Gosho: The individual and collective writings of Nichiren Daishonin, True Buddha and founder of Nichiren Shoshu. Goshos are generally divided into letters of personal encouragement, treatises on Buddhism and recorded oral teachings. Go is an honorific prefix and sho means writing(s).
“Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra”
1263 (Age 42)
If you seek to become a Buddha, you should lay down the banner of arrogance, cast away the stave of anger, and devote yourself solely to the one vehicle of the Lotus Sutra. Fame and honor are nothing more than decorations in this life. Arrogance and attachment to biased views are hindrances in attaining Buddhahood in your future existences. You should be ashamed of them. You should fear them. (Gosho p.296 / Selected Gosho Passages p. 242)
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“The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith”
Mar. 6, 1275 (Age 54)
This is what the Lotus Sutra refers to in the passage, “the most difficult to believe and the most difficult to understand.” Many people accept the Lotus Sutra upon hearing it. However, it is rare to find those who “remember and never forget what they have been taught” when the great hardships that they have heard about actually befall them. Accepting is easy, but continuing is difficult. Even so, one must maintain one’s faith in order to attain Buddhahood. (Gosho p. 775 / Selected Gosho Passages p. 56)
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“The Three Kinds of Treasure”
September 11, 1277 (Age 56)
More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart.
(“Sushun Tennō Gosho” Gosho p. 1173)
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