日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2017年 09月 09日

105 The Great Leader of Propagating the Essence (1)

                        Japanese edition


Nikko establishes six disciples at end as a successor in the same way as Nichiren of the teacher.

The name of six people is written as the best disciple in "the list of Gohonzon to a disciples" which Nikko wrote in 1298.In addition, best disciple of Nikko means the superior disciple whom Nikko authorized, and Nikko applies for the conferment of Gohonzon to Nichiren for Tokimutsu Nanjo either as the best disciple.

Nikko meets Nichimoku who is nephew of Tokimitsu Nanjo at 15 years old, in 1274. It was the time when Nichiren of the teacher was of 53 years old that built the thatched hut in Mount Minobu. And, on April 8, 1276 these two years later, Nikko made Nichimoku a priest, on a birth day of Buddha.

Though Nichimoku became a disciple of Nikko openly, Nikko promptly let Nichimoku have always conforming and service in Minobu for Nichiren, on November 24 of the same year. Probably Nikko ascertained ability of Nichimoku, he decided it was Nichimoku who would be able to entrust as successor. It is guessed that Nikko intended to let Nichimoku walk a way same as himself.

Nikko wrote that he entrusted Nichimoku with "the propagating Law of the Nichiren's lifetime" which was entrusted by teacher, in "The items which should obey after Nikko left", in January 13, 1333.

“1. When Hommonji Temple is established, Ajari Nichimoku of Lord Ni`ida shall be designated as the chief of Buddha Law. Nichimoku, as the legitimate successor, should govern half of the temples located in the country of Japan and in the rest of the world, while the remaining half should be managed by the populace of others.

2. The Dai-Gohonzon of the second year of Ko'an (1279) Nikko inherited to myself is handed down to Nichimoku. It should be shrined at Hommonji Temple.

3. Taisekiji temple, including the main hall and the cemetery, are administered by Nichimoku, and maintain the premises, and conducts Gongyō, should await the time of Kōsen-ruhu.

 As mentioned, Nichimoku met Nikko for the first time when he was 15 years old and from the time he believed in the Lotus Sutra until the old age of 73 years, he has not disobeyed in the least. At age of 17, Nichimoku had visited Nichiren Daishonin to Mount Minobu in Kōshū Province. Nichimoku faithfully and constantly served teacher for the last seven years of Nchiren Daishonin. After his master passed away, Nichimoku devoted himself to remonstrating with the Imperial Court for fifty years, 1285 to 1330. Such achievements are superior to those of the other priests. I leave this documentary proof for future.

The tenth day of the eleventh month

      Nikko signature mark)"

Nikko write down the reason why he determined Nichimoku as the successor, in the last of this writing.

These words remind us from next words that Nichiren wrote down the reason that decide Nikko of a successor of 'entrustment to single one only' out of six priests of virtue at the end of "One Hundred and Six Items".

“Among other things I had determined my six disciples before and announced it. This is not still replaced. But it is only one person that pivotal Law is granted promptly and is entrusted. I did with the total chief priest to Byakren Ajari Nikko and have finished entrusting him with justice of Nichiren without even leaving one hair. The leader, following and young disciples should look up to the priest entrusted with Law from generation to generation from Nikko as the total chief priest up to an end of future without an objection as like my day.

In addition, you should recognize the mandala of the direct line whom Nikko inherited as the formal Gohonzon of the main hall even if the Buddhist priests who are the five people and followers widen this in all countries including Japan and Jambudvipa. What is the reason? For example, though there were the direct followers like the four major Bodhisattvas and the sixty thousand disciples, Buddha decided Jogyo Bodhisattva as the great leader entrusted with the Law of essence. It is the same again now. Though there are six person and followers, and the several disciples, I determine it as the general who entrusts Nikko with the Law of essence.

In addition, he played a role as the vanguard, on a day of the banishment to an island of the Kocho year, at the time of exile of the Bun'ei year, and during either the period when I received other great calamity in various place, he acted as like a shadow following the form of Nichiren. Who will doubt this?

Besides, the origin of the faiths of land steward of Mount Minobu is because Nikko civilized him with effort. My retirement is because Nikko have been familiar with Mimaki of the country of Kai.”


             Continued (2)




by johsei1129 | 2017-09-09 22:26 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)


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