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).
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 morning and 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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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. (“On itai doshin”; Gosho, p. 1389)
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When a common mortal single-mindedly chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
with strong faith, this person will become a Buddha. (“The Transmission of the Heritage of the Law in the Hokke Honmon Sect”; Gosho, p. 1679)
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Myoho-Renge-Kyo represents the one great reason for the advent of all Buddhas into this world and the direct path for all mankind
to attain enlightenment.
(“Conversation Between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man”; Gosho, p. 388)
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Until Kosen-rufu is achieved, propagate the Law to the full extent of
your ability without begrudging your life. (“Nikko yuikai okimon”; Gosho, p.1884)
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Just as flowers open up and bear fruit, just as the moon appears and invariably grows full, just as a lamp becomes brighter when oil is added, and just as plants and trees flourish with rain, so will human beings never fail to prosper when they make good causes. (“The Third Day of the New Year”; MW-7, p. 191)
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