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).
The Bodies and Minds of Ordinary Beings
1278 (Age 57)
One who presented a simple meal of millet to the Pratyekabuddha became the Universal Brightness Buddha. One who offered a mud pie to the Buddha became the sovereign of Jambudvipa. Even if a person performs good deeds, if these deeds are offered to that which is not true, they may bring forth great evil, but they will never produce any good effect. However, even if a person is unintelligent in mind and presents only paltry offerings, if he extends them to an individual who embraces the truth, he will receive tremendous merits. How much more so would be the merit of those who make sincere offerings to the true Law?!
(Gosho p. 1217 / Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Mar. 2021)
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Rissho ankoku-ron (On Securing the Peace of the Land Through the Propagation of True Buddhism)
July 16, 1260 (Age 39)
You must immediately renounce your erroneous belief and take faith in the supreme teaching of the one vehicle of the Lotus Sutra. Then, this entire threefold world will become the Buddha land. How could the Buddha land ever decline? All the lands in the ten directions will transform into treasure realms. How could a treasure realm ever fall to ruin? If the nation never declines and the land is indestructible, you will find safety and peace of mind. These are the very words that you must believe and revere.(Gosho p. 250 / The Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin-2, p. 42)
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“Reply to Nichinyo gozen”
“Nichinyo gozen-gohenji” August 23, 1279 (Age 58)
This Gohonzon exists within faith alone, as expressed by the two characters, “belief” and “heart” (shin-jin). This is what is meant by “gaining entrance [to enlightenment] through faith alone” [in the Lotus Sutra]. The disciples and followers of Nichiren, without any doubt, wholeheartedly believe in “honestly discarding expedient means” and “not accepting a single verse of the other sutras.” Thus, they can enter the Treasure Tower of the Gohonzon. How encouraging, how heartening! By all means, exert your best efforts for the sake of your future lives. It is most important to chant only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and attain Buddhahood. This will depend on the strength of your faith. The essence of Buddhism is to have faith.(Gosho p. 1388 / Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Jan. 2021)
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