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2018年 12月 31日

29. Warning to Yoritsuna Tirano. 2

  Japanese edition


Nichiren told disciples and believers that summons to the court of justice had been decided.

There was the person who looked glum in disciples, but Nichiren was unusually in a good mood. For Hokibo Nikko, it was a long time since he watched the priest of such a smile.

“There was a summons from the military headquarters just now. It is a long-awaited thing. Something may happen. The Buddha writes it down. The person who spreads only five characters of the essential title of the Lotus Sutra will appear at the beginning of the latter days of the Law, two thousand years after Buddha passed away. At that time, evil ruler and bad people will abuse, beat, or imprison him, to confiscate his land, to exile or behead him. In spite of such persecutions, he will continue his propagation without retreating. Meanwhile the ruler who persecutes him will be beset by rebellion, and people bearing him a grudge will devour each other like hungry spirits. Finally, they will be attacked by a foreign country. Brahma, Shakra, the gods of the sun and moon, and the four kings of Heaven have ordained that other countries shall assault a country that is hostile to the Lotus Sutra by all means”.

The disciples and believers broke out into a murmur. Concerns are growing.

“None of you who declare yourselves to be my disciples should ever give way to cowardice. Must not worry about your parents, wife, children. Must not care about your estate. Since countless time of the past, you had been abandoning your life more than the number of dust particles of the land, for the sake of your parents, children and your estate. But you have not abandoned your life for the Lotus Sutra once. You may have tried to perform its teachings to some extent, but whenever when the great persecution occurred, you backslid and ceased to act by the sutra. That is like pouring cold water into hot water boiled, or like trying to strike fire but giving up halfway. Please each make up your mind! Devoting your life for the Lotus Sutra is that you change rocks to gold or change dung to rice. Will that be all right?”.

Shijo Kingo braced himself and answered immediately.

The believer stands up tempted by this and gives the words of the oath in sequence.

Was filled with moving elation. Everybody spoke cheerily as if there were not enemies.

“Even if I encounter any persecution, I do not retrogress!”.

“I go through with the faiths throughout the lifetime!”.

“I am not afraid of the authority. I assert with courage that the Lotus Sutra is the supreme!”.


The day of the summons has come. It is September 10 in 8th year of Bun'ei era (1271).

Nichiren passes through the gate of the court of justice.

He goes the dark corridor.

The samurai of the guard stares at Nichiren going through. Nichiren goes straight without changing his face.

There were members of military headquarters in the room of the investigation. They all are the looks that grew tense and wait for Nichiren to appear.

Yoritsuna Tairano is in the center. There was Shoibo of the vassal beside him.

That Shoibo speaks with a triumphant air.

“Nichiren may scarcely show his true intention. It is said that his speech is fluent. He will only avoid direct answers at this place. Otherwise because he will be afraid of us, he cannot say even half of thinking. Sometimes the person who came here cries and apologizes”.

Yoritsuna seemed to be boring.

A butler of Hojo managing the administrative power of whole country must meet with a unnamed Buddhist priest. He muttered while giving no heed to Shoibo's remark.

“How does he treat with me? It is well to cringe and crawl like Ryoukan. Otherwise”.

Shoibo chimed in so that he posed as a joke saying "Only cut his neck".

Then Yoritsuna had fearless laughter and chided Shoibo.

“Here, do not say such a silly thing. We will get a scolding from our young lord. Nichiren is the man who only makes a stir. Nichiren wants to gain the favor of the Shogunate so that Japanese every Buddhist priest wants to make success in life. If threaten him and give fair words, he will bow”.

Yoritsuna is 30 years old at this time. He was 20 years old younger than Nichiren, but there was influence of clan which acted as a butler since the establishment of the Kamakura Shogunate as the first on the list of the direct vassals, and there was the support of regent Tokimune. So, he has a fearless arrogance. Therefore, nobody can give an opinion to Yoritsuna. He indulged in outrageous behavior more and more.


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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