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カテゴリ:LIFE OF NICHIREN( 21 )


2017年 02月 05日

1,  Journey to Home (1)


                     Japanese version



It was spring of 1253 of the Kamakura era.

The water of Lake Biwa was reflecting Mount Hi’ei. Enryakuji Temple was having towered in this forest of Hi'ei Mountain.

Many monks were reading books in the vast hall, and outside they were talking while walking along the mountain road.

An old monk and a young monk were sitting and facing each other at small room in this temple.

A young monk was called Renchō.

The aged priest said regretfully.

" Renchō, are you going to go?"

Rencho answered so, and he went down the slopes in a tower without already looking back.

The old priest watched Rencho until he was out of sight.


Renchō was 32 years old.

He finished 15 years of training at numerous temples centered on Enryakuji and decided to return home.

Renchō wears a hat and goes down the road.

A group of samurai riding a horse came running from behind. The samurai crowned with strings and had a bow and arrow on his back.

"Go down!”

Pedestrians hurriedly went to a side street.


Mt. Hi’ei got far away.

It is a long journey from Ōmi to Awa.

Summer sunlight falls.

The field spreads around.

Samurai and common people pass each other. There was a lady walking with a servant while wearing a big hat.

Renchō stopped in front of a farmer.

Farmers are gathering.

Buddhist priests were visiting this village.

During the Kamakura period, Nembutsu sect had spread explosively.

The farmers kneeled to the poor monk and united both hands.

"Thankfully. The monk of Nembutsu is saying that you can go to paradise just by chanting Nam-Amidha-Butsu.”

"Amidha Buddha, please help us. There is no way for us to be there for the plight and pestilence of this place, without the help of Amidha, we cannot live. We can be born in Pure Land after we die. "

The monk encouraged with a weak voice.

"It is a truly good heart, this is what it fulfills the teachings of the Buddha. If you chant only Amida Buddha, the desire to be born in Pure Land will be fulfilled. "

The Nembutsu sect is also called Pure Land sect.

Nembutsu started by Hōnen was furiously spread among the common people. The reason was that the simple teaching that the believer could go to the Pure Land as long as he chanted the Namu-Amida-Butsu was supported. This fashion started from the time of Emperor Gotoba of the fifty decades ago. Popularity was high enough as a high priest such as Enryakuji chanted Nembutsu.


Renchō walks.

He planned to visit Kamakura, the city of samurai, on his way home.

At that time, it took 12 days from Kyoto to Kamakura. How many days did it take from Hiei to Awa? It will have taken at least fifteen days.

Fuji appeared far away.

Like the present age people in those days were also reverent about Mount Fuji.

It is said in the travel book Record of Sea and Road in the Kamakura period.

Mount Fuji is located in the middle of the sky, much higher than the mountains around. It was exactly as I heard in the capital. On the mountainis the way the bird crosses, the foot is the way the beast passes. Snow is like a hood and it covers the top white. Also the clouds are like a belly band, surrounding long side strokes. The mountain is as high as a ladder hanging over the heaven, and the climber turns back on the way. The long thing at the foot took around days to go around, the one who goes walks with a mountain on his back. Hot springs are at the top of the summit, thin smoke rises faintly, cold ponds pour water on the hilly side, and the stream overflows as a river. This is truly a solemn mountain where there is nothing to compare in many mountains.”


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by johsei1129 | 2017-02-05 14:59 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)