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2017年 08月 27日

81, Erecting the Great Gohonzon of the Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings.(2)

                       Japanese ver.


The purpose of advent of Nichiren means depicting of this grand Gohonzon itself.

Nichiren knew that time came. It is the time to erect the grand mandala of all living beings of whole of the world. By the desperate strong religious belief of people of Atsuhara, he felt the time that Law would be conveyed through all eternity. The Law of Buddha has penetrated to the people of the bottom layer called the farmer now. Universality of the Law of Buddha that every people could attain Buddhahood was going to be proved. If so, the people of the whole world must be able to understand this Law of Buddha.

Nichiren stared at the sky.

“If Nichiren's benevolence is vast, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will spread for ten thousand years and until eternity. It possesses the virtue which open the blind eyes of all the people in Japan, and it blocks the path to the hell of incessant suffering. I erect the treasure tower by the wish of the followers of the Lotus sutra now. The sutra says, ‘Now I will put these good medicines here. You should take medicine, not worry that it will not cure you.’

Nichiren proved that this grand Gohonzon gave all whole of the world it, and he added to a writing as follows under the grand Gohonzon.

“I erected it in this way for the present and the future.The petitioner of the sanctuary of the essential teachings is Kunishige Yashirō from among the followers and the others of the Lotus Sutra. They respectfully state. On the twelfth day of October in the second year of Ko'an.”(1279

Hosoi Nittatsu, the 66th chief priest of Fuji Daisekiji Temple, declared that Kunisige Yashirō was the eldest son Jinshiro of three braves in Atsuhara.

Nichiryo of the 48th chief priest of the Fuji Daisekiji temple writes down a cast of features of grand Gohonzon.

“1, The great board mandala of the essential teachings in the high sanctuary.

This was written by Nichiren Daishonin. Daishonin invited the ten worlds of living beings, and arranged them around paraph, and he wrote to the board of the camphor tree to not end for ever as follows, ‘I erected it in this way for the present and the future. The petitioner of the sanctuary of the essential teachings is Kunishige Yashirō from among the followers and the others of the Lotus Sutra. They respectfully state. On the twelfth day of October in the second year of Ko'an.' It is thickness 7cm, length 1m44cm, 65cmin width. He gave Nippo of the elderly priest an order for a sculpture. The board is black, and written words were golden. When the time of the propagation to the whole world [Kōsen ruhu] came, as preparation that he received an Imperial proclamation and the notice and built the Hommonji temple of the sanctuary in Mount Fuji, he made and put it. This Gohonzon is the essential of our religious sect, the purpose of advent of founder Nichiren, the most decisive which Nikko keeps, the best of all the sacred treasure that this temple has.” Details magazine of Fuji Daisekiji temple in 1823' included in ‘Vol. 5 in the collection of the main point of studies in Fuji sect.'

Three Great Secret Laws that were the purpose of the life of Nichiren were completed here. These are the Gohonzon of the essential teachings, the sanctuary of the essential teachings and the daimoku, title, of the essential teachings.

These Three Great Secret Laws was completed for the first time when this grand Gohonzon appeared. Besides, this grand Gohonzon is the One Great Secret Law that bunch up the Three Great Secret Laws. This One Great Secret Law opens with the Three Great Secret Laws again and unfolds to all Law.

Nichikan (1665-1726), the 26th chief priest in the Fuji Daisekiji temple, says,

"Question; How is the development and conjunction of the Three Great Secret Laws if so?

Answer; To tell the truth, it is the One Great Secret Law. The One Great Secret Law is namely the Gohonzon of the essential teachings. A place of this Ghonzon is named the sanctuary of the essential teachings. It is named the daimoku of the essential teachings that person believes this Gohonzon and chants marvelous Law. Therefore, it is divided and becomes the Three Great Secret Laws. In addition, Gohonzon has a Law with a person, there are sense and fact in the sanctuary, and there are believing and practice in daimoku. Therefore, this unfolds and becomes six categories. These six categories are dispersed and become eighty thousand sutras. For example, the Biography of High Ranking Monks says; The one mind is the whole of all the Law and one mind is divided to a commandment, a meditation and a wisdom, and these disperse to the practices of ten thousand units.

You must know, Gohonzon is just the whole of all the Law. Therefore, eighty thousand sutras become six mere categories when these are put together. In addition, these only become the Three Great Secret Laws, when these six categories fit. Besides, it just becomes the Gohonzon of the essential teachings if the Three Great Secret Laws got together. Thus, Gohonzon of the essential teachings is also named Gohonzon including all of Three Great Secret Laws.” ‘Writings which Understands a Sentence from a Meaning.’

Successive chief priests of Fuji Daisekiji temple make a model of this grand Gohonzon and erect handwriting, new Gohonzon and, after death of Nichiren, continue conferring it on disciples and followers and continue up to today.

Also, Nichiren leaves a will regarding handwriting of this Gohonzn.

“In addition, about the handwriting of Gohonzon, you should do like as I expressed and presented it. The gods of Heaven and ground will not certainly treat it if you do not write there Nichiren paraph. You should write this between both Jogyo Muhengyo and Zikoku, Jyogyo Anryugyo and Bisyamon; ‘The head comes apart to seven pieces if slander this,' ‘Offering service for this is superior than ten virtues.' You may use the clear words from the sutra by own judgment.” ‘One Hundred and Six Articles

It loses validity if without words of "Nichiren paraph" to Gohonzon.

Ten virtues mean Shakyamuni Buddha, a lord of teachings. Thatagata, the person who realized truth, every wisdom, a clear action, the person who arrives at the paradise, the person who understands all the world, the person that nobody is higher rank than him, the teacher of Heaven and human, the greatest person of harmony, and Buddha of the lord of teachings. All praise virtue of Shakyamuni. Chanting a daimoku in Gohonzon is superior than holding a service for Buddha of ten virtue.


          Continued to (3)


Third volume table of contents



by johsei1129 | 2017-08-27 19:09 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 08月 23日

Life of Nichiren Third volume table of contents

Life of Nichiren

third volume

Japanese ver.


Writings Mitsugu Kosugi supervision Tsunemasa Miura. released January 3, 2014

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Third volume table of contents


63, Shijo kingo meets Nichiren in Mount Minobu.

64, The fight of Shijō Kingō.

65, The debate of the doctrine of Buddhism in the Mulberry Valley.

66, The confrontation of Kingo in the court of justice.

67, The revival of Shijō Kingo.

68, Limitless affection to Kingo.

69, Ikegami brothers and three obstacles and four devils.

70, Older brother Munenaka Ikegami is disowned by father.

71, Nichiren remonstrates Munenaga of the younger brother.

72, Ikegami brothers lead parents to the Lotus Sutra.

73, The person who help the propagation.

74, The epidemic attacks the country.

75, Showing illness.

76, Three braves of Atsuhara.

77, Hard fight of the supporters of the Lotus sutra.

78, A persecution breaks out to a farmer believer of Atsuhara.

79, The showdown of Hokibō at the trial.

80, Oath of the supporters of the Lotus Sutra.

81, Nichiren erects Great Gohonzon of the essential teachings in high sanctuary which is the purpose of his advent.

82, Three braves of Atsuhara leave for the Eagle Peak.

83, Three braves live eternally in our mind.

84, Shijo Kingo encounters an accident.

85, Mongolia attacks Japan at the Ko'an War again.

86, Beginning of destroying a country.

87, The last of the Kamakura Shogunate.

88, Letter to women believers 1.

89, Letter to women believers 2.

90, Consideration to Nun O’ama.

91, Nun Sen’nichi and Abutsubo.

92, The faith of Tokimitsu Nanjo.

93, Education to young Nanjo Tokimitsu.

94, Devil of disease in the Nanjo family.

95, The vivification of Tokimitsu.

96, Mountain of a marvelous Buddhahood.

97, Going down the mountains of Minobu.

98, Nichiren grants the propagated Law of his lifetime to Byakuren high priest Nikko.

99, Guide of the blockaded street.

100, Death but do not pass into death.

101, Slandering the Buddha's teachings of the land steward.

102, Wicked thought of the five monks.

103, Nikko descended Mountain of Minobu.

104, Great leader, Nikko Shonin.

last, Teachings of Buddha in Japan are passing to India.



First volume table of contents


Second volume table of contents



by johsei1129 | 2017-08-23 22:27 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 08月 23日

81, Erecting the Great Gohonzon of the Sanctuary of the Essential Teachings.

                          Japanese ver.


Disciples of the white robe carried a big camphor tree of the form of half log like the height of the person and put it before Nichiren. And a big writing brush was prepared. Nichiren foresaw that this day came, has prepared the large camphor tree for the revealing of the Gohonzon.

It is unknown how he supplied this board. However, it will be natural to think that Nichiren asked Munenaka Ikegami for procurement. His father was the commissioner of buildings of the Kamakura Shogunate, Munenaka has inherited the work, is because the letter of Nichiren who asked Munenaka, the older brother of Ikegami brothers, for the construction of the priests' living quarters of the disciple has been left.

As for the reason why Nichiren chose a camphor tree as, a trunk is big, the inside itself is dense, and it is superior in dampproofing and the durability, and thought that the material that can endure for ten thousand years of the latter day of the Law. In addition, there might be the superior reason for an insecticide effect with the incense of camphor from the whole of the tree to distill the branches and leaves of the camphor tree, and to get camphor.

There was the home of Munenaka in current Ikegami, Ota Ward, Tokyo Prefecture. The camphor tree is "the Tree of the Ward" of Ota Ward. In addition, it is said that Munenaka donated 69384 tsubos (approximately 230, 000 square meters, five times the area of Tokyo Dome) as glebe matching with the number of characters of the Lotus Sutra, when Nichiren entered into Nirvana. Naturally it is thought that a camphor tree grew wild.

Nichiren have given the Gohonzon, revealed in a thick Japanese paper, of one relationship or opportunity to the strong disciples and believers of the religious faith individually until now.

He gave a strict order about these Gohonzons as follows, "You must not hand it over to other than your child. Must not show it if it is not a strong person of the religious faith." 'Letter to Abutsubo.'

Nichiren received the persecution of Atsuhara, felt the prosperity of the Law of Buddha of the people and decided that now is the time to erect the grand Gohonzon to all living beings of the whole world.

At the time of October 12 of the second year in Koan Era (1279), all believers put hands together and have begun to chant the title solemnly.

After Nichiren wrote and showed mandala of the ten worlds to the surface which was whittled of the half log, Nippo of the disciple traced the written words of Nichiren exactly and carved. When it finished carving, Nichiren wrote characters with sumi ink to a carving trace again. It corresponded as follows to his words;"I, Nichiren, with sumi ink, have infused my soul. Believe in it. The Buddha's will is the Lotus Sutra, but the soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo." 'Letter to kyo'o'

Furthermore, in accordance with the ceremony of the seeing the treasure tower in the air of the 11th chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren lined up Nam Sakyamuni Buddha, Nam Tatagata Taho, four Bodhisattvas of emerging from the earth, Nam Jogyo, Nam Muhengyo, Nam Jyogyo, Nam Anryugyo in the top, and placed the voice-hearer and all Heaven behind them, and he arranged the four Heavens who protect the Law of Buddha such as the Heaven of great Zikoku, also he expressed both the King Agaraja to the left and the King Akala to the right, between the four Heavens, in Sanskrit as a symbol that the origin of Buddhism was India. These people embody in the ten world realms of living beings. Nichiren declared in the lower right of the Gohonzon, "This is the grand mandala which was unprecedented after the death of Buddha among more than 2230 years interval in the whole world". Finally, he set down large Nam-myoho- renge-kyo to the center, and Nichiren paraph right below it, and finished writing.

The grand Gohonzon which Nichiren wrote down was painted with black lacquer, and the characters he wrote were finished in gold afterwards by the craftsman of the believer of the same discipline last. It is thought that this grand Gohonzon was performed all by the hand of Nichiren's disciples and believers, from the choice of tree and the felling of the camphor tree to the last finish.

When Gohonzon of the board was completed, Nippo asked Nichiren for the permission, and it is said that he made the holy statue of Nichiren, approximately 3 inches, with the remaining board of the camphor tree which became the grand Gohonzonn. Nippo was distributed hair from Nichiren and made a thin sumi ink, and it is said that he dyed it with a sumi to this holy statue. This holy statue is placed in the Fuji Daisekiji temple now.

Nichiren declared the real Buddhism establishment at 32 years old and accomplished the purpose of his advent at 59 years old 27 years later.

Nichiren writes down this day by "On Persecution Befalling the Saint" as follows.

“In Nagasa District of Awa Province there is a village called Tojo that is now a district. Here is the holy storehouse which was once the second in Japan, now is the highest rank. It was founded by Minamoto-no Yoritomo of the Right Side General, and supplies food for the shrine of the God of the sun. Inside the private Buddha statue hall in the various Buddhas center which is called Seichoji temple in this district, I first spoke about this doctrine towards the south at noon on the twenty-eight day of April in the fifth year of Kencho1253. Twenty-seven years have passed since then and it is currently the second year of Kō'an1279. It took Shakyamuni Buddha forty-odd years, the Great Teacher Tiantai thirty-odd years, and the Great Teacher Dengyō twenty-odd years to accomplish the purpose of their advents. I have spoken repeatedly of the indescribable persecutions they suffered during those years. It has taken me twenty-seven years. Great persecutions during those years are just what everybody knows it.”

            To be continued to (2)


Third volume table of contents

(note)

Holly storehouse

The place that supplies food in the land of the Imperial Family, a noble and Shrine. It came to mean land to give to a gift later. According to the third volume of the Mirror of the East, there was the sacred storehouse where Yoritomo Minamoto donated it to Great Ise Shrine in 1184, at Tojo village of the birthplace of Nichiren in Awa Province (South Chiba)



by johsei1129 | 2017-08-23 07:13 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 08月 21日

末法の本仏の立場で法華経二十八品を直弟子、日興上人に口伝した書【御義口伝 上】要点解説(4)

第四仏所護念の事  文句の三に云く、仏所護念とは、無量義処は、是れ仏の証得し給う所、是の故に如来の護念し給う所なり。
下の文に仏自住大乗と云えり、開示せんと欲すと雖も衆生の根、鈍なれば、久しく斯の要を黙して、務て速かに説き給わず、故に護念と云う。

記の三に云く、昔未だ説かず故に之を名けて護と為す、法に約し機に約して皆護念する故に、乃至機仍お未だ発せず隠して説かず故に護念と言う、乃至未説を以ての故に護し未暢を以ての故に念ず。久黙と言うは昔より今に至るなり。斯要等の意之を思うて知る可し。

 御義口伝に云く、此の護念の体に於ては本迹二門首題の五字(=妙法蓮華経)なり。
 此の護念に於て七種の護念之れ有り、一には時に約し、二にはい機に約し、三には人に約し、四には本迹に約し、五には色心に約し、六には法体に約し、七には信心に約するなり云云。

今、日蓮等の類いは護念の体(=妙法蓮華経)を弘むるなり。
一に時に約するとは、仏・法華経を四十余年の間未だ時至らざるが故に護念し給うなり。
二に機に約するとは、破法不信故墜於三悪道の故に前四十余年の間に未だ之を説かざるなり。
三に人に約するとは舎利弗に対して説かんが為なり。
四に本迹に約するとは、護を以て本と為し念を以て迹と為す。
五に色心に約するとは、護を以て色と為し、念を以て心と為す。
六に法体に約するとは、法体とは本有常住なり、一切衆生の慈悲心是なり(注)。
七に信心に約するとは、信心を以て護念の本と為すなり。

所詮日蓮等の類い南無妙法蓮華経と唱え奉るは、併ら護念の体を開くなり。護とは仏見なり、念とは仏知なり、此の知見の二字本迹両門なり。
仏知を妙と云うなり、仏見を法と云うなり。此の知見の体を修行するを蓮華と云うなり、因果の体なり、因果の言語は経なり、加之法華経の行者をば三世の諸仏護念し給うなり。
 普賢品に云く、一者為諸仏護念と護念とは妙法蓮華経なり、諸仏の法華経の行者を護念したもうは、妙法蓮華経を護念したもうなり機、法一同護念一体なり。
 記の三の釈に約法約機・皆護念故と云うは此の意なり。又文句の三に云く「仏所護念とは前の地動瑞を決定するなり、地動は六番破惑を表するなり。
 妙法蓮華経を受持する者は六番破惑疑い無きなり。
 
 神力品(注)に云く「於我滅度後・応受持斯経・是人於仏道・決定無有疑」 仏自住大乗とは是なり。
又た一義に仏の衆生を護念したもう事は、護とは唯我一人能為救護、念とは毎自作是念是なり。普賢品に至つて一者為諸仏護念と説くなり。
日蓮は生年卅二より南無妙法蓮華経を護念するなり(注)

注 
日蓮は生年卅二より南無妙法蓮華経を護念するなり
日蓮大聖人三十二歳の時、建長五年(西暦1253年)四月二十八日、故郷・安房国清澄寺の持仏堂にて「南無妙法蓮華経」と唱え「立宗宣言」したことを意味しております。
尚、清澄寺の信徒等大衆に向けた四月二十八日の「立宗宣言」に先立ち、三月二十八日に、清澄寺修行時代の師匠道善房、兄弟子等に「立宗」の内示をしておられることが下記のご文より知ることができます。

御義口伝上 方便品八箇の大事 第六如我等無異如我昔所願の事
(前略)今、日蓮が唱うる所の南無妙法蓮華経は末法一万年の衆生まで成仏せしむるなり。豈今者已満足に非ずや、已とは建長五年三月廿八日に初めて唱え出す処の題目を指して已と意得可きなり、妙法の大良薬を以て一切衆生の無明の大病を治せん事疑い無きなり。此れを思い遣る時んば満足なり満足とは成仏と云う事なり(後略)

神力品
妙法蓮華経 如来神力品第二十一で釈尊は滅後の法華経の弘通を、上行菩薩を上首とする「地涌の菩薩」に属類(付属)した。

[原文]
爾時仏告 上行等菩薩大衆 諸仏神力 如是無量無辺
不可思議 若我以是神力 於無量無辺 百千万億 阿僧祇劫
為属累故 説此経功徳 猶不能尽 以要言之 如来一切所有之法
如来一切自在神力 如来一切秘要之蔵 如来一切甚深之事 皆於此経 宣示顕説
是故汝等 於如来滅後 応当一心 受持読誦 解説 書写 如説修行
所在国土 若有受持読誦 解説書写 如説修行 若経巻所住之処
若於園中 若於林中 若於樹下 若於僧坊 若白衣舎 若在殿堂 若山谷曠野
是中皆応 起塔供養 所以者何 当知是処 即是道場 諸仏於此
得阿耨多羅三藐三菩提 諸仏於此 転於法輪 諸仏於此 而般涅槃


【御義口伝 上】要点解説(5) に続く



by johsei1129 | 2017-08-21 19:21 | 御義口伝 | Comments(0)
2017年 08月 16日

Preaching and Clarifying the Meaning of Erecting the Gohonzon (2)

                        Japanese ver.


It is clear from the examples such as a letter, paper money, the contract document that the thing which wrote by a letter of an alphabet on paper has power.

But proof to become the grounds for something is necessary. In addition, they must possess the ability understanding the written meaning.

The false letter is useless. The counterfeit bill is punished. We become the offender if we make the false contract documents.

Conversely, the genuine paper money has a national guarantee. Even if the people who still do hunting life in a forest of the heart of a mountain without the custom of the monetary economy, received a bunch of 100 dollars, they will only put it on a bonfire. The letter which a person thinks for a partner and wrote may become the writing changing the lifetime if the other party to receive had ability receiving the thought. The reason why a person believes a thing written on paper is because the thought of the person who created it, or the intentions such as organizations do so-called transfer changing to paper.

The primordial Buddha's soul, a life of the mercy concretely in other words, of the latter days of the Law transfers to the Gohonzon which Nichiren revealed. The person can express the nature of Buddha being hidden in own soul for the first time by chanting a title to this Gohonzon.

Nichiren compares this hidden Buddha's nature to a bird of the basket and compares a chanting title to a bird flying in the sky.

“Therefore, when once we chant Myoho-renge-kyo, with just that single sound we summon and manifest nature of all Buddhas; all existences; all bodhisattvas; all hearers of voice; all the deities such as Brahmā, Shakra, and King Yama; the sun and moon, and the myriad stars; the gods of heaven and earth, and all living beings-including individuals in the worlds of hell, hunger, animality, anger, humanity, and rapture. The benefit of revealing this Buddha nature is immeasurable and unfathomable. If we worship Myoho-renge-kyo of our mind as the Gohonzon, the nature of Buddha in our mind summons Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This condition to call each other is called Buddha. For example, when a caged bird sings, birds who are flying in the sky are thereby summoned and gather around, and when the birds flying in the sky gather around, the bird in the cage tries to get out. When with our mouths we chant the marvelous Law, our inner Buddha's nature, being summoned, will appear by all means. The Buddha's nature of Brahmā and Shakra, being called, will protect us, and Buddha's nature of Buddha and bodhisattvas, being summoned, will rejoice. Therefore, Buddha said “If a person kept this Lotus Sutra even during a little, I will delight, all the Buddha is same too." It is meaning this. All the Buddha of the three existences, too, had attained Buddhahood by virtue of five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo. Five characters are the purpose why all the Buddha of the three existences appeared in the world; it is the marvelous Law where all living beings can attain the Buddhahood. You should understand these meanings well really and, on the path of attaining Buddhahood, chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo without arrogance or bias.” ‘Attaining Buddhahood at the Beginning Stage of religious life through the Lotus Sutra’

It is all of practices to attaining Buddhahood to chant a title of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo towards the Gohonzon, Nichiren preaches it. Nichiren expressed this Gohonzon for the first time in Sado island.

It is said that the letter conveys the mind of the person and the voice does Buddha.

If a person chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonon where Nichiren dyed his soul in the sumi and wrote, the practice of Buddhism in the latter day of the Law will reach the ultimate end.

Nichiren wanted to convey that Law of attaining Buddhahood to all people of the latter days of the Law, by any means.

He talks about the magnificence of this Gohonzon himself.

“How mysterious it all is! During two hundred years from the latter day of the Law, Nichiren revealed this marvelous mandala that even those such as Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu, Tientai and Miaolo were unable to express it, as the flag mark of propagation of the Lotus Sutra for the first time. This mandala is in no way my invention. This is the Gohonzon which the great Shakyamuni Buddha and all incarnations of him printed to a wood block in the tower of Taho Tathagata. Therefore, the five letters of the title are placed in the center, while the four kings of Heaven are seated at the four corners of the treasure tower. Shakyamuni, Tathagata Taho, and the four leaders of the Bodhisattvas who appeared from the ground are side by side at the summit. Seated below them are the bodhisattvas, including Fugen and Manjushri, and the hearers of voice including Shariputra and Maudgalyayana. The gods of the sun and moon, the devil king of the sixth Heaven, the dragon king, an asura, and also King Fudo and King Aizen are in their territories of the south and north. The evil and treacherous Devadatta and the ignorant dragon king's daughter form a group. Also, there are the goddess of ogre and her ten daughters of evil spirit who usurp the lives of people of the three thousand worlds. In addition, there are the God of the sun, the great bodhisattva Hachiman, Heaven god of the seven generations, the land deities of five generations, all of the small and big gods of Heaven and land, are the tutelary gods of Japan. The body of gods are ranged in rows. How can these remaining gods of traces be left? The chapter of treasure tower states, "Buddha adjoined all the people, raising them. Therefore, every member was in the sky.” Without exception, all these Buddhas, bodhisattvas, great saints, and, in general, all the miscellaneous crowd of the two worlds and the eight groups who appear in the 'Introduction' chapter of the Lotus Sutra reside in this Gohonzon. Illuminated by the light of five characters of the marvelous Law, they display the venerable attributes that they inherently possess. The Gohonzon means this.” 'Reply to Lady Nichinyo' or 'About the Aspect of the Gohonzon'

Furthermore, Nichiren answers a person doubting the rationale of this Gohonzon.

“Question: Is there the prediction of Buddha? Answer: The Buddha states, ‘In the last five-hundred-year period the Lotus Sutra will spread widely throughout Jambudvipa [Kosen Ruhu].’ The Great Teacher Tientai predicts, ‘In the last five-hundred-year period, the world will flourish by the Law of the eternity.’ Miaolo predicts, ‘The profit received from sowing the seed of Buddhahood is there absolutely at the beginning of the latter days of the Law.' The Great Teacher Dengyo says, “The former and middle day of the Law are almost over, and the latter day of the Law is near at hand.’ ‘The latter day of the Law is near at hand,’ this quotation means that his time was not becoming time for propagation. The Great Teacher Dengyo in Japan, foresaw the beginning of the latter day of the Law, saying: “If saying times, the end of the middle days of the Law and the beginning of the latter day. Regarding the land, it will be the east of Tang and the west of Katsu. As for the person, will be born from the five turbidities in the time of struggle. The sutra says, ‘Hatred and jealousy toward this sutra abound even when the tathagata is in the world, why may there be fewer than this after his death? This explanation is to the point really.’ ‘The time of struggle' of this commentary. It refers to the two disasters that are occurring at present, the internal strife and the invasion from the western sea. At this time the countless bodhisattvas (note) will appear from the ground and establish the Gohonzon, the holiest in the world, with true Shakyamuni Buddha playing a subordinate role, in this country” ‘True Object of Worship’



 Continued to 'Nichimyo is promised to receive the Gohonzon from Nichiren'


Second volume table of Contents


(note)

The countless Bodhisattvas who appeared from the ground

They are the Bodhisattvas preached in the 15th chapter of 'appearing from the ground' of the Lotus Sutra. They are expressed with "the numerical Bodhisattvas such as particle dusts of 1000 worlds emerging from the ground" in the chapter of the 21st 'divine power'. Also, they are said to emerge from the ground with the number of sand of 60000 Ganges. The leaders of bodhisattvas emerging from the ground are four people including Jogyo.

“My disciples, consider deeply in your hearts! The countless Bodhisattvas of the earth were the disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, from the time first the Buddha set his mind on and had attained Buddhahood in the remote past. But they did not come to his place when Shakyamuni first attained Buddhahood, nor did they come to a grove of sal trees when Buddha entered nirvana. There is a fault of the unfilial there. They did not appear also when the Buddha preached the first fourteen chapters of the Lotus Sutra, the theoretical teachings, and they left the assembly when the Buddha preached the last six chapters of the essential teachings. They only attended the Buddha during the first eight chapters of the essential teachings. Since these noble bodhisattvas received [five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo] and made a solemn oath to Shakyamuni Buddha, Tathagata Taho, and all the Buddha of the ten directions, is it possible that they will not appear now of the beginning of the latter days of the Law? Know this: in the time for the practice of shakubuku the four bodhisattvas appear as worthy kings who condemn ignorant kings, and in the time for the practice of shōju they appear as priests to embrace and spread the correct teachings!” True Object of Worship’



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Preaching and Clarifying the Meaning of Erecting the Gohonzon (1)

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The handwriting of 'True Object of Worship' kept in Nakayama Hokekyoji temple. national treasure


What kind of thing is the Gohonzon? What kind of feature is it? Nichiren preaches and clarifies it.

“The appearance of the true object of worship is described as the treasure tower soaring in the air over the saha world, where the master of the essential teaching resides. Shakyamuni Buddha and Tahō Buddha take their place on either side of Myoho-Renge-Kyo within the treasure tower, accompanied by the four leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, led by Bodhisattva Jōgyō. Manjushri, Maitreya, and other disciples, who are followers of the four leaders of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, are seated below. There are big and small Bodhisattvas of the provisional or the other land on the earth where all the people are, and it looks like looking up to a noble and a court noble. All the Buddhas who gathered from the worlds in the ten directions remain on the ground, showing that they are temporary manifestations of the eternal Buddha and that their acreages are transient, not eternal. The Gohonzon was not preached during the fifty-odd years of Shakyamuni's lifetime. Shakyamuni preached the Lotus Sutra over a period of eight years, moreover this Gohonzon was taught only through the eight chapters. During the two thousand years of the Former or Middle Days of the Law, Mahakashyapa and Ananda wereflanking the Shakyamuni Buddha of Hinayana, and Manjushri and Fugen [Universal Worthy] were flanking the Shakyamuni Buddha who had taught the provisional Mahayana, the Nirvana Sutra, the theory of the Lotus Sutra. Though these images and statues of the Buddhas were created and depicted during the periods of the Former and Middle Day of the Law, the Buddha of the Life Span chapter was not made yet. This true object of worship shall appear for the first time in the Latter Day of the Law.” ‘True Object of the Worship’

Nichiren writes it at the end of "True Objectof Worship".

“Showing profound compassion for those unable to comprehend the doctrine of three thousand realms in a single moment of life, the Buddha wrapped this jewel into the five characters [Myoho-renge-kyo] , hanging it to the neck of ignorant people who live in the latter days of the Law.”

The Gohonzon shown in this 'True Object of Worship' is a one and only present which Nichiren gave the all creatures, the ignorant people who have lost the concept of existence of the latter days of the Law.

It is written in Nichiren's writing that a person hung the ashes of the parents to his neck and carried it when buried the ashes whom a person cremated in the graveyard as a then custom. It is thought that the then believer who read this sentence "hanging it to a neck" understood instantly how important the Gohonzon was.

“His son,Tōkurō Moritsuna, succeeded his father as a wholehearted votary of the Lotus Sutra. Last year, on the second day of the seventh month, he climbed Mount Minobu of Hakiri Province of Kai, having journeyed a thousand ri at mountains and seas with his father's ashes hung tohis neck, and deposited it at the hall of the Lotus Sutra. And this year, on the first day of the seventh month, he climbed again Mount Minobu to pay respects at his father's grave. There is no treasure more precious than a child. There is no treasure more precious than a child. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”‘Reply to Nun Sen’nichi’

“You have no other mother in this land. From now on, whom will you wait on? Because of the grief you felt at this separation, you entered the ashes of the deceased in a container hung from your neck, and trusting to your feet, you went to the wide road, journeying all the way from Shimousa Province to this Province of Kai. The distance is 1000ri round trip. All the lands you passed through were beset by famine, and the mountains and plains were full of bandits. Where you put up each night, there was little food. You were frail, almost without servants, and never knew where you could obtain fresh horses or oxen. Steep mountains towered before you and the wide and overflowed rivers you confronted were many. Climbing a high mountain, your head touch the heavens; descending into a deep valley, your feet tread upon clouds. It is difficult to get across if it is not a bird, is difficult to get over if it is not a deer, you are giddy, feet will freeze. There seems to be the vast mountain of the disciplinant of En and the Pamir of priest Kumarajiva, now in front of the eyes. Then in time you visited at deep cave and saw a hermitage room where the sound of recited Lotus Sutra echoed to the blue sky and the voice discussing the only Law was heard among the mountains.

Following the guide, you entered the chamber and then, when you had safely placed the bones of your mother before Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, you bowed your limbs and body to the ground in obeisance, put your palms together, and opened your eyes to pay homage to her noble visage, your body was filled with joys and sufferings at once vanished from your mind.

My head is head of our parents, my feet are their feet, my ten fingers are their ten fingers, my mouth is their mouth. It is like a seed and fruit and the body anda shadow for example. When Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, attained enlightenment, he made it possible for his father, Shuddhodana, and his mother, Maya, to do likewise. Kissen Shishi and Shodai-nyo and priest Mokuren, parent and child, attained Buddhahood at the same time.

When we consider these examples, the past impediments that have been accumulated without time of beginning will quickly be extinguished and the wonderful lotus that is the nature of mind will quickly open its petals. Thereafter you engaged very much in Buddhist services and then safely returned home.” On Forgetting the Copy of the Sutra’


              to be continued (2)


Second volume table of Contents.



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Life of Nichiren Second volume table of contents

Life of Nichiren

second volume 

                             Japanese ver.

 Writings Mitsugu Kosugi supervision Tsunemasa Miura. released January 3, 2014

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               Sado island whole view


Second volume table of contents


35. To Sado of the depth of winters

36. Conviction as Primordial Buddha of the latter days of the Law.

37. Sailing to Sado island of exile place.

38. Difficult situation in solitary island Sado.

39. Coming true of prediction of revolt.

40. Disciples to abandon the religion.

41. Way to get over the great persecution.

42. Island of Abutsubō and a grudge.

43. Victory of the Tsukahara dispute.

44. Coming true of the revolt.

45. Showing allegiance of Honma Shigetsura, sub-military governer.

46. The detailed account of the February trouble.

47. Nichimyo of the strong belief, cross the mountains and seas.

48. Nichiren express the Gohonozn for the first time.

49. Preaching and clarifying the meaning of erecting the Gohonzon.

50. Nichimyo is promised to receive the Gohonzon from Nichiren.

51. Trap of Ryōkan.

52. Persecution again.

53. Tokumune decides pardon.

54. Nichiren returns to Kamakura from Sado.

55. Last remonstration.

56. Pushing away the Shogunate .

57. Nichiren leave Kamakura.

58. Nichiren get into Mount Minobu.

59. Attack of Mongolia.

60. Fame of 3 degrees.

61. Missionary work of disciples.

62. Nichiren in Mount Minobu.



First volume table of contents.   


Third volume table of contents



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日蓮正宗 御書解説
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Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin (5)

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                      Comet Encke from Wikipedia

In addition, there is the scholar who supposed this phenomenon from the scientific standpoint.

Hideo Hirose who was the director of Tokyo Astronomical Observatory and was the professor at Tokyo University said that the true shape of this bright metal was the piece which a comet dropped namely a meteor.

That day, September 13 in 8th year of Bun'ei era (1281) is October 25 of the present by the solar calendar. According to Nichiren, just before the luminous body appeared, it was pitch-darkness, could not see the face of the person too. He says this time is 'before dawn and still too dark'. When Hirose calculated in the operative list of heavenly bodies, estimated time of the execution thought at about the time of moonset, or at least before 4:00 a.m. because the time of moonset of the day was at 3:44 a.m.

Furthermore, Hirose thought that the luminous body belonged to meteoric swarm of Aries and Taurus. This meteoric swarm is active in the end of October, and this is because it often occurs a bright meteor. The base producing this meteor swarm is Encke's comet. This comet revolves around the sun with a period of 3.3 years. A small piece (a meteor) which it dropped along the orbit falls to the earth, and Hirose said that it has saved life of Nichiren. 'The big achievement beneath the flash of meteoroid - Nichiren and stars. 1973.'

In any case the luminous body uncovered a plot to bury Nichiren in darkness by light.


Shijo Kingo is astonished having get over the predicament of the desperate situation, running up to the teacher to joy of the safety.

“Saint! What is most important is that you are safe.”

However, we do not know why, Nichiren did an unexpected action.

He scolded the soldiers who has put to rout.

“Here, why do you shrink from this sinful prisoner? Come closer! Come closer! What if the dawn should come? You must hurry up and execute me, once the day breaks, it will be unsightly!”

It is terrible spirit.

But the soldiers bent the body to grass and sand and shook with fear without being able to move. Even if they were valiant in the fight, they were coward about a mysterious phenomenon to death.

Nichiren still calls to them being angry.

There was no one to answer it.

The sun which shined then appeared from the far-off horizon, and day broke.

Nichiren was exposed to the direct rays of the sun and sat with his legs bent beneath in the sandy beach.

And he put hands together towards the sun, and he advocated a title of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and prostrated himself to the ground.

Waves are breaking on the shore.

When Nichiren who prostrated himself got up the waist, solar rays lighted up the whole body of Nichiren.

Shijo Kingo, disciples and the believers of Hokibo and others trembled with this style, run and prostrated themselves to Nichiren himself.

The heavens are filled with the sun of the first genesis and light up Nichiren and his disciples.

Nichiren leaves feelings of this time in the letter which he addressed to Shijo Kingo nine days later as follows.

“In this life, as the votary of the Lotus Sutra, I was exiled, received a capital punishment. The place of the exile is Ito, and the capital punishment is Tatsunokuchi. Tatsunokuchi in Sagami country is the place where I, Nichiren, threw away own life. How could it be inferior than the Buddha land? This is because the reason is already the reason of the Lotus Sutra. The Sutra states, “there is the only Law in the countries of Buddha of the ten directions,” it will be this meaning. The only Law preached with this text of the sutra is Lotus Sutra. The others do not exist than the Lotus Sutra in the Buddha countries of the ten directions at all. This is because it says that Shakyamuni ‘removes the teachings of the means of Buddha.’ If it is so, every place where Nichiren meets a persecution will be the land of Buddha. Japan in the saha world, Sagami country in Japan, Katase in Sagami country, Tatsunokuchi in Katase, are where Nichiren put his life. Because he gave his life there for the sake of the Lotus Sutra, Tatsunokuchi deserves to be called the land of tranquil light (note). This might be what the chapter of "Divine Powers" states; “Whether in a garden, a forest . . . or in mountain valleys or the wide wilderness . . . Buddha has entered nirvana on these places.”The Tatsunokuchi Persecution’


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Life of Nichiren Part 1 contents


(Note)

the land of tranquil light.

It is also called as the land of eternal tranquil light. One of four land which Tientai preached in the Commentary on the Meditation Sutra. It is the country where true Buddha lives. The eternity means an permanent innateness or the body, and the quiet simplicity is a meaning of Nirvana and the emancipation, and the light is a meaning of the wisdom to light up the diverse aspects. The Buddha land of this eternity, Nirvana, light is the eternal land of the tranquil light. However, Shakyamuni Buddha preached in the Tathagata life span chapter of 16th of the Lotus Sutra, "Since that, and he revealed that it was the land of the eternal tranquil light namely the saha world." Nichiren Daishonin preaches it that the address of a person maintaining a marvelous Law is the land of the eternal tranquil light.

“Now, when Nichiren and his followers chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they are revealing that the phantom city is none other than the treasure land. These mountain valleys and plains where we live are all, every one of them, treasure lands of eternally tranquil light.” ‘Seven important points in the Parable of the Phantom City, Orally transmitted teachings



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PASSAGES OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN  Part 1


 The Passages of Nichiren Daishōnin  Part 1


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 凡例  Surface



唱法華題目抄 On Chanting the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra 1260
立正安国論 (全) On Establshing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land(Full)1260

立正安国論奥書(全)Postscript to the Risshō Ankokuron (Full)1269

安国論御勘由来 The Rationale for Writing“On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land” 1268

守護国家論 On the Protection of the Nation 1259

災難対治抄 On Dealing with Disaster 1260

真 言 見 聞 Observation of Shingon 1272

宿屋入道許御状 Letter to the Lay Priest Yadoya 1268

北条時宗への御状 Letter to Hōjō Tokimune 1268

平左衛門尉頼綱への御状 Letter to Hei no Saemon-no-jōYoritsuna 1268

建長寺道隆への御状 Letter to Dōryū of Kenchō-ji 1268

 極楽寺良観への御状 Letter to Ryōkan ofGokuraku-ji 1268

弟子檀那中への御状 Letter to the Disciples and Believers of Nichiren 1268


強仁状御返事 Reply to a Communication from Gōnin 1275


開 目 抄 上  Opening of the Eyes part 1 1272

開 目 抄 下  Opening of the Eyes part 2

観心本尊抄  True Object of Worship 1273

撰 時  抄  The Selection of the Time 1275

報  恩 抄   Repaying Debts of Gratitude 1276
法華取要抄 Choosing the Heart of the Lotus Sutra 1274
四信五品抄 On the Four Stages of Faith and Five Stages of Practice 1277
下山御消息 Letter to Shimoyama 1277


諸宗問答抄 Questions and Answers on Various Buddhist Sects 1255
一生成仏抄 Attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime 1255

主師親御書 On Sovereign, Teacher, and parent 1255
一代聖教大意 The Meaning of the Sacred Teachings of the Buddha’s lifetime 1258
一念三千理事 On the Principle of Three Thousand Realms 1258

十 如 是 事 On the Ten Factors 1258

一念三千法門 The Doctrine of Three Thousand Realms in a Single Moment of Life 1258

十 法 界 事 On the Ten Worlds 1259

十法界明因果抄 On Discerning Cause and Effect in the Ten Worlds 1260
教機時国抄 One the Teaching, Capacity, Time, and Country 1262
顕 謗 法 抄 On Revealing Slander 1262

持妙法華問答抄 Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra 1263

木絵二像開眼の事 Infusing Life into Wooden or Painted Images 1272
聖愚問答抄 Question and Answers between a Sage and a Foolish Man 1268

如説修行抄 On practicing according to the Buddha’s teachings 1273
顕仏未来記 On the Buddha’s Prophecy 1273
当 体 義 抄 The Entity of the Mystic Law 1273
小乗大乗分別抄 The Differences between Hinayana and Mahayana 1273
法華初心成仏抄 Attaining Enlightenment at the Initial Stage of faith through the Lotus Sutra1278

三世諸仏総勘文教相廃立(総勘文抄) The Unanimous Declaration 1279
諌暁八幡抄 On Reprimanding Hachiman 1280

御義口伝上  Orally Transmitted Teachings on the Lotus Sutra 1 1278

御義口伝下・寿量品   Orally Transmitted Teachings on the Life Span Chapter of the Lotus Sutra

御義口伝下   Orally Transmitted Teachings on the Lotus Sutra 2

御講聞書 Recorded Lectures 1280


百 六 箇 抄  One Hundred and Six Articles 1280

本 因 妙 抄 The Transmission of the Heritage of the Law 1282



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