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2019年 04月 28日

2. People of Seichoji Temple of the Hometown. (1)

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There was Awa country on the south edge of present Chiba Boso Peninsula.

The sunlight seemed to be subtropical.

The temple in the middle of the mountain, Seichoji was looking down the Pacific Ocean.

Unlike the capital here, there is calmness. In the temple, the little monks were sweeping out the wide gate.

A laughter sounded at the auditorium of Seichoji Temple.

The statue of the Bohisattva Space Treasury, the principal worship, is being enshrined in the auditorium. People waiting for the return of Renchō were in this auditorium.

Tayū Mikuni is the father of Renchō, mother is Umegiku-nyo, Nun O'ama of the believer from old times, Dozenbo of the chief priest, Jokenbo of the disciple, Gijobo and others were sitting down in a ring .

Nun O'ama is a strong supporter of this temple. Dozenbo is the teacher of Renchō. Gijobo, Jokenbo are the senior disciple of Renchō. Everyone knows Renchō from childhood.

Obliging Nun O'ama talks smilingly.

" Renchō was really a smart child. Everybody was to know, I had favored Rencho since he was young. Twelve years has already passed since then. It will be that he certainly became an excellent priest."

O'ama was a widow of Hojo Tomotoki who was the founder of Nago'e branch family in Hojo clan. Tomotoki’s older brother is Yasutoki Hojo who is famous as a great politician. Nun O'ama was rooted in this land by the relations that her husband was the feudal lord of Awa..

She is willing to care people, and favored parents and child of Renchō and provided mental and material support.

Tayu Mikuni humble lower his head to O'ama whom he met after a long absence.

"Rencho became a priest by help really of nun O'ama in this temple and was able to train himself in the Enryakuji Temple. I would like to thank you again as a father."

The Umegiku of mother also bowed her head to O'ama with the gratitude for Rencho growing and going toward the Seichoji safely.

"I was impatiently waiting Rencho became an excellent priest and came back to this Awa. Besides, there is not such a happiness elsewhere as mother to listen to sermon of Rencho in this temple which he climbed at 12 years old. "

O'ama talks to Dozenbo of the aged chief priest.

"He seemed to have done considerable ascetic practices in a famous temple with a venerable history of Kyoto and Nara such as Shitenno-ji Temple or Yakushi-ji Temple including Mt. Hiei-zan. I am very looking forward to what kind of sermon he does".

Dozenbo has begun to talk artlessly.

"Who knows? Rencho surpassed everybody in a childhood in this temple sure enough, but,I do not know how was he at the Enryakuji temple where the excellent monks ofthe countries gathered.

Because Rencho has obstinate character, I worry slightly what kind of sermon he does.”

Dōzenbo looked after Renchō from 12 years old to 20 years old and brought him up. He is existence like second father for Rencho.

Nun O'ama begins to chuckle.

"Hey, Dozenbo's anxious mind began again."

All members had contagious grin.

It was peaceful atmosphere, but there was the person who was not glad of Rencho coming home.

Old priest Enchibō and Dōgibō whispered at the corner of the temple.

“Rencho is worthless. After all, he came back to the original country temple without making a success in life in a temple of Kyoto however he trained himself in Mt. Hiei-zan. He can do nothing. If Rencho intends to succeed Dozenbo, this is a perfect scream”.

"Dozenbo of faintheartedness may think that his one supporter increased, but this Seichoji is under the control of us”.

They chuckled.

There is the power struggle in world of any place.

Enchibo and Dogibo were influential people of the Seichoji Temple. Especially Enchibō bowed three times for one character in the Seichoji and spent three years writing the Lotus Sutra [note], and he perfectly memorized ten text of the Lotus Sutra. And it is said that he had read two texts of the Lotus Sutra in single night a day during 50 years. The masses of the temple praised that Enchibō is sure to become the Buddha. Therefore, he was arrogant. He was ruling Seichoji Temple together with Dōgibō. However, the young monk who returned from Mt. Hiei will appear here. They cannot feel interesting.


             continued


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


[note]

Lotus Sutra

"Sad Dharma Pundarika Sutra" (The sacred book which is clean and mysterious like a white lotus flower) in Sanskrit.

As for the translation in Chinese, 16 kinds have been conveyed including partial translation and a different book, but three books exist with complete form. Among them, because the translation of Kumarajiva spread most widely, in general speaking of the Lotus Sutra means his translation.

The reason why Buddha assumed the symbol of this sutra a white lotus flower is because a lotus flower blooms from mud unlike other trees and plants. Because this makes a clean large white bloom without being stained with mud meaning worldly desires, it is said that shows the idea that worldly desires themselves are Buddhahood. In addition, the lotus flower symbolizes that cause and effect are simultaneous together because it let fruit (underground stem) bloom at the same time. The place of origin of the lotus flower is India, and it is thought that a lot of lotus flowers grew in the area that Shakyamuni Buddha propagated.

The Lotus Sutra in the Latter Day of the Law is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo of the three great secret of the Law, Nichiren Daishonin preached it.

“In the times of the latter days of the Law of now, neither the Lotus Sutra nor the other sutras have the power to save the people. Only Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo can lead all people to Buddhahood. This is not just my own interpretation. It is the judgement of Shakyamuni Buddha, Taho Buddha, the various Buddha in the ten directions and the innumerable bodhisattvas welling from the ground.”  ‘The Teachings for the Latter Day of the Law’

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