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2019年 06月 29日

The Points to be Careful of in the Court. 問注得意抄

The Points to be Careful of in the Court.

May 9, 1269. (48 years old).

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Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple possession (important cultural property).


I have received word that both sides are to be summoned for questioning today. Since this is what each of you has longed for, it will be as if you had encountered the udumbara flower which blossoms and bears fruit only once by three thousand years. And your mind will be similar to that of Tung-fang Shuo who obtained peaches from the garden of the Queen Mother of the West only three times in nine thousand years. What other happiness can you compare to this in life? Firstof all, you should appeal for every day discontents as the other problem theright or wrong of the trial.

I know you are aware well of these matters, but sometimes there is a need to apply the whip even to a s wift horse. Today,once you have gone to the court and appeared to the trial, you must avoid using rough language to your colleagues, even if you are friendly with them. When both sides have been summoned before the court, while the magistrate is reading out the petition of complaint, whatever happens, unless you are questioned by the magistrate, you must not talk even one word. Even if your opponent criticizes you, you should act as if you have heard nothing when is the first and second of slander. If they yet continue a third slander, without changing your complexion or without usingrude language, you must answer with gentle words. You should say to them in this way, “All of us are colleague of the same place. We bear you absolutely no personal grudges”. And I think you should carefully warn them of your retinue to avoid provoking quarrel. It is difficult to explain things such as these adequately in a letter, so I hope that you will give the matter the utmost consideration.

Though I was humble to speak out about such things, I offer these foolish words in order that the three elements of the Buddha's sutra, its votary, and the supporters work together and attain one purpose.

Verytruly yours,

Nichiren.

 The ninth dayof May.

 

 To the three supporters.




Original Text. Table of Contents.






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