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2018年 09月 08日

24. The Wall of Kosen-ruhu

                Japanese edition


Three accusers confronted three people including Kingo in front of a judge.

The biggest characteristic of the Kamakura era is to have begun a form of trial led by a samurai. The government had changed from a court noble to the samurai family, and the fairness of the trial came to be kept. Therefore, the concept called a right was born up to a farmer and a servant not to mention a samurai family, and insisting on their rights, an act of litigating, so to speak, became increasing drastically. As a result, everyone paid attention to the trend of the trial. This hot air does not compare with modern.

It is the times that are not the civil law nor the commercial law like now. Speaking of a law, The Goseibai Shikimoku (formulary of adjudications) was just made only 30 years ago. However, the number of trial amounts to an intense number. There was the criminal case or the civil affair, it was various. The punishment was free form to some extent, and punishment included the repair of the road. The trial of the boss vs a subordinate or a landlord vs the servant was not rare, too.

In fact, the trial was an event such as the modern sports watching games for people of this time. Everyone paid attention to the result of every trial.

There is not the newspaper nor the media in this era. There is not what's called so-called public opinion. The people were sensing worldly trend through trial.


Many samurais gathered as an observer in the court of the Shogunate.

The judge declares.

"I administer justice by the lawsuit of the plaintiff from now. At first let's hear the lawsuit”.

The accuser who was a plaintiff came to the front. The accuser was the person who three people had never seen.

“Three people of Shijo Kingo, Toki Jonin and Ota Jomyo, they are influential believers of the Nichiren sect. They slander the other religion such as Nembutsu and are confounding Kamakura. In addition, it is much unreasonable that they bewilder the mind of the people though these three people serve the Shogunate in a position of vassal of Shogunate, and it deserves punishment. I think that the proper authorities confiscate their feudal tenure immediately and should expel them”.

“Then the defendant, please offer a counterargument”.

Shijo Kingo appeared like he was impatiently. His tone is full of self-confidence.

"First of all, there is something that I want to ask you.Who are you who are an accuser? You are persons whom we have never met. Whose errand do you accuse us of?".

"Oh, what a rude thing to say! We are not errand".
 Kingo switched with Toki Jonin.
 "Then, I express it. The origin of the Law of Buddha is going out of the sacred book of master Shakyamuni.
It is multifarious from so-called low teachings to a high thing. Because the misfortune of all creatures deeply clings to the low teachings among these, it begins. Nembutsu sect, the Zen Buddhism are low teachings that Buddha preached early in instruction”.

An accuser has begun to be angry. A voice to criticize from audience either breaks out.

Ota Jomyo good at researches of the Law of Buddha was changed.

“The best teachings that initiator Buddha was preached are Lotus Sutras. Our priest Nichiren is a votary of the Lotus Sutra that know everything of the Law of Buddha. Reflecting today and future of Japan in the mirror of all the Buddhist sutras, only he foretold the attack of the foreign enemy alone and it came true. There is not the person that nobody knows this fact. There is nobody other than priest Nichiren to purge Mongolia!”.

Voice arose among the audience. For supporting Nichiren as "That! that's right". An angry as "Why is Nembutsu low teachings?".

The judge has begun to be upset here. This official was coward. Three people of including Kingo criticize the Shogunate with faiths as a shield indirectly. However the Court is the place of dispute, the Shogunate criticism is no-no. This trial is quite out of the question innately.


              Continued to (2)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents




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