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38. Difficult situation in solitary island Sado.(1)

  Japanese edition

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From the Biography of Nichiren Daishonin.

One unreliable boat goes the sea of the snowstorm.

There were Nichiren, Hokibo and disciples wearing the straw raincoat, in the ship. They were covered by snow and became all in white.

The Island of Sado looks big to eyes of Nichiren.

They departed from Teradomari on October 27, and the ship finally arrived at the port on October 29 of the third day. Being numb by cold, they fell snow of the straw raincoat and landed from the boat.

Nichiren who landed ashore go up the long slope. They walked a long distance. A snow storm occasionally blew them.

They saw a mansion before long. It is a mansion of Honma Rokuro-zaemon Shigetsura of the agent of land sovereign in Sado.

When a party of Nichiren who became full of white from head to foot arrived, Honma Shigetsura of the master stood on the dirt floor.

"I am Shigetsura".

Nichiren was relieved in that he was able to meet the leader of the island at long last.

"I am Nichiren. Came from Kamakura. Though I am afraid I'll be a burden to you, I am counting on you".

Though Nichiren lowers the head, Shigetsura is standing without welcoming them.

"You came well from far away".

Though his words are careful, the behavior to respect a Buddhist priest does not let him feel at all.

It may be said that it is the polite patronizing attitude.

When disciples took down heavy baggage and were going to take a rest, Shigetsura told them.

"The residence of the priest Nichiren is not here unluckily. Because I decide your placement during a few days, all of you will be able to feel relaxed till then in this mansion”.

After a party of Nichiren stayed for two days in a mansion, Shigetsura gave subordinates command.

"Guide the party of the priest to the house of a funeral service".

Nichiren would appear in the snowy field again.

They were made to walk the back of the mansion of Shigetsura. Subordinates of Shigetsura go ahead of them.

Disciples' kneecap are buried in snow and while Hokibo is leading, they tread down the snow. Nichiren followed them.

The isolated residence such as the deserted house was seen in the wilderness before long. A graveyard is around. A stupa and a gravestone let a face peep out from snow. The native called this the Tsukahara hall for a funeral service.

Piled up snow was making an icicle under the eaves. A wooden floor of the room is deviating. The wall cracked, can see that it begins to snow outside.

November 1, they were arranged to the Tsukahara hall of a funeral service. From the persecution of Tatsunokuchi of 12th September, two months have been passing already. They arrived at Sado on October 28 and got a house at long last, but a new hardship was waiting. Must survive in a place of this severe cold weather.

As night advances, when a disciple lighted a wick of the oil of the plate, the hall inside became bright although being vague.

Putting the straw raincoat on, Nichiren stared at a ceiling and a wall that had stained with soot.


Continued


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 2. Contents



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