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Major Writings - Nichiren Daishounin

The Receipt of New Fiefs
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 Receipt of New Fiefs

I have received one kan of coins. So your lord has granted you new fiefs! It seems as though it could scarcely be true; it is so amazing that I wonder if I may not be dreaming. I hardly know what to say in reply.

The reason is, people throughout Japan as well as those in Kamakura, even those in your lord's service, including the scions of his clan, all disapproved of you because of your belief in Nichiren's teaching. Your continued faith appeared incomprehensible. The mere fact that you were permitted to remain in your lord's clan at all was a cause for astonishment. Moreover, whenever your lord offered to grant you an estate, you invariably declined to take it. How strange your fellow samurai must have thought your refusal, how outrageous it must have seemed to your lord!

Such being the case, I was anxious about how you would fare this time, and in addition, I learned that dozens of your fellow clansmen had slandered you to your lord. I therefore thought you would not possibly be able to obtain a fief; the gravity of your situation seemed overwhelming. Moreover, even your own brothers abandoned you. And yet, in spite of all this, you have been granted such favor. No honor could be greater than this.

You say that your new domains occupy an area three times the size of Tono'oka. There is a man from the province of Sado who is now staying here [in Minobu] and who knows that area thoroughly. He tells me that, of the three villages, the one called Ikada is first rate. Although its fields and paddies may be few, its profits are immeasurable. Two of the fiefs each annually yield a harvest worth one thousand kan, and the third, three hundred kan. Such, he says, are the merits of your estates.

In any event, you had been forsaken by your fellow samurai as well as by the people close to you, and they mocked you for their own amusement. Under the circumstances, an official letter granting you any sort of fief, even had it been inferior to Tono'oka, would have been welcome. Yet, as it turned out, your new domains, combined, are three times as large [as Tono'oka]. No matter how poor these estates might prove to be, you must not complain of it, not to others nor to your lord. If you repeatedly praise them as excellent lands, your lord may grant you still more fiefs. But if you speak of them as poor lands with only a meager yield, you will certainly be forsaken by both Heaven and other men. You should bear this in mind.

King Ajatashatru was a worthy man, but because he killed his own father, at that very moment Heaven should by rights have abandoned him, and the earth should have split open to swallow him up. However, because of the merit that his father, the murdered king, had acquired by making five hundred cartloads of offerings to the Buddha every day for the space of several years, and because of the merit he himself would later gain by becoming a patron of the Lotus Sutra, Heaven did not abandon him, nor did the earth swallow him. In the end, rather than falling into hell, he became a Buddha.

Your case is similar to his. You were forsaken by your brothers, resented by your fellow samurai, persecuted by the scions of the clan, and hated by people throughout Japan. Yet, on the twelfth day of the ninth month in the eighth year of Bun'ei, between the hours of the Rat and the Ox (12:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.), when I, Nichiren, had incurred the displeasure of the government authorities, you accompanied me from Kamakura to Echi in Sagami Province, holding fast to my horse's bridle. Since you thus proved yourself to be the most worthy ally of the Lotus Sutra in all the world, no doubt Bonten and Taishaku could not bring themselves to forsake you.

The same holds true with your attainment of Buddhahood. No matter what grave offenses you might have committed, because you have not gone against the Lotus Sutra but showed your devotion by accompanying me, you will without a doubt become a Buddha. Yours is like the case of King Utoku, who gave his own life to save the monk Kakutoku and became Shakyamuni Buddha. Faith in the Lotus Sutra acts as a prayer [to attain Buddhahood]. Above all, strengthen your seeking mind for the Way even further, so that you can attain Buddhahood in this lifetime.

No happier thing has ever happened to any member of your lord's clan, whether priest or layman. In speaking thus [about receiving the new fiefs], one may appear to be overly concerned with mundane desires, but for common mortals, such desires are only natural, and moreover, there exists a way to become a Buddha without eradicating them. The Fugen Sutra, in a passage that explains the heart of the Lotus Sutra, states, "Even without extinguishing their earthly desires of denying the five desires,..." And the Great Teacher T'ien-t'ai's Maka Shikan reads, "Earthly desires are enlightenment; the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana." Bodhisattva Nagarjuna's Daichido Ron, in explaining how the Lotus Sutra surpasses all the rest of the Buddha's lifetime teachings, says, "[The Lotus Sutra is] like a great physician who changes poison into medicine." This means that a physician of lesser skill can cure ordinary illness with medicine, while a great physician can cure even grave illness with virulent poison.


The tenth month of the firt year of Koan (1278), cyclic sign tsuchinoe-tara)


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]