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The liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, and spleen. The Outstanding Principles of the Lotus Sutra. In this case it means what obstructs a greater good. Nichlren important shrine in Nara, associated with the Fujiwara family. Two of the five major Zen temples in Kamakura. Wheat, rice, beans, and two types of millet. Also a generic term for all grains, which is its meaning here. This refers to the transmigration of unenlightened beings through the six paths.
Living beings are said to repeat the cycle of rebirth amid the six lower worlds, which are characterized by delusion, with limited life spans and in different forms in accordance with their karma. The Chinese believed that, when the otter left part of a fish uneaten, it was in fact presenting the remains as a religious offering.
This story is found in the Confucian Book of Gohso.
How pitiful are those who, though born in this time, cannot believe in this sutra! No one can escape death once born as a human being, so why do you not practice in preparation for the next life? When I observe what people are doing, I realize that, although they profess faith in the Lotus Sutra and clasp its scrolls, they act against the intent of the sutra and are thereby doomed to the evil paths. To illustrate, a person has five internal organs, 1 but should even one of them become diseased, it will infect all the others, and eventually the person will die.
Our worldly misdeeds and evil karma may have piled up as high as Mount Sumerubut when we take faith in this sutra, they will vanish like frost or dew under the sun of the Lotus Sutra. One who commits any of these fourteen is a slanderer.
Hell is a dreadful dwelling of fire, and the realm of hungry spirits is a pitiful place where, driven by starvation, they devour their own children. The realm of asuras consists of strife, and that of animals is to kill or be killed. And the hell of the great crimson lotus is even more horrible.
When one falls into such an evil place, the fact that one was a ruler or a general means nothing. Tormented by the wardens of hellone is no different than a monkey on a string. What use are fame and fortune then? Can one still be arrogant and persist in false beliefs? How rare is the faith that moves one niciren give alms to nichireh priest who knows the heart of the Lotus Sutra!
One will not stray into the evil paths if one does so even once. Still greater are the benefits arising from ten or twenty contributions, or from five years, ten years, or a lifetime of contributions. The Buddha taught that the blessings of a single offering to the votary of this sutra nichhiren a hundred, thousand, ten thousand, million times greater than those of offering countless treasures to Shakyamuni Buddha for eighty million kalpas. When one encounters this sutra, one will overflow with happiness and shed tears of joy.
But by your frequent offerings to me deep in this mountain you will repay the merciful kindness of both the Lotus Sutra and Shakyamuni Buddha. Strive ever harder in faith, and never give in to negligence. All godho people appear to believe sincerely when they first embrace the Lotus Sutrabut as goso passes, they tend to become less nichkren they no longer revere or make offerings to the priest, giving themselves up to arrogance and forming distorted views.
This is most frightening. Be diligent in developing your faith until the last moment of your life. Otherwise you will have regrets.
For jichiren, the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital? No matter what, stay close to the priest who knows the heart of the Lotus Sutrakeep learning from him the principles of Buddhism, nichiden continue your journey of faith. How swiftly the days pass! It makes us realize how few are the gosjo we have left.
Friends enjoy the cherry blossoms together on spring mornings, and then they are gone, carried away like the blossoms by the winds of impermanence, leaving nothing but their names.
Although the blossoms have scattered, the cherry trees will bloom again nichrien the coming of spring, but when will those people be reborn? The companions with whom we enjoyed composing poems praising the moon on autumn evenings have vanished with the moon behind the shifting clouds.
Only their mute images remain in our nichirej. Though the moon has set behind the western mountains, we will compose poetry under it again next autumn.
But where are our companions who have passed away? Even when the approaching tiger of death 3 roars, we do not hear and are not startled. How many more days are left to the sheep bound for slaughter?
Deep in the Snow Mountains lives a bird called the cold-suffering bird that, tortured by the numbing cold, cries that it will build a nest in the morning. Yet when day breaks, it sleeps away the hours in the warm light of the vosho sun without building its nest. So it continues to cry vainly throughout its life.
The same is true of human beings.
When they fall nichuren hell and gasp in its flames, they long to be reborn as humans and vow to put everything else aside and serve the three treasures in order to gain enlightenment in their next life.
But even on the rare occasions when they happen to be reborn in human form, the winds of fame and profit blow violently, and the lamp of Buddhist practice is easily extinguished. Without a qualm they squander bosho wealth on meaningless trifles, but begrudge even the nicyiren contribution to the Buddha, the Lawand the Buddhist Order.
This is very serious, for then they are being hindered by messengers from hell. Furthermore, since this country is a land whose people slander the correct teaching, the benevolent gods who should be protecting the nation goshk been deprived of the flavor of the Law and have ascended to heaven, forsaking their shrines.
The empty shrines have been occupied by demons who are misleading the worshipers. The Buddha, having finished preaching, has returned to the Land of Tranquil Light. Halls and pagodas, and temples and shrines have been abandoned to become the dwellings of devils. These imposing structures stand in rows, built at state expense and through compulsory labor imposed on the people.
This is not goshho my own opinion; it is found in the sutras, so you should study them well. Neither Buddhas nor gods would ever accept contributions from those who slander the correct teaching. Then how can we human beings accept them?
Nichiren Buddhist: How To Read the Gosho
The deity of Kasuga Shrine 5 proclaimed through an oracle that he would accept nothing from those with impure hearts, though he should have to eat the flames of burning copper; that he would refuse to set foot in their homes, though he should have to sit on red-hot copper. He would rather come down to a miserable hut with weeds choking the passageway, or to a poor thatched house. He declared that he would never visit persons lacking in faith, even if they hung sacred festoons for a thousand days to welcome him, but that he would go to a house where the people have a mind of faith, even though they might be in mourning for a parent.
Lamenting that slanderers have overrun this country, the benevolent gods have abandoned it and ascended to heaven. If the gods themselves regard alms from slanderers as more abominable than the flames of burning copper, how could we human beings nkchiren accept them? If someone were to kill our parents and then try to offer us some gift, could we possibly accept it? Not even wise persons or sages can avoid the hell of incessant suffering if they accept offerings from slanderers.
Nor should you associate with slanderers, for if you do, you will share the same guilt as they. This you should fear above all. Shakyamuni Buddha is the father, sovereign, and teacher of all the other Buddhas and all the gods, of the whole assembly njchiren human and heavenly beings, and of all living beings.
How could the heavenly gods and benevolent deities rejoice if the Buddha were killed? There are two kinds of wisdom, correct and perverse. No matter how wise a person may appear, if his assertions are warped you should not listen to him. Nor should you follow tosho merely because they are venerable or of high rank. But if a person has the wisdom to know the true meaning of the Gksho Sutrano matter how lowly he may appear, pay respect to him and make offerings to him as though he were a living Thus Come One.
Nichiren Daishonin’s Gosho
Thus it is written in the sutra. The learned man has been possessed by a devil. It is like the case of a generally even-tempered person who, when drunk, reveals his evil side and causes trouble. He said that the minds of these voice-hearers were inferior to those of dogs nicuiren foxes. These four great voice-hearers adamantly upheld the two hundred and fifty preceptsand nlchiren observance of the three thousand rules of conduct was as perfect as the full moon on the fifteenth night.
Nevertheless, until they embraced the Lotus Sutra nchiren, they were bitterly criticized by the Buddha. How much more would this be so in the case of the priests today who are inferior to them! Their wanton behavior is like that of monkeys. It is utterly futile to look for salvation in the next life by giving alms to such priests. The benevolent gods who lend their protection have no doubt abandoned our land.
Learning From The Gosho: The Eternal Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin
Long ago the heavenly gods and benevolent deitiesbodhisattvas and voice-hearers pledged in a single voice in the presence of Shakyamuni Buddha that, if a land hostile to the Lotus Sutra should exist, they would appear in the form of frost and hail in the sixth month to drive the land into goshi or turn into insects and devour the five kinds of grain; 8 or cause droughts or floods to ruin the fields and farms; or become gales and sweep the people to their deaths; or transform themselves into demons and cause suffering for the people.
Great Bodhisattva Hachiman was among those present. Does he not fear breaking the oath made at Eagle Peak? Should he break his promise, he would surely be doomed to the hell of incessant suffering —a fearful, terrible thing to contemplate.
Until the envoy of hosho Buddha actually appeared in the world to propagate the Lotus Sutragosgo rulers of the land were not hostile to it, for they revered all the sutras equally.
So far Hachiman has done everything possible to prevent hostility toward the Lotus Sutra from developing among the people of this country, as reluctant to abandon them as parents would be to abandon an only child, even if it were unfilial. But now in fear of breaking the pledge he made at Eagle Peakhe has burned down his shrine and ascended to heaven.
Even so, should there be a votary of the Lotus Sutra who would give his body and life for it, Hachiman would dwell upon his head. But since both the Sun Goddess and Great Bodhisattva Hachiman have gone, how could the other gods remain in their shrines? Even if they did not wish to leave, how could they stay another day if I reproached them for not keeping the promise they made at Eagle Peak?