2017年 04月 09日

Life of Nichiren Part 1

                          Japanese version


 Life of Nichiren Part 1


       work by Mitsugu Kosugi supervision by Tsunemasa Miura

         January 3, 2014 public

               Outline of the Life of Nichiren

  table of contents

1. Journey to Home

2. People of Seichōji Temple of the Hometown

3. Nichiren Declares the Establishment in True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.

4. Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura

5. Appearance of Shijo Kingo

6.  Feud with Kagenobu Tojō

7.  Three Disasters and Seven Calamities (Great disaster attacks Japan)

8. Birth of Disciples and Believers who Supported the Life of Nichiren

9. Appearance of Women Believers

10. Tutelage to the Disciples

11. Enemy of Buddhism of the life of Nichiren, Ryōkan of Gokurakuji Temple

12. Great Earthquake of Shōka Era that was the Remonstrating Opportunity to the Nation

13. Writing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Nation, and fateful encounter with Nikkō

14. To the Nation Remonstrate and Persecution of Buddhists of Matsuba Valley.

15. Nichiren Suffers the Difficulty of the Izu Exile

16. Tokiyori Pardons Nichiren

17. Persecution of Komatsubara that Nichiren Suffered a Wound in Forehead

18. The Book from Mongolia Arrives, and the Difficulty of the Other Countries Aggression Proves Right

19. Nichiren Decides to Remonstrate to the Nation

20. Remonstration to Hōjō Tokimune

21. Letter to Gokurakuji Ryōkan, the Counterfeit Saint, a Person of Overbearing Arrogance

22. Three Kinds of Enemies who Have a Grudge

23. Fetal Movement of the Powerful Enemy

24. The Wall of Kōsen-Ruhu

25. Nichiren Confronts Gokurakuji Ryōkan by the Rain

26. Nichiren Says Grace to the Rain Hard

27. Omen of the Great Persecution

28. Machinations of Gokurakuji Ryōkan

29. Remonstration to Yoritsuna Taira

30. Persecution of Buddhists in Tatsunokuchi

31. Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin

32. Escape from the Crisis

33. Second Exile, Nichiren Go to the Island of Sado

34. Testament to the Disciples

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             Mt. Fuji and the Mountain Gate of Taisekiji Temple

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2017年 02月 28日

4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura(1)


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                              Japanese version

Parent and child of Tokiyori Hōjō made Zen meditation in Kenchō-ji Temple of Kamakura.

Samurais of the defense gathered for the rotation of the temple. It is heavily guarded.

In thefacing of parent and child, there is Dōryu of the Zen priest who wore a black robe.

Dōuryu was calledname Rankei, as virtuous priest invited from Sung. He came from Western Shu (present-day Shichuan Province, China) during the Southern Sung Dynasty. He made a voyage to Japan with a disciple at the age of 33 years old and he entered capital Kyōto in the next year and entered the Invited Place of Senyuji Temple. Furthermore, he visited Kamakura and was in Juhukuji Temple and Jorakuji Temple, but he was invited and was nominated for the founder and received faith when Tokiyori Hōjō erected Kenchō-ji Temple.

Tokiyori asalready far from the regent's post, but he is a direct descendant of Hōjō continuing from Sanetoki and Yasutoki. The power overwhelmed others. He puts it under the control of it even in the Imperial Court. It was the emperor in this Japan, and he was a dictator substantially.

A Zen priest having a stick stands behind parent and child.

At first Tokisuke of the eldest son was hit his shoulder. He glares at a Buddhist priest unintentionally.

Tokimune was hit next. The reaction of Tokimune is different from one of the older brother. He had look oops, but closed his eyes calmly again.

Dōryu blooms.

“Because you, two are young, a heart changes."

While FatherTokimune closes its eyes, he talks.

“Hum. Is it possible for the chief bonze to read the heart of two children?”

Dōryu is proud-looking.

"Sir Tokisuke bares anti-rebellious spirit to Sir Tokimune. He has a feeling not to be defeated by younger brother vividly.”

"Hum, how about a younger brother.?"

"It will be the future of the father."

"Is it mine?"

"Who becomes a leader of Kamakura after Sir. Tokiyori? Tokisuke of the older brother is dominant with the number of ages, and I am superior with the ability."

Violent-tempered Tokisuke butts in.

"Priest Dōryu, you may say too much!"

Father stopped an older brother.

"Wait, and wait. The guess of the chief bonze is mixed in the supposition. It is teaching of the Zen Buddhism not to disturb a heart in such a thing."

A smile played on Doryu’s lips.

While Tokiyori closed his eyes, he heard it.

"Then the chief bonze, my heart is readable how."

Dōryu was lost in thought.

"Is it recent natural disaster and famine, is not it?"

"Do you see it like that?"

"The Kamakura Shogunate is thought to be secure now. Accordingly, as for Lord Tokiyori, it should be anxious about improvement of domestic administration from now on. However, is it not sadness when even Lord Tokiyori cannot stand starvation, an epidemic, extraordinary phenomena in heaven?"

"On the contrary."

Dōryu became stiff.

"I think about you, the chief bonze. You are the noble Buddhist priest who came expressly from China. Our Japan thought that the trade with China was important and maintained the port of Kamakura. However, it is possible because politics of China is secure as for it. China is threatened by the northern savage tribe."

Sweat broke out on Dōryu’s forehead.

“Did you know?”

“The reason that built this temple is because you are the Chinese superior well-informed person. I want to hear various information. I think that it is not to become the loss if you feel to spread Zen Buddhism in this Japan.”

Dōryu looked down.

"It does not become very as good as expected. In Japan, Nembutsu sect of Buddhism occupies most now. And include we Zen Buddhism in Kamakura, and there is the priest attacking every denomination now."

"Hum, it is mysterious indeed."

"It is a priest called Nichiren probably."

Tokiyori laughed.

"There is uneasiness in me for diplomacy. There is worry for propagation for a chief bonze.”

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2017年 02月 25日

3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment in True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(3)

                      Japanese version

This case was reported quickly to Kagenobu of the lord of a manor who governed Tōjō Country.

Kagenobu lay down, but got up, with a start.

"What? Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering?"

Kagenobu is a strong believer of Nembutsu. Nembutsu is believed in enthusiastically. To criticize was tabooed.

Kagenobu showed an expression of the anger in a beginning, but burst into laughter before long.

“I am sure of my game. We arrest the Buddhist priest called Nichiren. It is not what it can consent tacitly to as a lord of a manor that there is such a bad person in Seichōji temple. We arrest the guy and appeal to the Shogunate for the misbehavior of the temple. The temple will become a follower of we Tōjō if we do so it. Good, here we go!”

Kagenobu takes the sword and leaves. Attendants followed it in a hurry.

Kagenobu and his subordinates let horse drive fast. They ran by the mountain path and climbed the approach to the temple.

Nichiren and Jōkenbō, Gijōbō were in the middle of the conversation in the temple. It is time when Nichiren explained the teaching of the Lotus Sutra to two senior fellow disciples.

A young monk burst into the room.

“Serious! The lord of a manor flocked. When Nembutsu is why is the worst hell, they are yelling.”

Jōkenbō raised one knee.

"The game is up. Did it leak? Nichiren, leave early!”

Nichiren straightened himself.

"I am due to hand this time. I excuse."

Gijōbō stopped it.

“Don't do that. This temple is an inveterate foe for a fight for land with Tojo. We cannot roll you up here.”

The inside of the temple rustled at the same time as they said so. Samurais invaded it.

A voice to shout, and to scatter, a ferocious voice sounded.

"Where is the person called Nichiren? Where is Nichiren?”

Kagenobu Tōjō opened the door of the room violently.

There were only two people of Jōkenbō and Gijōbō there.

Kagenobu pointed a whip to the tip of nose of Jōkenbō.

"Where is the person called Nichiren?"

“He is no there. He already left.”

Gijōbō was resolute and said.

"Lord Kagenobu, it is imprudent to enter the temple with your wearing shoes despite a lord of a manor. Ōama is the blood relationship of Kamakura. This thing is not good for Lord kagenobu either."

Kagenobu was settled down a little

"There was information. There seems to be a person saying that the prayer of Nembutsu is hell. It is the duty of the lord of a manor to supervise such a person. I intend to catch the people taking part in the person.”

The voice that "the guy was there!" from the outside sounded.

Nichiren went down the mountain behind for going at a trot.

The samurai who pulled a sword caught up with Nichiren.

Nichiren turns around.

Samurais surrounded Nichiren.

This was surprising. A misfortune befell him at the same time to make teaching. Nichiren felt as if he had a glimpse of coming life.

However, the group of the farmer jumped out of the forest then and protected Nichiren and confronted samurai. They were people of the supporters of a Buddhist temple of Seichōji. Most are local farmers. They heard urgency and gathered.

Farmers glare at samurais with a stick in a hand.

A samurai was enraged.

" You are outrageous farmers! Do you take sides with a bad Buddhist priest?”

Farmers call out to each other and begin to hit a stick and push away samurais.

The samurai does not lose, too.

After the hostility of both continued, Kagenobu appeared. He seemed to consider that a situation was disadvantageous. He withdrew samurais. And he threatened farmers on a return.

"This is all right today. But I remember it. There are people against a lord of a manor. I'll get even with you sometime."

Kagenobu left, farmers gave sigh of relief.

Nichiren, Jōkenbō, three people of Gijōbō go down the thin mountain path. All three held their breath. A pursuer may come.

Miura Peninsula was seen on the opposite bank far. Furthermore, Mount Fuji is seen in the distance.

Gijōbō handed baggage to Nichiren.

"What would you do from now on? Do you come back to Kyōto?”

Nichiren waved a neck.

"I will go to Kamakura."

"Why. You should go to Kyōto if you succeed in life.”

Nichiren said flatly.

"The center of Japan is Kamakura now. I want to try oneself in the ground.”

Nichiren greeted and went down the mountain. His back figure becomes small.

Jōkenbō said like a soliloquy.

"Is he all right?"

Gijōbō brightened his eyes.

"Sure, he was the man who surpassed in this Seichōji temple. We do not worry."

These two people were senior fellow disciples, but assumed Nichiren a teacher after this. And they support activity of Nichiren for a life.

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2017年 02月 23日

3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment in True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(2)

                     Japanese version
                    From Biography of Nichiren Daishōnin

Any people regardless of age or sex goes up the approach to the Seichōji temple in the morning.

A passing old woman doubted and asked them.

"Are there some kind of gatherings?"

"There is sermon from now on."


"The Buddhist priest called Renchō came home from Mt. Hiei-zan. We listen to a story him today,”

An old woman remembered it.

"Is it Renchō? You're right. There was surely him here. He was an innocent child, but did it become so excellent yet?"

“So, I am looking forward to seeing that priest Renchō will talk about Nembutsu.”

The woman whom there was aside butts in.

"No, priest Renchō is Zen sect. The Zen sect is popular among samurai. It is the world of the samurai now. Renchō should be shrewd in the fashion.”

An old woman has begun to be enthusiastic suddenly.

"I go, too. I want to hear the teaching of the Singon. It is decided the holiest teaching is Shingon in this Japan. Shingon is because a noble priest gathers. Oh, it is a pleasure.”

The samurai who heard this conversation approached and said.

“As for you, a thought is light. Priest Renchō intends to put up the body in Religious Precept sect. They make a bridge and give a sick person almsgiving. There is not the noble person as a priest of the Religious Precept sect.”

People pass their side by a brisk walk.

The samurai was upset.

“This is not the time to talk such things.”

They all went up the slope.

The private Buddha statue hall of the Seichōji temple was a small building.

Audience gathered by twos and threes.

There is a small Buddha statue in the central depths, and parents, Ōama,the priest of Dōzenbō and others are waiting in front of it.

All were bright, but only the Dōzenbō was uneasy for some reason. He does not get rid of born timidity. Does he feel uneasy?

On the other hand, Enchibō and Dōgibō sat with an arrogant face. If it was a mistake, they asked immediately and intended to shame sermon of Renchō.

Renchō appeared, and the hall subsided.

He sits in the center and welcomes it lightly and take a deep breath and say.

“I, Renchō returned from Mt. Hiei-zan. Thank you very much for longtime nurture. I give thanks on this occasion. By the way, this time I change the name of Renchō and introduce myself as Nichiren.”


All members rustle lightly.

"As the result of having learned in the temples such as Mt. Hiei-zan, Mt.Koya-san, Onjōji temple, I knew that the truth was merely one. I express it.”

Everybody accepts breath.


Audience was dumbfounded, but Nichiren continues it.

"This is the law that Buddha left. Master Buddha came into Nirvana and more than two thousand years passed. The only way to survive in this Latter Days of the Law is only Nam-myoho- renge-kyo.”

There was the powerful sermon person who had not looked so far, the people noticed it.

Enchibō ridicules with Dōgibō reflectively.

Dōzenbō of the teacher drains a cold sweat.

The smile of Ōama disappeared.

The parents keep opening a mouth.

"I Nichiren will spread this Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. I will grant this title to the mouth of all people of Japan. However, it is a fact that there is bad Law to thrive in the world. There is not the future of all creatures if we do not exterminate this."

Dōzenbō was upset, and words were given unintentionally.

"Bad Law. Is it that there is such a thing in the world?”

Nichiren nods.

"There are four. One is Nembutsu sect of Buddhism. The great villain method who they preach Amida Buddha ignoring Shakyamuni Buddha , and destroys Buddha Law. The person believing this will fall into the hell of incessant suffering.”

Audience screamed. An old woman covers her ears. Man and woman edges back. Enchibō poured eyes of the anger.

"It is Zen school next. This sect is Buddha law and is not Buddha law. This is the heretical doctrine which came off from a text of a sutra. The person believing this is behavior of the heavenly devil."

"Foolish thing!"

The roar happened in the whole building. But Nichiren is not shaken.

"It is the Shingon sect next. It is the false law that they engage the Dainichi Buddha who is not Shakyamuni Buddha. A country dies out if they pray for this.”

The audience ran away from the temple individually.

"It is the Religious Precept sect last. There are priests brandishing the religious precepts that are the lowest teaching of Buddha. They are traitors. I talked about an outline as things mentioned above.”

There was none of the audience.

Dōzenbō grieved.

"Renchō, no Nichiren, you say what a terrible thing. Do you antagonize Japan?"

Mother umegiku puts hands together and rubs it.

"Stop only slandering other sects. It is a terrible thing that Nembusu is called Hell.”

Father Mikuni frowned knit his brows in anger, too.

"What! Though I sent you on ascetic practices with much effort, to say such a thing. Where did you have such a thought? "

Nichiren was calm.

"Father, mother, teacher. I decided it. I will live with the Lotus Sutra. Nobody can break this oath."

Mother burst into tears.

Jōkenbō of the senior disciple entered among them here.

“Well, you should be satisfied. It looks like Nichiren was ready outstanding.”

Gijōbō of the same senior fellow disciple supports it.

"I want to hear the present story in detail, too. Then you start to decide whether it is good, or it is bad."

Ōama helped them taking the opportunity, too.

"I was really surprised, too, but I am the same as a foster parent of Nichiren from old days. I am a friend."

Nichiren put hands together.

"Words, I do not forget it throughout the life."

Teacher Dōzenbō lost heart and went out.

Enchibō of the old priest stood in the way there.

"Well really, Dōzenbō, you had a problem disciple. I look forward to how you take this responsibility."

Dōzenbō was upset and left to escape.

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2017年 02月 18日

3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment in True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(1) 

               Japanese version

                     From Biography of Nichiren Daishōnin

Renchō arrived at the hometown.

He feels nostalgic for the smell of the tide.

Renchō walk uphill.

He watched that there was the Seichōji Temple uphill.

There were Buddhist priests of the child. They probably got tired of cleaning the front gate. This is because they forced the leaf which they collected on each other.

Renchō called out to them smilingly.

“Look here. You must not quarrel.”

Boys suspected a priest to call out to intimately, but noticed it before long.

“Are you perhaps Mr. Renchō?”

When Renchō nods, boys run in a hurry to the main hall of the temple.

He entered the precincts.

His parents, Dōzenbō, Jōkenbō, Gijōbō, Ō’ama met him.

Renchō said hello smilingly.

"I returned now."

Umegiku of his mother is filled with tears, Dōzenbō gets upset. Ō’ama was smiling and Jōkenbō and Gijōbō of the senior fellow disciple met Renchō with the shined face. And boys peeped out in the shadow of adults with fascination.

A banquet began at the night.

A boy hits the hand drum.

The people of the temple sat down with Renchō as the best seat. Everybody talked with a smile.

Renchō was occasionally tense among these people. Is he tense ahead of the tomorrow's sermon?

The next morning. The precincts were still dark.

Dōzenbō looked in the Renchō’s room so that he tempts Renchō for a religious service, but there is not him.

He asked a boy priest.

“Where is Renchō?”

"Yes, towards Kasaga Forest."

There was halfway up a mountain which looks around the Pacific.

Kasaga Forest was going to greet morning, but it is still dark.

There was the very large sea in front.

The sky has begun to shine.

Renchō stared at the dim light of the horizon.

The sun of April 28, 1253 rose.

Renchō chanted it as decided.

“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”


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2017年 02月 18日

2 People of Seichō-ji Temple of the Hometown (3)

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Renchō left Kamakura and aimed at Mutsura, present Yokohama at that time. This is because it gets into aboat. A ship is more comfortable early than people go around Tokyo Bay.

 But it was difficult that there was the barrier on the way.

 People crowded in front of the barrier.

 Travelers take out money and pay it to a government official. The person without the money held out brown rice. This barrier was built just recently. All the peopleare all the more depressed.

 One priest had a pleasant chat against a samurai in the hall of the barrier.

 That priest wears a poor priest robe, but he gains weight a little and is healthy.

 He was called the name Ninshō, and a popular name was called Ryōkan.

 The native place is Yamato. He climbed Mt. Shigisan at 10 years old and trained himself. At the age of 17 years old, he received the precept at altar building of Tōdai-ji Temple. He made Eison a teacher and, at the age of 24 years old, became a priest. And he went to the Kantō district in 1252 and entered Kamakura in 1262 and spread Religious Precepts Sect.

This Buddhist priest receives strong trust of the Shogunate. Tokiyori Hōjō founded the Kōsenji Temple and assumed him a founder.

Ryōkan is unique.

Ryōkan was running this barrier. It was surprising that a priest managed the means of transportation, but a priest was engaged in the administration of such facilities mainly in those days.

It is about just these days that a samurai family would govern. The Shogunate which Hōjō leads is not stable in its finance. Samurais spent all their time battle until now. They do not have senses of economy at all. Even if they were good at the struggle, the ability for rule was the same level as an infant. It is like that, and they cannot do the public works projects to build a bridge and a road. Therefore, priests who belonged to an educated class, and with abundant financial power played a key role, and the maintenance of the country was pushed forward.

The center of the politics is Kamakura, but the economy is Kyōto at that time. It was the monks from Kinki who caught the funds of Kyōto.

Ryōkan attracted the Shogunate's attention using the abundant fund and was going to get power. What we think he is from Tōdaiji is alarge-scale fundraising activity for the rebuilding of the Great Buddha of Nara, which was held 70 years ago. He from Tōdai-ji Temple learned this collection of money system and came over to Kanto.

The partner of the conversing with of Ryōkan was Shigetoki Hōjō. He is a strong believer of Nembutsu. His father is Yoshitoki Hōjō who built the prosperity of the Shogunate.

Therefore, Shigetoki controlled an important post of the Shogunate for granted. Nagatoki, his child, became the regent after succeeding Tokimune.

His clan was conspicuous even in the same Hōjō.

Shigetoki held a cup in his hand while seeming to be satisfied, and looking at the situation of the barrier.

Government officials of the barrier carried a large quantity of money which they collected from passersby. The copper money has a hole in the center. Official pass this by strings and makes by 100 pieces. These 100 pieces were called one kan in those days. Money called thousands kan was piled in heaps in this way. The rice was piled up like a mountain, too. The people called this "the rice of the barrier of Mutsura".

Ryōkan and Shigetoki Hōjō talk peacefully.

Shigetoki was pleasant.

"Wow, you thought carefully. To make a barrier, and to collect rice and money. The thought does not possess country samurai, too. It is a good idea.”

Pot-bellied Ryōkan begins to talk softly.

"Kamakura needs public works more. It is helped the finance of the Shogunate, and it becomes the happiness of a poor person if we collect tax from people thinly widely in this way. It is the teaching of the sect of my religious precepts in these, and this comes true on the way of Buddha.”

Shigetoki goes well with alcohol.

"I am thankful. Because we have only to follow religious precepts as for your doctrine, it is easy to be understood."

Ryōkan answered.

"I believe that our denominationis integral with the shogunate. If there is a rulingclass, there is a monk. I devote myself to the Shogunate in this way, but it is only a trouble that the temple of Kamakura is small. Lord, I thank you in advance

I remember. In fact, there is a plan to build the temple on my land of Kamakura. The temple is called Gokurakuji. I am seeking a priest now.”

"The story that it is good. It leads to prosperity of lord you if I leave the temple to this Ryōkan.”

Two people watched each other smilingly.

There was Renchō in the line of the traveler sullenly at the entrance of the barrier. He took out the money from the bag and offered to the officials.

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2017年 02月 17日

2 People of Seichō-ji Temple of the Hometown(2)

                   Japanese version

At that time, they could hear people's voice in front of the gate.
"Did he return home?"

Ō’ama was restless.

All members proceed to the entrance hall.

Buddhist priests of the temple quarrelled with samurais who rode a horse at the door front.

One of the samurais, Kagenobu Tōjō of the lord of a manor was staring with a fearless look.

He is a guest who has not invited. All the expressions of the people of the temple clouded over.

Kagenobu Tōjō looked down on all people of the Seichōji Temple.

“Oh, all of Seichōji Temple. You are all here. Today, I came up with a decision to settle the landfight for many years.”

The young Jōkenbō was staring glare. He is a senior disciple of Renchō.

“Dear Tōjō, what is said? You are not permitted the selfish behavior in this temple despite a lord of a manor.”

Kagenobu turned his face aside

"I manage this whole area. I am ruling this land by an order of Kamakura shogunate that is leader of the samurai family

Likewise, the senior disciple Gijōbō got angry.

"Merely it is in the land which the lord of a manor rules over. Your rule is inferior to this temple.”

Kagenobu glared at Gijōbō.

"However, it is a fact that there are people against Kamakura. It is not allowed for some old-fashioned temples to behave in a selfish way.”

Jōkenbō yells threateningly.

"Then I appeal to Kamakura, and should I not attach an end which is right?"

Dōzenbō who was faintheartedness entered among them.

"Dear Kagenobu, the person who, in fact, is Rencho of my disciple finish long ascetic practices and will return today or tomorrow. We are busy with preparations to invite him to now. Excuse me, but it is not quarrelling time now."

Kagenobu was fearless.

“There is no help for it. I come again sometime soon, but you prepare. If you have the slightest an unpardonable thing, I come to supervise you."

Kagenobu went away horseback.

In opening up the Kamakura Shogunate, Yoritomo dispatched the samurai to his ruling place and set up a lord of a manor and guard. Although he entered the ruling area, it was not the whole country but the eastern area from Kinki, and in addition to putting out the territory of the temple.

However, the fight of the boundary line happened consistently when a lord of a manor was installed next to the territory of the temple.

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2017年 02月 16日

2 People of Seichō-ji Temple of the Hometown(1)

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Awa is the present southern most of Bōsō Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture.

The mountains face the sea.

The sun was like subtropical.

A temple in the middle of the mountain, Seichōji Temple was looking down the Pacific Ocean.

Unlike the capital here, there is calmness. In the temple, the little monks were sweeping out the wide gate.

A laughter sounded at the auditorium of Seichōji Temple.

In the temple the statue of the Bodhisattva Space Treasury is preserved.

People waiting for the return of Renchō were in this auditorium.

Tayū Mikuni, the father of Renchō, Mother 's Umegiku-nyo, and people of Nun Ō'ama Gozen, Dōzenbō, Gijōbō, Jōkenbō are sitting in circles.

Nun Ō'ama is a strong supporter of this temple.

Dōzenbō is the master of Renchō. Gijōbō, Jōkenbō are the seniors of Renchō. Everyone knows Renchō from childhood.

Nun Ō'ama liking kaking care syas smilingly.

" Renchō was really a smart child. I have been favored Renchō since he was young. It is already 12 years with an early thing. It will be that he certainly became an excellent priest."

Nun Ō'ama was a widow of Tomotoki Hōjō. Tomotoki’s older brother is Yasutoki Hōjō who is famous as a great politician. Nun Ō'ama was rooted in this land by the relations thst her husband was the feudal lord of Awa..

She is willing to care people, and favored parents and child of Renchō and provided mental and material support.

Mikuni Tayū, Renchō’s father, thanks her. Mikuni was government officials of Awa. He never wins against her. It was her who took care of his official job.

"Thanks to Mrs. Ō'ama, Renchō has become an adult. I would like to thank you again as a father."

Mother Umegiku also appreciated her smilingly.

"I did not dream that Renchō would become a fine monk and will return to this Awa. In addition, Renchō may feel the happiness that he can preach at this temple. "

Nun Ō'ama told in aged Dōzenbō.

"Renchō seemed to do considerable ascetic practices in Mt. Hiei-zan. We can have expectation; how do think?"

Dōzenbō who is faintheartedness begins to talk.

"Who knows? Renchō was excellent in a childhood in this temple, but how about in Enryaku-ji Temple which was the highest peak of Japan? Renchō has a strong-minded character. I have uneasiness what kind of sermon he does.”

Dōzenbō kept Renchō from 12 years old to 20 years old and brought him up. He is existence like second father.

Nun Ō'ama begins to chuckle.

"Look! the pessimistic nature of the Buddhist priest of Dōzen began again."

All members were tempted and went into laughter.

It was peaceful atmosphere, but there was the person who did not feel pleasant

Renchō’s return in a temple.

Enchibō and Dōgibō, the learned and virtuous priest, whispered at the corner of the temple.

Renchō is worthless. Even if it is said that a guy trained himself in Mt. Hiei-zan, what can do in this countryside there? It is a perfect scream.”

"That Dōzebō is faintheartedness. He thinks that one friend increased, but thisSeichōji temple is our subordinate.”

Two people chuckled to themselves.

There is the power struggle in world of any place.

Enchibō and Dōgibō were influential people of the Seichō-ji Temple. Especially Enchibō bowed one character three times in the Seichō-ji Temple and spent three years writing the Lotus Sutra[1]. He memorized ten volumes of the Lotus Sutra. And it is said that he read two volumes of texts of the sutra in single night a day during 50 years. The masses of the temple praised that Enchibō is sure to become a Buddha. Therefore, he was arrogant. He wa ruling Seichō-ji Temple along with Dōgibō. There, a young monk who returned from Mt. Hiei-zan has appeared. They cannot feel interesting.


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[1] Lotus Sutra

Many Chinese translations are conveyed, but three are present in complete form. Among them, since the translation of Kumarajiva spread most widely, in general terms the Lotus Sutra refers to his translation.

Moreover, the Buddha's theory of the Lotus Sutra that the Buddha's twenty-eight chapters is called Lotus Sutra of the Former Days of the Law, and Tiantai's theory of Great Concentrationand Insight is referred to as the Lotus Sutra of the Middle Days of the Law. The Lotus Sutra of the Latter Days of the Law means the Nichiren' s Three Great Secret Laws.

Now, in this age of the Latter Day of the Law, neither the Lotus Sutra nor the other sutras have the power to save the people. Only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo can lead all people to Buddhahood. This is not just my own interpretation. It is the judgement of Shakyamuni Buddha, Taho Buddha and all the Buddhas in the ten directions as well as the innumerable Bodhisattvas of the Earth.”  ‘The Teaching for the Latter Day’

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2017年 02月 14日

Journey to Home (3)

                  Japanese version

Renchō came further to the east along the coast and came to the penal point of Tatsunokuchi (the mouth of the dragon).

He could see Enoshima Island.
There was a penalty on the other side of this island. Now the high-rise buildings are lined up, surrounded by surfers and tourists, but at that time they were executions places. Even now, human bones that are supposed to have been executed have been found near here.

People were gathering here.

A sinner was drawn out.

There was a hole in the center of the sandy beach for dropping the neck.

The official tells a crime sentence.

"This person steals in Kamakura, and the crime is not shallow. It is a behavior not suitable for the inhabitants of the capital, although the regionis famine and food scarce. Therefore behead him.”

The officer in charge of beheading took out a sword bluntly.

The sinner who had been quiet until now has hurried out as soon as he was blindfolded.
"No, please help me, I do not want to die."
The officials surrounds him, hold the sinner, and pushe the neck into the hole.
The sinner shook her head.
The officer chanted "Namu-Amida-Butsu", dropping the sinner's neck in a single swing.
The scream of the crowd sounded.

Renchō passes through Wakamiya main street.
It is a gentle uphill slope.

There was Tsuruoka Hachiman Shrine in the distance.

Hachiman Shrine was erected by Yoriyoshi Minamoto. Yoshiyoshi built shrine in the Yui district of Kamakura with the separated spirits of Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine in Kyoto, and made it as Genji's goddess.

Since descendant Yoritomo settled the Kantō Region, Hachiman became the god of all the samurai. Thus, any warrior who follows Genji worshiped Hachiman.

"Travel to East", a travelogue of the same era as "Recordof sea and Land", briefly describes the origins of Hachiman Shrine.

“In the first place, this Kamakura's origins, the deceased right generals Yoritomo was born in the family of samurai as the descendant of the ninth generation of Emperor Seiwa. Yoritomo led the soldiers of loyalty to attack the enemies of the courtroom at the end of the Zishō era. Yoritomo set up the shogunate on this land and built a temple and shrine in this place, it became a prosperous land now. Especially in the Hachiman shrine of Tsuruoka, green of pine and oak grows steadily, and there is no time when the offerings of god will end. The concert of the four seasons is held after the musical instrument performers are determined, and in August a festival is held to release living things. The ceremony that worships god says it does not differ from Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine as a source.

The slow straight road continues from Hachiman shrine to the sea.

The group of cavalry come down quietly from Hachiman Shrine on this road.

The one riding in the horse is Hojo Tokiyori, eldest son is Tokisuke, the second child's Tokimune and further underling continue.

Tokiyori is the regent of the Kamakura shogunate. He was young at the age of 27.

The regent is under the command of General Kamakura on the standpoint, but was steering that general. Because regent was holding military power. Therefore, it is said that Tokiyori of the regent is the real landlord of Japan and is the emperor.

Father and children proceed faithfully through Wakamiya Main Street.

The roadside crowd lowered his head avoiding the way.

"That is Saimyōji Temple."

Tokimune entered priesthood at Zen temple Saimyōji. People called him Saimyōji Temple.

"I heard that it is a samurai with kindness."

"No, he seems to have built a temple and spend the country's storage."

"Shit, the voice is high."

Seven years old Tokisuke approaches his father's horse. His face is dark while being a boy.

"Father, is it true that you will quit your regent?"

Tokimune replies.

"I have not planned to quit yet. However, I also have ten years to handle the shogunate. It will be time to retire soon.”

Then the younger brother 's Tokimune approached. Tokimune is only 5 years old.

Unlike Tokisuke, his cheeks were shining.

"Father, now it is not time to retire. There are many people who criticize us Hōjō. The shogunate is safe if father is there. "

His brother Tokisuke explicitly had a bad face on him.

Each brother and mother is different. And whether the pedigree does it, they competed against each other for everything.

Tokiyori laughed.

"Do not worry, I am arranging for your future"

Father and children drove a horse with power.

That dust sprinkled on Renchō.

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2017年 02月 11日

1 Journey to Home (2)

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The house ways began to continue.

Kamakura got closer. The crowds grew more and began to hear the voices of the goods sold.

A beautifully dressed girl appeared in front of Renchō.

She approached him with an open chest and an exposed foot.

She is a prostitute. Towari, also said. In this age, prostitute is a professional occupation. They always existed in the station town.

A scene of Odawara, a station town, is being devised in the travel memorandum A Trip to the Outback of Spring at the time.

“When we arrived at the end of the day, when we arrived at Sakawa 's inn, usual women and female fishermen invited us lively with young prostitutes.”

The place name of Sakawa is still in Odawara city, Kanagawa prefecture. When Renchō arrived, the woman forcibly invited her to the inn by pulling the customer's hand with the prostitute. It was a lively sight.

A cute daughter spoke to Renchō.

"A young monk, where are you going?"

Renchō answers.

“I am going to Kamakura.”

Young girl suddenly grasped Renchō's hand.

“Will you take me to Kamakura? My husband is in Kamakura. I have become such a status because of a serious reason, but as long as I enter the capital of Kamakura, I can return to the original couple. Please be with me. "
Renchō stared up and looked at the woman.

Kamakura is the capital of Japan. Security is severe. It was impossible for a prostitute to enter.

A woman opened her lovely lip

“Young monk, do you think that I am lying? "

An elderly woman appeared at the place and soothed the young woman.

“Hey. You must not tease the monk.”

The older woman apologized to Renchō.

“Excuse me. This woman has a hobby that wants to get along when watching a man.”

Renchō answered brightly.

“Please do not worry. I trained in the mountains for a longtime, so everything I see is unusual. I could not talk with women for a long time

The girls started to laugh.

“Well, how a funny monk "

He greeted and left.

The women who had been laughing until now greeted him and immediately caught samurai passing by and began to invite.

Renchō came to the entrance of Kamakura.

Kamakura faced the southern Pacific Ocean and was surrounded by mountains in the north, east and west, and it was a fortress-like land. In order toe nter Kamakura, people had to go through excavations that were cut deep.

The crowds are stopping at the entrance of the excavation.

A samurai guard is on the left and right of the entrance. They were ascertaining the people passing.

The samurai tried to block Renchō by a sword.

“Stop. What is your name?”

“My name is Zeshōbō Renchō, a monk from Seichō Mountain of Awa.”

“Awa? So, are you going to pass this Kamakura?”

“Exactly. I have been practicing for about 20 years, including Mt. Hi’ei. And I got Buddhism and I am about to return home to my hometown”

"What is the sect, of course Nembutsu?"

Renchō shook his head.

"Well, aren't you in a popular Zen sect among the samurai?"

Renchō shook his head again.

"Well, is this the Precept sect respected in Kamakura or is it Shingon sect recited by a noble monk?"

"No, it's all different."

Samurai doubted.

"Stupid, where the monks of the other sects are in this Japanesec ountry. Well, are you not you a fake monk? If that is true, I will not let you go through here. "

Renchō said with shining eyes.

"After 10 years of exercise, I was able to know the ultimate Buddhism. I'd like to express it in my hometown and reward my father and mother for my gratitude. "

"What is the ultimate Buddha method"

"It's just a word."

Samurai says.

"Words will be Namu-Amida-Butsu"
Renchō shakes his head again.
"It is a provisional teaching, not the teaching of the truth of theBuddha"
The samurai took hold of the sword strongly.
"You are ultimately a suspicious person, I can not let you pass."

Renchō who was passive stared at the samurai.

"A disaster will come to you unless you pass the person who tells the truth of Buddha's truth and prosper the country. If you do not mind, you need to prepare. "

Renchō and Samurai stared at each other.

The samurai would have tried Renchō. After this he smiled and passed Renchō.

Renchō entered Kamakura.
There is a market.
It was crowded with people there. Here, the townspeople exchanged essential items such as rice, cloth, birds, liquor with money.

Kamakura was as flourish as Kyoto since Yoritomo Minamoto decided this city as the capital.

The store is said to be the most crowded around 4 PM to 7 PM. It is the same also in the present age.

People who sell things are gathering beside the road.

People are peeping into it and walking.

A man whose upper body is naked and is sweating is driving a wooden cart.

Renchō passes through while watching this sight. Everything was fresh.

Materials showing the vibrancy of this city are left. Yasutoki Hōjō has issued rules of enforcement in Kamakura in 1240. He says to divide Kamakura into administrative districts, put a magistrate, and firmly ban them. It dates back from this day 13 years ago, when Renchō was 19 years old.

The content was about the crackd own on the following people.

1, About the thief
1, About travelers
I. About kidnapping
1, About rogues
1. About buying and selling on streets
1. About the narrowing of the road by the townspeople
1. Blind musicians and sumo wrestling in the street
1. Forced shopping

Kidnapping is to capture a woman on the street. It's a scary story, but it was frequently in Kamakura.

In the town, blind biwa player sings the Heike Story, a sumo wrestling took place in various places, a shop called Komachiya ordered goods at the shop front, narrow down the road, and buying and selling started everywhere, we can know the prosperity of big city. Isn't it interesting that it is forced buying, not selling?

He came to the port. It was the coast of Wakae.

A port suitable for the new capital was completed. There are about 50 large ships gathered there. There are dozens of small boats around it. Many workers are loading and unloading cargo busily.

There was a ceramic with brilliant colors. It is probably an imported item from China.

Renchō looked it interestingly.

" Record of Sea and Road " describes the prosperity of the Wakae coast at the time.

“When we come here for a while and sightseeing a little, the corner of southeast is a port where boats are gathered, and every merchant is crowded enoughto get tired of busyness. In the east, the west and the north, this place appears to be surrounded by high mountains and low mountains like a screen and decorates this place. "

It seems that the scene is visible.

Renchō headed east along the coast and reached the beach of Yui.

The author of " Record of Sea and Road " went down to Kamakura from Kyoto in April 1223 and returned to Kyoto in May.

It was a journey with a friend.

It seems that security was good at that time. Since 1223 is three years before Renchō is born, it seems that it is drawing Kamakura of that time almost precisely.

“We arrived at the beach in Yui around 5 pm. After a short break, looking at the beach, Yui's beach is crowded with hundreds of ships sharing a rope like a chain. The hustle and bustle is like Otsu of Lake Biwa. It seems to be Oyodo Town near Ise Shrine where so many people live in high density.

The sunset in front of the guard frame of the Holy Spirit Shrine. After this we passed through Wakamiya Boulevard and reached the inn.


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