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2017年 02月 18日

2 People of Seichō-ji Temple of the Hometown (3)

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Renchō left Kamakura and aimed at Mutsura, present Yokohama at that time. This is because it gets into aboat. A ship is more comfortable early than people go around Tokyo Bay.

 But it was difficult that there was the barrier on the way.

 People crowded in front of the barrier.

 Travelers take out money and pay it to a government official. The person without the money held out brown rice. This barrier was built just recently. All the peopleare all the more depressed.

 One priest had a pleasant chat against a samurai in the hall of the barrier.

 That priest wears a poor priest robe, but he gains weight a little and is healthy.

 He was called the name Ninshō, and a popular name was called Ryōkan.

 The native place is Yamato. He climbed Mt. Shigisan at 10 years old and trained himself. At the age of 17 years old, he received the precept at altar building of Tōdai-ji Temple. He made Eison a teacher and, at the age of 24 years old, became a priest. And he went to the Kantō district in 1252 and entered Kamakura in 1262 and spread Religious Precepts Sect.

This Buddhist priest receives strong trust of the Shogunate. Tokiyori Hōjō founded the Kōsenji Temple and assumed him a founder.

Ryōkan is unique.

Ryōkan was running this barrier. It was surprising that a priest managed the means of transportation, but a priest was engaged in the administration of such facilities mainly in those days.

It is about just these days that a samurai family would govern. The Shogunate which Hōjō leads is not stable in its finance. Samurais spent all their time battle until now. They do not have senses of economy at all. Even if they were good at the struggle, the ability for rule was the same level as an infant. It is like that, and they cannot do the public works projects to build a bridge and a road. Therefore, priests who belonged to an educated class, and with abundant financial power played a key role, and the maintenance of the country was pushed forward.

The center of the politics is Kamakura, but the economy is Kyōto at that time. It was the monks from Kinki who caught the funds of Kyōto.

Ryōkan attracted the Shogunate's attention using the abundant fund and was going to get power. What we think he is from Tōdaiji is alarge-scale fundraising activity for the rebuilding of the Great Buddha of Nara, which was held 70 years ago. He from Tōdai-ji Temple learned this collection of money system and came over to Kanto.

The partner of the conversing with of Ryōkan was Shigetoki Hōjō. He is a strong believer of Nembutsu. His father is Yoshitoki Hōjō who built the prosperity of the Shogunate.

Therefore, Shigetoki controlled an important post of the Shogunate for granted. Nagatoki, his child, became the regent after succeeding Tokimune.

His clan was conspicuous even in the same Hōjō.

Shigetoki held a cup in his hand while seeming to be satisfied, and looking at the situation of the barrier.

Government officials of the barrier carried a large quantity of money which they collected from passersby. The copper money has a hole in the center. Official pass this by strings and makes by 100 pieces. These 100 pieces were called one kan in those days. Money called thousands kan was piled in heaps in this way. The rice was piled up like a mountain, too. The people called this "the rice of the barrier of Mutsura".

Ryōkan and Shigetoki Hōjō talk peacefully.

Shigetoki was pleasant.

"Wow, you thought carefully. To make a barrier, and to collect rice and money. The thought does not possess country samurai, too. It is a good idea.”

Pot-bellied Ryōkan begins to talk softly.

"Kamakura needs public works more. It is helped the finance of the Shogunate, and it becomes the happiness of a poor person if we collect tax from people thinly widely in this way. It is the teaching of the sect of my religious precepts in these, and this comes true on the way of Buddha.”

Shigetoki goes well with alcohol.

"I am thankful. Because we have only to follow religious precepts as for your doctrine, it is easy to be understood."

Ryōkan answered.

"I believe that our denominationis integral with the shogunate. If there is a rulingclass, there is a monk. I devote myself to the Shogunate in this way, but it is only a trouble that the temple of Kamakura is small. Lord, I thank you in advance

I remember. In fact, there is a plan to build the temple on my land of Kamakura. The temple is called Gokurakuji. I am seeking a priest now.”

"The story that it is good. It leads to prosperity of lord you if I leave the temple to this Ryōkan.”

Two people watched each other smilingly.

There was Renchō in the line of the traveler sullenly at the entrance of the barrier. He took out the money from the bag and offered to the officials.


    continued to Declaration of Establishing the True Buddhism


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