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2017年 04月 16日 ( 1 )


2017年 04月 16日

4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura(2)

                     Japanese ver.


Poor houses formed a line in the downtown area of Kamakura. The common people lived in the poor house broken at any moment. Judging from the present age, it maybe said that it is the slums, but people are strong.

The everyday wear of the common people wore pants to a kimono of the cotton and closed an ankle with a string. It is the appearance of loose trousers to see in the country and is still familiar with modern us. They stand out in comparison with modern us, and the different point is that men attached formal headwear. Both an old man and the youth put three angles of black crowns on one's head and they tied it up with a string under the chin and fixed it. It is said that they attached this when they even sleep. It is thought that noble culture of the Heian era came down to the common people.

The eating habits were simple. Their staple food mixed wheat and a fox tail millet with unpolished rice and steamed it. They did not cook rice cleaning from water like the present age. A noble ate the polished rice, but therefore generally the noble life was short.


The thatched hut of Nichiren was a simple building.

He is the mere Buddhist priest who came from the country of Awa. It was only a few believers of the hometown Awa country that he relied.

There was the ground which was called Matsuba valley by the place called Nago’e whom it was located southeast, and Tokimasa Hojo of the first regent set up the hall of Kamakura. There is the house of the townsman, there is the house of the samurai. The sea is near here. There is the Zaimokuza Shore which overflowed in vigor if we go down the loose slope. There was a mansion of Nago’e who was branch family of Hojo near. Nago’e is the parents' house of O’ama. It is far from around Hachiman shrine where the center of the Shogunate lives in here. The majority of Buddhist priests became excited over that it got closer to power, but at first Nichiren held a thatched hut in the Matsuba valley and started propagation to a samurai and a townsman.


The people feel interest in a strange thing.

"Hey! You go to wherever."

"It is said that there is a Buddhist priest to tell to have moved to the Matsuba valley recently. It is said that the Buddhist priest does the sermon that he is thankful for.”

"Hum! It is interesting. Will I hear it?"

"Then I go, too. By the way, do you have money stolen?”

Townsmen go into the thatched hut of Nichiren.

There was around ten audience around Nichiren in the house.
There are a townsman and a cage woman and the samurai.
All of them sat down for laying wooden flooring and heard a story of Nichiren.

The paper which was greatly written as a Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is put on the wall of the house.

In front of paper, there is a Buddhist altar, and eight Lotus Sutras and the opening sutra of Infinite Meanings and the ending sutra of Bodhisattva Universal Worthy, ten in total were central and were dedicated.

Nichiren began sermon with Buddhist altar as a back.

"The person believing a prayer to Buddha advocates it with Nam-Amidabutsu. They do not pray for Buddha but pray for Amidha. In the first place Amidha is the Buddha whom Shakyamuni Buddha preached. Amidha is the same as another person if we assume Buddha a parent. That is why it is the same as looking down upon a parent all creatures ignore Buddha of the parent, and to worship another person.”

Audience looked puzzled.

"The Buddhist priest of the Zen Buddhism say ‘Having been told other than teaching particularly’, and they put up the false theory that the truth of the Buddha Law was orally transmitted to Mahakashyapa. Such a thing is not possible. The Zen Buddhism is teaching of an evil spirit excluding a great debt of gratitude Buddha who began Buddhism"

One left among audience, and two people left. There was the person who he waved a neck, and returned.

And anyone disappeared.

Still Nichiren remained calm.


                  continued(3)


Life of Nichiren Part 1 contents



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