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I have received two paper bags of sea laver, ten bundles of seaweed, one paper bag of algae and one bunch of mushrooms.

The human mind is inconstant; it is ever-changing and unfixed. I thought it wondrous that you pledged faith in my teachings while I was in the province of Sado, and your sincerity in sending your husband all the way here is even more remarkable. The provinces we live in are far apart and months and years have passed, so I was concerned that you might slacken in your resolve. However, you are increasingly demonstrating the depth of your faith and accumulating good deeds. Surely this is not a result of practice over just one or two previous lifetimes.

Because the Lotus Sutra is difficult to believe, the Buddha assumes various forms, such as that of one’s child, parent or wife, to enable one to take faith in it. However, you have no children, and live alone as husband and wife. The sutra states, "... the living beings in it [this threefold world] are all my children."1 If this is so, then Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, must be a compassionate father to both of you. I, Nichiren, must be your child, but, wishing to save the people of Japan, I am residing

for the time being in the central part of the country. The meritorious deeds you have accumulated in previous existences are indeed precious.

When the Mongols come pouring into Japan, please make your way here. And, because you have no sons, please consider coming here to live with me in your old age. No place is secure. Be convinced that Buddhahood is the final abode.


The twelfth day of the fourth month

Reply to Ko Nyudo


  1. Lotus Sutra, chap. 3.

Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 7.

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