many in body, one in mind, overcoming all differences among themselves, just like fish being inseparable from the water in which they swim. This is called the heritage of the ultimate Law of life and death.


 Herein lies the true goal of Nichiren’s propagation.
 This is also what Nichiren is trying to propagate now in the Latter Day of the Law.


 When you are so united, even the great desire for Kōsen Ruhu [widespread propagation can be fulfilled].
 When you are so united, even the great aspiration for kōsen rufu can be fulfilled without fail.


 But if any of Nichiren’s disciples disrupt the unity of many in body but one in mind, theywould be like warriors who destroy their own castle from within.
 But if there are those who practice in the state of many in body, different in mind, and disrupt unity among Nichiren’s disciples, they will destroy their own castle from within.

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2015年 05月 31日

Gosho 諸法実相抄一 The True Aspect of All Phenomena


 Although not worthy of the honor, I, Nichiren, was nevertheless the first to spread the Mystic Law entrusted to Bodhisattva Superior Practices for propagation in the Latter Day of the Law.


 I was also the first, though only Bodhisattva Superior Practices is so empowered, to inscribe [the object of devotion as] the embodiment of Shakyamuni Buddha from the remote past as revealed in the “Life Span” chapter of the essential teaching, of Many Treasures Buddha who appeared when the “Treasure Tower” chapter of the theoretical teaching was preached, and of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth who arrived with the “Emerging from the Earth” chapter.


 Though people may hate me, they cannot possibly alter the fact of my enlightenment.

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2015年 05月 30日

祈祷抄 二 On prayer 2


It makes no difference if the practitioner himself is lacking in worth, defective in wisdom, impure in his person, and lacking in virtue derived from observing the precepts. So long as he chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they will invariably protect him.


One does not throw away gold because the bag that holds it is dirty;


one does not ignore the sandalwood trees because of the foul odor of the eranda trees around them;


and one does not refuse to gather lotuses because the pond in the valley where they grow is not clean.


If they ignore the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra, they will be going against their vow.


Now that the Former and Middle Days of the Law are over, persons who observe the precepts are as rare as tigers in a market place, and persons of wisdom are harder to find than the horns of a ch’i-lin.


While waiting for the moon to rise, one must rely upon a lantern, and when there are no true gems at hand, gold and silver must serve as jewels.


The debt of gratitude one owes to a white crow may be repaid to a black crow, and the debt one owes to a sage priest may be repaid to an ordinary priest.


So, if you earnestly pray that blessings be given to you without delay, how can your prayers fail to be answered?

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2015年 05月 30日

Gosho 祈祷抄 On Prayer


One may ask why the results of these vows should be so long in appearing.


And yet, though one might point at the earth and miss it,
Even if one missed while pointing at he earth,


though one might bind up the sky,
even if one tied up the sky,


though the tides might cease to ebb and flow and the sun rise in the west,
even if the ebb and flow of the tide ceased, and even if the sun rose in the west,


it could never come about that the prayers of the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered.
the prayers of the votary of the Lotus Sutra would never be unanswered.


If the bodhisattvas, the human and heavenly beings, the eight kinds of nonhuman beings, the two sages, the two heavenly deities, and the ten demon daughters would by some unlikely chance fail to appear and protect the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra, then above them they would be showing disdain for Shakyamuni and the other Buddhas, and below they would be guilty of deceiving the beings of the nine realms.

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2015年 05月 30日

Gosho 兄弟抄一 Letter to Brothers 1


The Lotus Sutra [Gohonzon] is the eye of all the Buddhas. It is the original teacher of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, the lord of teachings.


If one discards one word or even one brush stroke of the sutra, the offense is graver than that of one who kills one’s parents ten million times over, or even of one who sheds the blood of all the Buddhas in the ten directions. This is why those who forsook the Lotus Sutra had to suffer for a period of major world system dust particle kalpas or numberless major world system dust particle kalpas.


The Lotus Sutra reads, “Since hatred and jealousy toward this sutra abound even when the Thus Come One is in the world, how much more will this be so after his passing?”


It also reads, “It will face much hostility in the world and be difficult to believe.”


The Nirvana Sutra states, “By suffering an untimely death, rebuke, curses or humiliation, beatings with a whip or rod,imprisonment, starvation, adversity, or other minor hardships in this lifetime,one can avoid falling into hell.”


The Parinirvāna Sutra says: “They may be poorly clad and poorly fed,


seek wealth in vain,


be born to an impoverished and lowly family or one with erroneous views,


or be persecuted by their sovereign. They may besubjected to various other sufferings and retributions.


It is due to the blessings obtained by protecting the Law that they can diminish in thislifetime their suffering and retribution.”

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2015年 05月 30日

Gosho 兄弟抄 Letter to Brothers


 You two wives should have no regrets even if your husbands do you harm because of your faith in this teaching.


 If both of you unite in encouraging your husbands’ faith, you will follow the path of the dragon king’s daughter and become a model for women attaining Buddhahood in the evil latter age.


 Insofar as you can act this way, no matter what may happen, Nichiren will tell the two sages, the two heavenly kings, the ten demon daughters, Shakyamuni, and Many Treasures to make you Buddhas in every future existence.


 A passage inthe Six Pāramitās Sutra says to become the master of your mind rather than let your mind master you.


 Whatever trouble occurs, regard it as no more than a dream, and think only of the Lotus Sutra.
 No matter what troubles may disturb you, regard them as fleeting as a dream and always think only of the Lotus Sutra.


 Nichiren’s teaching was especially difficult to believe at first, but now that my prophecies have been fulfilled, those who slandered without reason have come to repent.

Even if in the future other men and women become my believers,they will not replace you in my heart.


Among those who believed at first, many later discarded their faith, fearing that society would reject them.


Among these are some who oppose me more furiously than those who slandered from the beginning.


In Shakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime, the monk Sunakshatra believed the Buddha at first, then later not only backslid, but also slandered so viciously that even the Buddha could not save him from falling into the hell of incessant suffering.

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Gosho 兄弟抄三 Letter to Brothers 3


 Therefore, how could it measure up to the Lotus Sutra? The four devils fiercely oppose the mastery of even such a shallow art as the occult.


 How much greater, then, are the tribulations that will confront the disciples and lay supporters of the person who is the first to embrace and the first to propagate in Japan the seven characters of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the ultimate principle of the Lotus Sutra. It is impossible to imagine, let alone describe in words.


 The doctrine of three thousand realms in a single moment of life revealed in the fifth volume of Great Concentration and Insight is especially profound.


 If you propagate it, devils will arise without fail.


 If they did not, there would be no way of knowing that this is the correct teaching.


 One passage from the same volume reads: “As practice progresses and understanding grows,the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere . . .


 One should be neither influenced nor frightened by them.


If one fall sunder their influence, one will be led into the paths of evil.


 If one is frightened by them, one will be prevented from practicing the correct teaching.”


 This statement not only applies to me, but also is a guide for my followers.


 Reverently make this teaching your own, and transmit it as an axiom of faith for future generations.

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