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Major Writings II - Nichiren Daishounin

Muryogi Sutra [Sutra of Innumerable Meanings]
A Comparison of the Lotus Sutra and Other Sutras
A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering
Earthly Desires Are Enlightenment
Clear Sake Gosho
Letter to Niike
Letter to Domyo Zemmon
Letter to Akimoto
Letter from Sado
Reply to Nichigon-ama
Roots of Good Fortune
Reply to Jibu-bo
No Safety in the Threefold World - Nichiren Daishounin
Letter to Horen - Nichiren Daishounin
King Rinda - Nichiren Daishounin
Jozo and Jogen - Nichiren Daishounin
Bodhisattva Hachiman - Nichiren Daishounin
On Prayer - Nichiren Daishounin
The Opening of the Eyes Part I
The Opening of the Eyes Part II
Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man
Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man Part II
Establishment of the Legitimate Teaching for the Protection of the Country
How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood Through the Lotus Sutra
The Learned Doctor Shan-wu-wei
The Entity of the Mystic Law
The Pure and Far-reaching Voice
Reply to Takahashi Nyudo
The Teaching, Capacity, Time, and Country
The Doctrine of Attaining Buddhahood in One's Present Form
Encouragement to a Sick Person
The Essence of the Yakuo Chapter
The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra
The Supreme Leader of the World
The Treasure of a Filial Child
The Supremacy of the Law
Reply to Nii-ama
The Workings of Bonten and Taishaku
The Story of Ohashi no Taro
The Teaching in Accordance with the Buddha's Own Mind
The Treatment of Illness and the Points of Difference between Mahayana and Hinayana and Provisional
Repaying Debts of Gratitude
On Practicing the Buddha's Teachings
On the Urabon
Letter to the Priests of Seicho-ji
Letter to Nichimyo Shonin
Letter to Shomitsu-bo
Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra
Reply to Sairen-bo
Rationale for Submitting the Rissho Ankoku Ron
Persecution by Sword and Staff
Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins
Recitation of the Hoben and Juryo Chapters
Reply to Lord Hakiri Saburo
Reply to Yasaburo
Letter to Ichinosawa Nyudo
Letter to Myomitsu Shonin
Reply to Hoshina Goro Taro
Wu-lung and I-lung
White Horses and White Swans
The Sutra of True Requital
The Kalpa of Decrease
The Farther the Source, the Longer the Stream
The Third Doctrine
The One-eyed Turtle and the Floating Sandalwood Log
Letter to Nakaoki Nyudo
General Stone Tiger
The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life
Lessening the Karmic Retribution
Letter to the Brothers
Hell is the Land of Tranquil Delight
On Prolonging Life
On the Buddha's Behavior
On the Buddha's Prophecy
On the Treasure Tower
Propagation by the Wise
The Embankments of Faith
The Dragon Gate
Strategy of the Lotus Sutra
Reply to Kyo-o
The Person and the Law
The One Essential Phrase
The Gift of Rice
The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon
Letter of Petition from Yorimoto
Introduction and Preface to the Ongi Kuden: Namu Myoho Renge Kyo [Devotion to the Lotus Sutra]
Muryogi Sutra [Sutra of Innumerable Meanings]
Chapter 3: Simile and Parable [Hiyu]
Chapter 4: Faith and Understanding [Shinge]
Chapter 6: Prediction [Juki]
Chapter 7: Phantom City [Kejoyu]
Chapter 8: Prophecy of Enlightenment for Five Hundred Disciples [Gohyaku Deshi Juki]

Muryogi Sutra [Sutra of Innumerable Meanings]

The character 'ryo' [of Muryogi] represents the essential teaching. This is because it means to discern and to encompass. The heart of the essential teaching reveals the three enlightened properties of the Law, of Wisdom and of Action - of the Buddha's Life. However, the three enlightened properties don't refer exclusively to the attributes of the Buddha. Rather, the essential teaching reveals that all phenomena in the universe are themselves manifestations of the Buddha of absolute freedom and that [illuminated by the Mystic Law] they perfectly manifest their individual characters with the emergence of the Buddha nature from within their lives.

For this reason, encompassing the doctrine of theoretical ichinen sanzen expounded in the theoretical teachings, the essential teachings explain actual ichinen sanzen, the principle that each entity is itself a manifestation of the Buddha, originally endowed with the three properties. In other words, each entity's individuality is as unique as cherry, plum, peach or apricot [Jp: o, bai, to, ri] and, just as it is, manifests itself as the Buddha who inherently possesses the three enlightened properties. This is the meaning of 'ryo.' Now Nichiren and his disciples who chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo are the original lords of the three properties. (Gosho Zenshu p. 784)

Chapter 3: Ten Merits [Jukudoku]

The sutra states: "The king [the Buddha] and the queen [this sutra] come together, and this son [a bodhisattva] is born of them." (3LS p. 21)

"The benefit and virtue of a Buddha are boundless, his wisdom fathomless, and his powers vast, but there is some seed or cause which has given birth to them all." (Gosho Zenshu p 786)

The sutra states: "Entering deeply into the secret law of the Buddhas, [the bodhisattva] will interpret [the sutra] without error or fault." (3LS p. 21)

The True Law in the Latter Day of the Law is Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. These five characters are the 'secret law' that will never deceive the people. When the people all have faith in the True Law their country will be peaceful. (Gosho Zenshu p. 786)

The sutra states: "Good sons! Seventhly, the inconceivable merit-power of this [Lotus] Sutra is as follows: if good sons or daughters, hearing this sutra either during the Buddha's lifetime or after his extinction, rejoice, believe and raise the rare mind; keep, recite, read, copy and expound it; practice it as it has been preached; aspire to Buddhahood; cause all the good roots to sprout; raise the mind of great compassion; and want to relieve all living beings of sufferings, the Six Paramitas will naturally present in them, though they cannot yet practice the Six Paramitas." (3LS p. 23)

If all the people in the Land embrace the True Law, then that country will be peaceful. Thus the Hokke Gengi states 'if you rely upon this Law, then the realm will be at peace.' 'This Law' here means the Lotus Sutra. There can be no doubt that if people believe in the sutra, the land will be peaceful and secure. (Gosho Zenshu p. 786)

The sutra states, "Good sons! Ninthly, the inconceivable merit-power of this sutra is as follows: if good sons or good daughters, receiving this sutra, leap for joy; acquire the unprecedented; keep, read, recite, copy and adore this sutra; and explain its meaning discriminatingly and widely for living beings, they will instantly destroy the heavy barrier of sins resulting from previous karma and become purified." (3LS p. 24)

Various sins are just like dewdrops. The 'sun of wisdom' [Nam Myoho Renge Kyo] is capable of dissolving them all. (Gosho Zenshu p. 786)


The True Entity of Life
The One Essential Phrase
The Essence of the Juryo Chapter
The True Object of Worship
The Selection of the Time
The Problem to Be Pondered Night and Day
Reply to the Mother of Lord Ueno
The Bodies and Minds of Ordinary Beings
Teaching, Practice, and Proof
On Omens
On Persecutions Befalling the Buddha
The Votary of the Lotus Sutra Will Meet Persecution
Thus I Heard
The Izu Exile
The Origin of the Urabon
The Royal Palace
The Meaning of Faith
The Third Day of the New Year
Reply to the Followers
The Causal Law of Life
The Swords of Good and Evil
The Teaching for the Latter Day
The Unmatched Fortune of the Law
Easy Delivery of a Fortune Child
Letter to Konichi-bo
Letter to Misawa
An Outline of the Zokurui and Other Chapters
Consecrating an Image of Shakyamuni Buddha Made by Shijo Kingo
Curing Karmic Disease
Admonitions Against Slander
Bestowal of the Mandala of the Mystic Law
The Receipt of New Fiefs
The Unity of Husband and Wife
Letter to Ko-no-ama Gozen
Winter Always Turns to Spring
On Filial and Unfilial Conduct
A Father Takes Faith
A Warning against Begrudging One's Fief
The Mongol Envoys
Reply to Tokimitsu
Reply to Myoho Bikuni Gozen
Beneficial Medicine for All Ills
A Sage Perceives the Three Existences of Life
The Proof of the Lotus Sutra
Letter to Jakunichi-bo
Aspiration for the Buddha Land
Reply to Lord Shijo Kingo
The Universal Salty Taste
Good Fortune in This Life
The Wealthy Man Sudatta
Letter to Gijo-bo
New Year's Gosho
Persecution at Tatsunokuchi
Easy Delivery of a Fortune Child
Reply to Lord Matsuno's Wife
The Birth of Tsukimaro
Banishment to Sado
Great Evil and Great Good
Happiness In This World
Letter from Echi
Letter to Endo Saemon-no-jo
Letter to Priest Nichiro in Prison
On Flowers and Seeds
On Itai Doshin
Postscript to the Rissho Ankoku Ron
Reply to a Believer
Reply to Ko Nyudo
Reply to Lady Onichi-nyo
Reply to Lord Matsuno
Rissho Ankoku Ron
The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith
The Offering of a Summer Robe
The Property of Rice
The Wonderful Means of Surmounting Obstacles
Unseen Virtue and Visible Reward
Upholding Faith in the Gohonzon
The Drum at the Gate of Thunder