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81, Nichiren Erects the Great Gohonzon of the Sanctuary of the Radical Teachings.(2)

                       Japanese edition


The purpose of advent in this world 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 that every people can become Buddha was going to be proved. If so, the people of the whole world must be able to understand this Buddha's Law.

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 acquire it and 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 the words as follows under the grand Gohonzon.

“I erected this in this way for the present and the future.The petitioners of the sanctuary of the radical teachings are Kunishige Yashiro and the followers of the Lotus Sutra who respectfully state. In the twelfth day of October in the second year of Ko'an (1279)".

Hosoi Nittatsu, the 66th chief priest of Fuji Daisekiji Temple, declare that Kunisige Yashirō was the eldest son Jinshiro of the 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 radical 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 radical teachings is Kunishige Yashiro and the followers of the Lotus Sutra who respectfully state. On the twelfth day of October in the second year of Ko'an'. It is thickness 7cm, length 1m44cm, 65cm in 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 disciples of posterity received an Imperial proclamation and the notice and would build 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'.

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

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 radical teachings. A place of this Ghonzon is named the sanctuary of the radical teachings. It is named the daimoku of the radical 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 theory 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 Famous Priests 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 radical teachings if the Three Great Secret Laws got together. Thus, Gohonzon of the radical 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 passing away 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 would not certainly treat it if you did not write there Nichiren paraph. You should write the following sentences between both Jogyo Muhengyo and Zikoku, and, both Jyogyo Anryugyo and Bisyamon. ‘The head comes apart to seven pieces if slander this'. ‘Happiness of service for this is superior than for the ten virtues of Shakyamuni Buddha'. And use the clear words from the sutra if you write 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. A bliss of chanting a daimoku to Gohonzon is superior than a service to Buddha of ten virtue.


          Continued to (3)


Third volume table of contents



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