日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2016年 08月 06日

Gosho 法蓮抄 Letter to Hōren

法蓮抄(ほうれんしょう)

Letter to Hōren

   建治元年 五十四歳御作

   April 1275Age: 54

今法華経と申すは一切衆生を仏になす秘術まします御経なり、

The Lotus Sutra offers a secret means for leading all living beings to Buddhahood.

The Lotus Sutra is a wondrous sutra that enables all living beings to attain Buddhahood.

所謂(いわゆる)地獄の一人・餓鬼の一人・乃至九界の一人を仏になせば一切衆生・皆仏になるべきこ()はり顕る、

It leads one person in the realm of hell, one person in the realm of hungry spirits, and thus one person in each of the nine realms of existence to Buddhahood, and thereby the way is opened for all living beings to attain Buddhahood.

If it can lead even a single person in the world of hell, hunger, or the nine worlds to Buddhahood, then one naturally can reason that all living beings are able to attain enlightenment through the Lots Sutra.

(たと)えば竹の節を一つ破ぬれば余の節(また)破るるが如し、

The situation is like the joints in a piece of bamboo: if one joint is ruptured, then all the joints will split.

It is like an entire bamboo stalk splitting when only a section of it is split.

囲碁(いご)と申すあそびにし()ようと云う事あり一の石死しぬれば多の石死ぬ、

Or it is like the move known as shichō in the game of go: if one stone is declared “dead,” then many stones will“ die.”

Or, it can be compared to the technique called shichō in the board game of go, in which the killing of a single go stone results in the killing of many.

法華経も又此くの如し

The Lotus Sutra also is like these.

The same holds true with the Lotus Sutra.

(こがね)と申すものは木草を失う用を備へ水は一切の火をけす徳あり、

Metal has the power to cut down trees and plants, and water has the power to extinguish any kind of fire.

Steel has the ability to cut trees and plants, while water can extinguish fire.

法華経も又一切衆生を仏になす用おはします

In like manner, the Lotus Sutra has the power to bring all living beings to the state of Buddhahood.

Likewise, the Lotus Sutra has the ability to enable all living beings to become a Buddha.


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