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2018年 05月 15日

15. Nichiren Suffers the Difficulty of the Izu Exile. (4)

            Japanese edition


The party of Nichiren went through the sunken road of Asahina on May 12 in 1261 and entered Kamakura.

It is said that there were seven sunken roads in Kamakura. This is the road which dug the mountain and was constructed because three directions of Kamakura are surrounded on the mountain, and people and horse were able togo along.

With Nichiren in the lead, the group of the disciples goes ahead through the Wakamiya thoroughfare.

The people were surprised equally.

“He is probably Nichiren of Lotus sect!”.

Everybody was surprised that Nichiren was living.

“I wish a fuss should not happen again, for having been able to come back to Kamakura”.

Women stared at Nichiren in uneasy mind.


The robust armoured warriors protected the gate in the administrative office.

Nichiren looks up at the gate and enters.

There was a large garden in the grand building. There is nobody. A samurai of the guard only stood.

The official led and guided Nichiren.

Only one piece of poor straw mat is spreading in the garden. This is regarding Nichiren as a criminal. But Nichiren does not change an expression at all to think that an anticipated thing came perhaps.

The official pointed to the straw mat.

"Here."

Nichiren sat down slowly and crossed his legs for sitting with crossed legs namely the full-lotus position.

Three government officials came out. And they looked down at Nichiren of the straw mat.

“We bring in you a verdict of guilty as Izu exile”.

It is a hasty judgment.

Nichiren watched straight a government official.

The government official reads a matter-of-factly following sentences aloud.

“You assumed the Lotus Sutra the foremost, and Nembutsu is the worst hell, and, as for the Zen Buddhism, the behavior of the evil spirit and the crime that you slandered are not shallow. In addition, you quarreled in various places of Kamakura, and the guilty proofs that let the Buddhist priest of each incommode are clear. Besides, you did committing incendiarism in Matsuba Valley of Kamakura last year, it is clear from many witnesses to have confounded the world. Although capital punishment and decapitation are fair for such many serious offenses, there will be the blame of god Hachiman if we kill the people wearing the clothes of the priest at random. Thus, we command deportation to Izu island”.

The government official was going to stand up immediately when he declared the ruling, but Nichiren stopped it.
 "Wait! It is not getting to the bottom of a matter about the cause of the crime. Is it not the top priority to do you command the priests of each sect and gather them, and to determine right or wrong? Otherwise it is far from the right principles of the politics. The rules of the Formulary of Adjudications are...".
 The officials have left as if cannot hear it.

Two samurais approached instead. Two people have icy stares together like as watching a criminal.


Jonin and disciples had been waiting outside.

Everybody wore troubled expressions on their face.

Nichiren who rode a horse before long appeared. He has a contorted facial expression.

While Nichiren was surrounded by samurais, he passed.

Jonin watched these samurai and muttered.

"They may be the officials in charge of the criminals".

Nichiro almost cries and runs.

"The priest received a peremptory deportation decree to Izu island!".

"What, does priest Nichiren be exile?".

Jonin who is usually gentle shouts without even thinking.

Nichiren is ridden on a horse and passes their very front.


           Continued to (5)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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