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Major Writings II - Nichiren Daishounin

Reply to Jibu-bo
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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]

Reply to Jibu-bo

I have received one to of polished rice, some myoga
buds and one package of ginger.

People who present the Buddha with the cherry
blossoms of spring, the crimson leaves of autumn,
the clear water of summer and the snow of winter
are all able to attain Buddhahood. How then could
one who makes the Lotus Sutra an offering of rice,
which sustains the life of the emperor and to the
common people is more valuable than jewels,
possibly fail to become a Buddha?

In society what people value are the words of the
ruler and the words of their parents. One who turns
one’s back on the instructions of one’s parents is
guilty of a lack of filial piety and will be abandoned
by heaven. One who fails to do the bidding of the
ruler of the country is a person who disobeys royal
edicts and will have his life taken away. Cherishing
the desire for enlightenment from inconceivably
distant kalpas in the past, we have done such things
as abandoning our countries, our wives and
children, or our own lives, for the sake of attaining
enlightenment in future existences. When we thus
draw near to achieving Buddhahood, and when we
encounter the scripture entitled Myoho-renge-kyo,
which is the single vehicle, the Devil of the Sixth
Heaven, ruler of the threefold world, reasons: "If this
person should become a Buddha, I will suffer loss
on two counts. First of all, if he frees himself from
the threefold world, he will escape my control.
Second, if he becomes a Buddha, his parents and
siblings will also depart from the saha world. How
can I stop this from happening?"

He produces various emanations and, with these,
takes possession of our parents, enters the body of
the ruler of our country or becomes a respected
priest, exhorting us to commit evil acts, making
threats or resorting to flattery. Or else he becomes a
high-ranking priest, a great priest, a wise man or
someone who upholds the precepts and, with the
Kegon or Agon sutras or Nembutsu or Shingon
teachings in hand, attempts to turn our devotion
from the Lotus Sutra and toward these other
teachings, using deception to prevent us from
becoming Buddhas.

The fifth volume of the Lotus Sutra states that "when
the Latter Day of the Law arrives, a great demon will
first enter the bodies of the sovereign, ministers and
common people, and curse or strike and wound the
votary of the Lotus Sutra. If this fails, he will appear
as an immeasurable multitude of priests who,
employing all the other sutras, attempt to win the
votary over. If this does not succeed, he will become
a great priest who upholds the two hundred and fifty
precepts and the three thousand rules of conduct,
and wheedle the sovereign and deceive his wife so
that the votary is exiled or an attempt is made on his
life."

We may also refer to the detailed descriptions in the
Fukyo chapter of the seventh volume, the Hosshi
chapter of the fourth volume and the Hiyu chapter of
the second volume, as well as in the forty-volume
Nirvana Sutra and in the Shugo Sutra, which differ
not in the least from the conditions of the present
time. In addition, the events in the area of Kashima
in Suruga Province, especially as they affected you
personally, must have brought these things to mind.
In a way that bears no comparison with other
matters, disobeying the prohibitions that one’s
parents or the sovereign may put forward regarding
the Lotus Sutra will in fact constitute filial piety
toward one’s parents and accord with the prayers of
the sovereign [for peace].

Furthermore, Japan is an unusual country, a country
that respects the gods and honors the Buddhas.
However, because everyone, from the sovereign on
down to the common people, hates Nichiren for
propagating the Lotus Sutra, though they may
revere all the gods and make offerings to all the
Buddhas, these meritorious acts only turn into great
evil. This is like moxibustion causing the outbreak of
virulent boils, or medicine turning into poison. The
prayers they offer to all the Buddhas and gods turn
into faults, and the country itself is about to become
the possession of foreign countries. Moreover, for
some time I have been telling people that the time
will come when those of high standing will all suffer
agonies that are a hundred, a thousand, ten
thousand, a hundred thousand times worse than
those suffered by the Heike clan at the time of their
destruction.4

By considering the magnitude of the punishment
suffered by those who harbor enmity toward the
Lotus Sutra, we can understand the magnitude of
the benefits obtained by devoting oneself to it. For
example, if a man murders his parents, then no
matter how many causes for great good he may
create, his efforts will not be acceptable to heaven.
But if one kills an enemy of the Lotus Sutra, even if
that enemy should be one’s father or mother, this
great crime will turn into a cause for great good.
Even if a person should be an archenemy of all the
Buddhas of the three existences and the ten
directions, if he believes in a single phrase of the
Lotus Sutra, the Buddhas will not abandon him.
With this in mind, please carefully consider the
nature of this matter. Because the messenger is in a
hurry, I cannot write in detail, but I will write to you
again.

With my deep respect,
Nichiren

The twenty-second day of the eighth month

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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

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