日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2018年 10月 11日

25. The Showdown by the Rain in Gokurakuji Ryoukan and Nichiren 5

               Japanese edition


On the other hand, the entrance of Gokurakuji was crowded. The Buddhist priests of black robes go into there en masse.

The crowd met a priest while being covered with sweat and put hands together.

Ryoukan appeared here. He entered with a large crowd of priests.

Crowds waved their hand, and a shout of joy became especially big.

“Priest Ryoukan!”.

There was the place of the prayer in the precincts of Gokurakuji Temple. It is a windswept building of the quickie. Ryoukan leads and several hundred priests follow. The scene is grand. For prayer, Gokurakuji all was mobilized.

There was the stone statue in a place of prayer, also there was the Amida statue, and every Buddha statue was arranged. A golden tub was put before these miscellaneous Buddha statues. A child carried the water of the cup respectfully. Ryoukan received the water and put it in the tub. And he made a speech to the group of the priest.

“There was a command this time from lord Kamakura, and we will conduct a rainy prayer. We will perform prayer here to remove the pains of people. If religious precepts and Nembutsu which we have are right, it rains by all means. But there seem to be a fellow telling that we do not bring rain”.

Priests burst into laughter arrogantly.

“However, we must be alert to dangers. The deadline is after sevendays. Everyone! Keep own doctrine firmly and do the religious practice!”.

Ryoukan started sutra-chanting on June 18 in 8th year of Bun'ei era (1271). It is a showdown of seven days until July 24. If it rains, Nichiren loses and falls down in front of Ryoukan.

Several hundred Buddhist priests follow after Ryoukan at once. It was like the rumbling of the ground.


Tokimune Hojo watched the sky through the window. Yasumori Adachi and Yoritsuna Tairano wait behind.

Yasumori open his lips.

“Oh, the confrontation of the priest Ryoukan and Nichiren is the sole topic of conversation at the town! Which will win?”.

Tokimune Hojo heard as if the other person affair.

"Which is the reputation?".

Yoritsuna sneered.

"It's certain it is Ryoukan. Nichiren, he has dug his own grave. A prediction of Mongolia was happy by having been a lucky hit, but it is unbelievably reckless that he resists Ryoukan. The match is during seven days. If seven days pass, I intend to arrest Nichiren”.

Yasumori was surprised.

"Arrest him? What is the crime name?".

“That goes without saying. He interfered with praying for rain of the Shogunate. This is equal to criticizing the Shogunate. How do you like it?".

Yasumori watched Tokimune.

"How do you like it?".

Tokimune listened to the voice of subtle sutra-chanting while keeping silent.


Continued to 6


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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