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2018年 10月 27日 ( 2 )


2018年 10月 27日

25. The Showdown by the Rain in Gokurakuji Ryoukan and Nichiren 7


            Japanese edition


Became morning of the third day.

All disciples of Ryoukan have begun to get impatient. They formed a circle around Ryoukan. They did not know what to do and held their heads in their hands.

“Far from rain, there is no even only one cloud in the sky. Priest Ryoukan, are there any good means?”.

“Do not worry. It took three days even in the Great Teacher Dengho of the initiator of Enryakuji Temple”.

“However, there is not a omen at all though this large number of Buddhist priests pray seriously. What on earth are we mistaking?”.

The doubt to themselves has begun to spread.

Ryoukan who understood the atmosphere of the place suggested it suddenly.

“We must bring rain by all means. We cannot surrender to Nichiren now. Needs must when the devil drives. Why don't you pray in the Lotus Sutra on this exigency?”.

Suobo clapped his hands.

“Was so! There was the Lotus Sutra. Priest Honen either preached that the Lotus Sutra is 'unbelievable and difficult to understand' for all creatures, but he admitted that it was superior sutra. At this chance let's pray in the Lotus Sutra that Nichiren relies upon. As for us, let's read all the Lotus Sutra aloud, not chanting a title namely daimoku. There should be a omen definitely”.

They don't care a bit what people say about them. When Ryoukan prepared eight scrolls of the Lotus Sutra, he matched a voice immediately and began sutra-chanting aloud.

“We had heard in this way. On one occasion, Buddha moved...”.

Then how did it happen? The deep-black cloud swelled up from the mountain of Kamakura.

The black clouds came to cover the whole sky.

Ryoukan emphasize his voice.

It was this time.

The wind made sound that resembled scream, and a gust was generated and shook a building of exposure.

The various Buddhas and bodhisattvas which were arranged on sanctuary have begun to topple.

Priests stopped sutra-chanting in wonder, but only Ryoukan advocated it hard.

A sandstorm attacked the Kamakura city.

Townsmen scream, escape and are at a loss.

A roof was blown off by a gust of wind. It was not the rain which they desired earnestly but a contrary wind.

Night of the third day which abandoned itself to confusion was advanced.

Wind made sound that cut in the town of Kamakura at midnight.

Tokimune Hojo looked at a town through a lattice from the room of the regent.

Yasumori and Yoritsuna sit down beside him as always.

Yasumori groaned.

“Mmm! This wind. The drought advances moreover!”.

The farmland has begun to cause fissures in the ground. A strong, dry wind pursued further attacks in addition to this.

The farmers who would abandon the land appeared one after another. They carried a few load and left from the land and went to the country where there was the relative while droop their shoulder.

The farmer who could get ready before dark was good. Most farming families run away under cover of darkness without being able to pay the debt from a land steward.

But there was the farmer who stayed in the land among them and did not give up harvest.

His wife sits down in a house weakly. An old woman and a young child snuggled up and slept.

The farmer exclaimed.

“I do not lose. Will harvest rice by all means!”.


Continued


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents




by johsei1129 | 2018-10-27 19:19 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)
2018年 10月 27日

Gosho 法華経題目抄 The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra 2


南無妙法蓮華経と一日に六万・十万・千万等も唱えて後に(ひま)あらば時時(よりより)阿弥陀等の諸仏の名号(みょうごう)をも口ずさみ・なるやうに申し給はんこそ法華経を信ずる女人(にょにん)にては・あるべきに、当世の女人は一期(いちご)の間・弥陀(みだ)の名号をば・しきりに・となへ念仏の仏事をば・ひまなくをこなひ法華経をばつやつや唱へず供養(くよう)せず(あるい)はわづかに法華経を持経者に・よますれども念仏者をば父母・兄弟なんどのやうに・をもひなし持経者をば(しょ)(じゅう)眷属(けんぞく)よりもかろくをもへり、

Only after chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo sixty thousand, a hundred thousand, or even ten million times a day, may women who put their faith in the Lotus Sutra, if they still have some time to spare, now and then murmur to themselves the name of Amida or one of the other Buddhas. But women these days spend their whole lives constantly reciting the name of Amida and busying themselves with matters concerning the Nembutsu. They never recite the Lotus Sutra or give alms for its sake. True, there are a few who have the Lotus Sutra read by those who uphold its teachings. But they look up to the Nembutsu priests as though they were their parents or brothers, and treat the upholders of the Lotus Sutra with less respect than they would the irretainers or followers.

Though the standpoint of the woman should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and be a woman believing a Lotus Sutra, the women of nowadays chant Amida's name frequently during their life, and perform Buddhist service of Nembutsu consistently without chanting the Lotus Sutra and without holding a service, and they let the priest slightly read the Lotus Sutra, but they treat bonze of Nembutsu like parents brothers, and look down upon the upholder of the sutra than vassal and kindred.

かくして・しかも法華経を信ずる(よし)を・なのるなり、

And yet they claim that they are believers in the Lotus Sutra.

All the same, they say that they believe the Lotus Sutra.


つづく Continued


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by johsei1129 | 2018-10-27 09:13 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)