Selected Quotes from Nichiren's Writings


A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 4)




"Single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha" may be read as follows: single-mindedly observing the Buddha, concentrating one’s mind on seeing the Buddha, and when looking at one's own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha.

"Letter to Gijo-bo" (WND, 389)


orange flower

One may be letter-perfect in reciting the Lotus Sutra, but it is far more difficult to act as it teaches.

"Lessening One's Karmic Retribution" (WND, 200)


cherry trees

Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring. Never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn.

"Winter Always Turns to Spring" (WND, 536)



If the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.

"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 4)



If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquility throughout the four quarters of the land . . .

"On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land" (WND, 24)



Shakyamuni Buddha who attained enlightenment countless kalpas ago, the Lotus Sutra that leads all people to Buddhahood, and we ordinary human beings are in no way different or separate from one another.

"The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" (WND, 216)


skerry in shallow water

Shakyamuni taught that the shallow is easy to embrace, but the profound is difficult. To discard the shallow and seek the profound is the way of a person of courage.

"The Selection of the Time" (WND, 558)

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