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2018年 02月 24日

106 Last Religious Precepts of Nikko (3)

                  Japanese edition


If we examine it from the viewpoint of evidence of document, evidence of theory and evidence of reality, there is not the question that priest Nikko is the just successor of the root Buddha Nichiren Daishonin in the latter day of the Law.

For example, in "the list of Gohonzon of the handwriting that Byakuren gave to disciples " which priest Nikko wrote in 1298, it is written priest Nikko applied for 66 Gohonzon to Nichiren for the conferment to disciples and believers. The fact of "receiving a wish and giving" on the conferment of Gohonzon of such Nichiren handwriting is not seen in the five monks at all and can conclude that Nichiren permitted only Nikko it.

Gohonzon of verified Nichiren handwriting extends to more than 130 to date. Although there are a lot of examples that priest Nikko adds a postscript such as the names of the recipient to these Gohonzon, the example which the five monks write a postscript does not exist at all. For example, such the postscript of priest Nikko is written in Gohonzon which was conferred on Abutsubo of Sado, it is possessed in Myosenji temple of Sado city now. "Nyozyakubo Nichiman, the boy of Abutsubo of the leader in the Sado country Lotus Sutra believer, inherited this".

In addition, 'the explanatory note of the Lotus Sutra' by Nichiren himself related Tientai's 'the Words and Phrases', 'the Profound Meaning', 'the Great Concentration and Insight', and many Buddhist sutras, and these are written to the 2017 spaces between or back side of the sentences of the ten sutra of the Lotus including the opening and closing sutra that Nichiren possessed in his lifetime, it is possessed in Tamazawa MyohokkeJi temple, then there are three examples that priest Nikko wrote in now. In this case either a place that five Buddhist priests wrote in is not seen at all.

Contrary to this example, 'the writing to cogitate in a dream' where Nichiren wrote down the dream that Mongolia leaves for Japan on the back of 'the Treatise for Spreading Peace Throughout the Country by Establishing the True Teachings' which priest Nikko copied is discovered.

Judging from these facts, Nikko accompanied with Nichiren at the time of Izu and Sado exile, and he always had conformed and assisted, like a shadow snuggled up to the body. Even if we say Nikko had embodied "a teacher and a disciple are not two people", it is not exaggeration.

Nikko transcribes Gohonzon of 302, only confirmed now, among lifetime and is conferring it on disciples believers of the same discipline, about either the case of transcribing of Gohonzon.

In comparison with this, Gohonzon which five monks transcribed had been hardly left. Nichiro is 21, Nissho is 2, Nikou is only 2. In addition, Niccho severed the ties with Jonin of the foster father in 1293 year of the evening of his life, and went to the Omosu school Nikko founded and studies under Nikko. In addition, Nichiji goes to Ezo and Karafuto for propagation, and the handwriting of the Gohonzon is not confirmed.

Nikko remonstrates the attitude of five monks about the Gohonzon which teacher Nichiren expressed, as follows in 'Well-known facts of the believers of the Fuji sect'.

“1. All the five people say. They already established it saying that they worshiped a Buddha as the object of worship and must present it. Therefore, there are insisting person in disciples or the supporters as follows. 'There is the writing of teacher Nichiren preaching offerings about the Buddha statue making'. In this way, they make a temple frequently or enshrine a Buddha statue or put Fugen and Manjushiri Bodhisattva as an attendant image of Buddhist statue. They hang Gohonzon of the saint handwriting in the back of this Buddha statue in this way or put this to the corridor of temple, and remain indifferent.

2The information that they trace the Gohonzon of the handwriting and carve to a woodcut, confer it on the crowd of unbelief, and think lightly of it is transmitted from various places. They are so-called Nikou, Nittyou, Nissyun”.

The object of worship is Shakyamuni Buddha to the last in the case of the five monks, they write " Put this in the back of that Buddha statue in regard to the Gohonzon of the saint Nichiren handwriting".

The attitude toward Gohonzon of such five men is itself style of the Ikegami Honmonji Temple where Nichiro became the founder.

They enshrine the statue of Nichiren into the main hall of the Ikegami Honmonji temple and they advocate the mandala of the ten worlds of Nichiren handwriting, but put the statue of Buddha as a object of worship before the mandala magnificently. Unfortunately, but this quite becomes the best evidence that Nichiro did not understand fundamental doctrine of Nichiren.

In addition, Nichiro and Nissho and Nikou were hardly able to copy the Gohonzon. This is because they did not have the qualification of succession to copy the Gohonzon of Nichiren in the first place. Therefore, it is guessed that they slightly copied by watching someone do it and most of them engrave the Gohonzon of Nichiren expressed into a wood block and print and conferred it on their believers.


 To be continued to 'Nichimoku Shonin, The Top Priest of the Whole World'.


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