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2. Declaring the Establishment of True Buddhism and the Four Maxims.

Rencho returned to Awa of the hometown on April 28 of 1253 and declared the establishment of the true Buddhism. And he changed own name to Nichiren. The place was the Buddha statue hall in the Seichoji temple which Rencho had prayed for making himself to the wisest person in Japan.

"Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo."

Nichiren declared that the people of the whole world (Jambudvipa) could open the gate of attaining Buddhahood by chanting this subject.

 At the same time, he criticised the four sects that prevent the road to Buddhahood of people. Nembutsu sect create negative karma that cause the people to lead into the hell of incessant suffering; Zen gives rise to devil's functions; Shingon is evil teachings that destroys the nation; and Ritsu sect is the bandit in the country. The maxims of four mean this. The maxims of this four, it was the sharp sword against worldly desire for cutting off the fundamental darkness of all creatures. 

However, Kagenobu Tojo, land steward of Awa, heard this incident, was trying to arrest Nichiren immediately.

Kagenobu was a strong believer of Nembutsu, he was trying to control the Seichji Temple. A persecution befell Nichiren immediately like as Shakyamuni Buddha preached in the Lotus Sutra "A difficulty befalls you if you spread the great clear Law in the latter day of the Law".

Nichiren avoided this difficulty and began propagation in Kamakura of the capital of the politics. Nichiren, to spread the subject of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, began to criticize the other sect hard. Nichiren had continued this activity for 18 years. Although he criticized the other sect, he increased notoriety along with the fame. Also, Nichiren taught that his believers should spread the Law according to their ability. As a result, believers to Nichiren were gradually increasing to relatives of the disciples, samurai's colleagues, and monk of the other denomination.

Nobody could beat Nichiren by the debate of the doctrine.

“When persons in past times criticized Honen's teachings, they did not at the same time criticize those of his predecessors Shantao and Taocho, nor did they try to distinguish between provisional sutras and those that are true, as a result the Nembutsu believers only became more self-confident than ever. But now I,Nichiren, have Shantao and Honen fallen into the hell of incessant suffering, and have driven home my criticisms by comparing the three Pure Land sutras with the Lotus Sutra. It is like comparing the sun and moon with a firefly or comparing the water of a small stream with the great ocean.

Moreover, I have demonstrated that the Nembutsu is a mere childish doctrine that the Buddha expounded as an expedient for a time only. To desire such a doctrine to leave from the sufferings of birth and death is like building a ship of stone and hoping to cross the vast sea with it, or like loading a mountain on one's back and attempting to go over a steep slope. When I criticize them in this way, none of the Nembutsu believers has been able to refute me”.On refuting Ryoukan and Others’


Continued


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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