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2015年 10月 07日

法華証明抄三 The Proof of the Lotus Sutra 3


 いかなる過去の宿習(しゅくじゅう)にて・かかる身とは生るらむと悦びまいらせ候上、

I wonder what karma we created in the past to have been born as such persons, and I am filled with joy.

One must have accumulated immense good fortune in past lives to be born a person who believes in the Lotus Sutra. That you are such a person brings me great joy.

経文には過去に十万億の仏にあいまいらせて供養をなしまいらせて候いける者が・法華経(ばか)りをば用いまいらせず候いけれども・仏くやう(供養)の功徳莫大(ばくだい)なりければ・謗法(ほうぼう)の罪に依りて貧賤の身とは生れて候へども・又此の経を信ずる人となれりと見へて候、

The words of Shakyamuni that I referred to above indicate that the blessings that come from having made offerings to a hundred thousand million Buddhas are so great that, even if one has believed in teachings other than the Lotus Sutra and as a result of this slander been born poor and lowly, one is still able to believe in this sutra in this lifetime.

It is expounded in the Lotus Sutra that there was once a person who in his past existences encountered and made offerings to tens of billions of Buddhas but failed to take faith in the Lotus Sutra. Because of this slander, he was born into poor and humble circumstances. However, as a result of having made offerings to Buddhas, he received the great benefit of being able to embrace the Lotus Sutra in his present life.

此れをば天台の御釈に云く「人の地に倒れて(かえ)って地より()つが如し」等云云、

A T’ien-t’ai [school’s] commentary states, “It is like the case of a person who falls to the ground, but who then pushes himself up from the ground and rises to his feet again.”

According to Miao-lo of the Ten-tai school, A person who falls to the ground must push himself up from the ground in order to stand.”

地に()うれたる人は・かへりて地よりをく、

One who has fallen to the ground recovers and rises up from the ground.

This means that when a person falls to the ground, it is by virtue of his pushing himself off the ground that he can arise again.

法華経謗法の人は三悪並びに人天の地には・()うれ候へども・かへりて法華経の御手(みて)にかかりて仏になると・こと()わられて候。

Those who slander the Lotus Sutra will fall to the ground of the three evil paths, or of the human and heavenly realms, but in the end, through the help of the Lotus Sutra, they will attain Buddhahood. it is by virtue of his pushing himself off the ground that he can arise again.

Those who slander the Lotus Sutra will fall to the “ground” of the Three Evil Paths or the worlds of Humanity and Rapture but it is through the power of the very same Lotus Sutra then they all shall rise to the Buddhas realm.


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