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).
It is of foremost importance to chant only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and achieve Buddhahood. Everything depends on whether your faith is strong or weak. Faith is the fundamental point of Buddhism. (“The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon;” Gosho, p. 1388)
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When you offer prayers based on the Lotus Sutra for the peace of our country…then everyone will flourish and be overjoyed. This is the great pure Law that can protect the nation. (Attaining Enlightenment at the Initial Stage of Faith Through the Lotus Sutra; Gosho, p. 1313)
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Those who claim to be the disciples of Nichiren and practice the Lotus Sutra must do as I do. (Establishing the Four Leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth as the Object of Worship; Gosho, p. 1370)
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This single Law of Myoho-Renge is a complete teaching that encompasses all phenomena within the three thousand realms of the ten worlds. Thus, those who practice this Law can obtain both the cause and effect of attaining Buddhahood in the same moment. (On the Meaning of the True Entity of Myoho-Renge-Kyo; Gosho, p.695
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Strive forth in the two ways of practice and study. If practice and study are neglected, then Buddhism will cease to exist. You should practice for yourself and lead others to this teaching. Both practice and study originate from faith. You must propagate to others with all your might, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase. (“The True Entity of All Phenomena”; Gosho, p.668)
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Myoho [Renge-Kyo] at the stage of first hearing the name of the Law in the infinite past of kuon-ganjo, is the essential teaching. When a common mortal single-mindedly chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with strong faith, one will become a Buddha. (“The Transmission of the Heritage of the Law in the Hokke Honmon”; Gosho, p. 1679)
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A practitioner of the Lotus Sutra should be like water, which flows morningand evening without the slightest recess. Therefore, the faith of one who practices the Lotus Sutra should be as constant as water.
(Recorded Lectures; Gosho, p. 1856)
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(The Transmission of the Heritage of the Law in the Hokke Honmon Sect Gosho, p. 1679)
When a common mortal single-mindedly chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with strong faith, this person will become a Buddha.
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