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14. To the Nation Remonstrate, and the Persecution of Matsuba Valley (4)

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From Biography of Nichiren Daishonin


It was a quiet night. That was August 27, 1260 when approximately one month passed after he gives 'The Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation'.

The approximately 100 crowds who were led by a Nembutsu priest of black clothes gathered in the open air without a sound and surrounded the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley.

The faces are lighted up by the torch, and, in darkness, only eyes shine glaringly. They raised the torch which they held in a hand before long and set fire to the thatched hut of Nichiren.

It snapped as it burned in a moment. The reaction of the treatise revealed the worst result.

When Nichiren woke to an outside sound to be excited, a bedroom had been wrapped in gray smoke.

“Get up, everybody, there is a fire!”.

Disciples stood up in a hurry and were going to go out, but they were astonished that a crowd blocked them.

A crowd yell equally.

“The enemy of Nembutsu. Murder him!”.

Disciples pushed their way through the crowd and intended to secure the road of retreat of Nichiren desperately.

Nichiren was at a loss among smoke around.

Hokibo led Nichiren by the hand at this time.

“Over here, priest!”.

Hokibo goes to the back entrance. Disciples followed.

The crowd of Nembutsu cheered to the flame which blazed. The house is wrapped in flame and is burnt and falls apart.

The two masked samurais stood behind the people of Nembutsu.

The town official rushed here.

“What's going on here? The arson is a grave offense that deserves a form of capital punishment in Kamakura. I will capture you. You are my prisoner!”.

The crowd who surrounded a thatched hut panicked like scattering sparks literally and ran away.

When force of the fire calmed down, a fire brigade began to break the thatched hut of Nichiren.

Two masked samurais stare at this scene distant. They were parent and child of Shigetoki Hojo and Nagatoki.

Nagatoki is working as the regent now. Shigetoki of father was called Gokurakuji who was wealthy supporters of the temple of Gokurakuji Ryokan.

Nichiren was an enemy of Nembutsu for Shigetoki and was an enemy of Ryokan.

Nichiren comments on Shigetoki Hojou in a letter addressed to Munenaga of the younger brother of Ikegami brothers as follows later.

“Lord Gokurakuji was a respectable person. However, he himself and his clan became extinct because he was tempted by people of Nembutsu and bore a grudge against Nichiren”. Letter to Munenaga Ikegami’.


       Continued to (5)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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