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11. Enemy of Buddhism in the life of Nichiren. Ryōkan of Gokurakuji Temple. (2)

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Ryōkan had an ambition.

It was to control the government with economic power, and to dominate Japan. The Ritsu sect that Ryokan spread only preaches religious precepts, and the contents of the doctrine are low-grade. He is despised on the religion for this by the growing Lotus sect led by Nichiren, and the existing power of huge Mt. Hiei Enryakuji Temple. He suppressed the criticism by using power of Shogunate for supplementing this, planned his prosperity.

The hometown of Ryōkan is Nara Todaiji Temple.

He was a representative of Nara namely the Southern capital Buddhism, but the Nara Buddhism has become already outdated. In the times of the Emperor Kanmu, the Dengyo Great Teacher appears and criticizes Southern capital Buddhism thoroughly, and Imperial authorization for the establishment of the Mahayana sanctuary was granted from the Emperor Saga seven days after his death. In addition, the Nara Buddhism lost power because the Emperor Kanmu left Nara and built Kyoto of the new capital.

Then, a standard-bearer of new Buddhism was born in sequence from the Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei of Dengyo. Honen, Shinran, Dogen, the denomination of the new age including Nichiren go out of this Enryakuji Temple.

Nichiren studied based in Enryakuji Temple for more than ten years, too and began propagation in Kamakura. Therefore, Ryokan who was a representative of the Nara Buddhism spread religious precept sect in Japan somehow or other and wanted to regain prosperity of Nara.

The decoration of the wall which is in the living room of Gokurakuji is vivid.

Ryōkan wore a fascinating clerical robe. Disciples and Shigetoki Hojou who was a wealthy supporter put cups beside them.

The Kamakura samurai usually had a simple meal in comparison with a court noble of Kyoto, but so-called fine table lined up, only today.

The steamed rice which was mixed with wheat and a foxtail millet to unpolished rice. The sea bream which was roasted with salt from near a beach, the large-sized prawn which was boiled, the boiled season vegetables of the bright color, the soup of a duck and turnip, miso pickles of the radish, the friedcake which honey was attached to, the fish guts pickled, the sacred white wine, a salt by boiling down sea water, and the fish guts pickled were set on the tray of another low dining table.

The child fills Shigetoki's cup. Sigetoki received it cheerfully.

“The really excellent temple was completed. It is the best in Kamakura. Including a temple of Nembutsu, the building which accommodated a hospital, a hospitalization dormitory, refugees was completed here. What a relief.”

Ryōkan deeply appreciates Shigetoki and says to him respectfully.

“It's thanks to Lord Shigetoki. I really admire power of lord.”

Shigetoki puts a cup.

"The reason why we help you of the chief bonze of a temple is that we respect religious precepts and is for the Shogunate. We can plan the maintenance of the peace and order if we relieve a person and the sick people who are without the relative. It is convenient for both us and you, the chief bonze of the temple."

Ryōkan put hands together.

“It is to be undeserved to me. For me, such a lively place avoids it and must do observance of the commandments in the quiet temple in the mountain.”

Shigetoki laughed.

“What do you say now? Even the samurai is afraid of priest Ryokan and hesitates. Besides this Japan has been utterly exhausted by famine and a pestilence now. Anyone of Kamakura is relying on the virtue of the holy priest.”

“Is that so? However, I think it is not all people of Kamakura. In fact it seems there is monk that calls this Ryokan a bad person.”

Shigetoki stared askance at.

“What whom is it?”

"It is a priest named Nichiren perhaps. I hear that he lives in the Matsuba valley."

"Is it a Buddhist priest? Well, what does that person say?”

“He says that the person chanting Nembutsu falls into the hell.”

Shigetoki is a strong believer of Nembutsu. He expressed an expression of the anger for an instant, but burst into laughter immediately.

“Please do not worry, the chief bonze. There are a bedlamite and the fool in world of anyplace. Please be reassured. All of the Shogunate including this Shigetoki protect you.”

Shigetoki laughed loudly.


To be continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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