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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 like broken at any moment. The wall was strengthened with soil, and the roof stacked a board and put a stone not to blow away by wind. Judging from the present era, it maybe said that it is the slums, but people are strong in all ages.

The everyday wear of the common people wore pants to a kimono of the cotton and closed an ankle with a string, and attached a short sword and the sack of flint to a waist. It is a style of loose trousers which is found in the countryside still now, and it is familiar to us of the present. One outstandingly more different than the present time is that men attached headwear of court nobles.Both an old man and young put the triangular black crowns on their heads, and they tied it up with a string under the chin and fixed it. It is said that they attached this even when sleeping. It is thought that the aristocratic culture of Heian era came down to the common people.

The eating habits were simple. Their staple food mixed wheat and a millet with unpolished rice and steamed it. They did not boil the cleaned rice by water like the present. A noble ate the polished rice, therefore a life of noble was rather short generally.


The thatched hut of Nichiren either 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 place which was called Matsuba valley in the district called Nago'e whom it. Nagoe is the district of southeast in Kamakura, Tokimasa Hojo of the first regent had made his house there. There is the house of the town's people, there is the house of the samurai here. The sea is near here. There is the Zaimokuza seashore which is bursting with energy if going down the loose slope. There was a mansion of Nago'e who was branch family of Hojo near. There is the parents' house of O'ama in Nagoe. In here is far from around Hachiman shrine where the aristocracy of the shogunate inhabits. Although the majority of Buddhist priests had a passion for getting close to the shogunate, Nichiren at first resided in a thatched hut of the Matsuba valley and started propagation to a samurai and a town's people.


The people of the town feel interest in a rare thing.
"Hey! Where do you go to?".
"It is said that there is a Buddhist priest who have moved to the Matsuba valley recently. It is said that the Buddhist priest does the sermon interesting”.
"Hum, it is amusing. I will hear it".
"I go, either. By the way, may it cost money?”.

Townsmen go into the thatched hut of Nichiren.

There was around ten audience around Nichiren in the house.
There is the person of the town, there are both a woman and the samurai either.
All of them sat down on wooden flooring and heard a preach of Nichiren.
The Japanese paper which was greatly written as a Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is hung on the wall of the house.

There is a frugal Buddhist altar, eight Lotus Sutras, the Infinite Meanings of the opening sutra, the Bodhisattva Universal Worthy of the ending sutra, this ten sutras of total were dedicated in front of that paper.
Nichiren began sermon in front of Buddhist altar.
"The person believing Nembutsu advocates it with Nam-Amidabutsu. They do not pray to Buddha but pray to Amidha. In the first place Amidha is the Buddha whom Shakyamuni Buddha preached. Amidha is the same as the someone else if we assume Buddha a parent. That is why it is the same as looking down upon one's parent all creatures worship someone else and ignore the Buddha who is a parent".
Audience looked puzzled.
"The Buddhist priest of the Zen Buddhism say ‘There is the truth in other than teachings', and they expand 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 teachings of an evil spirit excluding the great thankful Buddha who began Buddhism".
One person left among audience, and two people left. There was the person who waved a neck, and returned.
And anyone disappeared.
Still Nichiren remained calm.


            continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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