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2020年 08月 01日

16. Tokiyori Pardons Nichiren. (2)

           Japanese edition


The vassals visited in the Shigetoki Hojo's house one after another in the next morning.

They speak under their breath in the waiting room.

“It is said that he fell down suddenly. It's hard to know in detail. Well, what is the name of his illness?”.

“It is a rumor called the cruel illness. The heat comes out suddenly and has a nightmare. Anyway, it is said that he had watched a monster in the restroom".

“Is a result with vast oblation to priest Ryoukan this?”.

“By the way, Lord Shigetoki just banished Nichiren of Buddhist priest to Izu last month. Is this not a terrible retribution?”.

The vassal puts his finger on his lips.

"Sh! Your voice is loud".

"By the way, although is secret, lord Tokiyori is an illness, too. The lord of Kamakura may change."

A groan of Shigetoki occasionally sounded from the back room.

Shigetoki writhed in bed and suffered.

Lord Zhibu of the wife and Nagatoki of the child watch him with tears.

Shigetoki was called Gokurakuji in grandchildren of first regent, Tokimasa Hojo. Their whole families were named a Gokurakuji clan and were a second position of the head family among Hojo. That whole family was depressed.

It was certain that a condition of Shigetoki was serious.

Gokurakuji Ryoukan could not hide his uneasy face due to an unfortunate of a strong supporter.

It was sudden tragedy. An atmosphere full of joy until just yesterday went away in an instant, and affliction has come over.

Gokurakuji Ryoukan put hands together in a side of Shigetoki who suffer. In this situation, he must peep at illness by prayer.

It was a time definitely. Shigetoki moved his hand from the blanket and grasped a hand of Ryoukan. That hand had been becoming the black color.

Women screamed.

Shigetoki groans.

“Priest Ryoukan, please help me! Even if you pray no matter how much, I do not cure. Why is it like this? There cannot be the person who valued Nembutsu greatly at elsewhere except me”.

“For Lord Shigetoki, this is a little more patience. There surely is protected of the Tathagata Amida in Lord Shigetoki of the wealthy supporter of Gokurakuji Temple.

Shigetoki grasps a hand of Ryoukan tightly.

Ryoukan frowned unintentionally and untied that hand with his power.

Shigetoki looked suspicious there for the first time.

He fixed his eyes into Ryoukan while groaning.


The voices of Nembutstu sounded without a break in this way in Shigetoki's mansion. A groan of Shigetoki was mixed together with that voice.

He was nearing his end.

Shigetoki raised the arm, which became all black highly in bed, writhed with pain.

The family cries around.

Ryoukan chanted Nembutsu aloud together with dozens of disciples on the side.

The black hands, which Shigetoki raised highly fell down on the bed slowly.

Nagatoki of a child cried.

“Father!”.

The family clung to Shigetoki.

Ryoukan and disciples gathered too, and stared the feature of his death.

His face becomes black. Shigetoki twisted a neck, and died staring at Ryoukan.

It was a life of 63 years.

Disciples of Ryoukan were frightened. One of them mutters for grotesqueness of the aspect of death unintentionally.

“It is an aspect of the hell that becomes black after dead. It is said that the black color compares to a shadow of hell”.

Ryoukan grasps the hand of a confused disciple and glares.

“Lord Shigetoki became Buddha. He had finished chanting the Nembutsu and went to the Pure Land of paradise. Inform around that it was a quiet last. You must not forget!"

For five months, Shigetoki who banished Nichiren to Izu exile, which took Gokurakuji Ryokan's intentions into account had suffered from heat and chills since he fell down to the illness, and he left the world, November 3, 1261.


         Continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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