日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 11月 11日

9. Appearance of Women Believers 2

Japanese ver.


Nichiren preaches woman believers still more.

“All women of nowadays are living in the first 500 years after 2000 years of the death of Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha had written down that time. This is genuine time of the woman who would attain Buddhahood. For example, there is much ice in winter, the flower is not rare in spring, and there is much grass in the summer, and the much fruit in autumn. The season rotates in this way. The attaining Buddhahood of the woman in nowadays is the same too. It is not a problem whether if it is much arrogant whether it is much folly even if there is much anger even if it has much greed and even if much jealousy. To say nothing of the woman not having these faults.” Writings about the Woman Attaining Buddhahood.’

Women received the marvelous Law by the faiths of the husband and kept it. They entered faiths as the man said, but they felt interest in the teachings at which woman became the Buddha in the Lotus Sutra. Furthermore, they knew that the Lotus Sutra preached a gender equality surprisingly. This was a shock to them.

The sutras before the Lotus Sutra preached that the woman could not become the Buddha if was reincarnated many times and not became a man. It preaches they cannot become the Buddha as a woman. The sutras are bitter to a woman as if Buddha would have a grudge against a woman.

“She is a messenger of the hell, and women cut off seeds of Buddha well. The outside resembles a Bodhisattva, but the inside is like the demon.” ‘Avatamska Sutra’

“The Bodhisattvas of mercy existing in every world cannot let the extreme accumulated evilness of woman surrender.” ‘The Sutra of the Buddha who Has the Twelve Names.

“The worldly desires of the man of the three thousand worlds gather and become the obstacles of karma of one woman.” ‘Same as above

“The man is caught by the karma of the transmigration of souls for a long time watching a woman once only. Besides he falls into the hell of incessant suffering definitely if he violated her even once.” ‘Commentary on the Great Wisdom Sutra’

The man reading this might think happy not being born as a woman. In addition, there may be a point to recall of in woman criticism of Buddha to woman.

“In the different viewpoint, a woman is called the people of suffering.” ‘Chapter of Devadatta in the Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings.’ The women were the vulnerable groups in society in those days overwhelmingly so that Nichiren pointed out.

But it was Shakyamuni Buddha either to have broken the pains of this woman.

Buddha did not accept the priest of the woman at first because he thought the woman would disturb the ascetic practices of the Buddhist priest of the man. The priest of the first woman was Mahaaprajaapatii of the foster mother of the royal palace era of Buddha, but she applied for becoming a priest over and over again, but continued being refused from Buddha. Unable to stand by any longer, Anan of the disciple entreated Buddha, and said "Mahaaprajaapatii is the lady who had taken care of you." He begged to accept her as a priest and was finally permitted. Still, in religious precepts (commandments for completeness) which a person of priest should follow, the nun was 348 religious precepts, though a man was 250.

Furthermore, in the Lotus Sutra, Buddha gave disciples a prediction of future becoming the Buddha one after another, but promises to become the Buddha for not only the monk but also the nun.

He gave Mahaaprajaapatii of the aunt a prediction of becoming the Buddha who is watched with joy by all creatures, and gave Yasodhara of the wife of the royal palace era a prediction of becoming the Buddha with the countless light. In addition, the lady of dragon with a body of snake attained Buddhahood in present form without changing the body, this fact surprised arhats of Shariputra and others.

Nichiren preaches about the essential qualities of the woman as follows.

“To become a woman is the existence that obeys a thing and lets a thing obey.” ‘Letter to Brothers’

While woman is bound by every social limitation, the complete freedom is got by faiths. It seems to be restricted and is the position to let a thing obey. If one had this awareness and chant the marvelous Law, one can get circumstances of the freedom. For a woman, this was the same as the blindness was opened by the Lotus Sutra.

It was the course of nature that women of the strong faiths appeared one after another in the sect of Nichiren. Women of the strong faiths were born as nun Myoho, nun Sazhiki, nun Sennich, and Nichigannnyo including Nichimyo so that Nichiren oneself was surprised.


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