2017年 05月 10日

5 Appearance of Shijo Kingo

                        Japanese ver.

Dead leaves fell into the road, and there was the autumn sign. Nichiren preached the faith of the Lotus Sutra and the error of other denominations patiently to people to visit in the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley. There was not the street preach of Nichiren handed down as far as we read his writings in fact. He performed basics of the propagation in the environment that could tell calmly in the thatched hut even if he could talk by chance by the roadside, and there was sometimes a question of doctrine from audience, he praised the will of the questioner and preached it while discussing it.

The first personal letter which Nichiren sent to Toki Jonin of the believer of the same country on December 9 at the end of 1253 when he declared the establishment the denomination is still left.

“I am pleased you send a person to pick up me. Because something attracts public attention in the daytime I want to meet you at night. I hope that you pick up me at the time of Bird (about 6:00) of the evening. Or it is good even if you come here and talk about the doctrine.

December 9              Nichiren

Dear Lord Toki”                Reply to Toki’

The street preaching is showy visually, but there are few effects. A politician grasps a microphone in a street, but the audience watches only figure and the face of favorite politician and does not almost hear the speech.

Shakyamuni Buddha preaches basically at the temple (e.g., Venubana Monastery [note]in Magadh ) given by King and the powerful family.

It snows in Kamakura Hachiman shrine.

A samurai and a townsman walking this front put hands together towards the shrine.

The Kamakura Hachiman Shrine says to Hachiman-gu Shrine. This is what Yoriyoshi Minamoto-no of the Kawachi Genji second generation prays for an approach of God from Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine of Gokokuji Temple of Kyoto in 1063 and built at the opening. Since then it was worshiped as a guardian deity of samurai Genji. Therefore, the person who walked in front of Hachiman shrine put hands together by all means.

Powdery snow came fluttering into the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley of Nichiren.

Nichiren continued the sermon of the Lotus Sutra to audience patiently without changing in a thatched hut while feeling passage of time in the change of the season.

Time passed, and the third spring came from the five year of Kencho era (1253) when he declared establishing the denomination. As for the name of an era, it was changed an era with the Kogen era on October 5 of Kencho era.

Cherry blossoms bloomed in profusion on both sides of the Dankazura (note) of the Wakamiya thoroughfare, and the people of Kamakura were rife in joy of the spring time.

A butterfly flies from a flower to a flower elegantly outside the thatched hut.

The name of Nichiren gradually spread out in Kamakura.

The follower who believes Nichiren and chants Nam-myoho-renge -kyo was appeared individually.

The samurai was mixed in the thatched hut in the audience who gathered.

It is prosperous.

Nichiren took the scroll of the Lotus Sutra to one hand as always and has begun to talk.

"The Fugen sutra says"; ‘the large number of people's punishment seems a frostor a dew. The sun of the wisdom deletes these positively and removes it.’ In other words, the sins of the past world are meanings to pass away if we believelaw of right Buddha.”

"Please wait."

The young samurai shut out the talk of Nichiren suddenly. He will be still in his twenties. The young man furrowed his brow.

The now story does not go to the assent. A human being is a person living in sinful daily life. Besides we samurai is people who do not mind the killing either.Why may Buddha save us who are sinful?

It was a sudden question.

Nichiren has a smile and answers.

"It is a really good question. At first before solving this question, we must thinkwhat we were born to this world for. The all creatures of the Latter Day of the Law are circling and rotating in six paths of hell, hungry spirit, animals, Asura, a human, a heaven. If the person has a relationship and a wish comes true he will be filled with rapture, and he will fall into the hell if he was blamed by a lord and he incurred his master's anger. Sometimes a person is angry and sometimes grieves and sometimes flatters like a beast with a high-ranking person and looks down upon a lower person. If a person repeats this, he cannot spend the present in peace, and the posterity will not be born in the good place. To that end, you must enter the way of Buddha.”

“Hum. Then what does the person who does not believe Buddha stake his life on?”

Nichiren spoke to the samurai to persuade him.

"In general, a man abandons life for shame, and it is said that the woman abandons life for a man. In addition, because the fish of the beast holds life dear it lives in the pond, but it is grieved in the pond being shallow, and it digs the hole and lives in the bottom of the pond. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught ina net. The bird lives in the tree. If a tree is low, it lives in the high branch for fear of what is aimed at by an enemy. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught in a net. The human being is similar again, too. It is difficult to be born as a person, and to throw away life to the way of most important Buddha even if we lose the body and life for being slight and worthless in the world. That is why there is not the person becoming Buddha

The persuaded samurai gets angry at Nichiren and argues.

“This is ridiculous! It is the duty the samurai keeps hard his land until he dies, and to protect the whole families and a subordinate. That’s the samurai. It is severe curses that it is be witched to bait. Take back your words.”

The samurai who was watching these exchanges talked to the young samurai. He is dignified in some way and is a calm tone. He is somewhat elegant and has a calm tone.

“Excuse me, this is the precious place asking about sermon. Good medicine tastes bitter, good advice seldom welcome. Is it not the samurai to hear in calm mind even if different from your thought?”

The young samurai was excited more. 

What are you saying? It is an outstanding fool to make admonition to this me. I am very Yorimoto of Nakatsukasa Saemon-no-jo (third-ranked officer of the Left Division of Outer Palace Guards) of Mitsutoki Hojo's vassal and the person calls me Shijo Kingo (note). The person who does not know me has nobody in this Kamakura. Call yourself the name.”

“I am Toki jonin, the vassal of Chiba-no-Suke in Shimousa country. I became the believer of the Saint Nichiren four years ago in the relationship of the same town. There was business in Kamakura today, and fortunately I was able to come to the place of the Law of the saint. Here, Shijo Kingo. Here is the place without the difference of a samurai and a farmer. The social position may not matter to ask the Law of Buddha. How about you?”

It is a just argument.

Shijo Kingo entrusted force and raised a voice, but was at a loss for an answer. He blushed and stood up.

"I have business. Pardon.”

Nichiren did not detain Kingo forcibly. "that person would come to this thatched hut soon by all means," he told pupils.

Then Nichiren noticed that the farmer dressed of the trip stood at the exit thatShijo Kingo left. He looks exhausted by along journey. He is a familiar face.

“Oh, you are...”

He was a farmer of the Seichoji temple of Awa. He found Nichiren and he was relieved and sat down on a dirt floor

"Holy priest, please help, Seichoji temple is …"

     Continued to Feud with Kagenobu Tojō

Life of Nichiren Part 1 contents


Venubana Monastery

Venubana means a bamboo forest. The first temple which existed in the Loyal Palace Castle in Mgadh nation (current Rajagrha in Bihar State) in middle India. Originally this was the garden of the bamboo which Rich Karandha owned, but he cost a pittance as the garden of the Buddhist priest because Rich was converted to Buddha.

"The pond of Karandha" where it was written down that "Buddha often preached Law near that pond" in "The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions" was found in an investigation of the India Government Archaeology Bureau, and it was confirmed that there was Venubana monastery in this ground.


The road that is in Hachiman-gu Shrine and Wakamiya thoroughfares of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. The sidewalk which is one step higher than roads from the second gate to Hachiman-gu Shrine. The third gate is at the last arrival point and leads to the precincts of Hachiman-gu Shrine.

Shijo Kingo

He was born in 1230. Nichigan-nyo of his wife is recognized to have been born in 1243 from the description of "the 33 years old evil" in "Reply to the Wife of Shijo Kingo." In addition, mother of Shijo Kingo is said to be the daughter of the Ikegami family.

by johsei1129 | 2017-05-10 23:15 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)

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