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2018年 04月 29日

14. To the Nation Remonstrate, and the Persecution of Matsuba Valley.(2)

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Nichiren came home from Iwamoto Jitsusoji Temple of Suruga with Hokibo who just joined him. Disciples gathered in the thatched hut of the Matsuba valley. The disciples, Nichiro, Kyoninbo, Sanmibo and others, the Shijo Kingo, Toki Jonin and others of supporters came, too. There is Kumao of the boy, too.

After a long absence, a figure of Nichiren is looked like shining and they cannot call to him.

Nichiren who has understood it said to them antecedently.

“It's been along time. I am sorry that I made you worried. I thought that the earthquake was a opportunity and must inform Lord Kamakura by all means, and I had needed time, but the treatise was able to finally finish writing it. Come what may, I will never leave you”.

Nichiro asked uneasily.

“Priest, a rumor is getting abroad in the town about the writings of the priest”.

Elder Nissho is restless, too.

“There is a bad rumor between the groups of Nembutsu”.

Kyoninbo appeared in front.

"They say, 'the priest is summoned to the Shogunate, and is closed in a dungeon and is banished to an island'".

Nichiren smiles contrary to the worry of all members.

“Even when Buddha was living, there was a persecution. It is the truth of the text of the Lotus Sutra. A persecution never avoids us to say nothing of the latter days of the Law. Now is time to rouse up by strong and energetic faiths”.

Young disciples brighten eyes. But, the only one person, Sanmibo looked at him with the doubtful eyes.

Nichiren called Hokibo then and smiled.

“Please rejoice, everybody. This time one disciple joined me. Hokibo, please come here”.

Hokibo stepped forward and put a hand on the floor.

“I am Hokibo of Iwamoto Jitsusoji Temple. Fate wills it and, I became the disciple of the priest. Thanks in advance”.

Nichiren looked at Hokibo.

“I name thou Nikko by a Buddhist name, from today. The disciple of our sect adds the word of Nichi to all Buddhist name other than Buddhist priests of the child. After passing away of Nichiren, in future, understand it that you receive Law punishment of nature if did not add the Buddhist name of Nichi. Is this all right?”.

The looks of the Hokibo were full of the joy that entered to the sect of Nichiren.

Nichiren looks around.

“Everybody, we should not stay only in Kamakura now. I intend to widen propagation from now to Kyoto where Emperor and a court noble are. About this matter, you, Sanmibo”.

Sanmibo brightened eyes.

“Thou, go to Kyoto, preach this doctrine and tell a court noble it. Even if there is much trouble because these are stories not to fit an ear, you should sow the seeds of the marvelous Law of Buddha. Please take this with you”.

Nichiren gave copper money to Sanmibo. There was a hole in the center of the copper money, and one kan meant that it was 1,000 bunches by a string. The then money is all import from China. Although there was the product made in Japan too, it was bad in quality, anyone didn't pay attention to it.

“These collect until now offerings and are the money which I saved. Please use this carefully. The crops do not grow by a drought this year. Be careful very much while on a journey”.

Propagation of Kyoto was appointed by Nichiren, Sanmibo was full of sense of superiority.

“I will convey the teaching of the Lotus Sutra by all means”.


           Continued to(3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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