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16. Tokiyori Pardons Nichiren. (5)

            Japanese edition


Nichiren writes it down about the absolution of the Izu banishment of Tokiyori as follows later.


“Certain influential persons banded together and, conspiring with people of town, people of tens of thousands attacked and intended to kill me in the night. But, perhaps because the ten demon daughters arranged it, I was able to escape from danger. Officials of both Sagami and Izu thought it failure that I was not murdered, for this reason, they banished me to Izu. But the lay priest Saimyoji [Tokiyori] alone, believing that there were extenuating reasons in my case, hastily pardoned me”.Refuting Ryoukan and so on.’


Nichiren returns to Kamakura on February 23, 1263.

Pardoned Nichiren leaves Izu and goes the road of Sagami.

They saw the mountains of Kamakura in the distance.

Teacher Nichiren and disciple Nikko walk tall.

They turn back to Kamakura that is the origin of the Lotus Sutra propagation and the center of state power of Japan openly. They couldn't help walking tall.

The Izu persecution was a big turning point for Nichiren. The letter which he wrote Yoshitaka Kudo of the feudal lord of Awa is left.


“It is already twenty-four or twenty-five years since I began studying Buddhism. In addition, I have begun to believe wholeheartedly in the Lotus Sutra for this six years or seven years. Moreover, although I had faiths in the sutra, because I was negligent and because of the interruptions of worldly affairs, though I study, each day I studied only a single scroll, a chapter, or the title. However, for the period of more than 240 days from the twelfth day of the fifth month of last year to the sixteenth day of first month of this year, I think I have trained the Lotus Sutra twenty-four hours each day and night. This reason is, having been exiled for the Lotus Sutra, I read and trained the Lotus Sutra continuously, whether I am walking, standing, sitting, or lying down. For someone born as human, what other joy would there be?

Although the habit of the guys strives hard from oneself and arouses Buddhahood and prays for coming future, the person recalls it himself and strives hard only for two hours or four hours among 24 hours.

During countless past, while transmigrating through all states of existence, I might at times have risen in revolt, committed theft or broken into others' homes at night and, on account of these offenses, been convicted by the ruler and received banishment or death. In this case, however, because I was so firmly resolved to propagate the Lotus Sutra that evil people have brought false charges against me, hence I was banished. Surely this will become a profound virtue in future lifetimes. There cannot be anyone else who upholds the Lotus Sutra involuntarily for twenty-four hours of day and night in the latter days of the Law”. The Four Gratitude.’


      Continued to (6)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



by johsei1129 | 2018-06-13 22:27 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)


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