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A Writing to the Lord Shijo Kingo. (Tatsunokuchi Persecution). 四条金吾殿御書(竜口御書)

A Writing to the Lord Shijo Kingo. (Tatsunokuchi Persecution).

September 21, 1271. Fifty years old.


I cannot adequately express my gratitude about your frequent letters.

Be that as it may, at the time of my persecution on the 12th day, not only did you accompany me to Tatsunokuchi, but also you declared that you would die together with me. This surprise unutterable. How many were the places where I have thrown away my life in past existences for the sake of my wife and children, my land and followers? I have perhaps abandoned my life at the mountains and the seas, on the rivers, on the seashore, and at the roadside. However, these were not the sake of the Lotus Sutra or the persecution of the daimoku namely Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, hence my lives that I had thrown away and persecutions were not factors to become Buddha. Because these were not factors to become Buddha, the seas and rivers where I threw away my life are not Buddha's land supposedly.

In this life, however, as the votary of the Lotus Sutra, I was sentenced to banishment and death. The place of the banishment is Ito, and the capital punishment is Tatsunokuchi. Tatsunokuchi in Sagami country is the place where I, Nichiren, threw away own life.

How can it be inferior than the Buddha’s land? This is because the reason is already the reason of the Lotus Sutra. The Sutra states,“there is the only Law in the countries of Buddha of the ten directions,” it will be this meaning. The only Law preached with this text of the sutra is Lotus Sutra. The others do not exist than the Lotus Sutra in the Buddha countries of the ten directions at all. This is because Shakyamuni says so. ‘Removes the teachings of the means of the Buddha’. If it is so, every place where Nichiren meets a persecution will be the land of Buddha. Japan in the saha world, Sagami country in Japan, Katase in Sagami country, Tatsunokuchi in Katase, are where Nichiren put his life. Because he gave his life there for the sake of the Lotus Sutra, Tatsunokuchi deserves to be called the land of tranquil light. This might be what the chapter of "Supernatural powers" states; “Whether in a garden, a forest . . . or in mountain valleys or the wide wilderness . . . Buddha enters nirvana on these places”. 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,

Nichiren.

 September 21, 1271.  

To the Lord Shijo Kingo.



Original Text.  Table of Contents.



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