The Searchable Gosho App

Update: Over time, I have had some feedback on this post pointing out that many of the sites hosting Nichiren's writings have a search feature built into them. Some of these sites did not have the feature at the time of my writing this app. In addition, this bookmarklet app really sits on your browser and lets you start your search without having to navigate to any site first. And finally, it allows you to search multiple sites of your choice at the same time.

Nichiren Daishonin, who is revered by nearly 20 million practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism as the Buddha of the Latter Day, spent all his life earnestly encouraging his followers (a struggling few back in the 13th century) through letters that are not just uplifting and motivating, but also contained detailed explanation and insight into the correct teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha in the Lotus Sutra.  These letters, often written under the most adverse conditions, and at times when Nichiren himself was undergoing the harshest of persecutions, are collectively known as the Gosho, or honorific writings.
The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (Volume 7)The Lotus Sutra (Translations from the Asian Classics)Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death: . . . And Everything in Between, A Buddhist View LifeThe Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras
I wrote a small program that turns the gosho into a searchable database. My way of thinking, working, and studying has made me feel this need very strongly and i was unable to find a searchable, digitized gosho. I used a standard feature of most browsers, and an advanced search feature in google to come up with a simple prompt that stays as a bookmarklet, and lets me search all the goshos that are online. I have used only the material on the nichiren.info site, which to my understanding is strongly consistent with the gosho version we use other than some small translation issues which do not alter the meaning and are few and far apart. if you are comfortable editing the code, you can also add other sites that you may be aware of.

Here is how it can be done.

1. Right-click your bookmarks toolbar (favorites in IE)
2. Select New Bookmark
3. Name your bookmark in the name field (after some whacky ones, now
mine is named "Gosho Search")
4. Copy and paste this piece of code into the Location field:

javascript:var searchterms = escape(prompt('Search Gosho For'));var
query = searchterms + '
site:nichiren.info';window.location='http://www.google.com/search?q='
+ query;

5. Say ok or save.

Now it is ready to roll. just click on it from the bookmarks toolbar and enter the text you want to search for, for example "ikegami." It is not a great thing, but I found it useful, needed to share, perhaps there are others out there who will find it useful too. Do try it out, share it freely (it is uncopyright) and leave a comment if you like it.  Of course, if you click an ad and buy something from any of these pages, you will sending a few cents my way.

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