日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 06月 10日

1, Journey to Home (1)


                     Japanese version



It was spring of 1253 of the Kamakura era.

The water of Lake Biwa was reflecting Mount Hi’ei. Enryakuji Temple was having towered in this forest of Hi'ei Mountain.

Many monks were reading books in the vast hall, and outside they were talking while walking along the mountain road.

An old monk and a young monk were sitting and facing each other at small room in this temple.

A young monk was called Renchō.

The aged priest said regretfully.

" Renchō, are you going to go?"

Rencho answered so, and he went down the slopes in a tower without already looking back.

The old priest watched Rencho until he was out of sight.


Rencho who became 32 years old had finished ascetic practices and the studies for 15 years at temples including Enryakuji Temple, and he made up his mind to return to Awa of the hometown.

Renchō wears a hat and goes down the road to east.

A group of samurai riding a horse came running from behind.The samurais put on formal headwear and run off with bows and arrows on his back.

"Get out of my way!”

A passerby goes into the sideway in a hurry.


When Rencho looked back on the course that came slowly, Mt. Hi'ei faded away.

It is a long journey from Ōmi to Awa.

Calm sunlight of the early summer comes in to a wicker hat of Rencho.

A field of a foxtail millet and the Japanese barnyard millet spreads out endlessly around a road.

A samurai and the common people are walking past each other. Women covered with a big marketeer's hat accompanied the servants and come and go each other.


Rencho stopped in front of a farmhouse.

Farmers gather while surrounding one Buddhist priest. They seem to hear something.

The Buddhist priest of Nembutsu came for propagation in this village.

In the Kamakura era, the Nenbutsu sect of Buddhism spread out explosively.

Farmers matched their hand to the Nembutsu priest who wore black Ami clothes (note) and shoulder-worn robe.

"Thank Heaven. A Buddhist priest of Nembutsu say that we can be beatified by advocating Nam-Amidabutsu."

"Amitabha Tathagata, please help us. We do not have a method to solve recent famine and epidemic. We cannot live without help of Amitabha. We are dead after this and only wait for Buddhists' paradise."

The Buddhist priest takes the hand of the farmer and talks to him.

"It is a truly good mind, this is what it fulfills the teachings of the Buddha. If you chant only Amida Buddha, the desire to be born in Pure Land will be fulfilled. "

Rencho walks the side.

The Nembutsu sect is also called Pure Land sect.

Nembutsu that Honen began spread among the common people in Japan intensely.A extremely simple teaching that person could go to the Buddhists' paradise for if he chanted Nam-Amida-Buddha caught the mind of the then people who panted in the difficult situations such as famine, the epidemic. The expanse of this Nembutsu began since the era of Retire Emperor Gotoba just 50 years ago. Because it was too popular, even a learned and virtuous priest of Enryakuji Temple of the head temple of the Tendai chanted Nembutsu.


Rencho goes ahead through the road to the east more.

He intended to go to Kamakura of the capital of the samurai on the road to the hometown.

It is said that it took 12 days from Kyoto to Kamakura in those days. How much days would he need from Mt. Hiei-zan to Awa? It is thought to take at least 15 days.

Fuji covered with snow far far away appeared.

The then people had reverence towards Mount Fuji than modern people thought.

It is being written down with "the Record of the Sea and the Road" that is an account of a trip of the Kamakura era.

"Mount Fuji rises in the middle of the sky and surpasses it from the mountains of every direction as I heard it at the capital. The top of the mountain is the road which a bird crosses, and the foot of the mountain is the road which the beast goes along. Snow wraps up the top of the mountain with a white color like a hood. In addition, a long cloud like a bellyband surrounds the middle of the mountain. The height seemed to build a ladder over the heaven, and the person to climb comes back without being able to finish climbing it. The foot of the mountain is wide as taking it for days to go around , and the person walking here goes as if carrying a mountain on his back. A hot spring springs out on the mountaintop, and thin smoke goes up subtly, and a cold pond is full of water in the middle of the mountain, and a flow to overflow becomes the river. This is a solemn mountain which we cannot compare in really many mountains.”


   continued


table of contents Part 1


note

Ami cloth   

One of the canonical robes which was made as if knitting a straw bag in the fiber of hemp and the nettle.



by johsei1129 | 2017-06-10 12:25 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)


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