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2018年 12月 30日

28. Warning to Yoritsuna Tairano. 1

 Japanese edition

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The picture that Ryoukan performs false charge for Nichiren to the Court. From the Biography of Nichiren Daishonin.


Ryoukan planned the way of Nichiren killing hard. When he noticed that Tokimune was reluctant to punish Nichiren, he appealed to women led by the nuns. Nuns believe Ryoukan blindly. It is mere coincidence for them that Nichiren brought rain and foretold Mongolia attack. On the contrary, the appeal of tearful Ryoukan had moved women. The nuns who moved in sentiment gave vent to feelings of the Nichiren hatred.

Nichiren attests the intense trap of this Ryoukan as follows in "the Duty of Repaying Good Will" which he wrote in the second year of the Kenji era after five years (1276).


“Because I blamed them more and more without sparing myself, several hundred Zen priests, several thousand of Nembutsu believers and a hundred or a thousand Shingon priests clung to the influential person, or to their wives or widow nuns, and filled their ears with endless slanders for trapping me. Finally, they said that this was the gravest matter in the entire nation and said I was the priest who pray for the destruction of Japan and they said I had declared that both Lord Saimyoji and Lord Gokurakuji of deceased had fallen into the hell of incessant suffering. Those widows who were lay nuns insisted that investigation was unnecessary. They said like this. Rather, I should have my head cut off at once, and my disciples should likewise be beheaded or exiled to distant country or imprisoned. They were so infuriated and their demands for punishment were carried out in fact”.


Lord Saimyoji is Hojo Tokiyori, Lord Gokurakuji is Shigetoki, these are each Buddhist name. Nichiren says these two people who had the great achievement in the Kamakura Shogunate fell into the hell of incessant sufferings.

The counterattack of people who abominate Nichiren being led by Ryoukan began.

But Nichiren is not afraid of a person who abominates him namely three kinds of powerful enemies. Nichiren does not have the compromise. Shakubuku was strengthened more and more. As for the collision of both, it becomes decisive.

Nichiren compares their true character to a woman crazy about jealousy.


 “It is like the case of a woman possessed by jealousy. A great fire burns within her breast, and as a result her whole body turns red. The hair on her body stands upside down, her entire body quivers, and the flames ascend to her face until it has become crimson. Her eyes are as round as those of a cat about to pounce on a mouse, and her hands tremble like oak leaves tossed in the wind. When by standers observe her, she looks no different than a demon. The ruler, all priests, monks and nuns of Japan are just like that jealous woman.

 I, Nichiren, have declared. The Nembutsu of the invocation to Amida which they rely upon is a behavior that will fall into the hell of incessant suffering. Shingon is the doctrine that will ruin the nation and a person who keeps the religious precepts works as the devil in Heaven. When they hear these pronouncements of mine, they knead their prayer beads and grind their teeth in rage, and they ring their little bells of Shingon while shaking their heads in anger. Thus, though outwardly they observe the religious precepts, they hold minds of evil. So the saint Ryoukan of Gokurakuji who is called “living Buddha” hurries with petitions to the government offices to bring charges against me, the saint Doryu of Kenchoji mounts his sedan-chair and goes down on knees to the magistrates, and the nuns who observe the five hundred religious precepts present a letter, the contents of which express complaints, to the Shogunate”. The Letter to the Nun Myoho Bikuni’.





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