May Contribution

We Will Never Fail to Prosper When We Make Good Causes

The following passages related to making offerings are from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.

Photo by JAY SWETECH.


May commemorative contribution: April 28–June 3

“A poor woman cut off her hair and sold it to buy oil [for the Buddha], and not even the winds sweeping down from Mount Sumeru could extinguish the flame of the lamp fed by this oil. Accordingly, your offerings of two and three strings of coins are far greater even than those of the ruler of Japan, who may offer the nation and build a pagoda adorned with the seven kinds of treasures that reaches to the heaven of the thirty-three gods. (“Reply to Onichi-nyo,” WND-1, 1089)”

“Human beings have two kinds of treasure. One is clothing and the other is food . . . What is appropriate for ordinary people is offering in principle [sincerely offering what is important to one’s own life]. This is the teaching called the paramita of almsgiving for the observation of the mind that is set forth in the seventh volume of Great Concentration and Insight . . . You should realize from this that polished rice is not polished rice; it is life itself. (“The Gift of Rice,” WND-1, 1125–26)”

“Just as flowers open up and bear fruit, just as the moon appears and invariably grows full, just as a lamp becomes brighter when oil is added, and just as plants and trees flourish with rain, so will human beings never fail to prosper when they make good causes. (“The Third Day of the New Year,” WND-1, 1013)”

“The Buddha taught that the blessings of a single offering to the votary of this sutra are a hundred, thousand, ten thousand, million times greater than those of offering countless treasures to Shakyamuni Buddha for eighty million kalpas. When one encounters this sutra, one will overflow with happiness and shed tears of joy. (“Letter to Niike,” WND-1, 1027)”

“Shakyamuni Buddha teaches . . . that one who makes offerings to the votary of the Lotus Sutra in the latter age for even a single day will gain benefit a hundred, thousand, ten thousand, million times greater than one would by offering countless treasures to the Buddha for one million kalpas. How wonderful then is your having wholeheartedly supported the votary of the Lotus Sutra over the years! According to the Buddha’s golden words, in the next life you are certain to be reborn in the pure land of Eagle Peak. What remarkable rewards you will gain! (“The Person and the Law,” WND-1, 1097)”
(p. 11)