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37. Sailing to Sado Island of the Bnishment Place.(1)

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October 21 of 8th year of Ko'an era (1271), they attached a footprint to the fresh snow continuing falling and arrived the port of Echigo Teradomari. It has become the trip of 12 days after they departed from Honma's house of Echi. One month or more had passed since the persecution of Tatsunokuchi already. Because there was often what was slandered in a journey by believers of Nembutsu, hardship of life in Sado was imagined easily.

It does not stop snowing, and a rough wave of the Sea of Japan laps on the port.

The Sado island was near at hand. The party of Nichiren waits for a favorable wind blowing to the island from this Teradomari and will stay for six days.

Depicting agonized facial expression, Nichiren tells it to disciples.

"Sado is an island. The meal would be poor. We will fall together if we go in great numbers”.

Nichiren chose seven disciples who accompany to Sado. There is Hokibo in them. And he gave the words of the back-patting to the disciples who would return to Kamakura.

“Well done for our trip. Only Nichirou and the others who are in the dungeon are regretful now. Please contact me if there is anything”.

Nichiren parted from the believer of Shijo Kingo and others in Sagami Echi and moreover had to part from disciples in Teradomari.

Trials and tribulations were waiting to both disciples who would come back to Kamakura and who would go to Sado. A difficult living was waiting to disciples who would go to Sado, oppression from the Shogunate was waiting to the disciples who would come back to Kamakura.

A wave of emotion swept over them. However, the young bonze who would see off disciples and them of Sado of Hokibo and the others just only stared without talking each other. They are disciples who have accepted the teachings of Buddhism. They cannot show their miserable self in front of the teacher.

They think. "We won to praying for rain against Ryoukan, and people converted to the priest Nichiren increased remarkably. Was it a momentary illusion?".

Nichiren either understood that a living in Sado was severe enough.


"It is now over two hundred years since the latter day of the Law began. The Buddha predicted that future conditions would be much worse after his passing, and we see the portents of this in the combats and contestations that go on today because unreasonable doctrines are prevalent. And as proof of the fact that we are living in a foul era, I was not summoned for a debate with my opponents, instead I am to be banished or murdered". 'Opening the Eyes. Part One'.


Continued to (2)



Life of Nichiren. Vol. 2. Contents



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