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This Month's Nichiren Shonin's Words



   石    中   の  火  木   中 の 花

Seki Chu no Hi Moku Chu no Hana

"Fire in a rock. Flowers in wood."


= Hidden Potential =


There are many things in this world that cannot be seen with our own eyes. In a poem called “Stars and Dandelions,” poet Misuzu Kaneko, says that the stars in the daytime and the roots of dandelions exist, “although they cannot be seen, they are there.”


We tend to overlook the existence of important things that are invisible to the naked eye. We have immeasurable potential hidden within us. However, it is often the case that we do not realize it.

In the past, you used to make a fire by striking a stone, but can you find fire in ordinary stones? How can you imagine flowers in full bloom in fall when the trees have no leaves? However, when the opportunity and the time comes, things that cannot be seen will appear.


So let us believe that there is a future and great potential that we are not aware of right now.

“Kanjin Honzon Sho”


In the quoted phrase, Nichiren Shonin explains that the Buddha's mind resides in our hearts. “Kanjin Honzon Sho” is one of the most important writings that serve as the core of the important teachings of Nichiren Shonin.


10th Year of Bunei (1273)

Age: 52

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