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2018年 05月 09日 ( 1 )


2018年 05月 09日

15. Nichiren Suffers the Banishment to Izu. (1)

           Japanese edition


Shimousa is the area around present North Chiba. There was a rural scene spreading out unlike now.

Sunset dyed a hall of Toki Jonin.

Nichiren became age 40.

He declared establishing the sect in Seichoji Temple of the hometown, and eight years pass. How time flies. Nichiren watched the sun which was going to sink into the edge of a mountain while meditating.

Disciples copy a scroll of sutras with a writing brush in the neighbor room. In addition, the boy of bonze drew water and got ready for the dinner with a servant of Toki. There was either the disciples who argued about the doctrine of Buddhism.

Nichiren pushed forward propagation energetically in the land of this Shimousa. It is the territory of Toki Jonin, and there are many samurais of the relationship in Shimousa, too.

Nichiren began to preach a sermon of 100 times in 100 days at once, in the hall of Jonin. Jonin invited acquaintances to this sermon. Ota Jomyo, Soya Kyoshin of the vassal of lord Chiba, and Akimoto Taro who is the Shogunate vassal of the kinsman of Toki Jonin were converted into Nichiren sect by an opportunity of these 'Preaching a sermon of 100 times in 100 days'.

Ota Jomyo is an official of the Shogunate in the high court. It is said that he was of the same age as Nichiren. He lived in Katsushika county Yawata Nakayamago of the Shimousa country and protected Nichiren around Shimosa-Nakayama with Toki Jonin, Soya Kyoshin, Kinbara Hokyo.

The grandfather of Ota Jomyo is said to have given Ota family name from his child Yasutsura Miyoshi in Yasunobu Miyoshi of the first butler of the high court. Jomyo was a child of Yasutsura, they were government officials of the High Court successively through three generations.
 On the other hand, because Soya lived in Shimousa country Katsushika county Soya, he called himself Soya Kyoshin. Kyoshin was 2 years old younger than Nichiren and was born as the eldest son of Ono Masakiyo of the landowner of Kokubu village Soya, in 1224. Soya had feudal tenure in north Shin’etsu (Nagano and Niigata), and it is said that he was considerably rich. The filial duty of Soya is famous. It is said that he read the poetic verse of Zhi-Ga of the Lotus Sutra every morning for 13 years from a day of the death of father.
 In addition, Taro Akimoto "was decided as a disciple because I heard sermon of Nichiren of this time ," he writes the letter so to Nichiren, and Nichiren writes it down by 'the letter to Akimoto' as follows.
 "I have read your letter in detail. You wrote. 'I thought what kind of Law I must spread for 500 years of the beginning at the latter days of the Law, but I accepted the telling of the saint, and had heard that only the title of the Lotus Sutra must spread and was decided to become the one person of the disciples. Particularly, about the Five Festivals what do these express, what should we worship, and what kind of origin are these?'". 'Letter to Lord Akimoto'.


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Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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