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Gosho Written to Women
All information from the ‘Background’ sections of each Gosho, Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.
Written to the wife of Hiki Daigaku Saburo Yoshimoto, a dedicated follower of the Daishonin.
Name of recipient is unknown, but thought to be a woman because of the subject matter – the attainment of Buddhahood by women.
Written to another unnamed female believer, thought to be a woman of advanced years who lived in Amatsu, in Awa Province.
Written to the disciple Nichigen-nyo, who not only received a Gosho but also a “protective agent” made by the Daishonin. He also later named the child Tsukimaro, Full Moon.
Also to Nichigen-nyo.
Kyo’o is the second child of Nichigen-nyo, who had become ill.
To Nichimyo, a single parent who had undertaken a strenuous journey with her baby daughter in order to visit the Daishonin.
Not known for certain, but thought to be addressed to the lay nun Sennichi, who would receive several Gosho.
Written to Ueno, an especially devoted follower who had raised 9 children.
Also written to Nichigen-nyo.
Response to a letter from Niima and her older relative Oama, both lay nuns.
Written to “the lady of Sajiki”, a woman reputed to be married to Saemon Sukenbu, a relative of Nissho, one of the senior 6 disciples.
To the lay nun Myoichi, an educated woman whose husband had died.
To the lay nun and lay priest of Ko, known for being devout followers.
Addressed to Oto, daughter of the Sage Nichimyo, although obviously meant for her mother.
Written to the lay nun Myoshin, one of the faithful fortunate enough to receive the Gohonzon directly from the Daishonin.
Another written to the lay nun Sennichi, in response to a question regarding slander of the correct teachings.
Written to the lay nun Toki, who was ill and exhausted after her mother-in-law’s death.
Konichi-bo converted after her son had done so, and faithfully sent robes and made offerings while the Daishonin was exiled at Sado.
Also to Konichi-bo; one of the longest Gosho written to a woman.
For the grandmother of Jibu-bo, in response to offerings she had made in a traditional yearly service for the deceased.
Written to Nichinyo, an educated follower also devoted enough to receive a Gohonzon.
Written to the lay nun Myoho, another strong & faithful female follower.
Gosho written to Nichinyo.
The power of daimoku explained to Myoho.
Written to the lay nun Sennichi.
Reply to Myoshin, reputed to be the aunt of Nikko Shonin.
Another Gosho written to Sennichi, who is praised within for her unshakeable faith.
Letter to the lay nun Toki, who renamed herself Myojo, ‘Wonderful Eternity’.
Written to “the wife of the late Matsuno”. She served the Daishonin faithfully despite never having met him.
Another Gosho in praise of offerings from the wife of Matsuno.
Actually not written to Nakaoki but to his wife, although Nakaoki was also a follower and lay priest.
Reply to Myoichi.
Reply to Sennichi, who had sent her son to Minobu to make offerings to the Daishonin after her husband’s death.
Written to Myoichi-nyo, about whom little is known.
Reply to “the lady of Utsubusa”, an affluent follower who had sent a large sum of money.
Here the Daishonin encourages “the mother of Ueno” after her youngest son, Shichiro Goro, had died.
Short Gosho written to Nichigon.
Written to Nichigen-nyo, wife of Shijo Kingo.
Onichi-nyo is thought to be somehow related to Nissho, one of the Daishonin’s senior disciples, who herself made many offerings.
Another reply to Ueno.
Written to Ueno.
Written to the lay nun of Kubo, who was raising her daughter alone yet made frequent offerings to the Daishonin.
This Myoho lived in Okamiya. She also lived alone, yet remained steadfast in her practice, which was disapproved of by her family (the probable cause of her living alone).
Classic Gosho addressed to “the wife of Omosu”.
Written to both Jakunichi-bo, a male follower, and a female follower from Kazusa Province