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11. The amnesty to Sado banishment and the third warning to the government.

However, Ryoukan of Gokuraku-ji Temple persistently pursued Nichiren. He appealed to Nobutoki Hojo, a leading figure of the bakufu, to suppress Nichiren again. Though Nichiren was in a difficult situation again, unexpectedly he received his pardon of exile.

“When the former governor of Musashi heard this, he decided there was no need to report it to the regent. Instead he sent private orders that any followers of Nichiren in the province of Sado should be driven out of the province or imprisoned. He sent official orders. He did so three times. When I will attempt to describe what happened during this period, you can probably imagine. Some people were thrown into prison because they were said to have walked past my hut, others were exiled because they were reported to have given me donations, or their wives and children were taken into custody. The former governor of Musashi then reported this to the regent. But quite contrary to his expectations, the regent issued a letter of pardon on the fourteenth day of February in eleventh year of Bun'ei (1274), which reached Sado on the eighth day of March”.

In February 1273, regent Tokimune Hojo pardoned Nichiren at last. Tokimune made the plan to borrow power of Nichiren, and to raise the fate of the country against the attack of the Mongolia empire. The doctrine of Nichiren who was prohibited was recognized officially by this pardon virtually.

“As the water is cloudy but becomes transparent sometimes and though the clouds hide the moon, the sky becomes clear sometimes. This is a natural truth. Because the fact that there was no fault had already appeared and it was not false that I said, though the clan and feudal lords said that they should not forgive me, I was finally forgiven at the discretion of only lord Sagami and returned to Kamakura in triumph”. ‘Letter to Nakaoki Nyudo’.

Nichiren returns to Kamakura and, in that April, meets Yoritsuna Tairano who received the intention of Tokimune Hojo. And Nichiren answered a question of Yoritsuna. "It will certainly come in this year". In other words, Nichiren predicted that Mongolia would attack by the end of this year, and he preached it that shogunate must not let the various sects including Shingon pray. (The third of the Advising the Government to Convert the Whole Nation to the Right Religion).

“The third time was the eighth day of April of last year (the eleventh year of the Bun'ei era). I said to Saemonnojo: ‘Since I was born in the land ruled by the king, I may appear to obey him, but he cannot force my mind to obey him. There is no doubt that Nembutsu leads to the hell of incessant suffering and Zen is the acts of heavens' devils. And the Shingon in particular is a great misfortune for this nation. The Kamakura Shogunate should not order the Shingon priests to pray for victory over the Mongols. If the Shingon priests pray for agrave matter, this country will face ruin more quickly.’ Yoritsuna then asked, ‘When do you think the Mongols will attack?’. I replied, ‘The sutras do not indicate that timing. But the symptoms show that heavens are extremely angry. It would appear that the attack is imminent. It will certainly occur before this year has ended’”.

But the Shogunate was not able to exclude existing sects. Nichiren pushed away the Shogunate and went to the seclusion in Mount Minobu of Kai country.

“Although I, Nichiren, do not think that I have done particularly wrong, the people of this country are being deceived by the Nembutsu priests, or by the Zen, religious precepts, or Shingon. They act outwardly as though they revere the Lotus Sutra, but in their minds, they do not believe in it. Thus, when I, Nichiren, assert the supremacy of the Lotus Sutra, they all resent me, just like the people in the latter day of the Law of the Buddha of Dignified Sound King detested the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. From the ruler to the common people, they even hate to watch me, let alone hear my name. Therefore, although I was innocent of any wrong doing, because once I was exiled, I could not possibly be permitted. In addition, I had denounced the Nembutsu which the people of Japan respect more deeply than their own parents and more highly than the sun and moon, and I said it is the cause that leads to the hell of incessant suffering. I attacked them saying that the Zen sect is the acts of the devil and the Shingon is an evil doctrine that will ruin the nation, and I insisted that the Shogunate burn down the temples of the Nembutsu, Zen, and religious precepts priests and should behead the Nembutsu priests and the others. Moreover, I picked Hojo Tokiyori and Shigetoki of the two deceased lay priest and expressed they had fallen into the Avichi hell. I am such a sinful human being. Because I had voiced such appeals to all people of the high rank and bottom, whether or not I had spoken it in error, I can never again appear to this world. Even worse, I stated such teachings every morning and evening and debated it day and night. Also, I informed soundly Heino-Saemon and several hundred shogunate officers that, no matter what punishment I might incur, I would not stop stating these matters. Therefore, even if a grand stone at the bottom of the sea that requires a thousand men to move it surface by itself, or even if rain falling from the sky do not reach to the ground, I, Nichiren, will never return to Kamakura”.

He was according to this maxim on the surface “If you remonstrate about a lord three times and were not used, you must live in the forest.” The real intention was to train disciples, and to achieve the purpose of his life.


Continued


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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