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2019年 05月 02日

4. Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura. (1)


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  Japanese version

Tokiyori Hojo and his child made Zen meditation in Kenchoji Temple of Kamakura.

Samurais of guard are gathered around the temple. There is being heavy security.

There is Doryu of the Zen priest who wore a black robe facing the parent and child.

Doryu was called Rankei, as virtue priest invited from Sung. He came from Western Shu (present-day Shichuan Province, China) of the South Sung dynasty. He made a voyage to Japan with a disciple at the age of 33 years old and he went to the capital Kyoto the next year and entered the Invited Place of Sen'yuji Temple. Furthermore, he visited Kamakura and was in Juhukuji Temple and Jorakuji Temple, and he was invited and was nominated as the founder of Kenchoji Temple and he received faith from Tokiyori Hojo.

Tokiyori was already far from the regent's post, but he is a direct descendant of Hojo continued from Sanetoki and Yasutoki. His power overwhelmed others.

He puts it under the control of him even in the Imperial Court.

The reason was 'the Revolt of Zhokyu' that Gotoba ex-emperor rose the soldier who would subdue the second regent Yoshitoki Hojo of the younger brother of Masako Hojo of the wife of Yoritomo Minamoto in 1221, but he was defeated in the war. As a result, Yoshitoki performed Gotoba ex-emperors banishment to Oki island, and the Emperor Juntoku banishment to Sado island, on the charge of a rebellion. In addition, the Tsuchimikado ex-emperor who was the prince royal of the Gotoba ex-emperor advanced in spite of being innocence by oneself and was sentenced to banishment to an island of Tosa. After this, the Kamakura Shogunate will establish Imperial Court rule.

In this sense, the regent of the Kamakura Shogunate was said with the emperor in Japan in effect.

A Zen priest holding a stick stands behind parent and child.

At first Tokisuke of the eldest son was hit his shoulder. He glares at a Buddhist priest unintentionally.

Tokimune was beaten next. The reaction of Tokimune is different from the older brother.He knew failure, but closed his eyes calmly again.

Doryu smiles.

“Because you two are young, a mind changes, are not you?".

Closing his eyes, father Tokiyori talks.

“Hum, is it possible for the noble bonze, you, to read the mind of two children?”.

Doryu is proud-looking.

"Sir Tokisuke looks rebellious to Sir Tokimune. He has a thought that he not want to be defeated by the younger brother vividly”.
"Hum, how about a younger brother?".
"It will be the future of the father".
"He is thinking who will become a leader of Kamakura after Sir Tokiyori? Tokisuke of the older brother is dominant with the number of ages, and he is superior with the ability".
Violent-tempered Tokisuke burst in on a conversation.
"Priest Doryu, you are saying too much!".
Father stopped an older brother.
"Wait, and wait. The guess of the chief bonze is mixing the supposition. It is teachings of the Zen Buddhism not to disarrange a mind in such a thing".
A smile played on Doryu's lips.
While Tokiyori closed his eyes, he heard it.
"Then the chief bonze, is my mind readable?".

Doryu was lost in thought.

"Is it not recent natural disaster and famine?".
"Do you see it like that?".
"The Kamakura Shogunate is thought to be stable now. Accordingly, as for Lord Tokiyori, it should be anxious about improvement of domestic administration from now on. However, aren't you thinking that you cannot bear a starvation, a pestilence, and a natural disaster?".
"It is wrong".
Doryu became stiff.
"I am thinking about you who are a Buddhist priest. You are the noble Buddhist priest who come expressly from China. Our Japan thought that the trade with China was important and we maintained the port of Kamakura. However, it is possible because politics of China is stable. China is being threatened by the northern savage tribe now".
Sweat broke out on Doryu's forehead.
“Did you know?”.
“The reason that built this temple is because you are the Chinese superior well-informed person. I want to hear various information. I think that it is not to become the loss if you want to spread Zen Buddhism in this Japan”.
Doryu was facing down.
"It does not become very as good as expected. In Japan, Nembutsu sect of Buddhism occupies most now and there is the priest attacking every denomination including our Zen Buddhism in Kamakura now".
"Hum, it is mysterious".
"Probably, it is a priest called Nichiren".
Tokiyori laughed.
"There is uneasiness to me in the diplomacy of other country across sea. For a chief bonze, there is worry to the priest who is called Nichiren of Kamakura of your ground!”.

               continued to (2)

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2019年 05月 02日

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第二 量の字の事






『 第二十二 自我偈始終の事


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3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment of True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(3)

                      Japanese edition

However, this case was reported quickly to Kagenobu of the land steward who governed Tojo province.

Kagenobu was tempted by warm weather and was taking a nap leisurely, but he was woken up by the vassal hard.

"What? Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering?".

Kagenobu was an enthusiastic strong believer of Nembutsu.

He showed an expression of the anger in a beginning, but burst into laughter before long.

“I am sure of this game. We arrest the Buddhist priest called Nichiren. The land steward cannot consent such a bad person is inside the Seichoji. We will arrest him and appeal to the Shogunate for the misbehavior of the temple.The temple will become a follower of Tojo if we do it. Good, here we go!”.

Kagenobu has the sword and goes out. Vassals followed him in a hurry.

Kagenobu and his subordinates run fast on horseback. They ran by the mountain path and climbed the approach to the temple.

Nichiren and Jokenbo, Gijobo were in the middle of the conversation in the temple. It is time when the two senior disciples asked the Nichiren's room and heard the teaching of the Lotus Sutra.

A young monk burst into the room.

“It's bad! The land steward has come over. They are yelling 'Why the Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering? '”.

Jokenbo raised his knee.

"Damn it!, did it leak? Did it leak? Nichiren, you are dangerous. Go off right now!”.

Nichiren sat up straight.

"The cause of that problem is me. I will explain".

Gijobo stopped it.

“Don't do that.This temple and Tojo are sworn enemies on a fight of the land. Our intention is not to involve you in any trouble”.

The inside of the temple filled with the undesired noise at same time he has said.

Samurais of Kagenobu invaded.

A ferocious voice shout, and blustering voice was sounded.

"Where is the person who is called Nichiren? Where is Nichiren?”.

Kagenobu Tojo who flew into a rage opened the door of the room violently.

There were only two people of Jokenbo and Gijobo there.

Kagenobu pointed a whip to the tip of nose of Jōkenbō.

"Where is the man who is called Nichiren?".

“He is not here. He has already left".

Gijobo answers resolutely.

"Lord Kagenobu, it is imprudent to enter the temple with your wearing shoes despite a land steward. Nun O'ama is the blood relationship of lord Kamakura. This matter is not good for Lord Kagenobu either".

Kagenobu loses a voice for an instant.

"No, there was an information. There seems to be the man saying that the prayer of Nembutsu is hell. It is the duty of the land steward to supervise such a person. I intend to arrest people too playing along with that man”.

The voice from the outside sounded.
"The man was there!".

Nichiren went down the mountain behind at a trot.

The samurai who pulled a sword caught up with Nichiren.

Nichiren turns around.

Samurais surrounded Nichiren.

It was unexpected. A misfortune befell him with the first sermon. Nichiren was seized with thought like having a glimpse of coming future.

However, the group of the farmer dashed out of the forest and protected Nichiren and confronted samurai. They were people of the supporters of Seichoji temple. Most are local farmers. They heard urgency and gathered.

Farmers glare at samurais with sticks.

A samurai was enraged.

" You are outrageous farmers! Do you take sides with a wicked Buddhist priest?”.

Farmers call out to each other and begin to push out their sticks and push away samurais.

The samurai does not lose, too.

After the hostility of both continued, Kagenobu appeared. He seemed to consider that a situation was disadvantageous. He withdrew samurais. And he threatened farmers when leaving.

"Only today is well. But I remember it. There are people against the land steward. I'll get even with all of you sometime".

Kagenobu has left, farmers gave sigh of relief.

The three people of Nichiren, Jokenbo and Gijobo go down the thin mountain path. They held their breath each other. A pursuer may come.
Miura Peninsula was seen on the opposite bank far. Furthermore, they see Mount Fuji covered with snow far far away.
Gijobo handed baggage to Nichiren.
"What would you do from now on? Are you back to Kyoto?”.
Nichiren waved a neck.
"I will go to Kamakura".
"Why? You should go to Kyoto if you wish to succeed in Buddhism”.
Nichiren said flatly.

"The center of Japan is Kamakura now. I, Nichiren, have the determination that I am based in Kamakura, and performs propagating Buddhism of a Lotus Sutra myself to death".

Nichiren did goodbye and went down the mountain. His back figure becomes small.

Jokenbo said like a soliloquy.

"Is he all right?".

Gijobo brightened his eyes.

"He sure was the man who surpassed to everybody in this Seichoji temple. We do not worry".

These two people were senior disciples, but assumed Nichiren a teacher, after this. And they support activity of Nichiren throughout their life.

Nichiren writes down the judicious acts of both Jokenbo and Gijobo of this day as follows in "Questions and Answers on the Gohonzon, object of worship" later.

"When the land steward displayed his anger to me, you, Jokenbo, along with Gijobo, helped me to escape from Seichoji temple. Therefore, without doing anything further, all of you will be freed from the sufferings of birth and death when all of you thought this service to the Lotus Sutra".

Continued to 'Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura'

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3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment of True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(2)

                     Japanese version
From Biography of Nichiren Daishōnin

Men and women of all ages go up the approach to the Seichoji temple in the morning.

A passing old woman wondered and asked them.

"Are there some kind of gatherings?".

"There is sermon from now".

“Well !”.

"The Buddhist priest called Renchō came home from Mt. Hiei. We listen to the story of him today”.

An old woman remembered him.

"Rencho? Yes! That he was here is certain. He was an artless child, but did he become so excellent yet?".

“So, I want to hear that the priest Rencho preach about Nembutsu. Anyway because Nembutsu is spreading all over Japan”.

The woman who is aside butts in to their conversation.

"No, priest Renchō is Zen sect. The Zen sect is popular among samurai. The present is the world of the samurai. Mr. Rencho should be shrewd in the fashion”.

An old woman got enthusiastic suddenly.

"I go, either. I want to hear the teachings of the Shingon. The holiest teachings are certainly the Shingon in this Japan. Shingon is because a noble priest gathers. Oh, it is a pleasure”.

The samurai who heard this conversation approached and said.

“All of you are thoughtless. Priest Renchō intends to get on in life by Ritsu sect. They hold religious precept , make a bridge and give a sick person almsgiving. There is not the person who is noble other than the priest of religious precept denomination”.

People pass their side with hurried steps.

The samurai was upset.

“This is no time for introducing such a talk. Priest Rencho came home from that Enryakuji Temple where excellent Buddhist priests gathered from all over the country. We cannot miss his sermon!”.

They all went up the slope.

The hall of Buddha statue of the Seichoji temple was a small building.
Audience gathered in groups.
There is a small Buddha statue in the central back, and parents, O'ama, the priest of Dōzenbō and others are waiting in front of it.
Everybody was cheerful, but only the Dōzenbō was uneasy for some reason. He can not rid his born timidity.

On the other hand, Enchibō and Dōgibō sat with an arrogant face.

If sermon of Rencho included an error even a little, they asked immediately and intended to shame him.

Renchō appeared, and the hall fell silent instantly.

He began to talk slowly after he sat in the center and put hands together towards people and bowed.

“I, Rencho, returned from Mt. Hiei. Ladies and gentlemen have been supporting my ascetic practices for many years of the several countries, and I feel it much appreciated. I give thanks on this place. By the way, this time I change Rencho of the Buddhist name and introduce myself as Nichiren”.


All members are murmurous lightly.

"I learned in the temples such as Mt. Hiei, Mt. Koya, Onjoji temple, and I definitely realized it what the ultimate doctrine of Buddha was only one”.

All men and women were with breathless interest.

Nichiren faced the people who gathered and he put hands together and chanted "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" aloud powerfully.

Audience was dumbfounded, but Nichiren continues it.

"When Buddha preached the Sutra of the Infinitude in Eagle Peak 42 years later after attaining Buddhahood, 'I has not expressed the truth for the forty years yet', he showed it to all creatures. In addition to all this, Buddha preached and clarified 'the Lotus Sutra' that is the true teachings that all creatures can attain Buddhahood. By the way, all of you who gather here will know that the word of 'Japan' includes our country, two islands, all creatures, beast, all the trees and plants. All the profit of both Shakyamuni and Buddha of unaccountable numbers in past and present and future , who were preached with the 28 chapter in the Lotus Sutra, is included in five and seven characters called 'Nam-myoho-renge-kyo'. The all creatures in the latter day of the Law can attain Buddhahood in the present living body by believing in Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. That is why it is the only religious practice of the latter day of the Law to chant 'Nam-myoho-renge-kyo' before everything else if person wish for attaining Buddhahood. I chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to all of you at first. That is because there is life called the world of Buddha inside the mind of you. In the chapter of expedient means in the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha has preached 'opening, showing, realizing, entering' that is a reason of 'the opportunity of only one most important' that Buddha appears in this saha world. This means that Buddha lets all creatures open the knowledge of Buddha and shows it and lets them realize and lets them enter to the Buddhistic road. In other words attaining Buddhahood is the opening the life of the Buddha world which all creatures possess”.

Nichiren preached the own secret which arrived at after study in the Enryakuji Temple at a stretch.

The people noticed there was the powerful sermon person who had not looked so far.

Enchibo and Dogibo do a contemptuous smile suspiciously.

Dozenbo of the teacher wiped the sweat of the brow by bare hand unintentionally. Nun O'ama cannot hide embarrassment for the word "Nam-Myoho-renge-kyo" that she has heard from no priest until now. The parents of Nichiren keep opening a mouth as like they hear a mysterious story.

Nichiren continues preaching without pause.

"I, Nichiren, will spread a title of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the every corner in Japan after today. I will grant this title to the mouth of all people of Japan. However, it is a fact that there is evil Law against the teaching of Buddha in this world.The peace and security of Japan are not possible if we exterminate evil Law first and do not spread right Law".

Dozenbo was upset and spoke unintentionally.

"A evil Law? Is there such a thing in the teaching that Buddha preached at this world? I cannot but disown you if you continue such a sermon!”.

Nichiren continues preaching without being daunted to the word 'disownment' of the teacher.

"There are four evil Law in the present world of the latter days of Law. The beginning is Nembutsu sect.The Nenbutsu sect of the priest Honen is the real undesirable Law.They abandon the Lotus Sutra that Buddha had placed on the best sutra and they worship Amidha Buddha who was preached in Amitabha sutra that does not yet express the truth. And they preach that person should chant with Nam-Aamidhabutsu". Amidha Buddha is unrelated Buddha in this saha world. Shakyamuni Buddha who was born in the moon country (India) in this saha world and rescued many creatures is father of all creatures. It is ungrateful that a Buddhist priest preaches to throw away the best sacred sutra preached by this father, and it is certain that the all creatures believing this fall into the hell of incessant suffering with a Buddhist priest".

"What! We fall into the hell if we chant Nam-Amidhabutsu!" .

Scream breaks out from audience.

There was the person who covered his ears. Man and woman edges back. Enchibō poured eyes of the anger to Nichiren.

"The next Zen Buddhism resembles Law of Buddha, but is not Law of Buddha. The doctrine of this denomination advocates 'the truth was conveyed separately from the sutras', and is the teaching of non-Buddhist that ignore all the sutras of Buddha. The Nirvana surta says, 'If there is the person who does not obey the preach of Buddha, this is devil's followers'. Therefore, a person believing Zen Buddhism is similar to the action of the evil spirit".

The samurai begins to be angry.

"You are saying foolishly! The Zen Buddhism is believed from Lord Kamakura too".

But Nichiren is unflappable at all.

"Next, the Shingon sect worships the non-Buddhism called the secret teachings. This denomination says Buddha is a lower than both a cattleman and a sandal-carrier, they look down upon the Lotus Sutra and Buddha. This is the teaching of destroying a country. This is false teachings to respect the Dainichi Buddha who is unrelated to this saha world. A country ruins by all means if person pray in Shingon".

The people left out, one after another, from the hall of Buddha statue.

"The Ritsu (religious precept) sect in last. There are priests brandishing the religious precepts that are the teachings that are the lowest with all sutras which Buddha preached for 50 years. They are the traitors of the country who are unrelated to the latter days of the Law. I have talked about an outline. That is all”.

Most of audience left the hall, but there was the person who stayed there and wanted to hear sermon of Nichiren in detail.

Dozenbo drew up to Nichiren.

"Renchō, no, Nichiren, what a terrible thing you say! Do you want to make all Buddhists in Japan an enemy?".

Umegiku of mother puts hands together and rubs it.

"My son, please stop only criticizing the other denominations. It is a terrible that Nembutsu is called Hell”.

Mikuni Tayu of father furrowed his brow, too.

"What is it! Though I sent you on ascetic practices with much effort, what is it to say such a thing? Where did you have such a thought? ".

Nichiren was calm.

"Father, mother, teacher. I decided it since I left the Enryakuji Temple. I will live together with the Lotus Sutra. Nobody can break this oath".

Mother burst into tears.

Then, Jokenbo of the senior disciple entered among them.

“Chief bonze, Dozenbo. Well, you should be satisfied for this time.It looks like Nichiren would have serious determination. I was not able to understand everything of today's sermon, but what I thought to want hearing it from Nichiren in detail is certain”.

Gijobo of the same senior disciple supports him.

"I want to hear the today's sermon in detail, too. I could not judge it from only today's sermon, but only conviction of the priest Nichiren affected my mind certainly".

O'ama helped them taking the opportunity, too.

"I was really surprised, too, but I am the same as a foster parent of Nichiren from old days. I will believe Nichiren priest from today and chant not Namu-Amidabutsu but Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. My mind seems to be lively when I hear Namu-myoho-renge-kyo that the priest Nichiren chants. It is somehow different from Nam-Amidabutsu that is the feeling to be sunk at the ground. Umegiku and Tayu will become able to surely understand a thought of priest Nichiren. Don't worry".

Nichiren put hands together.

"Those words, I do not forget it throughout the life".

Teacher Dōzenbō lost heart and went out.

Enchibō of the old priest stood in the way there.

"Well really, Dōzenbō, you had a troublesome disciple, did not you? I look forward to how you take this responsibility".

Dozenbo was upset and left to escape.

Nichiren preached to parents again after this, and he granted two people the religious precepts by himself, he gave a Buddhist name of Myoren to Myonichi mother to father from a characters of Nichiren each.

Nichiren writes down about teacher Dozenbo with parents at the time of 'declaring the establishment of true Buddhism' as follows later.

"In all worldly affairs, those who oppose their parents or disobey their ruler incur the wrath of Heaven for unfilial or disloyal behavior. But if one's parent or ruler becomes an enemy of the Lotus Sutra, then disobedience becomes an act of filial devotion and repays the gratitude to the nation. Therefore, since I first read the Lotus Sutra, I have not been afraid, even though my parents implored me, with their palms rubbed, to desist, even though my teacher disowned me, even though the lord of Kamakura [the regent] twice exiled me, and even though my neck nearly was going to be cut off. Therefore, in Japan there may be now people who think my preaching is true. In Japan it might be difficult to choose the person who receive the protection of Heaven at last disobeying sovereign, parents, and teacher except Nichiren". 'About the Royal Palace'

           continued (3)

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3 Nichiren Declares the Establishment of True Buddhism in the Hometown on Readiness.(1) 

               Japanese version


  From Biography of Nichiren Daishōnin

Rencho arrived at Kominato of Awa in the hometown.

He feels nostalgic about the smell of the tide of sea.

Rencho walks the slope of the mountain.

He saw there was the Seichoji Temple uphill.

There were Buddhist priests of the child. Probably they got tired of the cleaning of the door front, because they forced the leaf which they collected each other.

Rencho called to them smilingly.

“Hey, you must not quarrel”.

Boys suspected a priest to call to intimately, but noticed him before long.

“Possibly, are you Mr. Renchō?”.

At the same time Rencho nodded, boys run in a hurry to the main hall of the temple.

He entered the precincts of temple.

His parents, Dozenbo, Jokenbo, Gijobo, O’ama meet him.

Rencho greeted them with a broad smile.

"I , Rencho, just have returned from the Enryakuji Temple".

Umegiku of mother is already filled with tears and was going to call to him, but words fail her. Dozenbo put hands together seeing the figure of the smart and manly Rencho unintentionally.Nun O'ama smiled like seeing the growth of her own child. Jokenbo and Gijobo of the senior disciple looked at Rencho who has grown up and become really big, with dazzling eyes. And boys are looking to him from the back of adults with interest.

Night has advanced, and a banquet began.

A boy hits the hand drum.

Rencho sat down at the head of the table, and Dozenbo and O'ama sat down on his both sides. Enchibo, Jokenbo, Gijobo and other priests of Seichoji temple lined up on the left side and Mikuni Tayu of father, Umegiku of mother and believers of the Seichoji lined up on the right side. Everybody talks with a smile in admiration that Rencho grew up magnificently.

Mikuni Tayu was proud of praise for Rencho, and there was the feeling embarrassed, too. Umegiku was just glad that Rencho came back to the Seichoji safely.

On the other hand, Rencho was thinking about the tomorrow's first sermon with the eyes which occasionally gazed into afar.

The next morning, the precincts of temple were still dark.

Dozenbo looked in the room of Rencho to practice together a religious service of the morning, but Rencho is not there.

He asked a boy monk.

“Where did Rencho go to?”.

 "Yes, he said that he would go to the Kasaga forest and he had already gone out".

There was the hillside which could look around the Pacific.

Kasaga forest was going to greet morning, but it is still dark.

There was a sea of the vast Pacific just in front of Rencho.

The eastern sky is lightening.

Light sparkles beyond the horizon subtly.

It was the morning of April 28, 1253. The sun which did not change during several billions of years shined now and rose.

Rencho chants it with a vibrant voice to the universe.

“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”.


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Gosho 右衛門太夫(えもんのたゆう)殿御返事 A reply to Lord Ikegami Minenaka.


In this passage from the sutra, in the five-character phrase “this person as he advances through the world,” to whom do you think “this person” refers?

Who do you think this personis as described in this sutra?

Who do you think “this person” in the sentence "this person will do the religious practice in the world"?


I believe that it must be the person who is the reincarnation of Bodhisattva Superior Practices.

I think that this personis the reincarnation of Bodhisattva Jōgyō.

I believe that “this person” is the reincarnation of Jogyo bodhisattva.


The sutra states, “After I have passed into extinction, [one] should accept and uphold this sutra. Such a person assuredly and without doubt will attain the Buddha way”.

The sutra says, “After I have passed away, that person would accept this sutra and keep it. This person will determine to attain Buddhahood and he never have doubt about it!".


I amsure that you, too, are one who assists Bodhisattva Superior Practices in his propagation efforts.

I am sure that you, too, are one who helps the ceremony of the propagation of Jogyo bodhisattva!

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