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2019年 03月 30日

34. Nichiren bequeaths a warning to disciple

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  ‘Letter to Lord Toki'. Possession of Honnmanji Temple in Kyoto.

 Japanese edition


Nichiren sent the letter to disciples and believers in quick successionduring a month when he is in Echi of Sagami.

At first, he sends it to Toki Jonin on September 15 after three days of the persecution of Tatsunokuchi.

"Your grief is understandable, but because I have been certain from the beginning that this would occur, I myself do not grieve. Rather, I regret that I have yet to be beheaded. Had I been decapitated on account of the Lotus Sutra in a past existence, I surely should have had been born as a noble person in this life. When undergoing repeated persecution, just the sutra says, “again and again we will be banished,” I, in this way, can erase the grave offenses of my past and for the first time attain Buddhahood. I therefore engage in these difficult practices daringly. ‘Letter to Lord Toki’.

He knows he is risking his life. He said that he is sorry that his neck was not cut.

Of course, Nichiren does not intend to die willingly by himself.

Nichiren writes, "It is said that the saint does not die a violent death" in the "God and country King's Book" which he wrote at 57 years old in the Ko'an first year (in 1278). He was convinced that he would not die a violent death if he himself was a saint. If one was a simple votary of the Lotus Sutra, he will encounter a difficulty and die of the process of ascetic practices and may become Buddha in the future life by a good act. However, saints (Buddha) who achieved ascetic practices and perceived shall not die a violent death. Shakyamuni Buddha either was target of assassination many times by Devadatta. As for him, a rock is fallen off a cliff and he is bleeding from a finger. In addition, he was about to be poisoned. Furthermore, he receives the persecution that believers are trod and murdered by the intoxicated elephant. However, he himself did not die a violent death.

On the other hand, though the Lotus Sutra declared that two main disciples of Buddha would become Buddha in the future, they died a violent death together before Buddha passed away. Sariputta of the learning disciple died for serious illness, Maudgalyayana of the self-realization is murdered by a Brahman. Nichiren promised to abandon a Lotus Sutra and chant Nembutsu if he was defeated by Gokurakuji Ryoukan. So he challenged to pray for rain.

If Nichiren acts according to the Lotus Sutra of the ultimate teachings of Buddha, and may lose, Shyakyamuni Buddha becomes a person of great falsehood. However, he challenges with absolute conviction that Buddha would not become that.


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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