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Major Writings - Nichiren Daishounin

The Mongol Envoys
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

The Mongol Envoys
- Moko Tsukai Gosho -


I can hardly express my joy on learning of your safe return from Kamakura. I have also received your news about the beheading of the Mongol envoys. How pitiful that they have beheaded the innocent Mongol envoys and yet failed to cut off the heads of the priests of the Nembutsu, Shingon, Zen and Ritsu sects, who are the real enemies of our country! Those who do not understand the details of the matter will no doubt think that I say this out of conceit because my prophecy has been fulfilled. Yet for more than twenty years now I have been privately lamenting to my disciples day and night that this would happen, and I have publicly remonstrated with the authorities on several occasions [to prevent it].


Among all grave matters, the ruin of the nation is the most serious. The Saishoo Sutra states, "Among all forms of harm, none is heavier than the loss of the ruler's authority." This passage means that among all evils, the worst is to become the ruler, misgovern the country and meet defeat at the hands of another kingdom. The Konkomyo Sutra also states, "Because evil men are respected and favored and good men are subjected to punishment, ...marauders will appear from other regions and the people of the country will meet with death and disorder." This passage means that when a man becomes the ruler of a state and values evil men while condemning good ones, then his country will surely be defeated by another country. The fifth volume of the Lotus Sutra states, "They will be respected and revered by the world as though they were arhats who possess the six supernatural powers." This passage describes the enemies of the Lotus Sutra. It is saying that the ruler of the country will revere men who firmly uphold the two hundred and fifty precepts and appear to be like Mahakashyapa and Shariputra, and will attempt to destroy the votary of the Lotus Sutra.


A teaching of great importance is something close at hand. One who can, according to the time, discern without the slightest error what is vital both for oneself and for the country is a person of wisdom. The Buddha is called worthy of respect because he discerns the past and knows the future. In his perception of the three existences, no wisdom surpasses his. Although they were not Buddhas, sages and worthies such as Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, T'ien-t'ai and Dengyo, though unequal to the Buddha in wisdom, nevertheless generally understood matters of the three existences, and their names have therefore been handed down to posterity.

Ultimately, all phenomena are contained within one's life, down to the last particle of dust. The nine mountains and the eight seas are encompassed by one's body; the sun, moon and myriad stars are contained within one's mind. However, [common mortals do not perceive this,] just as the blind do not see images reflected in a mirror or as an infant fears neither flood nor fire. The non-Buddhist teachings set forth in the outer writings and the Hinayana and provisional Mahayana teachings of the inner scriptures all teach no more than fragments of the Law inherent in one's life. They do not expound it in its entirety as the Lotus Sutra does. Thus there are both superiority and inferiority among the sutras, and the people who embrace them may also be divided into sages and worthy men. There is no end to matters of doctrine, so I will stop here.

I deeply appreciate your sending a messenger so quickly after your return from Kamakura. And, in addition, you sent me various offerings, which I am very glad to have received. While all the people of Japan lament, I, Nichiren, and my followers alone rejoice amid our grieving. Living in this country, we cannot possibly escape the Mongol attack, but since Heaven knows that we have suffered persecution for our country's sake, we can rejoice that we will surely be saved in our next life. You, moreover, have already incurred a debt of gratitude to the Mongol nation in your present life. Had the threat of invasion not arisen, since this year marks the thirteenth anniversary of the death of the lay priest Saimyo-ji, the hunt commemorating that occasion would surely have been held on your estate. Furthermore, you have not been sent to Tsukushi like lord Hojo Rokuro. This turn of events may run contrary to the desires of you and your clan, but it is not a punishment being inflicted upon you. From one point of view, are you not rather being protected by the Lotus Sutra? I know you feel you have been gravely wronged [but it is in fact a cause for rejoicing]. Since so joyful a thing has befallen you, I would have liked to go and congratulate you in person, but since others might think it strange, I have refrained. I have responded to your letter without delay.




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]