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2018年 04月 01日

13. 'The Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings', and fateful encounter with Nikko. (1)

            Japanese edition

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 The first page of ‘The Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation'. Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple possession.


Nichiren turned away from Kamakura, went west. He put on the shade hat in a traveling style and carried a load on my back. His step is early as if it is moved by something. And he looked around as if he deeply impressed a terrible sight of the collapse on his mind.

The samurais who rode horses come and go frequently. Wagons pass with timbers for the recovery from a disaster.

Nichiren has seen the major earthquake, and remembered one sentence of Mahsamnipata sutra, the sutra of great gathering, which had ever learned in Enryakuji Temple.


“If Law of Buddha hides and becomes extinct, all the mustache and the hair and the fingernails would become long, and the various Law either will be forgotten. At that time, a loud voice is caused in the thin air, and it shakes the ground, furthermore, all will vibrate like water ring widely”.


When Law of Buddha loses influence, the mustache of people is long, and both the hair and the fingernails are long. The good theory of the world is in this way forgotten. There is a great acoustic in the sky at this time, and an earthquake is generated. It moves the ground as like a ripple of the water. The Mahasamnipata Sutra describes Law of Buddha and the relations of the disaster in this way.

Nichiren left the Sagami country and entered Suruga.

For visiting Jitsusoji temple of the Mt. Iwamoto.

This temple still exists on Fuji city, Shizuoka.

The history is old.

Jissoji was founded in 1145 by Chi'in of the Tendai sect. The reason that it was distinctive strikingly, is that all sutras had been put here. Enchin Chisho who was the head priest of the Tendai sect brought about the sutras of huge amount from Tang.

Nichiren had felt the need to read all the Buddhist sutras again.

There were many resident priests in this temple. Everybody is young. There was the boy monk called the Hokibo among them.

Still 12 years old. It was the present sixth grader, but a samurai and a Buddhist priest and anyone carved themselves a career from boyhood because there was not education system in those days. He has been learning the doctrine of the Tientai. Hokibo Nikko who inherited the trace of Nichiren later was a priest to live in this Jissoji temple.

Boy Hokibo walked toward 37-year-old Nichiren. He looked at pensive Nichiren and felt that he was different from the Buddhist priest who met until now.

Hokibo looked back, but Nichiren passes without paying attention to him.

Hokibo asked the gate-keeper of Jissoji.

"Who is that priest?".

“He is a person called Nichiren”.

The friend who was aside was surprised.

"What, is he Nichiren? He is the priest who is notorious in Kamakura. What does he do here? Will it be shakubuku possibly?”.

Hokibo heard it.

“Shakubuku?”.

The young Buddhist priest nods.

“He seems to attack Nembutsu and Zen hard. That's the rumor I hear”.

The gate-keeper muttered.

“Well, that Buddhist priest is telling that he wants to see all the Buddhist sutras of this temple”.

“How would he see the sutra? If it is his age, he may have already finished the study of all the Buddhist sutras”.

“The reason is unclear, but he shuts himself in the storehouse of the Buddhist sutra after coming here and is reading something or other”.

The scrolls of sutra are filled on a shelf in the storehouse of sutras of Jitsusoji.

Nichiren sat straight in front of a small desk and opened the scroll of sutras. And did not move with sitting down slowly and completely.

It snowed at night.

He read a sutra of scroll while relying on a light of the plate.

On the other hand, boy Hokibo is full of curiosity. He slightly opened a door and watched a situation.

Hokibo was born in Kajigasawa, manorial Ohi, Koma district of Kai country, Yamanashi prefecture. Father was called Ohi Kitsuroku of the Ki family of Enshu province, and mother was called Myphuku in daughters of the Fuji Yui clan. Because he lost father when he was young, mother married a person of Amishima again, the Hokibo was grown up by Yui of the grandfather.

Climbed to the forty-nine temples of the Tientai sect since 7 years old and had learned Chinese classical literature, art of tanka poetry, a Japanese book, and studied to acquire the doctrine of Tientai. Because Nichiren becomes a priest at the time of 12 years old, the maturity degree of the Law of Buddha is considerably early.

Hokibo was interested in the Buddhist priest who came over from Kamakura.

According to what he heard, it is said that Nichiren trained himself in the Enryakuji Temple of Mt. Hiei. Enryakuji Temple is the birthplace of the Japanese Tientai sect. It is the longed-for sacred place for Hokibo. Became all the more interested. Friends called Nichiren a evil Buddhist priest, but curiosity surpassed it. He may understand what kind of person it is if he heard a talk.

Nichiren had been absorbed in reading the sutra without getting tired.


         Continued to (2)






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