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In no time at all we will enjoy bountiful harvests

You have associated with a friend in the orchid room and have become as straight as mugwort growing among the hemp. If you will truly give consideration to the troubles I have been describing and put entire faith in these words of mine, then the winds will blow gently, the waves will be calm, and in no time at all we will enjoy bountiful harvests.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 23
On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land
Submitted to Hojo Tokiyori on July 16, 1260

On Changing One’s Karma

Folks often confuse the doctrine of karma with fatalism, as if karma is unchangeable and as though folks who accept karma are ‘blaming the victim’ for their misfortunes. This isn’t actually what karma really says. Nichiren is specifically addressing a woman questioner, here (bearing in mind the culture of Japan in the middle ages, this is an amazingly egalitarian perspective), but it applies to everyone.

In this age, it is as natural for a woman to change her fixed karma by practicing the Lotus Sutra as it is for rice to ripen in fall or chrysanthemums to bloom in winter. When I prayed for my mother, not only was her illness cured, but her life was prolonged by four years. Now you too have fallen ill, and as a woman, it is all the more timely for you to establish steadfast faith in the Lotus Sutra and see what it will do for you. 

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 955
On Prolonging One’s Life Span
Written to the lay nun Myojo in 1279

http://www.sgi-usa.org/encouragement/dw.php?m=11&d=19&y=2011

Gosho | How Long Does a Lifetime Last

How long does a lifetime last? If one stops to consider, it is like a single night’s lodging at a wayside inn. Should one forget that fact and seek some measure of worldly fame and profit? Though you may gain them, they will be mere prosperity in a dream, a delight scarcely to be prized. You would do better simply to leave such matters to the karma formed in your previous existences.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 63
Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra
Recipient unknown; written in March 1263

Many in Body, One in Mind – Victory Begins with Prayers Based on the Spirit of Harmonious Unity!

Latest from Nichiren Daishonin’s Gosho (excellent blog doing explanations and commentary on the Gosho):

Even an individual at cross purposes with himself is certain to end in failure. Yet a hundred or even a thousand people can definitely attain their goal, it they are of one mind. Though numerous, the Japanese will find it difficult to accomplish anything because they are divided in spirit. In contrast, although Nichiren and his followers are few, because they are different in body but united in mind, they will definitely accomplish their great mission of widely propagating the Lotus Sutra. Though evil may be numerous, they cannot prevail over a single truth, just as many raging fires are quenched by a single shower of rain.