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Gosho 転重軽受法門 Lessening One’s Karmic Retribution

転重軽受法門

Lessening One’s Karmic Retribution


文永八年十月五日 五十歳御作

October 5, (Age: 50)

涅槃(ねはん)経に転重軽受(てんじゅうきょうじゅ)と申す法門あり。

The Nirvana Sutra teaches the principle of lessening one’s karmic retribution.

In the Nirvana Sutra, there is a doctrine called “lessening one’s karmic retribution.”

先業(せんごう)の重き今生(こんじょう)につきずして未来に地獄の苦を受くべきが、今生にかかる重苦に()い候へば、地獄の苦みぱっときへて死に候へば、人天・三乗・一乗の益をうる事の候。

If one’s heavy karma from the past is not expiated within this lifetime, one must undergo the sufferings of hell in the future, but if one experiences extreme hardship in this life [because of the LotusSutra], the sufferings of hell will vanish instantly. And when one dies, one will obtain the blessings of the human and heavenly worlds, as well as those of the three vehicles and the one vehicle.

If one’s heavy negative karma accumulated since one’s past existences is not eradicated in this lifetime, then he is destined to undergo the sufferings of hell in the future. However, if he endures severe agony in his lifetime, the sufferings of hell will instantly disappear, and after his death, he will receive the benefit of reaching the states of humanity, rapture, the three vehicles, or the one vehicle of Buddhahood.

()(ぎょう)菩薩の悪口(あっく)罵詈(めり)せられ、(じょう)(もく)()(りゃく)()ほるもゆへなきにはあらず、

Bodhisattva Never Disparaging was not abused and vilified, stoned and beaten with staves without reason.

Bodhisattva Never Disparaging was abused, vilified, and attacked with staves, sticks, stones, and tiles for a good reason.

過去の誹謗(ひぼう)正法のゆへかとみへて「其罪(ござい)畢已(ひっち)」と説れて候は、不軽菩薩の難に値うゆへに過去の罪の滅するかとみへはんべり

He had probably slandered the correct teaching in the past. The phrase “when his offenses had been wiped out” indicates that, because Bodhisattva Never Disparaging met persecution, he was able to eradicate his offenses from previous lifetimes.

It was due to his slander against the correct Law in his past existences. Thus, it is stated, “The offenses that he had committed have been expiated.” All of his negative karma accumulated since his past lives was eliminated through undergoing these hardships.


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