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2018年 05月 06日 ( 1 )


2018年 05月 06日

14. To the Nation Remonstrate, and the Persecution of Matsuba Valley (7)

              Japanese edition


The loud laughter is heard in the residence of Gokurakuji Temple in Kamakura.

A handsome priest carried liquor.

Including Shigetoki Hojou, the Buddhist priest of the black robe surrounded Ryokan of the master there.

Shigetoki has a cup in a hand and is very in a good mood.

“Great for you. The chief bonze, Ryōkan. Prayer of today would reach to Heaven. The family of the shogunate, lord Kamakura are joying too.

Ryōkan is nonchalant.

“There was a proposal to teach the method that an administrator of the Hachiman Shrine brought rain some time ago to me”.

“How remarkably well, is wonderful. Please teach this Shigetoki too”.

Ryōkan is modest.

“No, it may be that the gods of Heaven put me under pity because I slightly did Law of Buddha. This either is power of Lord Shigetoki who built this excellent temple".

"That is worthy of priest Ryokan. Even if accomplished such skill, you are modest to the last. This is the thing which we should tell other priests of Kamakura. I wanted to show Nichiren it particularly”.

“Is it the Buddhist priest who was in the Matsuba Valley? My many believers are converting to Nichiren”.

“He was cursed with cause and effect, is missing by that fire. The rumor that he was burnt to death. Oh, the deed comes back upon the doer”.

While laughs, Shigetoki continues.

“However, he was the Buddhist priest who said a joke. Nembutsu believers fall into the hell, or Japan would receive an internal insurrection and the attack of other countries if we continued as is, he said. Apart from an internal insurrection, Japan is surrounded by the retaining wall of nature called the sea. Although ten or 100 people may be possible, how would one carry food with a soldier of several thousand tens of thousands from the continent across sea? Therefore, since the founding of a country, Japan has not received the attack of other countries. He is a funny Buddhist priest not able to understand such a thing”.

However, Ryōkan was suspicious unlike Shigetoki.

“But there is a lot still the believer of Nichiren in Kamakura. Please continue to remain vigilant”.

“There is nothing to worry about. A person like bonze Ryokan would be not afraid of only one Buddhist priest. Nichiren has disappeared. The believers either become extinct naturally”.

Ryōkan assumed a grave look.

“Lord Shigetoki. Actually, there is a rumor that Nichiren is in Shimousa now”.

The cup of Shigetoki stopped.

“What, in Shimousa. The military governor is Chiba Yoritane”.

Ryōkan nodded.

“Rumor has it that he is spreading it very much. The nondescript is weird things, for this Ryokan. I think whether making the first move so that a serious situation does not occur is advisable”.

Ryōkan is 45 years old at this time. He was 6 years old older than Nichiren. It was the age that has matured and mellowed, but he wants to nip off the buds of the anxiety early.

“Priest Ryokan, I understood. I'll take care of that”.

Shigetoki drank up the liquor of the cup at a stretch when he said in this way.


Continued to the ‘Nichiren Suffers the Difficulty of the Izu Exile’.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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