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2019年 05月 30日 ( 2 )


2019年 05月 30日

6 Feud with Tojo Kagenobu (1)

                      Japanese edition


The disturbance happened in the Seichoji temple's area of the hometown of Nichiren of Awa country.

Brutal samurais blockade the door front of the temple.

Farmers shuddered.

Samurais and vassals got into the house of the farmer rudely and threw a rice-transplanting tool to outside.

"It was decided that this land was territory of Kagenobu Tojo who is our land steward".

Families of the farmer cry.

Vassals stand on each corner of the large fields with long sword.

The Tojo Kagenobu of the land steward sits down to a folding stool and is satisfied. He intended to occupy the fields of the Seichoji temple by military power at a stretch.

In this times, the friction did not disappear by the boundary between the land steward who was a chief administrator of the Kamakura Shogunate and the existing feudal lord. Yoritomo Minamoto who established the Kamakura Shogunate gives orders to control the tyranny of land steward many times. But it was accompanied by difficulty to stop a greed of a samurai who had awakened to power.


Blinding sheets of rain poured into the roof tile of the Seichoji temple.

Nun O'ama and Dozenbo, the other priests, a village headman, farmers are gathering to the temple.

Everybody was tired from the frequent fight with Kagenobu, and people who gathered were not able to hide a resigned look.

"His demand is that we should hold out the territory of the Seichoji temple and Futama immediately".

“Stupid! It is land of ancestors.He should not have the authority to take away land even if he is the land steward”.
"Nun O'ama. How is that we appeal to Kamakura. We who live in country do not have a method and can carry nothing out”.
The attitude of O'ama is weak unusually unlike an aggressive voice of the believers of the Seichoji temple.
"A lord of a manor is a government official of the Kamakura Shogunate. Even I cannot interfere in him”.
The husband of O'ama is said to be Tomotoki who is the younger brother in Yasutoki Hojo. He was influential branch family of Hojo, but cannot intervene to the head family partitioning off the Shogunate".
"Then, we cannot but swallow it, can we ?".
Weak Dozenbo of the mind watches a complexion around and considers.
"How is the method to appeal to Mt. Hiei for?".
Young Jokenbo reproved the teacher softly.
"Teacher. Now is the world of the samurai family now. There is not it with the thing which comes true even if a priest protests them”.
Enchibo of the elder persuades Dozenbo.
“Lord Kagenobu is not saying that he will smash this temple. It means that he manages the land of the temple while a little. If so we cannot but assort with him”.
Enchibo suggested compromise. Can they not win against a crying child and a violent lord? It was dark, and the all members were depressed.
They heard a voice from the back at this time.

"Please wait a little, everybody”.
 When everybody turned around, Nichiren who attached a dripping wet rain wear stood.
 Farmers stood up with pleasure unintentionally.
 Jokenbo was pleased too.
 "Oh, priest Nichiren! I am glad to see you”.
 Gijobo beats the shoulder of Nichiren a little.
 "How are the propagation activities of Kamakura? Is there not troubled matter?”.
 Nichiren was smiling unlike the air of the place.
 "I have a trouble with procurement of the daily food, but I am living thanks to the offering from a new believer somehow."
 Nichiren took off a rain wear and sat with his legs bent.
 "I've heard the discussion well. How does the policy intend to make?”.
 Everybody has fallen silent.
 Nichiren has begun to talk slowly after a time.
 "How about what we accuse at the High Court of Law?".
 All members looked up.
 “It is one of the duties of the Shogunate to supervise the tyranny of the land steward. If we, existing lord of a manor, appeal to the High Court of Law, it should be able to be settled”.
 Nun O'ama seems to be uneasy.
 "However, they are government officials of the Shogunate even if the High Court of Law. Is it expected that we win?".
 Nichiren stared at O'ama and talked.
 “As for this matter, we have justice. It is the land steward who have invaded the territory of the Seichoji temple. We can win if we appealed this to the front. In the first place there is not the method to protect the territory other than this”.
 One of the farmers muttered.
 "Should we take the trouble to go to Kamakura?".
 Enchibo told Nichiren to look down.
 “It may be too optimistic that we appeal to the High Court of Law and win. The person good at a trial is not here.
 Besides, the trial takes money and time. What should we do when we lost? Nichiren, your thought might be light”.
 Nichiren looked around the believers of the Seichoji temple paying attention to him, and answered to them flatly.
 “I entered this temple in 12 years old and trained myself. My parents received help from Nun O'ama, too.
 At any cost, I want to return your favor. What does everyone think about this?”.
 All members were lost in thought, but the farmer who went to the thatched hut of Nichiren spoke with a thick tongue.
 "We should appeal. We are the yes-men of the land steward all the time if we gave it up here”.
 The headman of village has begun to play along, too.
 “Yes, it's true!”.
 Everybody gathered surrounding Nichiren.


              continued to (2)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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2019年 05月 30日

Gosho 日女御前御返事 Offerings to the twenty eight chapters of the Lotus Sutra

(ばち)に四あり総罰・別罰(べつばち)冥罰(みょうばち)顕罰(けんばち)なり。

There are four kinds of punishment: general and individual, inconspicuous and conspicuous.

There are four kinds of punishment. These are overall punishment, individual punishment, inconspicuous punishment and conspicuous punishment.

聖人をあだめば総罰一国にわたる。又()天下(てんげ)・又(ろく)(よく)・四禅にわたる。

If the people nurture hatred for a sage, general punishment will sweep across the entire country, extending to the four continents, the six heavens of the world of desire, and the four meditation heavens.

If the people bear a grudge against a sainthood, an overall punishment will sweep across the entire country. Besides it extends to the four heavens, the six heavens of the world of desire, and the four meditation heavens.

賢人をあだめば(ただ)敵人等なり。

When enmity is directed toward a worthy, only those who harbor it will suffer punishment.

When bear a grudge against a sage, merely there will be enemy only.

今日本国の疫病は総罰なり、

The epidemics now spreading in Japan are general punishment.

The pestilences now spreading in Japan are overall punishment.

定めて聖人の国にあるをあだむか。

Surely the people must have opposed a sage living in this country.

Surely the people are bearing a grudge against a sainthood living in this country.


つづく Continued


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