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2018年 04月 30日 ( 1 )


2018年 04月 30日

14. To the Nation Remonstrate, and the Persecution of Matsuba Valley.(3)

    Japanese edition


Moonlight lighted up the small hermitage of Nichiren.

The disciples were fast asleep.

Nichiren slept a comfortable sleep temporarily for the sense of accomplishment that accomplished the protest to a ruler.

There was not yet the reaction of the 'Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation'.

Had Tokiyori Hojo read my treatise? There are no notices.

Nichiren thinks in bed.

If Tokiyori was a benevolent lord, there is something surely. He must answer with persecution if foolish.


“Rationale will win in the times of wise King. The unjust precedes the times of the foolish ruler. Understand the true doctrines of the Lotus Sutra appear in the times of the saint”. ’On the opening of the eyes’.


Was Nichiren able to really meet Tokiyori Hojo? Nichiren writes down in "the writings which interviewed the deceased Saimyoji Nyudo" which were jotted down in 1269 in this way.Because the [Zen] Buddhism temples intended to let people abandon the faiths of old temples [Lotus Sutra temples such as Enryakuji Temple] all together in Japan, I told the deceased Saimyoji Nyudo about this at the time of interview with the reason that it was the fault of the evil spirit. Furthermore, he wrote it in 'About Having to Say the Doctrine" in December 1270 either. “I said to the deceased Saimyoji Nyudo. ‘The Zen Buddhism is an act of the evil spirit’. I told this by the treatise of protest later and informed him”.

Nichiren strengthened blame and wrote it particularly in the treatise for Nembutsu which spread among the common people in four sects of "Ritsu, Nembutsu, Zen, Shingon", but Zen Buddhism was believed among samurais generally. Therefore, blame for the Zen Buddhism is thought to have spoken frankly daringly when he met Tokiyori of the leader of the samurai.

The persons that Nichiren made an effort for an interview of Tokiyori are thought to be Mitsunori Yadoya who passed on the treatize to Tokiyori from Nichiren as the commissioner of Shrines and temples, and Daigaku Saburo who was Shogunate official of Confucianist converted to Nichiren immediately after founded the sect. When Nichiren gives to the deceased Saimyoji Nyudo the treatise, he is said to have shown it beforehand to Daigaku Saburo. In addition, Mitsunori Yadoya will be converted to Nichiren from the magical opportunity of the presentation of the treatise.

In any case Nichiren achieved responsibility as a votary of the Lotus Sutra, and the feeling of satisfaction that accomplished the caveat to the nation was deep.

It is said that the person who does not tell a ruler it while one knows the disobeying to teachings falls into the dungeon of the hell of incessant sufferings with a bad person.

However, the result of the warning to nation became, 'the unjust precedes the times of the foolish ruler'.

In addition, the populace of Kamakura becomes like this later as follows in "Letter to the lay priest Nakaoki" which Nichiren wrote down.


“At first, when I alone chanted the daimoku, those who saw me, run across me, or heard me covered their ears, glared at me with furious eyes, contorted their mouths, clenched their fists, and ground their teeth. Even my parents, brothers, teachers, and friends became my enemies. Then the land steward and the lord of the manor where I was residing turned against me. The whole country made a fuss later, and all the people were surprised after”. 'Letter to the Lay Priest Nakaoki'.


          Continued to (4)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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