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2018年 09月 16日

24. The Wall of Kosen-ruhu 3

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‘Letter to Ota Kingo’.

"I received the coins being linked together of five for the lecture of the Great Teacher Tientai. I had begun the lecture of the Great Teacher Tientai three or four years before, but this year is best creditable. This doctrine may spread or may not spread, but in the first place, it depends on the correctness or incorrectness of what I have predicted in my warning documents. Though I wrote to a number of persons last year there were no replies either positive or even negative…".


Japanese edition


Three people came back to the hall and prostrated themselves to Nichiren. Disciple Hokibo and others surrounded them.

Kingo expresses it regretfully.

“Is really too bad”.

Jonin was depressed, too.

“We caused such an uproar at an opportunity to speak the justice of the priest, and we are very sorry”.

Nichiren cheered them up, but his disappointment was obvious to everyone. He writes down a mind of this time in a letter to Ota Jomyo (Kingo) as follows.


“This doctrine may spread or may not spread, but in the first place, it depends on the correctness or incorrectness of what I have predicted in my warning documents. Though I wrote to a number of persons last year there were no replies either positive or even negative. But when I wrote to them in November of this year, some wrote back. For the most part, people's attitudes have softened and it seems they thought that perhaps what I have said may be true. Moreover, it is possible that the ruler also has read this writing. Since what I have said is so outrageous, I know that one of two punishments, either banishment or death sentence, is absolutely certain, and hence I think it is strange that nothing has happened to me so far. The claim of Nichiren may be a best and ultimate reason. And surely the sutra prediction of the calamity of revolt either will prove correct.

I hear that the temple on Mount Hiei are experiencing turmoil greater than before anything. There may be deep reasons to have no time for it. Because China and Korai have already become adherents of the Zen and the Nembutsu sect, the gods to protect them have left from there, then they have been conquered by the Mongols and forced to submit. In our nation as well, because these erroneous doctrines have spread and people make light of and disregard the Tendai Lotus sect, the temple on Mount Hi’ei can enjoy neither peace nor security. Because it has become a nation where lay supporters turn against their teachers, it seems to me that it will be conquered without doubt.

I have been fortunate enough to be born as a human being and also have been able to avoid meeting a teacher of misleading doctrines. I have been exiled for the sake of the Lotus Sutra. The fact that I do not face the death sentence is unwillingness. Having anticipated that this sort of thing would no doubt occur, I have thus far strived and have written to a number of persons by strong words. Already I am nearly fifty. I cannot live long. Since in any case my body will in the end be abandoned aimlessly into the wilderness, I wish to give my life to the sole teachings of the Lotus Sutra, to follow in the footsteps of the Boy Snow Mountains and the bodhisattva Medicine King, and I wish that own name will be written into the Lotus and Nirvana sutras in the future just like the King Sen'yo and the King of Virtue. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

November 28     Nichiren”.

                Letter to Ota Kingo’.


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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