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2019年 04月 29日

35. To Sado of the depth of winter. (2)

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‘Letter to five Followers in Prison of the Mud Wall’. Genuine writing; Myokakuji temple in Kyoto possesses this in complete condition.


Japanese edition


In addition, there is a letter which addressed to Shijo Kingo at this time.

Nichiren praised Kingo who had shared life and death in Tatsunokuchi, and he recommended him more strong and active faiths.


“You accompanied Nichiren as the votary of the Lotus Sutra and vowed to follow me in death. Hun-Yen has cut open his stomach and inserted own liver to his dead lord Duke Yi [for saving him from shame and dishonor]. Your deed is much superior to Hun-Yen astonishingly. When I visit the Eagle Peak, I will first express how Shijo Kingo resolved to die for the Lotus Sutra!

Also, I hear unofficially that by the order of the ruler of Kamakura he send me to Sado country. Out of the three kinds of heavens' light, the heavens of the moon spared my life at Tatsunokuchi by appearing as a shining object, and the heavens of star descended four or five days ago to greet me. Now only the heavens of the sun remain, and he is certain to protect me. What reliable! How encouraging! The chapter of 'the master of the Law' says, 'I, Buddha, will send the person of the incarnation and I will let them have to guard him'. This sentence leaves no room for doubt. The chapter of 'comfortable act' says, “Swords and staves will not touch him”. The chapter of Kannon bodhisattva states, 'And sword will break to pieces'. There is nothing of a superficial decoration in these texts of sutra. The strong and active faiths are precious indeed! Very truly yours”.


Hun-Yen is a faithful vassal of the Duke Yi of the Wei Country in the Chinese Chunqiu Ages. When the Duke Yi was attacked in Beidi of the enemy in B. C. 660 and was murdered, the body of the Duke Yi was damaged, and his internal organs were scattered mercilessly, and Hun Yen cried when Hun Yen had finished a duty as a messenger and returned to the home country, and it is said that for hiding the shame of the Duke himself, he cut his stomach, and take his entrails, and had put it into the internal organs of the Duke Yi, and he died. Nichiren praised that a thought to sacrifice himself for a teacher of Shijo Kingo is much superior to Hung-Yen.

In Kamakura, there was a dungeon, it was dug and was covered with the frame by the tree.

Five disciples of Nichiren including Nichiro were imprisoned to here.

A robust soldier stands outside.

Powdery snow danced calmly in the sky.

While Nichiro held the wooden frame of the dungeon, he looked up at the sky and prayed for the safety of teacher Nichiren who had become falling into enemy hands in the same way. He is a 26-year-old young man monk.

"Good luck! Priest Nichiren".

Throwing off sorrowful thought, Nichiren sends a letter to the Nichiro and the others who became falling into enemy hands on the charge of innocence.


"On the seventh day of this month I am to leave for the country of Sado.

Because all of you are reading the Lotus Sutra itself with your lives, this will offer the repose of the soul to you as well as to your parents, your brothers and sisters, and living and dead.

When I feel cold this evening, there is no way I can tell you how hurt it is, not about myself, but about all of you. If you have been released from a turnkey, please come to here in the spring of next year. Let us reunite respectfully". Letter to five Followers in Prison of the Mud Wall’.


Nichiren have instructed strictly at all times "Do not think of a wife, a child, and relatives at all". But he grieved like own happening when disciple encountered a persecution, and he worried about the situation falling into its hardship. He had two faces of a merciful mother, at the same time a severe father.


Continued to (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 2. Contents



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