日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

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2019年 01月 14日

30. Tatsunokuchi Persecution. 3

  Japanese edition


The sun was slowly sinking in the west.

Shijo Kingo crossed his arms, standing perfectly motionless, for caution at the entrance of the hall of Nichiren and looked around.

He understood that serious situation in the Nichiren sect now. As Yadoya said, he knew that danger approached him.

But he intended that he did not part from Nichiren. No, he could not part since rather he contacted with Nichiren. He saw Nichiren in his own eyes and felt his deep affection. His feeling to respect the priest Nichiren became strong day by day. This feeling was far superior to the weakness of will that run away from the great calamity approaching very near.

Kingo did not understand Law of Buddha deeply. The will to seek the truth of Law that was unfathomed of the Lotus Sutra was not strong. But he loved a great man called Nichiren who was never daunted to an oppression of the Kamakura Shogunate that even frighten naughty children. He could not part since he heard sermon at the small thatched hut so as not to be able to compare with the present hall of the Kamakura Matsuba Valley 15 years ago. He vowed that he accompanied with Nichiren incessantly.

It was dusk before long and as Kingo felt temporarily relief, he entered the residence and said hello.

“There seems to be nothing today. I shall say good-bye. If there is any move, please tell me promptly because I rush here”.

Nichiren sat straight and lowered his head.

“Lord Kingo, you are a government official and not free. I am sorry to trouble you so often. Apart from it, I have something I need to talk to you about.

Kingo mended his collar.

Nichiren stared at dear Kingo.

“You had dedicated yourself to me well so far. Nichiren is glad. By the way, please make sure of happening in the future with eyes of Lord Kingo well. You will become the witness. Is it good? This is a promise”.

Nichiren gave hands of Kingo a warm clasp.

Kingo cannot answer under tension, for every request of unprecedented Nichiren.

However, Kingo wondered at the same time. What does a witness imply? What is happening in the future? Kingo was not able to understand all that.


September of the lunar calendar is October in modern time. Autumn has come. The fallen leaves are rustling in the wind.

Nichiren began a lecture to disciples. The scroll of Vol. 5 of the Lotus Sutra is put to the desk for reading it before Nichiren.

“The chapter of 'the recommending having' of the fifth in the Lotus Sutra says, ‘The persons of various ignorance will speak ill and they slander, they use swords and sticks’. According to this text of the sutra, the person spreading the Lotus Sutra in the cruel world of the latter days of the Law will be spoken ill, and there is the persecution of a sword and a stick. This is what I always talked to all of you until now. Nichiren is not a saint. But I resemble a saint if I receive and hold the text of the Lotus Sutra and act. What I had said so far did not have the mistake. You must not doubt me whatever happens to me in the future”.

Nichiren talks like his last.

Hokibo and Nichirou opened their eyes so widely they tear at the corners and two people continued to look at the Nichiren's face.

Nichiren continues the lecture of the Lotus Sutra nakedly.

“The chapter of 'the master of the Law' says, 'In other words, I will send the person of the incarnation and I will let them have to guard him'. The chapter of 'comfortable act' says, 'The various great youths of the heavens will serve him. He does not be attacked by a sword and a stick and will not be harmed by poison'. Also, it says, ‘Besides, all heavens will always guard him for the sake of Law night and day’. The chapter of Kannon bodhisattva states, 'Or when he will encounter the pain of the persecution caused by a king, he is punished, and his life is going to be over, however, if he prays for power of Kannon, king's sword will break to pieces at the same time'. I will encounter great persecution. The happening of this text of the sutra will happen for a messenger of Buddha by all means. All of you should understand by this whether Nichiren is votary of the Lotus Sutra or not”.


Continued to 4


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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