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2018年 10月 20日

25. The Showdown by the Rain in Gokurakuji Ryoukan and Nichiren 6

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The effect of the prayer appeared at once.

The town folks pointed to the sky. Surprisingly, black clouds appeared to a corner of the sky which had been blue all.

“Look! There is cloud. Is a rain cloud”.

The town folk had been full of joy.

The clouds gather in sequence, and the sky darkens.

Sutra-chanting of Ryoukan echoed.

Dusk approached. It is threatening to rain.

Thus, Ryoukan finished the sutra-chanting of the first day.

A priest to return looked up contentedly.

“It will certainly rain tomorrow. Seems to be already rainy in Suruga”.

“Nichiren, he will regret”.

The priests laughed boisterously.


Ryoukan was convinced of victory in the evening and fell asleep. Praying for rain had succeeded before. There is not blundering.

Now he swings an eyesore called Nichiren and can let Shogunate be grateful to him. His glory was near at hand like his teacher's Eison had gotten the name of Koshou bodhisattva from the Imperial Court and become a director of Shitennoji Temple. The joy of Ryoukan is immeasurable. A person slandering him disappears. What a comfortable thing. Kamakura will be come under his control. Ryoukan couldn't help being intoxicated with happiness at the same time a sense of relief.

Ryoukan dreamed in the early morning of the day.

Ryoukan prays solemnly in the dusky day covered by a thick rain cloud.

Thunder sounded through the heavens suddenly, and large drop of rain has begun to fall.

A crowd rejoices together.

Nichiren was dripping wet and approached to here and put his hands together to Ryoukan slowly.

Ryoukan edges back for an unexpected situation.


Then, he woke up. Does it really become the prophetic dream?

The bedroom of the morning had been shut with a sliding door, and it was dark. Slanting light slightly shines.

He hears voice of the disciple from the outside.

“Dear teacher, teacher”.

Ryoukan who was soaked himself in the dream was surprised and woke up.

It was Suobo of the disciple.

“It's time to wake up”.

Ryoukan opened a sliding door fearfully.

(I wish rain).

However, severe rays like a blade stung his eyes. Covered the eyes with a sleeve unconsciously.

Kamakura had returned to the scorching sky. The cloud until yesterday completely had been disappearing.


Sutra-chanting continues endlessly.

The steam came out of the caput of the priests.

They looked up at the dry sky reproachfully.

The fiery sunset before long covered the west sky of Kamakura.

A traveler is tired under the hot weather and sits down to the roadside.

The second day of the prayer by Ryoukan finished in this way.


Continued to 7


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2018年 10月 20日

Gosho 清澄寺大衆中 Letter to the Public of Seichō-ji Temple

清澄寺大衆中


 Letter to the Priests of Seichō-ji

 The Declaration of the Establishment of true Buddhism


   建治二年一月十一日 五十五歳御作

  January 11, 1276 (Age: 55)

生身(しょうしん)()空蔵(くうぞう)菩薩(ぼさつ)より大智慧(ちえ)を給わりし事ありき、

“[As a youth,] he received great wisdom from the living Bodhisattva Space Treasury.

I received great wisdom from a live Akasa-garbha-bodhisattva.

日本第一の智者となし給へと申せし事を不便(ふびん)とや(おぼ)()けん明星(みょうじょう)の如くなる(だい)宝珠(ほうじゅ)を給いて右の(そで)にうけとり候いし

He prayed to the bodhisattva to become the wisest person in Japan. The bodhisattva must have taken pity on him, for he presented him with a great jewel as brilliant as the morning star, which Nichiren tucked away in his right sleeve.

I prayed to him, "Please make me to the person who is the wisest in Japan". The bodhisattva felt pity for me perhaps. He gave the great jewel as brilliant as the morning star, into my right-hand sleeve.

故に一切経を見候いしかば八宗並びに一切(いっさい)(きょう)勝劣(しょうれつ)(ほぼ)是を知りぬ

Thereafter, on perusing the entire body of sutras, he was able to discern in essence the relative worth of the eight schools as well as of all the scriptures”.

Thereafter, while I learn the all Buddhist sutras, I could understand the inferior and superior of the eight denominations and the all Buddhist sutras.


つづく Continued


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