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2019年 07月 03日 ( 1 )


2019年 07月 03日

Banishment to Sado.  佐渡御勘気抄

Banishment to Sado.

The beginning of October 1271. Fifty years old.


On the twelfth day of September, I incurred the wrath of the government authorities, and on the tenth day of October of this year, I am to leave for the country of Sado. Originally, I pursued my studies because I wanted to master Buddhism and attain Buddhahood and also to save my benefactors. It seems to me that one who hopes to attain Buddhahood will become Buddha when one intends to abandon one's life. The sutra's texts have already preached it; cursed, vilified, attacked with swords and staves, shards and rubble and banished again and again. I am encountering such difficulties and am applying the Lotus Sutra to myself. Therefore, my faiths become strong, and I can hope about my future life. If I should die, I will save each of you too by all means.

In India a person called the Venerable Shishi was beheaded by King Dammira, and Bodhisattva Aryadeva was stabbed to death by a non-Buddhist. In China, a man named Chu Tao-sheng was banished to a mountain in a place called Su-chou, and the Tripitaka Master Fatao was branded iron to his face and exiled to a place called the south of the Yangtze River. All of these are the virtue of the Lotus Sutra or depend on the Law of Buddha.

Nichiren is the son of a chandala family who was born near the sea of Tojo in Awa country, in the remote countryside of the eastern part of Japan. I abandon myself who will probably die in vain for the Lotus Sutra. Is this not to exchange a stone with gold? All of you should not lament for me. Please inform about this to the Reverend Dozenbo too. I have thought of writing to the nun of the lord of the manor too, but because of my present circumstances, she may no longer wish to be reminded of me. If there is an opportunity, please tell her that I have been saying so.


October.  Nichiren.



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by johsei1129 | 2019-07-03 07:02 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)