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If master and disciple are not of the same mind, they cannot accomplish anything.

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To mix other practices with this Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a grave error.
Uncle Norman Tamura took us hunting many times in the California desert.
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I placed these various articles before the Lotus Sutra
What happiness! What happiness!
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Whether or not your prayer is answered depends upon your faith
Can it be that Shakyamuni Buddha or the Bodhisattvas of the Earth have entered into your body?
How admirable, that you have read the entirety of the Lotus Sutra with both body and mind!
There is no greater happiness than having faith in the Lotus Sutra.
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you should singlemindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo morning and evening, day and night
I can erase the grave offenses of my past and, for the first time, attain Buddhahood.
The character myo changes and becomes Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a lotus pedestal.
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However, you are increasingly demonstrating the depth of your faith and accumulating good deeds.
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And this is only the beginning: be convinced that your great reward is yet to come.
how wretched and meaningless it would be to fall victim to an epidemic or simply die of old age!
on the path of attaining Buddhahood, one is certain to meet some great trial that will demand of him
Ichiro Tamura
If master and disciple are not of the same mind, they cannot accomplish anything.
Rather it has come about as a response to the true words contained in the Lotus Sutra.
Be firmly convinced that the benefits from this offering will extend to your parents
A passage from the Lotus Sutra reads, "...difficult to believe and difficult to understand."
Tsukimaro must have chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with her very first cry at birth.
We common mortals can see neither our own eyebrows, which are so close, nor heaven in the distance.
"With easy labor they shall bear a fortune child."
Your own offerings were not made to me, Nichiren, but to the Lotus Sutra.
Nevertheless, I am an ordinary person dependent on other things for my existence.
When one comes to the end of his good fortune, no strategy whatsoever will avail.
The lion, king of beasts, is said to advance three steps, then gather himself to spring,
I can hardly find words to say how much I appreciate your sincerity
but never once did I die for the Lotus Sutra or suffer persecution for the daimoku.
Yet King Chou's army lost because of disunity
Seihou High
These offerings demonstrate your profound sincerity.
Doesn't a fire burn more briskly when logs are added?
Tientai construed the character myo [of Myoho-renge-kyo] to mean that which is beyond ordinary co
Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles
Even those who are free from illness cannot escape the transience of life
But if we truly yearn for Shakyamuni Buddha, how could he ever fail to reveal himself to us?
This represents the two principles of object (kyo) and subject (chi), or reality and wisdom.
Another sutra passage says that children are a treasure.

On Flowers and Seeds

- Keka Joju Gosho -



I have not heard from either of you since that time. But I was very pleased to learn that you read at Kasagamori the two letters I wrote in the Kenji era in memory of the saint Dozen-bo.


If a tree is deeply rooted, its branches and leaves will never wither. If the spring is inexhaustible, the stream will never run dry. Without wood, the fire will burn out. Without earth, plants cannot grow. Nichiren is like the plant, and my master, the earth. I, Nichiren, am indebted solely to my revered teacher, Dozen-bo, for the fact that I have become the votary of the Lotus Sutra and that now I am widely talked about, both in a good and bad sense.


There are four leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth: The first is called Jogyo...and the fourth, Anryugyo. If Bodhisattva Jogyo appears in the Latter Day of the Law, so must Bodhisattva Anryugyo.


The rice plant flowers and bears grain, but its spirit remains in the soil. Therefore, the stalk sprouts to flower and bear grain once again. The blessings which I, Nichiren, obtain from propagating the Lotus Sutra will return to Dozen-bo. How sublime! It is said that if a master has a good disciple, both will attain Buddhahood, but if a master fosters a bad disciple, both will fall into hell.


If master and disciple are not of the same mind, they cannot accomplish anything. I will elaborate on this point later.


You should always talk with one another and surmount the sufferings of life and death to attain the pure land of Eagle Peak, where you may agree to speak in one mind.


The sutra reads, "They will display the three poisons and appear to cherish misleading philosophies. This is the means by which my disciples save the people."


Be sure to keep in mind what I have stated thus far.





The fourth month in the first year of Koan (1278)


It has always been a dream of mine to be able to see the sun rise from my bedroom window.
Well, it came true. 
Click on the above picture to see January 1, 2007 sunrise.



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