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2019年 06月 27日 ( 1 )


2019年 06月 27日

Letter to Doryu of Kenchji Temple. 建長寺道隆への御状

Letter to Doryu of Kenchji Temple.

October 11, 1268 (Age: 47)


To begin with, the buildings of Buddhist stand side by side, the teachings of Buddhism filling it even to the roof. Buddhism flourishes in a fashion surpassing anything known in India or China; and the ceremonies of the priests resemble those of arhats who possess the six powers. However, they do not understand whether it is high or low, and not understand either whether it is shallow or deep, among the various sutras preached in the Buddha's lifetime. They are hardly different from the birds or beasts. People throw away the tathagata Shakyamuni of three virtues and instead are believing in Buddha or bodhisattva of other land. Are they not like the Anti-Lokayata of ancient India? Faiths in the Nembutsu lead to the hell of incessant suffering; the Zen school is the work of the devil; Shingon is a wicked doctrine that will ruin the nation; and the religious precepts sect is a false preach that is traitor of the nation.

Therefore, around the first year of the Bunno era [1260], I wrote the ‘treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation', which I handed to the lay priest Yadoya for presentation to Saimyoji [Tokiyori] who had passed away. In conclusion of this writing, I got perception that it is because persons are putting faiths in wicked teachings such as the Nembutsu, Shingon, Zen, and religious precepts sect that calamities and disasters occur again and again in our world today. Moreover, I predicted that this country would be attacked from a foreign nation. Then, on the eighteenth day of January of this year, the missive arrived from the Mongol nation. It has happened, like I predicted without the slightest discrepancy.

Is it because the prayers being offered up from the various temples and mountain monasteries have lost a power, or because it is the evil Law? Both the rulers and the multitude of people in Kamakura pay reverence to the saint Doryu as though you are Buddha, and they look up to the saint Ryoukan as though he is an arhat. In addition, the priests of Jufukuji, Tahoji, Jokomyoji, Chorakuji, and the Hall of the Great Buddha are “being boastful and supposing they have attained what they have not attained,” are in fact quite wicked persons of arrogance. How can they pray to overcome and overpower the vast military might of Mongolia? On the contrary, both rulers and people of this country of Japan will all be taken prisoner. At their present existence they will see their nation overthrown, and in their next existence they will decidedly fall into the hell of incessant suffering.

If you do not adopt Nichiren's warnings, you will repent it later. I have written letters of this contents and have respectfully sent to the Lord Kamakura of the regent, to the lay priest Yadoya and to Heino Saemonnojo and others. I would hope that these persons all gather in one place to discuss after! I, Nichiren, do not venture to express mere private and prejudiced opinion; I am only based upon the texts of the sutras and treatises. It is difficult to explain this matter by a letter, and therefore I hope for a confrontation head to head with you in debate! Writing does not fully express a word, and a word does not fully stand for mind.

      Very truly yours,

Nichiren.

The eleventh day of October in the fifth year of Bun'ei [1268].                 Respectfully presented to the attendant of the saint Doryu of Kenchoji Temple.



Original Text.  Table of Contents.



by johsei1129 | 2019-06-27 06:46 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)