2016年 08月 17日
A Comparison of the Lotus and Other Sutras
A Comparison between the Lotus Sutra and Other Sutras
May 26, 1280(Age: 59)
Because Buddhism has gradually been turned upside down, the secular world also has been plunged into corruption and chaos.
When Buddhism becomes corrupted, society becomes defiled and chaotic.
Buddhism is like the body, and society like the shadow.
Buddhism is like the body and society like the shadow.
When the body bends, so does the shadow.
2016年 08月 17日
If one uses the Lotus Sutra to pray for the welfare of the land, it will prove to be a great pure Law that will secure and protect the nation, insuring joy and prosperity to everyone from the ruler on down to the common people.
When you offer prayers based on the Lotus Sutra for the peace of your country, then everyone, from the sovereign to the populace, will flourish and he overjoyed. This is the great pure Law that can protect the nation.
2016年 08月 16日
It is comparable to the case of water, which is capable of floating a boat, but is also capable of capsizing it.
One could compare this to water, which is able to support a boat, but also potentially can destroy it.
Or it is like the five kinds of grain, which at times nourish human life but at other times may injure it.
Or, it is like the kinds of grain, which sometimes can nourish human life and other times can be harmful.
Little waves and a slight wind can hardly do harm to a large ship, but high waves and strong winds can easily overturn a small ship.
Small waves and a gentle breeze cannot do much damage to a large ship, but high waves and strong winds can easily capsize a small boat.
Similarly, slight irregularities in the secular rule of the sovereign are like little waves and a slight wind and can do little harm to a great nation or a great man.
In the same way, even if the secular rule of the sovereign is defective, it is like small waves and a gentle breeze, and cannot do much damage to a great nation or a great man.
But errors in the application of the Buddhist teachings, like high waves and strong winds that overturn a small ship, can without doubt bring about the destruction of the nation.
On the other hand, misinterpretation of the Buddhist teachings is just like high waves and strong winds, which can capsize a small boat, and certainly will cause the ruin of the nation.
2016年 08月 16日
Rulers of the Land of the Gods
The Rulers of the Land of the Gods
To examine one’s face one has only to look in a clear mirror, and to understand the rise and fall of a nation’s fortunes, there is no mirror more revealing than that provided by the Buddhist teachings.
If one wishes to examine one’s face, one must only look into a clear mirror. Likewise, when one tries to understand the nation’s rise and decline, the most superior source is that the Buddhist mirror.
When one examines the various Mahayana sutras such as the Benevolent Kings Sutra, Golden Light Sutra, Sovereign Kings Sutra, Protection Sutra, Nirvana Sutra, and Lotus Sutra, one sees that there are cases in which, by adhering to Buddhist teachings, a nation may prosper and its people enjoy long life, and others in which, while likewise adhering to Buddhist teachings, the nation is brought to ruin and its people’s lives are cut short.
When I refer to the various Mahayana sutras, such as the Sutra of the Benevolent King, Sutra of the Golden Light, Sovereign Kings Sutra, Protection Sutra, Nirvana Sutra, and Lotus Sutra, they all make the following points; Depending on the Buddhist teaching that the people follow, either the nation will prosper and the people’s lives will be prolonged, or the nation will come to ruin and the people’s lives will be cut short.
2016年 08月 16日
Reply to Ni’i ama
文永十二年二月十六日 五十四歳 御作。
In the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law, slanderous monks will fill the land of Jambudvīpa, so that all the heavenly gods will demonstrate their rage, comets will appear in the sky, and the earth will quake like the movement of huge waves.
In the beginning of the Latter Day of the law, the entire world will be filled with slanderous priests. The guardian deities will become infuriated, the broom star will appear in the sky, and the land will roll just like huge waves.
Innumerable disasters and calamities, such as drought, fires, floods, gales, epidemics, famine, and war, will all occur at once.
Immeasurable disasters, such as severe droughts, conflagrations, heavy floods, powerful winds, widespread epidemics, terrible famines, and destructive wars will come, one after another.
The people of Jambudvīpa will don armor and take up bows and staves, but since none of the Buddhas, bodhisattvas, or benevolent deities will be able to help them, they will all die and fall like rain into the hell of incessant suffering.
All the people of the entire world will wear armor and take up bows and staves. It will be beyond the powers of various Buddhas, bodhisattvas, guardian deities, and others to save them. People will die and fall like the pouring rain into the hell of incessant suffering.
At this very time, rulers can save their countries and the people be freed from calamities and in their next life escape the great fires of hell if they embrace and believe in this great mandala of the five characters.”
At such a time, if the people take faith in and uphold the five characters of the great mandala, then the heavenly kings will save their lands, and the entire population will escape from disasters. Moreover, after their death, the people will escape from the intense flames [of the hell of incessant suffering]. There are the descriptions stated by the Buddha.
2016年 08月 16日
In judging the relative merit of Buddhist doctrines, I, Nichiren, believe that the best standards are those of reason and documentary proof.
When I, Nichiren, discern the superiority and inferiority of all Buddhist teachings, I conclude that theoretical proof and documentary proof are superior.
And even more valuable than reason and documentary proof is the proof of actual fact.
2016年 08月 16日
How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can attain Buddhahood through the Lotus Sutra
Attaining Enlightenment at the Initial Stage of faith through the Lotus Sutra
In none of the sutras other than the Lotus does one find a passage concerning [the relative superiority of] all the sutras that “I have preached, now preach, and will preach.”
The classification of the three categories of sutras, those the Buddha has preached, now preaches, and will preach, is not expounded in any sutra other than the Lotus Sutra.
Here, the sutras that the Buddha has preached refer to the various sutras expounded by the Buddha in the more than forty years before he preached the Lotus Sutra.
“The sutra that the Buddha has preached” denotes the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings that were preached for more than forty years before the Lotus Sutra.
Those he now preaches refer to the Immeasurable Meanings Sutra.
“The sutra he now preaches” represents the Sutra of Infinite Meanings.
Those he will preach refer to the Nirvana Sutra.
“The sutra he will preach” signifies the Nirvana Sutra.
The Buddha thus firmly decreed that, transcending these three categories of sutras, the Lotus Sutra alone constitutes the school that assures the attainment of Buddhahood.
2016年 08月 16日
The Buddha knew long ago that we would have doubts of this kind, and therefore he clearly designated the sutra to be embraced by those who are truly aspiring to the way in this defiled and evil age of the Latter Day of the Law.
The Buddha, however, always has been aware of this. Therefore, he identified the sutra to be upheld by those who practice Buddhism based on the true teaching in the impure age of the Latter Day of the law.
A sutra says: “Rely on the Law and not upon persons.”
The sutra states; Follow the law and not a person;
“Rely on the meaning of the teaching and not on the words.”
Follow the meaning of the sutra passages, not just the words;
“Rely on wisdom and not on discriminative thinking.”
Rely on the Buddha’s wisdom, not on one’s knowledge;
“Rely on sutras that are complete and final and not on those that are not complete and final.”
Follow the sutra that is complete and final, and do not rely on the provisional sutras.
The meaning of this passage is that one should not rely upon the words of the bodhisattvas and teachers, but should heed what was established by the Buddha.
This passage means that one should not follow the words of bodhisattvas and masters, but should follow the Buddha’s decree.
It further means that one should not rely upon the teachings of the True Word, Zen, and Nembutsu schools, which are based upon the sutras of the Flower Garland, Āgama, Correct and Equal, and Wisdom periods, but should uphold the sutras that are complete and final.
Do not follow the sutras such as the Flower Garland, Agama, Expansion, or Perfection of Wisdom, or teachings such as Shingon, Zen, or Nembutsu.
And by relying upon “sutras that are complete and final,” it means upholding the Lotus Sutra.
2016年 08月 16日
The various other schools were founded by bodhisattvas or teachers in the period after the Buddha had entered nirvana.
Ｔhe other sects were established by bodhisattvas or masters after the Buddha’s passing.
Should we now turn our backs upon the Buddha’s decree and follow the schools established by the bodhisattvas and teachers?
Shoul done turn one’s back on the Buddha’s decree and follow the other sects, which were established by bodhisattvas and masters?
Or should we ignore the words of the bodhisattvas and teachers and follow the school established by the Buddha?
Should one disregard the words of the bodhisattvas and masters and follow the denomination that was established by the Buddha？
Or should we entrust ourselves to either course as the feeling strikes us, and uphold whatever sutra or doctrine suits our inclination?
2016年 08月 15日
To accept, uphold, read, recite, take delight in, and protect all the eight volumes and twenty-eight chapters of the Lotus Sutra is called the comprehensive practice.
To embrace, read, recite, rejoice in, and protect the entire text of the Lotus Sutra of 28 chapters in eight volumes is called the comprehensive practice.
To accept, uphold, and protect the “Expedient Means” chapter and the “Life Span” chapter is called the abbreviated practice.
To embrace and protect the Hōben and Juryō chapters is called the concise practice.
And simply to chant one four-phrase verse or the daimoku, and to protect those who do so, is called the essential practice.
And to recite one four-phrase verse and exclusively chant the Daimoku and to protect those who perform both is called the essential practice.
Hence, among these three kinds of practice, comprehensive, abbreviated, and essential, the daimoku is defined as the essential practice.
PASSAGE OF NICHIREN
小説 日蓮の生涯 上
小説 日蓮の生涯 中
小説 日蓮の生涯 下
LIFE OF NICHIREN