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2017年 10月 28日 ( 1 )


2017年 10月 28日

8. Birth of Disciples and Believers who Supported the Life of Nichiren 1

                    Japanese edition


The young Buddhist priests who became disciples of Nichiren gradually increased.

Nissho was one of them too.

He became the disciple in November about six months later from when Nichiren declared the establishment of denomination in April 28, 1253. The birth is Shimousa country Kaijo prefecture Note volost. He is older a year than Nichiren. When he was about 15 years old, he become a priest in a temple of Tientai denomination and learned Buddhism of Tientai in Mt. Hiei-zan. Hearing the establishment of Nichiren denomination, he went to Kamakura and he became the disciple and trained himself in the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley.

Nissho felt an indication of a person at the entrance of the thatched hut on that day and said to Nichiren.

“Priest, we may have a guest.”

Nissho opened the door.

Shijo Kingo stands.

Nichiren stood up smilingly.

“Oh, well! well! The hardy samurai of the other day!”

Kingo stood at the entrance, hat in hand and lowered the head awkwardly.

Nichiren invites him willingly.

Usually arrogant Shijo Kingo dare not show his face unusually.

“I am ashamed of my behavior the other day.”

Nichiren waved a neck.

“It is nothing to me. Than it, I am glad you came to this poor thatched hut.”

Kingo sat up straight.

“I have a question about the sermon of the other day. That was the first talk that I listened. I have not heard it at other temples. Can even a human like me attain Buddhahood like the speech of the priest?”

Nichiren has begun to talk calmly.

“A convulsion of nature, famine, and a pestilence are spreading in this country at present. In the Law of Buddha, the world of these pains is called impure land. It is the dirty world. However, if the minds of all life are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are clean, so is their land. The pure land and impure land are not separate. This difference is solely from the virtue or evil of our minds.

It is the same with the Buddha and a common mortal. While strayed, one is called a common mortal, but once attained Buddhahood, one is called the Buddha. For example, even a impure mirror will shine like a jewel when we clean it. Likewise, a mind that is presently clouded by illusions originating from the fundamental darkness of life is like a un-cleaned mirror. Yet, once it is cleaned, it will become a clear mirror of absolute truth. Arouse deep faiths, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? You should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo single-mindedly, says that polish this in the latter day of the Law.

You were born in the house of the samurai. Now although there is not a war, you are having the fate to murder other people or not knowing whether you lose your life either. In addition, because you serve a lord you should make an outstanding job, and be diligent to keep your territorial possession. However, it is the prosperity in the dream or the pleasure which is not rare, even if you got many fame and fortune. Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and encourage others to do the same. This will remain as the only memory in this present life of yours in this human world."


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



by johsei1129 | 2017-10-28 17:35 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)