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Burton Watson's translation of the collected letters of Nichiren reminds me of an archaeological excavation, whereby a whole cross section of thirteenth-century Japan is laid bare. Here, too, the goal is mainly to preserve historical artifacts. Nichiren's letters to his disciples have been expertly sorted and catalogued, and they tell an enigmatic story about the time in which he lived. Through Watson's lyrical skill as a translator, Nichiren's own voice has found its way into the English language.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Introduction 1
1 The Teaching, Capacity, Time, and Country 19
2 The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra 31
3 Letter from Sado 53
4 On Practicing the Buddha's Teaching 64
5 On the Buddha's Prophecy 73
6 Teaching, Practice and Proof 82
7 On Persecutions Befalling the Sage 101
8 The Four Debts of Gratitude 106
9 The Tripitaka Master Shan-wu-wei 116
10 Reply to Nii-ama 140
11 Letter to the Priests of Seicho-ji 148
12 Reply to a Believer 155
13 Great Evil and Great good 157
14 On Attaining Buddhahood 158
15 Lessening One's Karmic Retribution 161
16 Letter from Teradomari 165
17 Aspiration for the Buddha Land 175
18 The Votary of the Lotus Sutra Will Meet Persecution 179
19 The Problem to Be Pondered Night and Day 185
20 Curing Karmic Disease 192
21 A Sage Perceives the Three Existences of Life 200
22 Admonitions Against Slander 204
23 On Prolonging Life 208
24 A Comparison of the Lotus Sutra and Other Sutras 212
25 The Treatment of Illness 217
26 Letter to the Brothers 226
27 The Three Obstacles and the Four Devils 243
28 Recitation of the Hoben and Juryo Chapters 250
29 The Essence of the Juryo Chapter 260
30 The Persecution at Tatsunokuchi 265
31 The Causal Law of Life 268
32 Letter to Nichimyo Shonin 271
33 Reply to Kyo'o 280
34 Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins 283
35 On Recommending This Teaching to Your Lord 301
36 The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith 305
37 The Eight Winds 307
38 The Supremacy of the Law 312
39 A Warning Against Begrudging One's Fief 321
40 The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon 326
41 The Three Kinds of Treasure 331
42 General Stone Tiger 339
43 The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra 342
44 The Meaning of Faith 345
45 The Swords of Good and Evil 347
46 Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life 350
47 On the Treasure Tower 355
48 The True Entity of Life 358
49 Bestowal of the Mandala of the Mystic Law 365
50 Letter to Ichinosawa Nyudo 369
51 The Sutra of the True Requital 380
52 The Treasure of a Filial Child 393
53 A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering 404
54 The Izu Exile 407
55 Encouragement to a Sick Person 412
56 Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light 426
57 Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain 432
58 The Mongol Envoys 443
59 The Fourteen Slanders 447
60 The Workings of Bonten and Taishaku 458
61 Letter to Misawa 465
62 Two Kinds of Faith 472
63 The Teaching for the Latter Day 475
64 The One Essential Phrase 479
65 Persecution by Sword and Staff 483
66 The Dragon Gate 489
67 Letter to Niike 492
68 Reply to Nichigon-ama 501
69 The Person and the Law 502
70 The Proof of the Lotus Sutra 504
71 The Kalpa of Decrease 507
72 New Year's Gosho 513
73 The Gift of Rice 515
Appendix 1. Sanskrit Personal Names 519
Appendix 2. Chinese Personal Names 522
Appendix 3. Japanese Titles of Letters 525
Glossary 529
Bibliography 553
Index 559
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