Selected Quotes from Nichiren's Writings


We ordinary people can see neither our own eyelashes, which are so close, nor the heavens in the distance. Likewise, we do not see that the Buddha exists in our own hearts.

"New Year's Gosho" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, 1137)



When a tree has been transplanted, though fierce winds may blow, it will not topple if it has a firm stake to hold it up.  But even a tree that has grown up in place may fall over if its roots are weak.  Even a feeble person will not stumble if those supporting him are strong, but a person of considerable strength, when alone, may fall down on an uneven path.

"Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain" (WND, 598)



Life is the most precious of all treasures. Even one extra day of life is worth more than ten million ryo of gold.

"On Prolonging One's Life Span" (WND, 955)



What does Bodhisattva Never Disparaging’s profound respect for people signify? The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his behavior as a human being.

"The Three Kinds of Treasure" (WND, 852)



More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!

"The Three Kinds of Treasure" (WND, 851)



The heart of the Lotus Sutra is the revelation that one may attain supreme enlightenment in one's present form without altering one's status as an ordinary person. This means that without casting aside one's karmic impediments one can still attain the Buddha way.

"Reply to Hakiri Saburo" (WND, 410)



If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail unsurpassed enlightenment in this lifetime, you must perceive the mystic truth that is originally inherent in all living beings. This truth is Myoho-renge-kyo. Chanting Myoho-renge-kyo will therefore enable you to grasp the mystic truth innate in all life.

"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 3)


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Your practice of the Buddhist teachings will not relieve you of the sufferings of birth and death in the least unless you perceive the true nature of your life. If you seek enlightenment outside yourself, then your performing even ten thousand practices and ten thousand good deeds will be in vain.

"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 3)

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