Dori (Good Reason)—Overcome Obstacles with Correct Practice

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Audience for Overseas Believers, Gotai-e Ceremony, Great Writing Hall, Head Temple Taisekiji, November 20, 1994

Thank you, everyone, for making such long journeys from countries all over the world for this year’s Gotai-e Ceremony1 at the Head Temple for our founder, Nichiren Daishonin. This year, there was a general tozan for overseas believers just a little while ago, in August, and I think some of you who are here now probably also came at that time. I imagine it must have been a real effort to again come so soon for this Oeshiki Ceremony, but I believe that making a pilgrimage from so far away means that your faith must be extremely intense. It is my strong conviction that the True Buddha, the Daishonin, observes this, even though as common mortals we do not realize it.

I believe you have made this pilgrimage based on the faith and determination that you must repay your debt of gratitude to the Daishonin, eradicate your karmic hindrances, and continue to embrace this Supreme Law by making even one more tozan pilgrimage to the Head Temple, the dwelling place of the soul of the Law of the Daishonin, the True Buddha of the Buddhism of the sowing who leads all people of the age of Mappo. I am profoundly pleased to witness your seeking spirit.

The Daishonin instructs us: “Buddhism is good reason (dori).” (Gosho, 1179)

The Gosho also contains the words:

Nothing surpasses the use of good reason and documentary proof in my scrutiny of Buddhism. Actual proof, however, reigns supreme over both good reason and documentary proof.

(Gosho, p. 874)

The teachings of Buddhism are based on good reason (dori); the Buddha preaches the correct Way in order to make many people become happy.

Conversely, teachings that violate good reason can never function to bring forth true happiness even if they may appear to produce temporary benefit. This [Japanese word] dori (good reason) is made up of only two Chinese characters, but the meaning that is included within them is truly profound and deep. In simple terms, these [characters] mean “way”and “reason” or “truth.” Here, the essential meaning of the character “ri” is the manifestation of the truth of all matters; it signifies truth.

 

(Note: This lecture can be read in its entirety in the book: Sermons 1992-2002 by Sixty-seventh High Priest Nikken Shonin. For more information, please contact your local temple.)