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2019年 08月 16日 ( 1 )


2019年 08月 16日

The Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Peace and Security of the Nation. 立正安国論

A traveler arrived and lamented to the host: In recent years there have been ominous occurrences in the heavens, and natural disasters on earth. Famine and pestilence rage in all lands beneath the skies and in every corner of the realm. Dead cattle and horses are everywhere, and human skeletons clutter the streets. Over half the population has already been carried off by death, and there is hardly a single person who does not grieve.

Therefore, all the while some put their whole faiths in the “sharp sword” of the Buddha Amida and intone the name of this lord of the Western Land; Others read the sutra of the Tathagata of east, praying his vow that all ills will be completely eradicated. Some revere the precious words of the Lotus Sutra as the truth, treasuring the sentence “Their illness will be wiped out and he will know neither old age nor death”. Others believe the sentence “Seven disasters will disappear while seven blessings will appear,” and a hundred priests lecture in a hundred preaching daises. Or there are those who believe the secret teachings of the Shingon and conduct rituals in which they fill five jars with water. And others who meditate entirely to do the zen and try to perceive the emptiness of all phenomena as clearly as the moon. Or some write the names of the seven demonsand stick these on one thousand gates, others paint pictures of the five great strong warriors and hang them over ten thousand thresholds. Others do worship deities of the heavens and earth and try to conduct the ritual of the four squares and four boundaries. Or taking pity on the plight of the common people, the rulers and minister of the nation perform emergency relief measures. However, they merely exhaust themselves in vain. Famine and pestilence rage more fiercely than ever, beggars are everywhere in sight, and dead people fill our eyes. The dead person which lay down piles up like the watchtower and the arranged corpse becomes like a bridge. If we look about, we find that the sun and moon are continuing to move in their accustomed orbits, and the five planets either are maintaining their orbits. The three treasures of Buddhism continue to exist in this world and we do not yet reach the one-hundredth imperial reign. So why is the world weakening, and why is the Law losing its power?

The host then spoke; I have been brooding alone and vexed by this matter. But now that you came here, we can share our sorrow. Let us discuss the question for a while. When a person leaves this world and becomes the Buddhist, it is because he hopes to attain Buddhahood through the teachings of the Buddha. But attempts now to pray to the gods are not working any more, appeals to the power of the Buddha produce no results. When I observe the state of the world today in detail, I see that people doubt their future for ignorance. Therefore, looking to the heavens, people vent their resentment and they deepen a complaint toward the ground.

When I, with my limited knowledge, read the sutras carefully, all people have gone against the correct and become completely devoted to evil. This is why the benevolent deities have abandoned each other this country, as a result, saints take leave from their land and do not return. Seizing this opportunity, devils and demons come over and disasters and calamities occur. I cannot hold silent. I can hardly suppress my fears.

Continued

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by johsei1129 | 2019-08-16 12:47 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)