GOSHO

are the writings of the Daishonin, our founder. In Nichiren Shoshu, the Gosho writings are upheld as exemplary instructions - a mirror of faith - by which to devote ourselves to faith, practice, and study. We can gain a correct understanding of these writings only by following the directions of our High Priest, who has received the transmission of the essential principles of true Buddhism.

ATTENDING

OKO CEREMONY

on the second Sunday of every month. In the Oko Ceremony, after the Kenzen offering, the recitation of the sutra, and the chanting of Daimoku, the priest presents a sermon, based on the Gosho. The Oko lecture is profoundly significant. Therefore, it is essential for us to attend this sermon together with our families each month without fail and offer our sincerest gratitude to the Three Treasures.

Nichiren Daishonin

Monthly Gosho Quote

 

November Gosho

"Reply to the Widow of Ueno"

(Ueno-dono goke-ama gohenji)

Those who practice ever more sincerely when they listen to the teachings of
the Lotus Sutra are the true devotees of the Buddha’s way. Tiantai said,
“From the indigo to an even deeper blue.” In essence, this means that
something dyed with indigo becomes increasingly bluer than the leaves of
the indigo plant. The Lotus Sutra is like the indigo. When we deepen our
practice, it is like the indigo blue that grows in intensity.

(Gosho, p. 337)

上野殿後家尼御返事

法華経の法門をきくにつけて、なをなを信心をはげ(励)むをまこと(真)の道心者
とは申すなり。天台云はく「従藍而青」(じゅうらんにしょう)云々。此の釈の心は
あい(藍)は葉のときよりも、なをそ(染)むればいよいよあを(青)し。法華経は
あいごとし。修行のふかきはいよいよあをきがごとし。

(御書337頁)

 

上野殿後家尼御返事

聞受法華經之法門,愈益勵行信心,謂真道心者也。天台
云『從藍而青』云云。此釋之心,藍者較之為葉時,染則
彌青。法華經如藍。修行之深如彌青。

(御書337頁)