On Flowers and Seeds
- Keka Joju Gosho -
I have not heard from either of you since that time. But
I was very pleased to learn that you read at Kasagamori
the two letters I wrote in the Kenji era in memory of the
If a tree is deeply rooted, its branches and leaves will
never wither. If the spring is inexhaustible, the stream
will never run dry. Without wood, the fire will burn out.
Without earth, plants cannot grow. Nichiren is like the
plant, and my master, the earth. I, Nichiren, am indebted
solely to my revered teacher, Dozen-bo, for the fact that
I have become the votary of the Lotus Sutra and that now
I am widely talked about, both in a good and bad sense.
There are four leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth:
The first is called Jogyo...and the fourth, Anryugyo. If
Bodhisattva Jogyo appears in the Latter Day of the Law,
so must Bodhisattva Anryugyo.
The rice plant flowers and bears grain, but its spirit
remains in the soil. Therefore, the stalk sprouts to flower
and bear grain once again. The blessings which I, Nichiren,
obtain from propagating the Lotus Sutra will return to Dozen-bo.
How sublime! It is said that if a master has a good disciple,
both will attain Buddhahood, but if a master fosters a bad
disciple, both will fall into hell.
If master and disciple are not of the same mind, they cannot
accomplish anything. I will elaborate on this point later.
You should always talk with one another and surmount the
sufferings of life and death to attain the pure land of
Eagle Peak, where you may agree to speak in one mind.
The sutra reads, "They will display the three poisons
and appear to cherish misleading philosophies. This is the
means by which my disciples save the people."
Be sure to keep in mind what I have stated thus far.
The fourth month in the first year of Koan (1278)
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