日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 05月 15日

6 Feud with Tojo Kagenobu (2)

                 Japanese edition


The beginning of court of the Kamakura Shogunate is from the own residence of Yoritomo Minamoto. Yoritomo prepared another entrance hall into the home and attached a sign board of the small "High Court of Law". It is the first court in Japan.

The place of appealing was not established before this. The trial remained a tyranny by the court noble of Kyoto. It was epoch-making that Yoritomo established the place of the trial.

However, it is not getting along.

Yoritomo was enthusiastic to settle anything by himself, but people who have the appeals to count on him increase remarkably and come over from the whole country. Disgusted by the shouts and disputes exchanged within his compound, Yoritomo ordered the locomotion of the high court.

The High Court of Law of Kamakura is a formal building.
 The entrance was crowded with a samurai and the farmers who have the petition.
 There was a hall facing the garden.
 There is the judge in the center, and a clerk of a law-court is on his side. Furthermore, the government official watching progress at behind waits.
 The court case of this times was held by letter at first.
 The defendant and plaintiff have a showdown each other by letter three times.
 Finally, a showdown was carried out in a court.
 Nichiren wrote tyranny of Kagenobu in the letter of the trial and appealed to the High Court of Law. The Court of Law hands this to Kagenobu. Kagenobu makes an explanation book and holds it out to the High Court of Law. The statement meant this. The High Court of Law hands this statement to the Seichoji temple side and lets them refute it. They performed this repetition to three times. It is the three appeals and three explanations.
 The High Court of Law performs only the examination of the letter. They do not check it in oneself even if they may be suspicious. If it is suspected, both the person who appealed and who was accused had to prove it by oneself. There is not the lawyer of the primary occupation like the court case of modern times. The High Court of Law called both sides last and let them make the oral proceedings and concluded a hearing.
 Nichiren was familiar with the law such as Formulary of Adjudications besides study of the Law of Buddha. He used every text and wrote the complaint and refuted the description of the land steward.
 On the other hand, Kagenobu intended going to pass it by force. He ruled over the fields of the Seichoji temple and was going to change the temple into the Nenbutsu sect. Therefore, he demanded support from Shigetoki Hojou of the consignatory (note) in aides of regent Tokiyori Hojou. Shigetoki is the strong believer of Nembutsu as the founder of Gokurakuji temple and was called Lord Gokurakuji. His influence power to the High Court of Law overwhelmed the Seichoji temple side.


Three appeals and three explanations were over, and the day of the showdown came.
 Tojo Kagenobu appeared in the garden of the court. He is arrogant as ever.
 “I was made to wait. The trouble is reflected on my work for the worthless appeal. It is the cursed nuisance”.
 The executive officer put his hands on the floor.

“Well, well! Lord Tojo, you came here specially. It was a tiring for you”.
The clerk told it.
 "Next, each one of the Seichoji temple”.
 Village headman, farmers, Gijobo, and Zhokenbo appeared. Finally, Dozenbo appeared weakly.
 The judge declares a start of the oral argument.
 “We judge from now on about the territory of the Seichoji temple”.
 Jokenbo of the Seichoji Temple appears before.
 “Originally the Seichoji temple is the Tendai sect. This is the historical temple existing before than the times of Lord Yoritomo. Kagenobu of the land steward is occupying it without permission, and it is outrageous to recapture our land. The Law of Buddha is going to become extinct now. We demand that we stop the offence of the land steward promptly”.
 Kagenobu argues.

“This Kagenobu is the person who was entrusted the part of Awa to according to a direction of lord Kamakura. I understand the Seichoji that is a certain formality temple, but there is the problem in managing it.”

People of the Seichoji temple side trembled in anger and stared at Kagenobu.

“They do not obey various kinds of laws, and they seem not to have interest in Nembutsu that most of Japanese believe in. Furthermore, the Buddhist priest who called Nembutsu the hell of the incessant suffering appeared. When it comes to this, as a land steward keeping nearby land, I cannot let them alone. I judged that I should manage them under the samurais for around three years.”

The judge gives the Seichoji temple side an icy look.

“Is there the justification for something by the resident?”

The village headman of the Seichoji glebe appeared.

“We have lived by protection of the Buddhist priests of the Seichoji temple during these several hundred years. We farmers are not able to stand for it if samurai becomes the new master…”

The village headman was startled and covered his mouth with hand.

The judge caviled at his words.

“Not able to stand for it…?”

Kagenobu burst into laughter.

The judge is disgusted.

“I am samurai, too. If it is the temple with many problems, a land steward having high ability for the peace and discipline should manage it. Besides Lord Kagenobu establishes the time limit of three years. The Seichoji temple may be reconciled with each other by the condition of this time limit.”

Jokenbo cried.

“A limited time is the commonplace means of master!”.

Gijobo was going to stand up too, but the village headman stopped him. After all, are they not able to win against someone who doesn't listen to reason?
Kagenobu was convinced of winning the case and he flashed his smile. The superiority is clear.

The Judge nodded to Kagenobu.

“This judgment will be day after tomorrow”.

When the Judge was going to stand up, a voice broke out.

“Wait!”

That voice was of Nichiren.


             Continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


Note

the consignatory

Post of the Kamakura Shogunate. It is the aide of the regent and is located in the situation of “the vice-regent” substantially. It is the beginning that Yasutoki Hojo appointed Tokifusa Hojou of the uncle in 1224. Because he signed the official document of the Shogunate by a joint signature with the regent, it was called the consignatory. A system to suppress the regent's monopolizing.









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