日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 11月 12日

10. Discipline to the Disciples 1

Japanese edition


Sunset shines in the downtown area of Kamakura.

The downtown area was dotted with wells.

Citizens draw water from this well.

Disciple of Nichiren, Chikugobo Nichiro joined the line of people too, drawing water.

He is still in his teens. He was born in the Shimousa country Kaijo district Note volost, and a childhood name was called Kizhijomaru. He was converted to Nichiren with Hiraga Jiro Arikuni of father in 1254 and he entered to the Buddhist priesthood under Nissho of the uncle.

From around this time, the name of Nichiren propagate all over Kamakura for better or worse. And the Buddhist priest who was attached to Nichiren became his disciple one after another.

The reputation of the world was notorious Nichiren, but the mind was kindly, and his story was witty when they met him actually. His every word based from the text of Buddha's sutra and was logical. The person to listen was captivated by not only the sermon of strong conviction by Nichiren but also personality itself.

Kyoninbo, Daisinbo, a disciple with talent including Shoibo became disciples following Nissho and Nichiro. Above all, Kyoninbo was twenty years older than Nichiren, and he is eloquent, a knowledge and opinion were excellent together, and he was considered as the first-rate among then disciple.

Nichiren came back home.

Nichiro was stewing a bean when he opened the entrance.

“Welcome home.”

Disciples set up the dining table. As everybody is young, they have a good appetite.

The pickles were served on dish and beans were on the tray. In those days, staple food of the common people are the beans, or the cereals which mixed unpolished rice with a fox tail millet and Japanese barnyard millet. Court nobles ate the polished rice, but they suffered from beriberi for hypovitaminosis, and it is said that they were a premature death.

Nichiren heard while eating.

“Where did Chikugobo go to for propagation today?”

Nichiro boy is fine.

“Yes. I went to propagate the neighborhood of the shore of Wakae.”

“Oh, it was good.”

“There were many houses of the Nembutsu in that whole area. In addition, they are believing in priest Ryokan of the religious precepts sect ardently.”

Nichiren is smiling.

“Well done! This is the important ascetic practices for Nichiro too. Talk about faiths to many people.”

When they notice, two children are peeping from a window in a house. They are poorly dressed. The children were looking at the tray of the bean.

Daishinbo of the disciple sent them away.

“This is no place for child. It is a place of training itself of the Law of Buddha. Return home early.”

Nichiren talks.

“What happened?”

Daishinbo spoke as if spitting out words.

“Probably will be orphans. It is thought they are children of the houses which broke up by famine. Recently they hang around this neighborhood.”

“Well.”

When Nichiren looked from a window, young two boys snuggled each body and concreted. They do not seem brothers.

Nichiren took out the wooden bowl of the beans, and went outside.

When children noticed Nichiren, they have run away.

After Nichiren made sure of children running, he put the wooden bowl of the beans in the floor of the entrance. They will eat freely if do it this way.

Daishinbo was disgusted.

“Priest, …”

"Let me. It is not fault of the children to have become an orphan. Anyone feels hungry now. We must deal out this around ourselves at least. They will not have a place to sleep. Nichiro, were there not the straw mat?”

“Yes, there is.”

“Bring that.”

Nichiren put a straw mat on the dirt floor.

“This is good.”

Nichiro put it in the corner where Nichiro exercised tact there and brought two pillows and spread a straw mat.

Nichiren stared with a smile without saying.


Continued to Discipline to the Disciples 2


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