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2018年 07月 31日

19. Nichiren Decides Warning to the Nation

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Iron helmet of the Mongolian model. Anou's Forest Historical Museum possession


The rumor of the Mongolia attack spread in such serious political situation even between the common people.

Nobody of Japan other than Nichiren predicted this. Nichiren foretold the attack of other countries in 'the treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation' nine years ago. The people slandered him in defiance of ominous warning of Nichiren, but suddenly waked out of sleep by the personal letter arrival of Mongolia.

Nichiren read all the Buddhist sutras and foretold the future from the text of a sutra.

Two difficulties not to yet bring about happen if one kept wicked doctrine intact. It is the disaster of the internal revolt and the disaster of foreign invasion.

Korai country was destroyed in those days because Korai which ruled the Korean Peninsula believed in Nembutsu in the whole country. The correct and wicked in the Buddha's Law, which make the master of a state of flux in the universe, decide the destinies of the nation, it does not depend on good and evil of the politics.

At first the prediction appeared as the form of the foreign invasion. If Law of Buddha is right, the attack of Mongolia becomes the reality. It was certain that the revolt in another disaster to be left if it was so was caused.

Nichiren knew this document three months after the personal letter reached Kamakura. Nichiren had become that year 47 years old. He offered Tokiyori Hojo 'the treatise for establishing of the correct teachings for the safety of the nation' at 39 years old on the Bunno era first year of 1260, then this time the personal letter from Mongolia which told the hit of prediction to Tokimune of Tokiyori's son arrived after nine calendar year.

Nichiren has ineffable emotions.

December 8 of the sixth year of Bunnei era [in 1269], he adds the postscript to the treatise that he copied as his thought of this time.


"I thought of this in the first year of the Bunno era (1260). That is, I began the work during the Shoka era (1257–1259) and completed it in the first year of Bunno. In the first year of the Shoka era, on the twenty-third day of August, when the hour of the dog gives way to the hour of the boar (around 9:00 p.m.), there was a severe earthquake. Observing this, I conceived this work. Subsequently, on the sixteenth day of July in the first year of Bunno, I submitted it to Lordship, the lay priest of Saimyō-ji who is now deceased Tokiyori, by entrusting the lay priest Yadoya. Then, when the huge comet appeared on the fifth day of July, the first year of Bun'ei [1264], I became even more convinced that there was a root cause for all these disasters. Then, on the eighteenth day of the intercalary January of the fifth year of Bun'ei namely nine years after the first year of Bun'no, the personal letter came from the great empire of the Mongol of west, threatening to attack our country. Then, still another official letter arrived in the sixth year of the same era [1269]. These cases unfolded as warned in my treatise exactly. In light of this fact, I believe the same will happen in the future as well. This writing has the power that get an indication. But this is not solely due to Nichiren's power. Rather it might come about as an inspiration from the true words of the Lotus Sutra”.


Nichiren's thought appears in "the same will happen in the future as well". If a future Japanese king believed a wicked doctrine, he predicts that the national crisis is not avoided.

Japan which placed Yasukuni shrine up than the Buddhism much less the Lotus Sutra and worshiped it was taken up by the foreign country for the first time in history in the Pacific War. In the current administration which still worships Yasukuni shrine, Japanese territorial waters continue being threatened by China or North Korea.


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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