日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 4

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Furthermore, that reason is shown as follows in "On the Buddha's Prophecy" written down in Sado island.

 “The seventh (23rd chapter of Drug King) of the Lotus Sutra says; After I have passed away, in the last five-hundred-year period you must spread it abroad widely throughout the whole world and never allow it to be cut off. (Partially omitted)"

 "Question: In comparing the Former and Middle Day with the Latter Day of the Law, the first two were far superior in terms of both times and the people's capacity. Why do you disregard these times and favor only the Latter Day of the Law?

 Answer: The Buddha's intent is difficult to fathom. Although I am unable to understand it, we may understand by thinking the Hinayana sutras as a point of reference. During the thousand years of the Former Day of the Law, proper times of the Law, Hinayana was fully possessed with the three elements of teachings, practice, and proof. Duringthe next one thousand years of the Middle Day of the Law (times of image), its teachings and practice were still maintained, but proof no longer existed. In the Latter Day of the Law, teachings alone remain; neither practice nor proof exists.”

 As for the Buddhism of Shakyamuni Buddha, the teachings exist in the latter days of the Law, but "practice" to become Buddha does not match in the times, therefore, Nichiren declares that the all creatures to become Buddha do not exist. Shakyamuni Buddha preaches the ascetic practices method in the Lotus Sutra; hear teachings, and tell a person it and believe it and make a person believe it, and write it and let a person write it and hold a service for a scroll of sutras with incense and flowers. In addition, he shows "an offering, observance of the commandments, fortitude, diligence, meditation, the wisdom" of "six patamita" as a method of ascetic practices in the Mahayana sutras.

 Besides, Shakyamuni Buddha answers disciples asking how they should train themselves after Shakyamuni passed away, in the "Sutra of Buddha's teachings of Samantabhadra-bodhisattva training abstinently" (Fugen sutra) of the sutra of end of the Lotus Sutra. It is as follows when summarize it.


Imagine and think the Samantabhadra-bodhisattva.

Read Mahayana sutra aloud.

Consider the teachings of Mahayana deeply.

Worship various Buddha.

Repent the karma that you made in the past life.

And repeat these practices.


It goes without saying that these ascetic practices method is not ascetic practices suitable economically nor temporally if is not the imperial family and a person of rich priest to the last. In fact, the words of good man and good woman often come out to the Lotus Sutra. The meaning of the Sanskrit of this good man and woman hints good man and woman of the identity. In other words, this means people born to the families of the imperial family or rich as a virtue that acquired a good deed in the past life. This is the thought that share an act of virtue by doing various kinds of service to the priests that social position following people go about asking for alms. The alms for the priest monks is performed incredibly eagerly in the countries such as Thailand or Myanmar where Hinayana sutras are spread southeastern Asian Buddhism countries now. However, they do not read the sutra aloud oneself nor do a conception of teachings nor do missionary work to others even if they respect a Buddhist priest. It is believed that a big benefit is got as for producing a Buddhist priest from a family, but only a limited person can become a priest because the Buddhist priest follows religious precepts only and can not work.

In contrast, Nichiren preached it that the ascetic practices were that all people read the Lotus Sutra aloud and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and talk with other person, propagation, regardless of the clergy and the laity, in the latter day of the Law.

He preaches it as follows in "The True Entity of All Phenomena" written down in Sado island and persuades disciples and believers.

 “Whatever will happen, strive in faiths and keep a votary of the Lotus Sutra, and be a follower of Nichiren throughout your life. If you are of the same mind with Nichiren, you must be a Bodhisattva of the Earth. And if you are a Bodhisattva of the Earth, there is not even slight doubt that you have been a disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha from the remote past.

 The sutra states, ‘Ever since the long distant past I have been civilizing this large number of people’. There should be no discrimination among those who propagate five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo in the latter day of the Law regardless of men or women. Are they not Bodhisattvas of the Earth, they cannot chant the daimoku.

 Although I, Nichiren alone, at first chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, two, three, then a hundred people gradually began to chant and propagate it. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well. Does this not signify “emerging from the earth” indeed? Moreover, at the time of kosen rufu [spread far and wide], the entire Japanese nation will chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, as surely as an arrow aimed at the earth cannot miss the target."

 (Partially omitted)

"In this letter, I have written my most important teachings. Understand these meaning firmly, and know what these are. Believe in the Gohonzon which is most supreme in the whole of the world. Assume a discreet attitude, assume a cautious attitude, strengthen your faiths, and receive the protection of three Buddha. Strive in the two methods which practice and study. If without practice and study, then Buddhism will cease to exist. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faiths. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Very truly yours"



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