日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 07月 07日

3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment of True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(3)

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However, this case was reported quickly to Kagenobu of the land steward who governed Tojo province.

Kagenobu was tempted by warm weather and took a nap leisurely, but he was woken up by the vassal hard.

"What? Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering?"

Kagenobu was an enthusiastic strong believer of Nembutsu.

He showed an expression of the anger in a beginning, but burst into laughter before long.

“I am sure of my game. We arrest the Buddhist priest called Nichiren. The land steward cannot consent such a bad person is in the Seichoji. We will arrest him and appeal to the Shogunate for the misbehavior of the temple.The temple will become a follower of our Tojo if we do it. Good, here we go!”

Kagenobu takes the sword and goes out. Vassals followed him in a hurry.

Kagenobu and his subordinates let horse drive fast. They ran by the mountain path and climbed the approach to the temple.


Nichiren and Jokenbo, Gijobo were in the middle of the conversation in the temple. It is time when Nichiren was asked by two senior disciples and preached the teaching of the Lotus Sutra.

A young monk burst into the room.

“It's bad! The land steward flocked. They are yelling "Why the Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering? ”

Jokenbo raised his knee.

"The game is up. Did it leak? Nichiren is in danger. Go off right now!”

Nichiren sat up straight.

"The cause of that problem is me. I will explain."

Gijobo stopped it.

“Don't do that.This temple and Tojo are sworn enemies on a fight of the land. Our intention is not to involve you in any trouble.”

The inside of the temple filled with sound at same time he has said.

Samurais of Kagenobu invaded.

A ferocious voice shout, and blustering voice was sounded.

"Where is the person who is called Nichiren? Where is Nichiren?”

Kagenobu Tojo who flew into a rage opened the door of the room violently.

There were only two people of Jokenbo and Gijobo there.

Kagenobu pointed a whip to the tip of nose of Jōkenbō.

"Where is the person who is called Nichiren?"

“He is not here. He has already left.”

Gijobo answers resolutely.

"Lord Kagenobu, it is imprudent to enter the temple with your wearing shoes despite a land steward. Nun O'ama is the blood relationship of lord Kamakura. This matter is not good for Lord Kagenobu either."

Kagenobu loses a voice for an instant.

"No. There was information. There seems to be the man saying that the prayer of Nembutsu is hell. It is the duty of the land steward to supervise such a person. I intend to arrest people too taking part in the man.

The voice from the outside sounded.
"The man was there!"

Nichiren went down the mountain behind at a trot.

The samurai who pulled a sword caught up with Nichiren.

Nichiren turns around.

Samurais surrounded Nichiren.

It was unexpected. A misfortune befell him with the first sermon. Nichiren was seized with thought like having a glimpse of coming future.

However, the group of the farmer dashed out of the forest then and protected Nichiren and confronted samurai. They were people of the supporters of Seichoji temple. Most are local farmers. They heard urgency and gathered.

Farmers glare at samurais with sticks.

A samurai was enraged.

" You are outrageous farmers! Do you take sides with a bad Buddhist priest?”

Farmers call out to each other and begin to blandish their stick and push away samurais.

The samurai does not lose, too.

After the hostility of both continued, Kagenobu appeared. He seemed to consider that a situation was disadvantageous. He withdrew samurais. And he threatened farmers when leaving.

"This is all right today. But I remember it. There are people against the land steward. I'll get even with you sometime."

Kagenobu has left, farmers gave sigh of relief.


The three people of Nichiren, Jokenbo and Gijobo go down the thin mountain path. They held their breath each other. A pursuer may come.
Miura Peninsula was seen on the opposite bank far. Furthermore, they see Mount Fuji covered with snow far far away.
Gijobo handed baggage to Nichiren.
"What would you do from now on? Do you come back to Kyoto?”
Nichiren waved a neck.
"I will go to Kamakura."
"Why is that? You should go to Kyoto if you wish to succeed in Buddhism.”
Nichiren said flatly.

"The center of Japan is Kamakura now. I want to try oneself in the ground.”

Nichiren did goodbye and went down the mountain. His back figure becomes small.

Jokenbo said like a soliloquy.

"Is he all right?"

Gijobo brightened his eyes.

"Sure, he was the man who surpassed in this Seichoji temple. We do not worry."

These two people were senior disciples, but assumed Nichiren a teacher, after this. And they support activity of Nichiren throughout their life.

Nichiren writes down the action of both Jokenbo and Gijobo of this day as follows in "Questions and Answers on the Gohonzon, object of worship" later.

"When the land steward displayed his anger to me, you, Jokenbo, along with Gijobo, helped me to escape from Seichoji temple. Without doing anything further, you have already performed a service for the Lotus Sutra. I hope you will therefore take this opportunity to free yourselves from the sufferings of birth and death."


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