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Nevertheless, I am an ordinary person dependent on other things for my existence.

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To mix other practices with this Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a grave error.
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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
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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
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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.

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Reply to Lord Matsuno's Wife

 

I am deeply ashamed at having failed until now to respond to your gift of one chest of wheat, one basket of yams, one basket of melons and various other items, which I received on the third day of the sixth month.

 

This place, the valley of Minobu, is located in the area of the three villages of Iino, Mimaki and Hakiri of Kai Province, in the northwestern corner of the village of Hakiri. To the north, the peak of Mount Minobu pierces the heavens; to the south, Mount Takatori’s crest merges with the clouds; to the east, Mount Tenshi rises as high as the sun; and to the west, great sheer mountains stretch across to the summit of Mount Shirane. The screeching of monkeys resounds in the heavens, while the earth is filled with the chirping of cicadas.

 

I feel as if Eagle Peak in India had made its way here, or as if I were seeing Mount T’ien-t’ai in China right before my eyes. Although I am neither Shakyamuni Buddha nor the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai, because each day I read the Lotus Sutra day and night and discuss the Maka Shikan morning and evening, this place is like the pure land of Eagle Peak and in no way different from Mount T’ien-t’ai.

 

Nevertheless, I am an ordinary person dependent on other things for my existence. If I were without clothes, the wind would penetrate my body, and if I did not eat, my life could not be sustained. It would be like failing to replenish a lamp with oil, or failing to add wood to a fire. How could I continue to live? If my life should become difficult to maintain, if the provisions needed to sustain it were to be exhausted, in one to five days the voice that now reads and recites the Lotus Sutra would also be silenced, and weeds would grow up thick before the window from which discourses on the Maka Shikan are heard. Such are the conditions under which I live, but I wonder how you were able to perceive this.

 

Because a hare made offerings to a person walking about in exercise after meditation, the heavenly king took pity on it and placed it in the moon. Now, when we gaze up at the heavens, in the moon we see a hare. In your position as a woman, you have made offerings to the Lotus Sutra in this defiled latter age. Therefore, King Bonten will look after you with his divine eye, Taishaku will press his palms together and pay obeisance to you, the earthly deities will delight in reverently holding up your feet, and Shakyamuni Buddha will extend his hand from Eagle Peak to stroke your head. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

 

With my deep respect,

Nichiren

 

The twentieth day of the sixth month in the second year of Koan (1279), cyclical sign tsuchinoto-u

 

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