日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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Gosho 四信五品抄 On the Four stages of Faith and the Five stages of Practice

四信五品抄(ししんごほんしょう)

On the Four stages of Faith and the Five stages of Practice

The Four stages of Faith and the Five stages of Practice


    建治三年四月初旬 五十六歳御作

   Early April 1277Age; 56


問う、末法に入つて初心の行者必ず円の三学を()するや(いな)や、

Question: In the Latter Day of the Law, is it necessary for beginners in the practice of the Lotus Sutra to devote themselves to all three types of learning associated with the perfect teaching?

Question: In the latter Day of the Law, do practitioners at the initial stage [of first hearing the name of the Law] carry out the three types of learning of the perfect teaching, without fail?

答えて曰く、此の義大事たる故に経文を(かんが)(いだ)して貴辺に送付す、

Answer: This is a very important question, and so I will be consulting the text of the sutra in answering you.

Answer: Your question has important implications. Thus, I searched the relevant sutras and am sending this letter to you.

所謂(いわゆる)(ほん)(はじめ)二三品には仏(まさ)しく(かい)(じょう)の二法を制止して一向に()の一分に限る

In describing the first, second, and third of the five stages of practice, the Buddha restricts those at these stages from practicing precepts and meditation, and places all emphasis upon the single factor of wisdom.

In the so-called first, second, and third of the five stages, the Buddha, indeed, focused only on wisdom [out of the three types of leaning] by prohibiting the other two, namely, precepts and meditation.

慧又(たえ)ざれば信を以て慧に代え・信の一字を(せん)と為す、

And because our wisdom is inadequate, he teaches us to substitute faith for wisdom, making this single word “faith” the foundation.

And since one’s wisdom is lacking, he must substitute faith for wisdom. Thus, the single character faith is the heart of all Buddhist practices.

不信は一闡提(いっせんだい)謗法(ほうぼう)の因・信は慧の因・(みょう)()(そく)の位なり

Disbelief is the cause for becoming an icchantika and for slander of the Law, while faith is the cause for wisdom and corresponds to the stage of hearing the name and words of the truth.

Not believing is a cause for slander and becoming an icchantika, while faith is the cause of wisdom. [One who carries out practices in other to substitute faith for wisdom] is at the stage of first hearing the name of the Law.


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