Thursday, January 5, 2012

Great Gosho Quotes to Live By

As many of you know, the Gosho are the letters that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his followers encouraging them. Each one of these contains gems of wisdom that you can use to navigate through life. 

"Your faith alone will determine all these things. A sword will be useless in the hands of a coward."

From Reply to Kyo'o

And from one of my favorite Goshos:

If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured though eternity and attain supreme enlightenment in this lifetime, you must awaken to the mystic truth which has always been within your life. This truth is Myoho renge kyo. Chanting Myoho renge kyo will therefor enable you to grasp the mystic truth within you...

It is called the mystic law because it explains the mutually inclusive relationship of life and all phenomenon...

When you chant the mystic law and recite the Lotus Sutra, you must summon up deep conviction that Myoho Renge Kyo is your life itself. 

Above quotes are from the Gosho "On Attaining Buddhahood"

"One who hears even a sentence or phrase of the Lotus Sutra and cherishes it deep in his heart may be likened to a ship which navigates the sea of suffering. The Great Teacher Miao-lo stated, Even a single phrase cherished deep in one's heart will without fail help him reach the opposite shore. To ponder one phrase and practice it is to exercise navigation..." 

From "A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering"

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jamie!

    i really enjoy your blog and read it often. you are very inspiring.
    i have a lame relationship problem that is taking up alot of emotional energy: I was introduced to this practice through the man that I am sorta seeing, it was really intense and passionate...but he has lost his passion for me and I am crushed as i still hold a lot of hope in my heart that I can re-open his lovely heart to me. I chant for his happiness, i chant for his traumas to be healed...I chant for healing for my traumas, i chant for us to be together for kosen-rufu. I chant for two hours a day (not just for this)... We had something really special -a year ago..and i'm findng it hard to let go....any advice..sorry this is so long..