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2017年 10月 29日

8. Birth of Disciples and Believers who Supported the Life of Nichiren 2

                   Japanese ver.


The mind of Kingo was moved by Nichiren's every word.

“Yes, fame and fortune. You're absolutely right.”

Nichiren grasped that facial expression of Kingo included some shade.

“I suppose that you, Kingo, has some cares.”

Kingo was surprised. Can this person read my mind?

“No, I feel my mind is refreshed hearing the teaching. But…”

Nichiren leaned forward to hear what he said.

Kingo faces down.

“In fact, I have a daughter, but she is weak since birth, and is lying down to the bed with an illness for a long time. I have the knowledge of the medicinal herb a little, and I mix and use it too, but she has not been making any noticeable recovery. I prayed to the various gods and Buddha, but do not improve at all.”

“I understand. I will pray for an important child of Kingo to the best of my ability. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness therefore can become an obstacle? The person who embrace the title, daimoku, of the Lotus Sutra will be protected by the good deities. But your faiths alone will determine all these things. A sword is useless for the hands of a coward. The sword of the Lotus Sutra must be wielded by person courageous in faiths. Your child's misfortune will change into good fortune. Decide your mind, summon faiths, pray.”

Kingo put his hands on the floor on an impulse.

“I understand clearly what you mean. Shijo KingoYorimoto becomes the believer of the priest Nichiren from now and chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!”

A voice broke out with Kingo answering all at once from behind.

“Congratulations entering faiths!”

There are large number of people when he turned around in wonder. In that people, there were Toki Jonin, and feudal lord Yoshitaka Kudo of the Awa country Amatsu prefecture. Furthermore, Ikegami brothers of Munenaka and Munenaga whose father is the commissioner of buildings of the Shogunate. Also, Hiki Daigaku Saburo is the Confucianist of Shogunate officer.

They have been hearing a talk of Nichiren behind Kingo.

Kingo blushed and lowered the head to everyone.

Nichiren was 35 years old, Shijo Kingo was 26, was 9 years younger than Nichiren at this time. Yoshitaka Kudo was 23 years old, Hiki Daigaku Saburo was 55.

Shijo Kingo and Ikegami Munenaka and Hiki Daigaku Saburo were in Kamakura, and Toki Jonin and Yoshitaka Kudo were Shimousa. They had become the followers of influential Nichiren afterward.

They will give their life to spread the marvelous Law of Buddha while encountering many persecutions as the core of the believer.

The propagation of Nichiren continues moreover.

The person who wake up to the Lotus Sutra in the vassal of the Shogunate appeared.

Shijo Kingo and Toki Jonin served the vassal of Shogunate, but the understanding person of the Lotus Sutra appeared in the nerve center of the Shogunate.

Yadoya Mitsunori is the one of them. He became a priest as a layman, and he introduced himself as the lay priest Yadoya, but Yadoya is known as the closest aide to regent Tokiyori Hojo. The name of Yadoya Mitsunori appears in the Mirror of the East as one of seven people whom admission was permitted for nursing on occasion of the end of Tokiyori in after years.

Nichiren encounters Yadoya, and exchanges of opinions. Yadoya meant well to Nichiren who had the excellent discernment to the Law of Buddha though he was unknown and was not high-ranking priest.


    Continued to Appearance of Women Believers


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-29 22:04 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 28日

8. Birth of Disciples and Believers who Supported the Life of Nichiren 1

                    Japanese ver.


The young Buddhist priests who became disciples of Nichiren gradually increased.

Nissho was one of them too.

He became the disciple in November about six months later from when Nichiren declared the establishment of denomination in April 28, 1253. The birth is Shimusa country Kaijo prefecture Note volost. He is older a year than Nichiren. When he was about 15 years old, he become a priest in a temple of Tientai denomination and learned Buddhism of Tientai in Mt. Hiei-zan. Hearing the establishment of Nichiren denomination, he went to Kamakura and he became the disciple and trained himself in the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley.

Nissho felt signs of life at the entrance of the thatched hut on that day and said to Nichiren.

“Priest, we may have a guest.”

Nissho opened the door.

Shijo Kingo stands.

Nichiren stood up with a smile.

“Oh, well! well! The hardy samurai of the other day!”

Kingo stood at the entrance, hat in hand and lowered the head awkwardly.

Nichiren invites him willingly.

Usually arrogant Shijo Kingo dare not show his face unusually.

“I am ashamed of my behavior the other day.”

Nichiren waved a neck.

“It is nothing to me. Than it, I am glad you came to this poor thatched hut.”

Kingo sat up straight.

“I have a question about the sermon of the other day. That was the first talk that I listened. I have not heard it at other temples. Can even a human like me attain Buddhahood like the speech of the priest?”

Nichiren has begun to talk calmly.

“A convulsion of nature, famine, and a pestilence are spreading in this country at present. In the Law of Buddha, the world of these pains is called impure land. It is the dirty world. However, if the minds of all life are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are clean, so is their land. The pure land and impure land are not separate. This difference lies solely in the virtue or evil of our minds.

It is the same with the Buddha and a common mortal. While strayed, one is called a common mortal, but once attained Buddhahood, one is called the Buddha. For example, even a impure mirror will shine like a jewel when we clean it. Likewise, a mind that is presently clouded by illusions originating from the fundamental darkness of life is like a un-cleaned mirror. Yet, once it is cleaned, it will become a clear mirror of absolute truth. Arouse deep faiths, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? You should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo single-mindedly, says that polish this in the latter day of the Law.

You were born in the house of the samurai. Now although there is not a war, you are having the fate to murder other people or not knowing whether you lose your life either. In addition, because you serve a lord you should make an outstanding job, and be diligent to keep your territorial possession. However, it is the prosperity in the dream or the pleasure which is not rare, even if you got many fame and fortune. Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and encourage others to do the same. This will remain as the only memory in this present life of yours in this human world."


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-28 17:35 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 25日

7. Three Disasters and Seven Calamities (Great disaster attacks Japan) 4

                    Japanese ver.


On the other hand, Toki Jonin who became a believer of Nichiren was working for the Chiba's mansion of Kamakura. Toki is senior to Nichiren by 6 years. He was a sensible person all the more.

Chiba who was a lord of Toki had domains in the whole country. There were territories in Kinki and Kyushu including Shimousa. Jonin was busy with the handling of the trial, the collection of the land tax, the transportation of supplies, financial management as a bureaucrat of lord Chiba.

Father of Toki is from Inaba (Tottori) originally. There was the original territory in the Toki prefecture of the Inaba country. Because father served the Chiba, Jonin of the child entered Kanto and he worked either.

Parent and child of Toki were able bureaucrats. The war of Zhokyu is already over, stability of the reign is the urgent business. The influential person like Chiba had been seeking a talented government official.

An administrative official displayed desk in the Chiba's house and did a writing. Busyness of the work is the same as a modern company. A horse and a cart went in and out to the plaza busily.

Jonin Toki makes a document on a desk in the office. A co-worker took a look at documents at the side. He read the imperative sentence that just arrived. It is a bitter face

“Again, from lord Kamakura the command of the construction.”

Everybody looks at each other as like saying "Again!"

“Wait a minute! The family of Chiba is the military governor, but the finance is tight. Is there not the way to refuse somehow? Where is it to make?”

“Kyoto, Lotus Flower King Temple.”

“It is a so money-consuming matter.”

Jonin considers.

“At first we must raise money for the visit to the Kyoto of our lord. It is roughly estimated at 200 kan.”

A co-worker lamented.

“Neither Shimousa nor Kamakura has such a money!”

Everybody crossed an arm.

Jonin said.

“Why don't you procure from a land tax of Kyushu?”

A co-worker clapped his hands.

“You're right. The money borrows from a merchant and will let him collect it for the liquidation in Kyushu.”

The rural financial difficulty is not the thing which began from now. The people of the Middle Ages has been in trouble, too. They freely have used the forwarding agent, and merchant who was called Bashaku, and digested instructions of the Shogunate. If the crop of the land tax is a distant place, Bashaku collects it. It was a kind of the money order.

The co-worker complained.

“However, it is costly, isn't it? Our lord just acted as a military guard of Kyoto. We are used one after another. Lord of Kamakura works his men too hard.”

Jonin chided him.

“What? You shouldn't speak like that. Lord of Kamakura is contributing to the peace and security of our lord. We must take measures by every means for our master.”

Co-workers all laughed.

"What you say is all very well. We will certainly comply with your request. We are no match for Mr. Toki who is a strong believer of the Nichiren sect.”

The faith to the Lotus sutra of Toki is famous. They resumed their job with a bitter smile.

When they sort out a document, they have been throwing away papers which they had finished using. Jonin picked up that paper and gathered it.

The co-worker looked at him with a dubious look. What does he use the used document for?


The sunset shined in the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley.

Nichiren takes the writing brush. He writes to used documents which was given from Jonin. The surface has been written in, but the back side is still usable. These papers had been used by the government official of the Chiba including Jonin.

Paper was precious in those days. It was valuable so as to recycle and reuse paper.

Jonin sent used papers, and Nichiren and disciples copied Buddhist sutras and writings of Tientai into the back side of this poor-quality paper and studied.

By the way, thanks to this, the document of the Chiba clan written to the surface has come until the present day, it becomes precious documents written on the reverse sides which are able to know the Kamakura era.


Continued to Birth of Disciples and Believers who Supported the Life of Nichiren


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-25 22:19 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 22日

7. Three Disasters and Seven Calamities (Great disaster attacks Japan) 3

                      Japanese ver.


The sun is setting in the west.

Shijo Kingo, the samurai who rode a horse went ahead through the town of Kamakura leisurely.

A vassal takes the mouth of the horse.

Kingo passed through the gate of the his residence and called it aloud.

“I just returned.”

Nichigannyo of the wife appeared.

“Welcome home.”

“How is the child?”

Two people go to the back room.

The baby is sleeping at the futon when they open the door of the room.

Kingo looked at the sleeping face of the child. Always stern Kingo showed the expression that was full of affection.

Nichigannyo of the wife told him to mutter.

“Condition has gotten a little bit better...”

“We should observe the situation a little more maybe. This baby is better one minute and worse the next, isn't she?”

 “Sorry. I have lots of flaws.”

“It is not your fault. A bad illness is going about now. Only this is helpless even if we prevent it no matter how much.”

Small soil bottles stood in a line in the room of Kingo.

Kingo was good at a medicinal herb. He was what would now be called the pharmacist and the doctor. He has the achievement that cured the illness of his master.

He mixed medicine by a spoon and placed it in a dish. And he handed drug to Nichigannnyo.

“On the morning of tomorrow, to daughter.”

Nichigannyo nodded.

 

Shijo Kingo is the Shogunate vassal serving Mitsutoki Hojo (also Mitsutoki Nago'e). Father of Mitsutoki was younger brother Tomotoki of a wise ruler Hojo Yasutoki. Not a direct descendant of Hojo. Yet people respected them only introducing themselves as Hojo.

The name was known as a vassal of Mitsutoki whose Shijo Kingo continued two generations in Kamakura. But in particular he was famous that his character was extremely obstinate and was short-tempered. 

There is a big hearth in the center of the living room.

A maid began preparations for dinner.

Kingo had a meal.

Nichgannyo flatters him beside.

“How was today for you?”

“Nothing. It's a monotonous job. Though lord Mitsutoki is despite a branch family of Hojo, he is still in good health too. Will be peace for the moment.”

“For the moment?”

“I do not know what occurs after regent Tokiyori was retired. Power is concentrated in the head family now. I can't imagine how we, the vassal of branch families, will be from now on.”

“It cannot possibly be war?”

“I regard myself as a samurai, if not much of one. Must prepare when that time comes.”

Nichigannnyo felt downcast, but she pulled herself together and poured liquor into the cup of Kingo.

“There now, don't worry.”

Nichigannnyo stared at Kingo smilingly.

“Please talk the tale of that Buddhist priest again.”

Kingo gave a dirty look frankly.

“I do not want to say it.”

Nichigannnyo continue talking anyhow.

“You were so angry about the priest that day.”

“The priest called Nichiren did not shrink at my violent language either. He may be the Buddhist priest having backbone.”

“He is the person who made you as a priest totally when I hear your story, isn't he?”

Kingo remembered.

Nichiren's words oddly stuck with him.

‘A man abandons life for shame, the woman abandons life for a man.'



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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-22 19:57 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 21日

Gosho 上野殿御返事 Persecution by Swords and Staves

いまをもひいでたる事あり。

This brings to mind a story.

This reminds me of a story.

子を思ふ故にや、()つぎ()の木の弓をもつて学文せざりし子にをし()へたり。

A father, anxious about his son’s future, thrashed the boy with a bow made of zelkova wood because he refused to study.

There was a father who, upset that his son was neglecting his studies, paddled him with a zelkova wood bow.

(しか)る間、此の子うたてかりしは父・()くかりしはつぎ()の木の弓。

At the time, the son resented his father’s action and hated the zelkova bow.

At the time, the son considered his father a cruel man and resented the wooden bow.

されども(つい)には修学増進して自身(とく)(だつ)をきわめ・又人を利益(りやく)する身となり、

However, he applied himself to his studies so much that eventually he [mastered Buddhism], thereby achieving emancipation himself and benefiting others.

Nevertheless, he devoted himself to the study and practice of Buddhism, eventually becoming highly accomplished and able to teach many people.

立ち(かえ)つて見ればつぎの木をもつて我を()ちし故なり。

In retrospect, he saw that he owed his achievements to his father’s thrashings.

Looking back, he realized that all his success was due to the thrashing given by his father.

此の子そとば(卒塔婆)に此の木をつくり父の供養のために()ててむけりと見へたり。

It is said that he erected a memorial tablet made from a zelkova tree for the repose of his deceased father.

In gratitude, he offered a zelkova wood memorial tablet (Sotoba) to honor his father’s memory.

日蓮も又かくの如くあるべきか。

It is the same with me.

Is it not the same with me, Nichiren?

日蓮仏果(ぶっか)()むに(いかで)()()ばう()が恩をすつべきや。

When I attain Buddhahood, how will I be able toforget my obligation to Shō-bō?

How can I forsake my debt of gratitude to Sho-bo for helping me attain Buddhahood?

(いか)(いわん)や法華経の御恩の(つえ)をや。

Much less can I forget the thanks I owe to the scroll of the Lotus Sutra [with which he struck me].

Even less, should I forget my debt to the scroll of the Lotus Sutra with which he struck me?

かくの(ごと)く思ひつづけ候へば感涙(かんるい)をさへがたし。

When I think of this, I cannot restrain my tears of gratitude.

Thinking of this, I can hardly hold back my tears of gratitude.


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-21 11:36 | PASSAGE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 20日

Gosho 立正安国論 82-2 疑を断じて信を生ず 十の二

広く衆経を(ひら)きたるに(もっぱ)(ほう)(ぼう)を重んず、

When we examine this wide variety of sutras, we find that they all stress how grave a matter it is to slander the correct teaching.

Thus, by thoroughly reading all of these sutras, you will find that they all point out the grave consequences of slandering the Law.

悲いかな皆正法の門を出でて深く邪法の(ごく)に入る、

How pitiful that people should all go out of the gate of the correct teaching and enter so deep into the prison of these distorted doctrines!

How lamentable it is that everyone has walked out of the gate of the correct Law and entered into the prison of erroneous teachings!

(おろか)なるかな(おのおの)悪教の(つな)(かか)つて(とこしなえ)(ぼう)(きょう)(あみ)(まつわ)る、

How stupid that they should fall one after another into the snares of these evil doctrines and remain for so long entangled in this net of slanderous teachings!

How foolish people are to be caught by the hook of evil doctrines and become eternally entangled in the net of slanderous teachings!

此の(もう)()(まよい)()(じょう)(えん)の底に沈む、

They lose their way in these mists and miasmas, and sink down amid the raging flames of hell.

In this lifetime, the people’s ability [to seethe correct Law] is obscured by a dense fog, and in future existences they will be engulfed by the roaring flames of hell.

(あに)(うれ)えざらんや、豈苦まざらんや、

How could one not grieve? How could one not suffer?

How can we not grieve? How can we not agonize?


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-20 23:00 | PASSAGE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 20日

Gosho 立正安国論77-2 疑を断じて信を生ず 四の二

加之(しかのみならず)国土(みだ)れん時は先ず鬼神(きじん)乱る・鬼神乱るるが故に万民乱ると、

Moreover, as the Benevolent Kings Sutra says: “When a nation becomes disordered, it is the spirits that first show signs of rampancy. Because the spirits become rampant, all the people of the nation become disordered.”

Furthermore, [there is a corresponding passage from the Sutra of the Benevolent King that states,] “When demons rampage, the nation deteriorates into turmoil. Under the demons’ away, humans, too, run amok.”

()の文に()いて(つぶ)さに事の(こころ)(あん)ずるに百鬼早く乱れ万民多く(ほろ)ぶ、

Now if we examine the present situation carefully in the light of this passage, we will see that the various spirits have for some time been rampant, and many of the people have perished.

If we contemplate on the current reality in light of these sutras, we can see that a hundred demons have been running wild, and a great many lives have been lost.

先難是れ明かなり後災(こうさい)何ぞ疑わん

If the first predicted misfortune in the sutra has already occurred, as is obvious, then how can we doubt that the later disasters will follow?

It is clear that the disasters depicted in these sutras have already taken place. How can we doubt the occurrence of the remaining disasters?

()し残る所の難・悪法の(とが)()つて並び起り(きそ)い来らば其の時(いか)んが()んや、

If, in punishment for the evil doctrines that are upheld, the troubles that have yet to appear should fall upon us one after the other, then it will be too late to act, will it not?

What will you do if these disasters occur simultaneously and relentlessly as a result of the people taking faith in erroneous teachings?


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-20 22:03 | PASSAGE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 19日

Gosho 立正安国論 50-2 勘状の奏非 四の二


()の上(いぬ)元仁(げんにん)年中に延暦(えんりゃく)(こう)(ふく)の両寺より度度(たびたび)奏聞(そうもん)()勅宣(ちょくせん)()教書(きょうしょ)を申し(くだ)して、(ほう)(ねん)選択(せんちゃく)印板(いんばん)大講堂(だいこうどう)に取り上げ、三世の仏恩を報ぜんが為に之を焼失(しょうしつ)せしむ、

Earlier, in the Gennin era (1224–1225), petitions to the throne were submitted time and again by the two temples of Enryaku-ji and Kōfuku-ji. And as a result, an imperial command and a letter of instruction from the shogunate were handed down, ordering that the woodblocks used in printing Hōnen’s Nembutsu Chosen above All be confiscated and brought to the Great Lecture Hall of Enryaku-ji.There they were burned in order to repay the debt owed to the Buddhas of the three existences.

To continue, in the Gen’nin period [1224-1225 CE], both Enryakuji and Kofukuji Temples frequently sent official letters of appeal [asking the emperor to prohibit the propagation of the Nembutsu teachings]. The emperor finally issued an imperial order, and the shogunate set forth a decree. As a result, the woodblocks of Honen’s The Sole Selection of Nembutsu were seized and brought to the Great Lecture Hall of Enryakuji Temple and incinerated in order to repay the debts of gratitude owed throughout the three existences to all Buddhas.

(ほう)(ねん)墓所(はかしょ)(おい)ては(かん)神院(じんいん)(つる)神人(めそう)に仰せ付けて()(きゃく)せしむ、

In addition, orders were given that the menials at Kanjin-in Shrine should dig up and destroy Hōnen’s grave.

As for Honen’s grave, the lowest-ranking servants of the Kanjin-in Shrine destroyed it, obeying the aforementioned orders.

其の門弟・(りゅう)(かん)聖光(しょうこう)(じょう)(かく)薩生(さつしょう)等は遠国(おんごく)配流(はいる)せらる、()の後(いま)()勘気(かんき)を許されず、

Then, Hōnen’s disciples Ryūkan, Shōkō, Jōkaku, Sasshō, and others were condemned by the imperial court to exile in distant regions and were never pardoned.

Honen’s disciples such as Ryukan, Shoko,Jokaku, and Sassho were individually banished to remote lands, never to be pardoned.

 (あに)未だ勘状(かんじょう)(まい)らせずと云わんや。

In view of these facts, how can you say that no one has submitted a complaint to the authorities concerning these matters?

How could you possibly claim that not a single remonstration has ever been submitted to the sovereign?


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-19 21:59 | PASSAGE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 18日

GOSHO 立正安国論15-2  災難の証拠十一の二

大風・万姓を吹殺(ふきころ)し国土・山河・樹木・一時に滅没(めつぼつ)し、非時の大風・黒風・赤風・青風・天風・地風・火風・水風あらん()くの如く変ずるを五の難と為すなり、

“When huge winds blow the people to their death, and the lands, the mountains and rivers, and the trees and forests are all at one time wiped out; when great winds come out of season, or when black winds, red winds, green winds, heavenly winds, earthly winds, fire winds, and water winds blow—when prodigies of this kind occur, this is the fifth disaster.”

When everyone is blown to death by powerful winds, which instantly destroy the mountains, rivers, and trees throughout the land; or when there are unseasonable typhoons; black, red, or blue winds; tempests in the heavens and on earth; fire storms and wind-blown water surges---any of these aberrant occurrences is the fifth kind of disaster.

天地・国土・亢陽(こうよう)(えん)()洞燃(どうねん)として・百草亢旱(こうかん)し・五(こく)(みの)らず・土地赫燃(かくねん)と万姓滅尽(めつじん)せん是くの如く変ずる時を六の難と為すなり、

“When heaven and earth and the whole country are stricken by terrible heat so that the air seems to be on fire, when the hundred plants wither and the five kinds of grain fail to ripen, when the earth is red and scorched and the inhabitants all perish—when prodigies of this kind occur, this is the sixth disaster.”

Drought extending to every corner of the country, dying the very earth to the point of bursting into flames, withering plants and preventing the five grains from growing, burning up the nation, extinguishing all life----when this happens, this is the sixth kind of disaster.

四方の賊(きた)つて国を(おか)し内外の賊起り、火賊・水賊・風賊・鬼賊ありて・荒乱(こうらん)し・刀兵劫(とうひょうこう)(おこ)らん・是くの如く()する時を七の難と為すなり」

“When enemies rise up on all four sides and invade the nation, when rebels appear in the capital and the outlying regions, when there are fire bandits, water bandits, wind bandits, and demon bandits, and the population is subjected to devastation and disorder, and fighting and plundering break out everywhere—when prodigies of this type occur, this is the seventh disaster.”

When foreign invaders attack the country from every direction and rebellion erupts from within, these outlaws overrun the land, taking advantage of fires, floods, and fierce winds. Rampaging rebels cause the masses to panic in terror as the world enters an age of war----this is the seventh disaster.


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by johsei1129 | 2017-10-18 22:30 | PASSAGE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 10月 14日

7. Three Disasters and Seven Calamities (Great disaster attacks Japan) 2

                        Japanese ver.


The Hachiman shrine is seen in the other side of the Wakamiya thoroughfare.

A meeting began in government office which controlled state affairs and financial affairs of the Kamakura Shogunate.

There are Tokiyori Hojo, brothers of Tokisuke and Tokimune, Shigetoki Hojo of the uncle of Tokiyori, and Yasumori Adachi were present. There was a Yin Yang fortune-teller in a farther seat.

Tokiyori was irritated and loitered around.

"This country is fascinated. The ominous occurrences in heavens, an earthquake, famine, a contagious disease. What does this mean? Was abandoned by God and Buddha?

While Shigetoki Hojo watched the document which arrived from the shogunal vassals of each place, he muttered.

“10,000 starvers in Kanto. Person 20,000 who fell by a pestilence. Furthermore, two sun appeared, and it seems that a black-and-white rainbow came out.”

The anger of Tokiyori does not have an outlet.

"Nothing could be worse than this. This is the greatest crisis since we, Hojo, ruled the world. Even if the revolt of the rebel happens in the district, it is not to be wondered at.”

Sigetoki answered indignantly.

“Would be the present conditions that is only to pray.”

“Then, how are the prayer of the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine in Kyoto and Kamakura?”

“Already gave the order to forbid killing a creature on the equinoctial week of six purification days and two seasons in this January (note) and gave the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine of the countries an order for a prayer of the epidemic extermination in June.”

“So why be of no effect? Does it not rather amplify a misfortune? The Yin Yang fortune-teller, what happens?”

The Yin Yang fortune-teller looks in divination panel (note), and answers.

“I beg a thousand pardons. I can only say a devilenters this country now and ogres grow powerful.”

Tokiyori who heard this swore.

“If a Yin Yang fortune-teller does not have the measures either, I only decide it. Open the storehouse of rice, give beggars it. Gather a medicinal herb of each place. Use merchants. Let all Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines of the whole country continue a prayer.”


Audience flocked to Rengeji of Kamakura. It is a large temple of the Nenbutsu sect of Buddhism.

The people said they could not but cling to Nembutsu for getting over the world of sufferings, and visited to there.

In audience, there is Nichiren who wear a canonical robe and a shoulder robe of the thin Indian ink.

Priest of the black robe, Nen'a began sermon before long.

Nen'a calls the official name Ryochu Nen'a. He was born in Iwami Province (present Shimane Prefecture). He become a priest at 16 years old. He learned an Abhidharma-kosa and Tientai following Enshin and Shinren and trained himself in esoteric Buddhism following Mitsuzo and Gencho. He went to Chikugo to hear Buddhism of Ben'a Shoko and become the disciple afterwards. He open Rengeji (Komyo-ji Temple after) in Kamakura and grant religious precept by a request of Tsunetoki Hojou in 1240. He is a Nembutsu priest to represent Kamakura.

Nen'a begins to talk calmly.

“The world is filled with sufferings. We cannot but chant it with Nam-Amidabutsu to escape from these sufferings. Abandon other teachings. Teachings which match us, mediocre people, are only Nam-Amidabutsu. An ideal in other teachings is too high. We understand neither the Lotus Sutra nor the Avatamska Sutra. If we threw away these and chanted only Nam-Amidabutsu, we could be beatified.”

Nichiren spoke here.

Splendid. Really splendid."

Nen'a smiled and nodded. Nichiren caught the smile.

“It is bold that attaining Buddhahood are no other than Nam-Amidabutsu, and abandon the sutra such as the Lotus Sutra, is not it? Where who preached the teachings?”

“Young gentleman, it was good asking. It is Amitabha sutra.”

Nichiren crossed an arm and was impressed.

“It’s a strange story. Amitabha sutra is called temporary Mahayana sutra among the sermon of Buddha and is around one step of low teachings than true Mahayana sutra such as the Lotus Sutra or the Nirvana Sutra. Do you not despise initiator Buddha of the Buddhism by throwing all other sutra away and saying that attaining Buddhahood cannot but chant with Nam-Amidabutsu, from that reason? In the first place, does the Amitabha sutra preach us to throw all other sutras away?”

Nen'a got angry for an instant.

“No, it is wrong. Holy priest Honen is said. We only obey it.”

“It is a pity. Though priest Honen studied it with much effort in the Enryakuji Temple, he deeply attached to low teachings and has distorted Law of Buddha of Shakyamuni. It is the crime to equal to the hell of the incessant sufferings. A person who says it, he is the bad person who ropes people in Hell.”

Nen'a has begun to be excited.

“Who is thou? Speak!"

Nichiren said towards audience.

“Everybody, I am the Buddhist priest called Nichiren living in the Matsuba Valley. Come to me anytime if you want to hear the present tale in detail.”

Disciples of Nen'a expel Nichiren from the temple in a angry voice resounded through the hall.

Nichiren left magnificently.


While Nichiren spread the Lotus Sutra, he went to the temple of other denominations and fought in the doctrine of Buddhism hard.

It was worth, a large number of audience came to gradually flock to the thatched hut of Nichiren of the Matsuba valley.

Nichiren talks to the people who visited the thatched hut powerfully.

“Lord of teachings, Shakyamuni Buddha, said that he did not yet express the truth, preached the Lotus Sutra after 40 years of starting sermon. Therefore, Amitabha Sutra which was preached before the Lotus Sutra is the teachings of the means not to include the best enlightenment preached in the Lotus Sutra. Lotus Sutra is the King of all the Buddhist sutras said to be 80,000 sutras, isultimate teachings of Buddha. That is why it cannot come true that all people of the latter day of the Law attain Buddhahood if they do not chant Myoho-renge-kyo which is title of the Lotus Sutra.

The priest Honen says, ‘abandon, close, leave and cast aside the Lotus Sutra and chant Nembutsu.’ That is why it is decided to fall into the hell of the incessant sufferings if people chant Nam-Amidabutsu of priest Honen slandering the Buddha's best teachings.”

Priests of Nembutsu cannot beat Nichiren.

Because Nichiren attacked the wicked doctrine of Nembutsu in a text of a sutra first of all, the person of Nembutsu was not able to resist him.

There were many people who criticized Nembutsu of Honen from old days. The imperial order was promulgated, too. Mt. Hiei ever oppressed Nembutsu, too, but the teachings of Honen spread out without stopping naturally. Nichiren has begun to stop it.

Nichiren talks about the reason as follows.

“Thus, when I was thirty-two, from around the spring of the fifth year of the Kenchō era[1253], I began criticizing the Nembutsu and Zen sects, and later I attacked the Shingon sect as well."

“At first the Nembutsu followers despise me, saying, ‘However clever Nichiren may be, he can hardly surpass the priest Myo'en, the priest Ko'in of the administrator, or the chief priest Kenshin. These people at first attacked the priest Honen, but later they all capitulated and became his disciples or followers of his teachings, and Nichiren no doubt will do likewise.’ They sought to disprove my words one after another."

 "When persons in past times criticized Honen's teachings, they did not at the same time criticize those of his predecessors Shantao and Taocho, nor did they try to distinguish between provisional sutras and those that are true, as a result the Nembutsu believers only became more self-confident than ever. But now I, Nichiren, have Shantao and Honen fallen into the hell of incessant suffering, and have driven home my criticisms by comparing the three Pure Land sutras with the Lotus Sutra, which is like comparing the light of a firefly with the sun and moon or the water of a small stream with those of the great ocean. Moreover, I have demonstrated that the Nembutsu is a mere childish doctrine that the Buddha expounded as an expedient for a time only. To desire such a doctrine to leave from the sufferings of birth and death is like building a ship of stone and hoping to cross the vast sea with it, or loading a mountain on one's back and attempting to go over a steep slope. When I criticize them in this way, none of the Nembutsu believers has been able to refute me.”

              ‘On refuting Ryōkan and Others’

 Myo'en, Ko'in, Kenshin are each the Buddhist priests who submitted to Nembutsu. Above all, Kenshin was attracted by Nembutsu while being the head priest of the Tendai Sect and changed a religion.

 People of Nembutsu thought that Nichiren was the same. Cannot win even if he blames Honen of the teacher.

But the technique of Nichiren is different.

He assumed the Lotus Sutra highest sutra and concluded three sutras of Pure Land that people of Nembutsu clung to to be a fictitious theory. In addition, he declared that they were in the hell of incessant sufferings including Chinese Shantao who was a teacher of Honen.

He attacked the Buddhist priest of denominations after having grasped all sutra of Buddha and main theories and explanations of India and China. Nichiren continued studying internal and external writings even after it again until he became a priest at the age of 16 and established the sect with 32. As a matter of course, he read the writings of Shantao. The result of the study of this Nichiren will be gradually clarified in writing (Gosho in Japanese) more than 500 that he left throughout the life including 'On Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Peace of the Land'


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Life of Nichiren Part 1 contents

note

Six purification days in a month  The two seasons equinoctial week

Words relating to Buddhism. Six purification days mean 8, 14, 15, 23, 29, 30th every month. It had been considered to be a day to spend with the observance of the commandments cleanliness both on six purification days of a month and on the equinoctial week two seasons.

divination panel

Rikujin-choku-ban in Japanese. A tool of the fortune-teller that a Yin Yan fortune-teller used. The disk which the Big Dipper or traditional Japanese music were written down is put on the square board which words and figures were written down. It is thought that this disk meant the heavens, that the square meant the ground. The Yin Yang fortune-teller of the Kamakura era foretold future by turning of this Rikujin-choku disk constantly.

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