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Monthly Gosho 2019

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).

September Gosho

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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August Gosho

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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July Gosho

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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June Gosho

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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May Gosho

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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 April Gosho

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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March Gosho

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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February Gosho

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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January Gosho

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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