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2019年 06月 24日 ( 1 )


2019年 06月 24日

Letter to the lay priest Yadoya. 宿屋入道許御状

Letter to the lay priest Yadoya.

August 21, 1268. (age:47).


I have not received any letters from you since we were in touch last, I doubt you indeed. Formerly, in the first year of the Shoka era [1257],on the twenty-third day of August, when the hour of the dog gives way to the hour of the boar [around 9:00 p.m.], there was a great earthquake. I, Nichiren, considering various sutras as to why this happened, concluded that, because people put their faiths in the teachings of the Nembutsu sect or the Zen or other sects, the great various benevolent deities who protect this nation of Japan have aroused the indignation and have brought about this disaster. If do not punish these, this nation will be overthrown by a foreign nation. I wrote a treatise expressing these views and sent it to you, hoping that it be forwarded to the lay priest of Saimyo-ji of deceased now, on July 16 of the second year of the Shogen era [1260].

Since then, nine years have passed. I hear reports that this year a missive from the great Mongol Empire has been sent to Japan. If it depends on the texts of the sutras, our country will inevitably be attacked by that nation. I, Nichiren, am convinced that, throughout the country of Japan, Iam the only person who can subdue these barbarians of the west, and I have written a treatise explaining this reason.

For the sake of the ruler, for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the gods, and for the sake of Buddha, I suggest that you forward my views to the regent [Hojo Tokimune] privately. I shall tell you all about this matter when I have the pleasure of seeing you.

   Very truly yours.

The twenty-first day of August in the fifth year of Bun'ei [1268]. Nichiren.

To the lay priest Yadoya Saemon.


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by johsei1129 | 2019-06-24 06:32 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)