LAINAUKSIA NICHIREN DAISHONIN'IN GOSHOSTA
SELECTED QUOTES FROM THE GOSHO OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN
FOR THE TIME BEING THESE WILL BE IN ENGLISH ONLY

"EVEN A TARNISHED MIRROR WILL SHINE LIKE A JEWEL IF IT IS POLISHED. A MIND WHICH IS PRESENTLY CLOUDED BY       ILLUSIONS ORIGINATING FROM THE INNATE DARKNESS OF LIFE IS LIKE A TARNISHED MIRROR, BUT ONCE IT IS POLISHED, IT WILL BECOME CLEAR, REFLECTING THE ENLIGHTENMENTOF IMMUTABLE TRUTH. AROUSE DEEP FAITH AND POLISH YOUR MIRROR NIGHT AND DAY. HOW SHOULD YOU POLISH IT? ONLY BY CHANTING NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO."
(MWND Vol1p.5)


"MY HEART IS WHERE ALL BUDDHAS ENTER NIRVANA; MY TONGUE, WHERE THEY TURN THE WHEEL OF DOCTRINE; MY THROAT, WHERE THEY ARE BORN INTO THIS WORLD; AND MY MOUTH, WHERE THEY ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMENT. BEACAUSE THIS MOUNTAIN IS WHERE THE WONDROUS VOTARY OF THE LOTUS SUTRA DWELLS, HOW CAN IT BE ANY LESS SACRED THAN THE PURE LAND OF EAGLE PEAK? SINCE LAW IS SUPREME, THE PERSON IS WORTHY OF RESPECT; SINCE THE PERSON IS WORTHY OF RESPECT, THE LAND IS SACRED. THE JINRIKI CHAPTER READS, "WHETHER IN A GROVE, UNDER A TREE, OR IN A MONASTERY...THE BUDDHAS ENTER NIRVANA." THOSE WHO VISIT THIS PLACE CAN INSTANTLY EXPIATE THE SINS THEY HAVE COMMITTED SINCE THE INFINITE PAST AND TRANSFORM THEIR ILLUSIONS INTO WISDOM, THEIR ERRORS INTO TRUTH, AND THEIR SUFFERINGS INTO FREEDOM."
   (MWND Vol.1 , p.264)


"WHAT AN OCCASION FOR REJOICING! THOUGH BORN INTO AN EVIL AGE THAT IS STAINED WITH THE FIVE IMPURITIES, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR THE TRUE WORDS OF THE ONE VEHICLE. WE READ THAT A PERSON WHO HAS PLANTED ROOTS OF GOOD FORTUNE EQUAL IN NUMBER TO THE SANDS OF THE HIRANYAVATI OR THE GANGES RIVER IS ABLE TO ENCOUNTER THIS SUTRA AND TAKE FAITH IN IT. NOW YOU HAVE AROUSED THE MIND THAT REJOICES IN FAITH. THUS WITHOUT A DOUBT, JUST AS A BOX AND ITS LID FITS TOGETHER, SO WILL YOUR OWN FAITH EVOKE THE BUDDHA'S COMPASSIONATE RESPONSE, AND THE TWO WILL UNITE AS ONE."
THE UNENLIGHTENED MAN BOWED HIS HEAD, PRESSED HIS PALMS TOGETHER AND SAID: "FROM NOW ON I WILL RECEIVE AND EMBRACE THIS KING OF THE SUTRAS, THE LOTUS OF THE ONE TRUTH, AND REVERE THE BUDDHA, WHO IN THE THREEFOLD WORLD IS ALONE WORTHY OF HONOUR, AS MY TRUE TEACHER. FROM MY PRESENT BODY AS A COMMON MORTAL UNTIL THE TIME WHEN I ATTAIN THE BODY OF A BUDDHA, I WILL NEVER VENTURE TO TURN ASIDE FROM THIS FAITH. THOUGH THE CLOUDS OF THE FIVE CARDINAL SINS SHOULD HANG HEAVY ABOVE ME, I WILL STRIVE TO EMULATE THE EXAMPLE OF DEVADATTA IN ATTAINING BUDDHAHOOD. THOUGH THE WAVES OF THE TEN EVIL ACTS MAY BUFFET ME, I WILL DESIRE TO BE LIKE THOSE WHO FORMED A BOND WITH THE LOTUS SUTRA BY LISTENING TO THE PRINCE'S PREACHING."
THE SAGE SAID,: "THE HUMAN HEART IS LIKE WATER THAT ASSUMES THE SHAPE OF WHATEVER VESSEL IT OCCUPIES, AND THE NATURE OF BEINGS IS LIKE THE REFLECTION OF THE MOON UNDULATING ON THE WAVES. NOW YOU INSIST THAT YOU WILL BE FIRM IN THIS FAITH, BUT ANOTHER DAY YOU ARE BOUND TO WAVER. THOUGH DEVILS AND DEMONS MAY COME TO TEMPT YOU, YOU MUST NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DISTRACTED. THE DEVIL OF THE SIXTH HEAVEN HATES THE BUDDHA'S LAW, AND THE NON-BUDDHIST BELIEVERS RESENT THE PATH OF THE BUDDHIST TEACHINGS. BUT YOU MUST BE LIKE THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN THAT GLITTERS MORE BRIGHTLY WHEN SCRAPED BY THE WILD BOAR, LIKE THE SEA THAT ANCOMPASSES ALL THE VARIOUS STREAMS, LIKE THE FIRE THAT BURNS HIGHER WHEN LOGS ARE ADDED, OR LIKE THE GURA INSECT THAT GROWS BIGGER WHEN THE WIND BLOWS. IF YOU FOLLOW SUCH EXAMPLES, THEN HOW CAN THE OUTCOME FAIL TO BE GOOD?"

(MWND5 p.118-9)
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