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2022年 05月 22日

LIFE OF NICHIREN FIRST VOLUME

Life of Nichiren 

first volume

               Japanese edition. 


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

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Mt. Fuji and the Mountain Gate of Taisekiji Temple


      Outline of the Life of Nichiren


First volume table of contents


1. Journey to Home


2. People of Seichōji Temple of the Hometown


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


4. Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura


5. Shijo Kingo Appears


6.  Feud with Kagenobu Tojō


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


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


9. Women Believers Appear


10. Teaching the Disciples


11. Enemy of Buddhism of the life of Nichiren. Ryoukan of Gokurakuji Temple


12. Outbreak of the major earthquake of Shoka that led to the protest to the nation.


13. Rissho Ankokuron (The Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation), and fateful encounter with Nikko.


14. Admonition to the shogunate and the persecution in Matsuba Valley.


15. Nichiren Suffers the Banishment to Izu.


16. Tokiyori Pardons Nichiren


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


18. The Mongolian State Letter arrives and the prophecy of invasion of other countries comes true.



19. Nichiren Decides Warning to the Nation


20. Nichiren Addresses the Warning to Hojo Tokimune.


21. Missive to Gokurakuji Ryoukan, the Counterfeit Saint, a Person of Arrogance


22. Three Kinds of Enemies who Hold a Grudge


23. Fetal Movement of the Powerful Enemy


24. The Wall of Kōsen-Ruhu


25. The Showdown by the Rain in Gokurakuji Ryoukan and Nichiren.


26. Nichiren Pray for Rain Hard


27. Omen of the Great Persecution


28. Machinations of Gokurakuji Ryoukan


29. Warning to Yoritsuna Tairano


30. Tatsunokuchi Persecution


31. Sweeping Out the Provisional Figure and Revealing the Origin


32. Escape from the Crisis


33. Nichiren Receives the Second Banishment to the Island of Sado.


34. Nichiren sends testaments to disciples.



Second volume table of Contents.


Third volume table of contents.




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LIFE OF NICHIREN SECOND VOLUME table of contents


Life of Nichiren

Second Volume 

              Japanese ver.

 

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  Sado island whole view


35. To Sado island in the depth of winter


36. Conviction as the Root Buddha in the latter days of the Law.


37. Sailing to Sado, a Place of Exile.


38. Difficult Situation in Solitary Island Sado.


39. Coming True of the Prediction of the Rebellion.


40. Disciples to Abandon the Faiths.


41. Way to Get Over the Great Persecution.


42. The Lay Priest Abutsu-bo and Island of a Grudge.


43. Victory of the Tsukahara Dispute.


44. The prophecy came true, the rebellion broke out.


45. Loyalty of the Governor's deputy, Honma Shigetsura 


46. The Result of the February trouble.


47. The lady Nichimyo of the strong faiths, crosses the mountains and seas.


48. Nichiren erected the Gohonzon for the first time.


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


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


51. Ryoukan's Conspiracy 


52. Persecution again.


53. Tokumune decides pardon.


54. Nichiren returns to Kamakura from Sado.


55. Last remonstration.


56. Pushing away the Kamakura Shogunate .


57. Nichiren leaves Kamakura.


58. Nichiren Enters into Mount Minobu.


59. Mongol Invasion.


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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LIFE OF NICHIREN THIRD VOLUME table of contents


Life of Nichiren

Third Volume

Japanese edition


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63. Shijo Kingo meets Nichiren in Mount Minobu.


64. The fight of Shijō Kingō.


65. Controversy in Kuwagayatsu Valley


66. The confrontation of Kingo in the trial.


67. The revival of Shijō Kingo.


68. Limitless affection to Kingo.


69. Ikegami brothers and three obstacles and four devils.


70. Elder brother Munenaka Ikegami is disowned by father.


71. Nichiren admonishes the younger brother Munenaga. 


72. The Ikegami brothers lead their parents to the Lotus Sutra.


73. A person who spreads embodiment.


74. Plague Strikes the Land.


75. Show the Disease.


76. Three Braves in Atsuhara.


77. Fighting of the Lotus Sutra Organization.


78. Persecution broke out in the Peasant Congregation in Atsuhara.


79. The showdown of Hokibō at the trial.


80. Oath of the Organization of the Lotus Sutra.


81. Nichiren Erects the Great Gohonzon of the Precept Platform which is the Purpose of his Life.


82. Three braves of Atsuhara leave for the Pure Land of Eagle Mountain.


83. Three braves live eternally in our mind.


84. Shijo Kingo Encounters the Enemy.


85. Mongolia attacked Japan at the Ko'an War again.


86. Beginning of Destroying a Country.


87. 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 Sennichi and Abutsu-bo.


92. The faiths of Tokimitsu Nanjo.


93. Education to Young Nanjo Tokimitsu.


94. Devil of disease in the Nanjo family.


95. Resuscitation of Tokimitsu.


96. The Mountain of Perfect Enlightened.


97. Going down the mountains of Minobu.


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


99. A Guide who Knows Hades.


100. Death means indestructible.


101. Slander of Minobu's Land Steward, Hakiri Sanenaga.


102. Evil thoughts in the Five Elder Monks.


103. The One who Conveys Justice.


104. Nikko who Descended the Mountain of Minobu.


105. The Great Leader who Propagates the Fundamental Teachings.


106. Last Precepts of Nikko


107. The Holy Chief Abbot in the Whole World, Nichimoku Shonin.


Final chapter. Japanese Buddha Flows to the Land of the Moon.



Supplemental Biographies of Nichiren’s Disciples




First volume table of contents


Second volume table of contents



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御書を根拠とする妙法蓮華経の核心 その二 

                                                                  南無妙法蓮華経の言葉は日蓮の以前から存在し、南無妙法蓮華経と唱えることは天台宗の修行としても行われていた。その場合、南無妙法蓮華経の唱題は南無阿弥陀仏の称名念仏などと並行して行われていた。

しかし、日蓮は念仏などと並んで題目を唱えることを否定し、南無妙法蓮華経の唱題のみを行う「専修題目」を主張する。

妙法蓮華経は八万宝蔵ともいわれる釈尊の一切経のなかでも特別な経典である。

経典の名称は後世の仏教徒が名付けた。しかし妙法蓮華経だけは釈尊自らが名付けられた。

妙法蓮華経の初めのいわれには次のように説かれている・

さとりに到達された一切の仏たちに敬礼し奉る。一切の如来・独覚・聖なる声聞たち、過去現在未来の求法者たちに敬礼し奉る。

広大な教えを説いた経典の王者であり

最高の目的に導く入り口を教え示し

偉大な道である「正しい教えの白蓮」を

衆生のために、余は説くであろう。

この「正しい教えの白蓮」を天才役僧侶「鳩摩羅什」は妙法蓮華経と訳した。

「正しい」は静的な価値判断だが「妙」は宇宙に遍満する法の存在を表出する。

釈迦迦時代の仏道修行は六波羅蜜【ろくはらみつ】といって

大乗仏教で説く悟りの彼岸(ひがん)に至るための六つの修行徳目。六度とも。布施(ふせ)(完全な恵み,施し),持戒(戒律を守り,自己反省する),忍辱(にんにく)(完全な忍耐),精進(しょうじん)(努力の実践),禅定(ぜんじょう)(心作用の完全な統一),智慧(ちえ)(真実の智慧を開現し,命そのものを把握する)の六つ。智慧は他の五徳目の根拠となる

それに対し日蓮大聖人の修行は末法の御本仏であらせられる大聖人自らの命を図現なされた十界曼荼羅ご本尊に、妙法蓮華経と唱えることに突き詰めておられる。

このご本尊は妙法蓮華経宝刀品から嘱累品の終わりまでに説かれている虚空会の儀式を借りて表現なされておられる。

地上から湧き出た宝塔の最上部中央の左右に並ぶ釈迦牟尼仏と多宝如来、さらに釈迦牟尼仏の左には浄行菩薩、安立行菩薩

多方如来の右側には上行菩薩、無辺行菩薩らの地涌の菩薩が並ぶ。この地涌の菩薩が多宝如来、釈迦牟尼仏と同じく最上位に並ぶことは境涯として仏と同位であることを示している。

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※日蓮大聖人が弘安二年に日目上人にご下付なされた曼荼羅ご本尊。
右側に比較的大きな文字で「釈子 日目 授与之」と認められておられる。
日蓮大聖人の直弟子にご下付なされたご本尊のなかで釈子と認められたのは日目上人へのご本尊だけである。



その三に続く

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Supplemental Biographies of Nichiren’s Disciples


Joken-bo and Gijo-bo

They were seniors of Nichiren, who had trained at Seicho-ji Temple; they became disciples of Nichiren after the declaration of the establishment of the sect. When his teacher Dozen-bo passed away, Nichiren wrote the "Repaying to Favor" to mourn his teacher, and had a messenger bring it to Joken-bo and Gijo-bo. He also instructed Joken-bo to "for you and to Gijo-bo, read a few times at the top of the Kasagamori Forest, and once at the grave of the late Dozen Gobo, and to have them read it to this Gobo, and to always listen to it. After Dozenbo's death, Joken-bo became the head of Seichoji Temple, and Nichiren entrusted Joken-bo with the writing “Repay to Favor” as the representative of Seichoji Temple.


Kudo Yoshitaka

A native of Amatsu, he was a follower of the Daishonin. On November 11, Bun'ei 1 (1264), he invited the Daishonin to his home from Hanabusa Renge-ji Temple in Hanabusa. On his way there, Daishonin was attacked by Tojo Kagenobu at Komatsubara. Hearing of the attack, Yoshitaka rushed to the Daishonin and fought against Kagenobu. However, outnumbered, Yoshitaka was a strong believer who, together with Kyonin-bo, gave up his life to protect the Daishonin. (Hori Nichikou)


Sanmi-bo Nichigyo.

 He was a native of Shimousa, and although he was a student of the Daishonin, and studied abroad at Eizan (Mt. Eizan), for his haughtiness, where he was often blamed by Daishonin of the founder and was often warned for it, he nevertheless remained a highly respected member of the Daishonin's family. He was often ordered to assist the propagation of the teachings of Nikko Shonin in Suruga, or to serve as the chief of the various sects in question and answer sessions. Unfortunately, he did not fully follow the Daishonin's teachings, which hindered him from propagation of the Daishonin, and he did not fulfill his last years. (Hori Nichikou)


Yadoya Saemon Nyudo Mitsunori

 He was in the service of the shogunate, and it was through him that the Ankoku-ron was presented to the regent. Later, he stopped his devotion to Ryoukan of Gokuraku-ji Temple and entered the Daishonin's faith. (Hori Nichikou)


Yagenta Nyudo

 A member of the Hojo clan, he had been devoted to the Daishonin since the time of the Rissho Ankoku Ron. It is said that Munechika's famous sword in Taiseki-ji Temple was dedicated by Yagenta. (Hori Nichikou)


Toki Jonin. Ota Jomyo. Soya Kyoshin. 

Toki Jonin built Hokke (the Lotus Sutra) Hall at Wakamiya, Kasai-gun, Shimousa Province. Hidaka, the son of his comrade Ota Jomyo, was his successor. When Ota Jomyo later founded the Temple in Nakayama, Nichikou merged the Hokedo Hall at Wakamiya with Honmyou-ji Temple. This became the present-day Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple. Toki Jonin was a civil official of the Chiba Clan, he was also the safeguarding of important documents sent by Nichiren. Among them, the “Rissho Ankoku Ron” and the "The Gohonzon of Observing Mind," both of which are designated national treasures, are especially noteworthy.


Jomyo Ota seems to have had a deepest understanding of Buddhism among the Daishonin's followers at the time of his lifetime, and he was sent important letters containing Daishonin's internal testimonies. One of his important documents is the "Receiving the Three Great Secret Law," in which he ordered the Daishonin to build a precept platform for the future of the Daishonin's doctrine of the three great secrets. Graduated on April 26, Kouan 6 (1283).


It is said that Kyoshin Soya, like Jomyo Ota, became a devotee after hearing Nichiren's Dharma talks at the "Hundred Times Preach" held at the residence of Jonin Toki. Like Toki Jonin, he was a vassal of the Chiba clan, and while Jonin was a civil official, Kyoshin was a military commander. His eldest son Naohide and two younger brothers were ordained by Nichiren, and both father and his son built temples in their own domains in Soya and Ono. His daughter married Chiba Tanesada, the eldest son of Chiba Munetane, the ninth head of the Chiba clan, and his niece married Chiba Sadatane, the eleventh head of the Chiba clan. Seven letters are known to have been given to Kyoshin, but the only one that remains in the original handwriting is "Writing to the Lord Soya Nyudo," which was given jointly with Ota Jomyo, and was written by Nichiren in Chinese characters in block style.


Shijo Kingo Yorimoto

 Served as steward to father and son Tomotoki and Mitsutoki Nagoe of the Hojo clan from his father's generation.

During the Tatsunokuchi persecution in 1271, he pulled the reins of the bareback horse ridden by Nichiren and attempted to die as a martyr along with Nichiren. This incident prompted Nichiren to send Kingo a "Copy of Opening the Eyes," the book on the Gohonzon as a person.


“On the twelfth day of the ninth month of last year, between the hours of the rat and the ox (11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.), a person named Nichiren was beheaded. It is his soul that has come to this island of Sado and, in the second month of the following year, snowbound, is writing this to send to his close disciples. Terrible, but nothing to be frightened about. Others reading it will be terrified. This writing is a mirror reflecting the future of Japan, namely, the present world, which was projected by Shakyamuni Buddha, Taho Buddha, and various Buddhas in ten directions. Thus, this letter should be taken as my testament.”


In his later years, Yorimoto built Utsubusa-ji Temple in Utsubusa, Kai (now Nanbu town, Yamanashi Prefecture) and Zuijo-bo (now the oldest lodging house of Kuonji Temple on Mt. Minobu.)

The site of Yorimoto's residence in Kamakura is now Shijozan Shugen-ji Temple, where the principal image of the Mandala of the Ten Realms, which was given to Kingo of the secular name Nichirai by Nichiren, is placed.

He passed away in 1296 at the age of 68. His wife Nichigan-nyo died in 1301, five years after Yorimoto's death.


Ikegami Munenaka

 After Nichiren Daishonin's death, he donated a plot of land to the Nichiren sect and built a temple complex called Garan. Nichiro, a cousin on his mother's side, became the founding abbot and laid the foundation for the present-day Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple. 


Yasaburo Funamori

A resident of Kawana in Ito, Izu Province. When the Daishonin was exiled to the seaside of Kawana and suffered banishment by the shogunate, he secretly protected the Daishonin and finally became a convert to the faith. I believe that the chopping board rock on which the popular beliefs are based is a great mistake. (Hori Nichikou)


Nichimyo

 She was a widow who lived in Kamakura and was a devotee of the Daishonin. She was so pure of faith that she traveled all the way to Sado Island to visit the Daishonin, accompanied by a young girl named Daughter Oto. The name of the sage Nichimyo is the result of his faith. Later, she came to Omosu region with daughter Oto, following in the footsteps of the Daishonin's disciples, including Nikko. (Hori Nichikou)


Abutsu-bo Nittoku and the nun Sennichi

He traveled to Sado Island as a follower of Emperor Juntoku, who was exiled to Sado Island due to a rebellion in the Jokyu Rebellion (1221). After Emperor Juntoku's death in 1242, he and his wife shaved their hair and took the name of Abutsu-bo. Though he was a devout follower of the Nembutsu, after Nichiren's exile to Sado, when hearing the "Tsukahara Dialogue" between Nichiren and the Buddhist and Shingon monks of Sado and Echigo, he took refuge in Nichiren, and together with his wife nun Sennichi, he brought food to the Tsukahara funeral hall to protect him. After Nichiren's pardon and entering Minobu, and despite his advanced age, he visited the residence in Minobu three times, sometimes working as a servant for a month or so while studying Nichiren's teachings. He died at the age of 91 on March 21, Kouan 2 (1279). In July of the same year, his son Toukuro visited Minobu with his ashes around his neck and placed them in the treasure hall of Nichiren's residence. Myosen-ji Temple, which Abutsu-bo founded in his home, still holds three handwritten writings and five mandala Gohonzons that Nichiren wrote to Abutsu-bo and nun Sennichi.


Kou Nyudo.

 Kou Nyudo was a resident of Kokufu in Sado Island, and both he and his wife nun Zenichi were pure followers of the Daishonin who were external guardians of the Daishonin. (Hori Nichikou)


Daishin-bo

The elder disciple of Daishonin from Shimousa Province, he guarded Kamakura with his senior apprentice Nissho during the Daishonin's exile on Sado Island.

In Kenji 3 (1277), he was sent from Minobu to Kashima in Fuji as the Daishonin's representative to propagate the Daishonin's teachings in the Fuji area. However, in the Fuji region, the doctrinal style of Nikko was firmly established with the support of Jissoji Ryusenji Temple and other clans such as Yui, Nanjo, and Ouchi. Daishin-bo, who was more senior to Nikko, was a man of strong secular sentiments, and his pride must have been hurt by the lack of opportunities for him to play an active role. During the Atsuhara persecution in 2 Kōan, he finally rebelled and took the side of the Abbot of Ryūsen-ji Temple, Jirobei Nagasaki, and others, and led a mob, on horseback, persecuting the followers of the Lotus Sutra. At this time, Daishinbo accidentally fell from his horse and died as a result. The Daishonin referred to this as "the severe punishment of the Lotus Sutra. (Hori Nichikou)


Rokurobei Takahashi, Nyudo

He was a resident of Kashima-so, Fuji-gun (now Fuji Town), and his wife was an aunt of Priest Nikko. Because of this relationship, he became a strong follower of the Daishonin through the influence of Guru Nikko. His followers included not only the Yui family of Nishiyama-Kawai, but also Chikuzen-bo in Iwamoto Jisso-ji Temple. He was also in contact with the local residents of the nearby Ichitei-ji Temple in Atsuhara, and together with the Nanjo family of Ueno and the people of Kawanishi in the far north, he was the main force behind the Dharma calamity at 49-in temples and the Atsuhara persecution. The Jyotai-ji Temple that exists today is probably the remains of this temple.

 Rokuro Jiro or Nichigon Nun may also be related to this person, although they are unknown. (Hori Nichikou)


Nishiyama Nyudo

 He lived by the Shibagawa River in Nishiyama (now Shibatomi Village), Fuji County, but his name is not clear. The name Ouchi Anjyo, according to popular belief, is probably incorrect. It is likely that he was an old man of the Yui clan (a relative of Nikko) who lived near the confluence of the Shibagawa River and the Fuji River.

 Nun Myoshin of Kubo and Nun Mochimyo of Kubo were also from Nishiyama-Yui, and Mochimyo-ni's old and new tomb is located across the Shibagawa River in front (another name Kubo) of Nishiyama-Honmon-ji Temple. Ancient artifacts have been excavated from this tomb.

Misawa-bo is said to have been named Misawa Kojiro, but there is no clear documentation. Misawa is now part of Ogakubo, Yuzu Village, Fuji District, and is located north of Nishiyama. Misawa Temple is said to be the site. (Hori Nichikou)


Hakiri Rokuro Sanenaga

A member of the southern branch of the Kai Genji clan, he entered the Daishonin's followers through a relationship with Nikko Shonin, perhaps due to his affinity with the 49th temple. He was a landowner who lived in Hakiri District, and was known as Lord Hakiri. The Daishonin's departure from Kamakura and his entry into Mt. Minobu was also at the behest of Sanenaga and Nikko after their mutual agreement. He continued to deeply devote himself to Nikko Shonin even revered as the same as the Daishonin, but because of a seducer, he caused the misfortune of the sect to the extent that the Nikko was forced to descend to Fuji. However, this is a different matter in terms of appearance and formality. In addition, the historical accounts of this period have been greatly distorted by later generations.

A priest of Fukuchi, Rokuro Yoshimori, Saburo Taro, Yajiro Emi, Tarotayu Nyudo, his son Yataro, Matajiro, Yashiro Nyudo, Tanaka Yasaburo, and others who still remain as documents, are thought to have suffered long suffering from this banishment. (Hori Nichikou)


Shimonobo Nisshu

He is a member of the temple family of Atsuhara Ryusen-ji Temple. After leaving Minobu of Nikko, he moved to Taiskigahara Field in obedience to his teacher and built Rikyo-bo, where he was responsible for the protection of the Dharma. (Hori Nichikou)


Shoi-bo Nichizen

 A native of northern Fuji, he was a temple master of Ryusen-ji Temple with Nisshu, but left Atsuhara at the beginning of the Dharma crisis. After Nikko left Mt. Minobu, he built the southern monastery in front of the western monastery and resided there, and also propagated Buddhism in Shizuoka. (Hori Nichikou)


Jinshiro, Yagoro, and Yarokuro

These three brothers were villagers of the lower Atsuhara Village, Fuji District, who were taught by Nisshu Niben, a priest of Ryusen-ji Temple (after converting to Nikko Shonin) and others at nearby Ichitei-ji Temple (probably now Mikkaichiba, Denbo Village), and became a powerful believer of the Lotus Sutra. However, because they did not change their beliefs in the slightest, these three were accused of being the originators of the crime and executed, and the remaining more than ten were banished.

 Those who still remain in the archives, such as the shrine priest of Hukuchi, Rokuro Yoshimori, Saburo Taro, Emi Yajiro, Tarotayu Nyudo of Ichitei-ji Temple, his sons Yataro and Matajiro, Yashirou Nyudo, and Tanaka Yasaburo, may have endured long suffering under this banishment. (Hori Nichikou)


 Kounichi-bo

 Kounichi-bo was a native of Amatsu under Kiyosumi Mountain. His son Yashirou became close to the Daishonin as a young man, and later died an unpeaceful death. Before his death, he told the Daishonin about his parents, and Kounichi-bo and his nun also became followers of the Daishonin. (Hori Nichikou)


Nun Myouichi

 She was an elderly nun who lived in Kamakura and was a pious follower of the Daishonin, and sent her servant for Daishonin to Sado Island. (Hori Nichikou)


Nun Niiama.

Tojo in Nagasa County was the domain of the Nagoe family, a branch of the Hojo clan. The nun of the family was called "O’ama," and her daughter-in-law was called "Ni’iama" after she shaved her hair. (Hori Nichikou)


Nanjo Tokimitsu

He and his father, Nanjo Hyoe-Shichiro, were devotees of Nichiren for two generations. Because his estate was located in Ueno, he was also called lord Ueno. When Nikko Shonin decided to leave Minobu, he invited him to Taisekigahara Field, the domain of the Nanjo family, and Nikko became the founder of Taiseki-ji Temple. He was related to Nikko Shonin's successor, the third Nichimoku Shonin. Tokimitsu's two daughters married and gave birth to Nichido Shonin, the fourth patriarch, and Nichigyo Shonin, the fifth patriarch.

Tokimitsu was a vassal of Hojo, but he protected the oppressed farmers of Atsuhara, and was praised by Nichiren as a "wise in Ueno. Without Tokimitsu seeking faith spirit, it is inconceivable that today's Taiseki-ji Temple, the head temple of Nichiren Shoshu, would be thriving.


Matsuno Rokurozaemon Nyudo

A strong believer who lived in Matsuno, Ihara-gun, Ihara, Suruga Province. His daughter married Nanjo Hyoe-Sichiro, father of Nanjo Tokimitsu. In other words, Nanjo Tokimitsu was his grandson. His second son was Nichizi, who later became one of the "Six Elder Priests.

Of the 13 letters to Matsuno-dono and his wife, the most notable is "14 Slander," a reply to a letter to Nichiren, in which he asks, "How much difference is there between the merit of the title chanted by the saints and that of the title we chant?” In this letter, Nichiren wrote.


“There is no superiority at all. The reason is that there is no difference between the money possessed by a fool and the money possessed by a wise man, between the fire of a fool and that of a wise man. However, there is a difference if one chants the title while acting against the intent of this sutra. There are various stages in the practice of this sutra and various forms of slander exist accordingly. Let me sum them up by quoting from volume five of The Annotations on ‘The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra’: ‘In defining the types of evil, The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra states briefly, ‘Expound among the wise but not among the foolish.’ One scholar enumerates the types of evil as follows: ‘I will first list the evil causes and then their effects. The fourteen slanders are: (1) arrogance, (2) negligence, (3) Arbitrary, egotistical judgment, (4) shallow, self-satisfied understanding, (5) attachment to earthly desires, (6) lack of understanding without a seeking spirit, (7) disbelief, (8) aversion, (9) deluded doubt, (10) vilification, (11) contempt, (12) hatred, (13) jealousy, and (14) grudges.”

Since these fourteen slanders apply equally to monks and supporters, you must be on guard against them.”



After the Five Elderly Monks


Nissho

Nissho, the oldest of the Five Elderly Priests, was the earliest to join Nichiren's lineage, and after the Daishonin's death, he based himself at Hokke-ji Temple in Hamado, Kamakura.

Today, Myohokeji Temple in Tamazawa, Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is considered the head temple of the Nissho school. The temple has in its collection the complete ten-volume Lotus Sutra, which Nichiren carried throughout his life, as well as the Annotation of the Lotus Sutra.

Nikko is described in the "Record of Funeral of the Founder" as follows

I. Buddhist teaching in your possession

   Holy testament says

   Buddha, Shakyamuni

   The standing image can be placed beside the gravesite.

   The most important text of the sutras in the private collection of sutras.

   I named the Annotation of the Lotus Sutra

   When six monks at the gravesite were in charge of incense and flowers,

You can see it. I will not restrict your viewing of my other writings.

   Therefore, the will of respectful deceased is written here.


The Daishonin, the founder of the sect, had left a will to place the standing statue of Shakyamuni at his grave in Minobu Kuon-ji Temple, but Nichiro later made a false will and took the statue away from the temple.


Nichiro

He became the founder of a Buddhist temple built on land donated by his relative, Munenaka Ikegami. This temple is now Ikegami Honmonji. It is said that Nichiro visited Nikko in Omosu twice. When he was asked by his uncle Nissho whether he would be better to allow his disciple to be ordained at the Buddhist precepts at Eizan, replied that it would be better to ordain Nikko Shonin in a preceptor at the Buddhist precepts at Fuji.

 It is believed that Nichiro had recognized Nikko Shonin as the legitimate successor of Nichiren.


Nicchou Shonin

Nicchou was praised by Nichiren Daishonin as "instrumental disciple." After Nichiren Daishonin's death, he had a falling out with his foster father, Toki Jonin, and in the first year of Einin (1293), he began studying under Nikko at Omosu Honmonji to train his students and promote Buddhism. In 1300, Niccho, a younger brother of Niccho, also broke off relations with Minbu Nikou and studied under Nikko, becoming one of the six new senior priests designated by Nikko and the head of the Omosu Study School. He also wrote a draft of "Matters Known to the Congregation of Fuji Sect" at Nikko's order.


Nichizi

He was born as the second son of Matsuno Rokurozaemon, who was related to the Nanjo family. He initially studied under Nikko and was affiliated with Nichiren, but after the Daishonin's death, he left Nikko and went to Northern Karafuto for overseas missionary work. It is said that he went to Manchuria or passed away in Ezo (Hokkaido), but his whereabouts are unknown.


Minbu Nikou

 He was appointed as the fourth of the six senior monks to guard the Daishonin's tomb in 1282, and finally came to Minobu in 1285, and was appointed as the head of the academy by Priest Nikko, the administrator of the temple. However, he seduced the local land steward, Sanenaga Hakiri, with weak‐willed winds from the Kamakura area, and his own delinquencies were also a cause of contamination to Minobu. However, that didn't last long, it is said that he retired from his position as head of Minobu and retired to Kazusa. (Hori Nichikou)




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