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2019年 09月 16日

10. The victory of the Tsukahara dispute, and the coming true of prediction of revolt.

The next year in January, 1272, Nichiren had won in dispute with other sect at Tsukahara of Sado. 'Debate in Tsukahara'.

Nichiren cut all religions wonderfully and abandoned them. He spells the situation of this day in "various kinds of behavior" later.

“They proceeded to cite the doctrines of Great Concentration and Insight and the Shingon and the Nembutsu. I responded each one and let them consent. Then I asked them a few questions one after another, but they could not answer at all. They were inferior to Kamakura's Shingon, Zen, Nembutsu, and Tendai priests, so you would easily be able to imagine how the debate went. As if a sharp sword cuts a melon or like a gale bends the grass. They not only were poor in the Buddha's Law but violated a slip of the tongue. Or they confused sutras with treatises and confused commentaries with treatises. I preached that Shan-tao of Nembutsu had fallen out of the willow tree and died. Also, I taught about the Great Teacher Kobo's three-pronged-pounder and of how he transformed himself into the Tathagata Dainichi. As I denounced their falsity and madness one by one, some of the priests swore and some were struck dumb, while others turned pale, in addition there were people who admitted the mistake of Nembutsu. Some threw away their robes and beads on the spot and pledged never to chant the Nembutsu again”.

In addition, at that time, Nichiren had predicted to Honma Shigetsura of the agent of feudal lord of Sado, “The civil war will soon occur in Japan". A battle (February disturbance) happened among the Hojo clan in Kamakura one month later and gave the Shogunate a shock.

Besides, religious exaltation of Nichiren in the land of adversity is written down in the letter to Sairenbo of the disciple five months after he was arranged to a house of a funeral service.

However, the Lotus Sutra says, ‘After I have passed away, one will accept this sutra and hold. The Buddhahood of such a person will be decided and it is free from doubt'. It says again, ‘I have attained the crowning Buddhahood immediately’.(Omission). If we continue to think in this way, though we are in banishment, we feel that our mind and body are joyful together. We consider the important doctrines day and night, and we savor the principle of nature that attains Buddhahood for every moment. And because we spend the time like this, though months and years go by, it does not seem long at all, and the hours that have elapsed do not seem even many. It is similar to the case described in the sutra when the two Buddhas of Shakyamuni and Taho, sitting down side by side in the treasure tower, nodded over the wonderful principles of the Lotus Sutra, and although fifty small kalpas had elapsed, because of the supernatural powers of the Buddha, the audience who gathered seemed like no more than half a day”.

Wealth and the power have no value for Nichiren. It is hard to exchange a delight welling from life. There was not such enriched every day so far.


Continued


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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