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2017年 05月 18日 ( 1 )


2017年 05月 18日

6 Feud with Tojo Kagenobu (3)

                  Japanese edition


"Buddhist priest of the Seichoji Temple, Nichiren expresses it. Seichoji is the venerable temple which have inherited a tradition of the Great Teacher Dengyo, and has lasted for 500 years. Is it not too rapid to place in the protection of land steward easily in now? The temple respects Buddha to the last and is a place of the faiths that all creatures are rescued by Buddha. The temple is not a place for the vulgar world.”

Kagenobu takes the sword.
 “It is this man who pretend Nembutsu is the hell of the incessant suffering”.
 The clerk reproved Kagenobu who was excited.
 “Dear Tojo, we are discussing the territory problem here, are not discussing the Buddha's Law”.
 Nichiren continues.
 “And one more. Is this court not the place that both a samurai and the farmer and of course priests try closely impartially?”

The judge said ceremoniously.
 "It is true".
 “If so, should you not do judgment in conformity with common sense as written on Formulary of Adjudications without being afraid of authority without hesitating to the public?".
 “Precisely”.

“If so, it is clear that our Seichoji Temple is guiltless. It is the fair judgment that a court confiscates the land of the land steward and gives to the Seichoji Temple as the punishment according to the Formularyof Adjudications to ban a reckless land steward who embezzles land without permission”.

The Tojo side leaned forward this time.

“None of your sauce!”

Kagenobu stood up, but he was stopped by the subordinate.

Similarly, the Seichoji Temple side thought losing if they remained silent and they raised a voice and fought back.

The government official quiets it, but both booing does not stop. The judge declared to stop it in a hurry.

"Be still! Today's trial closed with this.”


The priests and farmers gathered at the inn of Kamakura in the evening.

Everybody crosses their arm, and they look anxious.

Farmer told in whispered tones.

"There may not be the winning chances with the state of the trial."

"The other party is a samurai family. There will be the supporter of land steward, too. Ten to one, it will be defeat."
Becomes pessimistic against the land steward. Farmers were depressed, but they noticed there were the people who were absorbed in talking in a ring in the corner of the room.
The center of the ring was Nichiren. He grasps the Lotus Sutra with his hand.

Jokenbo and Gijobo and others listen to instruction of Nichiren seriously.

"Must not give up it. Even timidity is not good. Here is the time of the game. The partner is a samurai, but the righteous reason wins by all means. The tyranny of the land steward cannot be good for being permitted. Everybody, it is just a little more patience".

Jokenbo tuned.

“So. That's right. Priest Nichiren is right. It is time when our Seichoji Temple becomes one in body and mind now.”

Gijobo had a sparkle in his eye.

"Priest Nichiren, you spoke well. You are reliable!”

Nichiren grasped the scroll of sutras and stood up.

"We only pray afterward". If this Lotus Sutra has power, the wish should surely come true. It is the time to try the power of daimoku now”.
Enchibo of the elder stood in the way there.
"Nichiren, what a terrible cursing to the land steward! Seichoji Temple is extinction because of you. A devil is possessing you who say Nembutsu is hell. It is sure that the trial loses. Leave here early!”.
Everyone was upset about words of Enchibo, but Nichiren was calming down.
“Dear Enchibo. I have respected you since a boy. However, I just understood clearly. At your deathbed, you will fall into the bottom of the hell of incessant suffering more deeply than the scholar of Nembutsu”.
Nichiren upraised the scroll of sutras of the Lotus Sutra.

“You must quickly reform your dwarfish mind and embrace the marvelous Law of Buddha”.
Enchibo leaves without being able to answer. Several believers followed him.
Nichiren sat in the balcony and has begun to intone to the moon of Heaven.
“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo,…”.
Jokenbo and Gijobo sit down behind him and chant in chorus. And dozens of believers of the Seichoji Temple chanted it hard.


The day of the end has come.

The people of the Seichoji Temple watched the entrance of the court anxiously.

The temple side and Kagenobu side were divided to the left and right at the hall of the trial and sat down.

Everybody is tense. They are talking in whispers.

On the other hand, there was Kagenobu with a satisfactory face.

The judge appeared on the front before long.

The room fell silent, and the clerk declared it.

"Then we state judgment about the possession of the territory of the Seichoji Temple from now".
The judge told it solemnly.
“We accept the law suit of the Seichoji Temple side about this lawsuit. We command the land steward to return the land which he occupied hurriedly.”

The people of the temple grasped a hand each other this moment.There is the person pressing both hands.
Kagenobu was a face dumbfounded in contrast. He said with an absent look.
"Is it not some kind of mistakes not to receive the claim of the land steward?".
The judge was tense and answered.
"This is the judgment of the all members of our court".
Kagenobu stood up.
"What a piece of folly!".
Kagenobu pointed his finger at the judge.
"Still are you samurais? Why do you help the temple which seems being destroyed? What kind of intentions do you have?".
The judge answers calmly.
"Lord Tojo, I may understand your mind. However, here is the place of trial. It becomes the territory confiscation if you tell curses here. You must know your situation well."
Kagenobu does not calm down.
“Stupid! Is it good as that such a thing is permitted? You has disgraced me. When it comes to this, I appeal to Governor or lord Kamakura”.
The judge is not shaken. He serves the Shogunate, but is the executant of fair law at the same time. He told himself that he turned to the ceiling.
"Formulary of Adjudications says. 1. We are not smart, and the thought is light, but we think straight and not think to twist it”.
The clerk swore with the same posture.
"1. We do not work for the profit of a particular person".
The trial government official did the same.
"1. We say that the right thing is right. We say that it is wrong if without a proof for something”.
The judge says more.
"1. We understand it that the person who remains silent about the right and wrong while knowing the detailed progress to hide a malicious conspiracy of a certain person will be criticized by later people. What do you think, Lord Kagenobu?”.
It is right a just argument.
Kagenobu stood like a bolt upright in the hall and left with a reproachfull gaze. His retainers follow and leave.
The judge declared it last.
"We finish the trial".
Seichoji side raised a voice at the same time with the last declaration and gave vent to delight.
People held shoulders each other.


             Continued to (4)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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