日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 11月 03日 ( 1 )


2017年 11月 03日

9. Women Believers Appear 1

Japanese edition.


Spring calm sunlight comes in in a samurai residence.

Wives and widow nuns had gathered here. There were wife Nichigannyo of Kingo, and Nichimyo who became a great believer later.

Nichiren was active in the enlightenment of the woman believer too.

Originally the Lotus Sutra is the sacred book of the woman to attain Buddhahood. Nichiren emphasized that woman should believe in the only Lotus Sutra that preached the woman to become the Buddha.

“The woman was said to be a person with many crimes from ancient times. Woman is said to be the source tearing a country, too.

The Buddhist sutra reveals five obstacles of women and the teachings of non-Buddhism teach the three subordinations. Three subordinations mean that they follow parents when they are child, follow a husband when they come of age, and follow child when they grow old. This is the three subordinations without hearing what want to listen to without watching what want to watch without saying what to think without going as expected following of the three people up to old age from childhood. Because there are three obstacles in this way, women are not free in the world. It was said that they could not attain Buddhahood in the Law of the Buddha either. However, Shakyamuni Buddha preached the becoming the Buddha of women for the first time, in the Lotus Sutra.”

Women had been hearing only Nembutsu sect. That is the teachings which are helped only after dying. They are not interested in such a sermon. But Nichiren was different. Lotus Sutra preaches that the woman becomes the Buddha directly. It was fresh surprise.

“However, all women of Japan do not chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and advocate the Amida Buddha's name per one day 60000 times, 100000 times, by the Meditation and Amitayurdhyana sutra which do not reveal becoming the Buddha of woman. Because this is an Amida Buddha's name, it is similar skillfully, but she is a woman counting a fortune of the other person in vain. The reason is because she relies to the sutra of not becoming the Buddha and not being beatified. This cause is because she was tempted by the evil friends. Therefore, it is the enemy of all women of Japan that the person teaches Nembutsu without teaching the Lotus Sutra than an enemy of parents than the harlot than a bandit pirate than a wolfish villain. Though the standpoint of the woman should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and be a woman believing a Lotus Sutra, the women of nowadays chant Amida's name frequently during their life, and perform Buddhist service of Nembutsu consistently without chanting the Lotus Sutra and without holding a service, and they let the upholder slightly read the Lotus Sutra, but they treat bonze of Nembutsu like parents brothers, and look down upon the upholder of the sutra than vassal and kindred. All the same, they say that they believe the Lotus Sutra. Reform yourself early and come back to the correct Law.”

Precious writing which reveals women believers opened their mind to Nichiren in those days is left.

It is the About the Menstruation.’ That is the answer of Nichiren to the wife of Hiki Daigaku Saburo having asked how she should do ascetic practice at the time of woman special menstruation coming monthly.

Nichiren preaches it clearly as follows.

“In my own study of the sacred teachings, though I find clear prohibitions on certain days of the month against the impurity of things like meat or wine, the five spicy foods, or sexual acts, for instance, I, Nichiren, have never come across any passage in the sutras or treatises that speaks of avoidances connected with menstruation.

While the Buddha was in the world, many women actively became nuns and devoted themselves to the Buddha's teachings, but they were never shunned on account of their menstrual period. Judging from this, the menstruation is not any kind of impurity coming from an external. It is simply a handicap or a characteristic of the female sex which has a law of nature in the succession of the seed of birth and death. Or in another viewpoint, it might be regarded as a kind of chronically recurring illness. In the case of feces and urine, though these are substances produced by the body, so long as one keeps cleanly habits, these are not disliked. It is surely the same in this case.”


Continued 2nd


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by johsei1129 | 2017-11-03 14:58 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)