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2019年 09月 28日 ( 5 )


2019年 09月 28日

Compact edition. LIFE OF NICHIREN. Contents.

Compact edition.

Life of Nichiren.

1. Birth and religious practices.

2. Declaring the establishment of true Buddhism, and the Four Maxims.

3. Establishing the correct Law for the peace and safety of the nation.

4. Many persecutions that are encountered.

5. The menace of Mongolia and warning to the ruler.

6. The great persecution of Tatsunokuchi.

7. Eliminating the provisional existence and revealing the origin.

8. Difficult situation in solitary island Sado.

9. Erecting the Gohonzon, the object of worship.

10. The victory of the Tsukahara dispute, and the coming true of prediction of revolt.

11.The amnesty to Sado banishment and the third warning to the government.

12. Retiring to Mt. Minobu. Letting Buddha’s Law hold out for a long time.

13. The persecution of Atsuhara.

14. The purpose of advent in this world.

15. Nikko who succeeds to Nichiren.

16. Death in indestructibility.

17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

19. Nichimoku Shonin, the Top Priest in the Whole World.


Continued



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19. Nichimoku Shonin, The Top Priest of the Whole World.

19. Nichimoku Shonin, The Top Priest of the Whole World.


Nikko, became 88 years old, entrusts Nichimoku who is the best disciple for after his death.

That content was that Nichimoku must hang Dai-Gohonzon of the radical sanctuary which was erected by teacher Nichiren to the Honmonzi temple in dawn of the kosen-ruhu. And Nikko said to Nichimoku as like teacher Nichiren.

“1. When Honmonji Temple is established, Ajari Nichimoku of Lord Ni`ida shall be designated as the chief of Buddha’s Law. Nichimoku, as the legitimate successor, should govern half of the temples located in the country of Japan and in the rest of the world, while the remaining half should be managed by the populace of others.

2.The Dai-Gohonzon of the second year of Ko'an(1279) Nikko inherited to himself is handed down to Nichimoku. It should be hung at the Honmonji Temple.

3.Taisekiji temple, including the main hall and the cemetery, are administered by Nichimoku, and maintain the premises, and he conducts Gongyo and should await the time of Kosen-ruhu.

As mentioned, Nichimoku met Nikko for the first time when he was 15 years old and from the time he believed in the Lotus Sutra until the old age of 73 years, he has not disobeyed in the least. At age of 17, Nichimoku had visited Nichiren Daishonin to Mount Minobu in Koshu Province. Nichimoku faithfully and constantly served teacher for the last seven years of Nichiren Daishonin. After his master passed away, Nichimoku devoted himself to saying opinion against the Imperial Court for fifty years, 1285 to 1330. Such achievements are superior to those of the other priests. I leave this documentary proof for future.

The tenth day of November.    Nikko”.

Nichimoku of the successor started for Kyoto to submit the written opinion to the Imperial Court in November of the year in which Nikko passed away. It is said to have been the Kokka Kangyo (Action to say opinion to the government for converting the whole nation to the correct religion) of the 42nd in his life. However, he was in the middle of trip, entered nirvana regrettably in Tarui town of Mino country. He was seventy-four years old.

Nichimoku talked regret becoming the end at deathbed and he said that if there was the person who accomplished a warning to the government on behalf of him, that person would be the second coming of Nichimoku, and left the world.

“It is extremely regrettable that I cannot submit this warning to the ruler before passing away. Although I was born to this world, I have not been able to make a creditable achievement, but I want to be born again and make this petition. If the person who submit this will appear in the future, you should know that person is the reincarnation of me namely Nichimoku". ‘Studies on Opinions to the Ruler’.

The soul that spread the Law of three generations was inherited ceaselessly in this way. The Dai-Gohonzon was inherited to Nikko from Nichiren, then was handed down to Nichimoku from Nikko. The Nichiren believer of the same discipline who assumes this Dai-Gohonzon the root of the faiths is amounting to more than 50 countries in the world now.


The end.


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

Nikko set the 26 religious precepts to future disciples and believers for kosen-rufu and the salvation of ten thousand years when he passed away at 88 years old in 1333.

“If I think, the sun's brilliance propagating in the latter days of the Law lights up the darkness of the atrocious slander, and the marvelous wind of the eternal life span blows off the provisional and temporary teachings that Buddha had attained Buddhahood in Buddha Gaya. Oh, for example, it is a fig which blooms only once in 3000 years, and the hole of the tree of a floating sandalwood in the vast ocean that it is rare to encounter the Law of Buddha, and I think that it is still lacking these examples. Fortunately, we were able to encounter this sacred sutra here by destiny being thick deeply. Therefore, the reasons why I write a precept for the future disciples is for receiving the wise saying of Kosen-rufu!

1. The doctrine of Fuji should not be different in the least from the propagation which the previous teacher performed.

2. The doctrine of five people all differ from the propagation of the previous teacher.

3. There is a person considering each writing of Daishonin to be forgery and they will destroy and criticize our sect. You must not get close to him familiarly if such an evil priest appeared.

4. There will be a person who make forgery, and call it a writing of Daishonin, and there will be a person training himself putting the same value on the essence and the provisional. You should understand that he is a traitor within the walls.

5. You must not spend time for a play and an idle talk, not take to a non-Buddhist writing and an art without criticizing against slandering Law of Buddha.

6. You must forbid Shinto shrine worship and visit of the believers. Why they visit the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine of the evil spirit intrusion, disobeying Buddha's teachings for a glance with alow talent? It is never enough to be chagrined. This is not doctrine of me totally but depends on text of a sutra or writing of Daishonin and so on.

7. You should allow not engaging in the trivial routine duties of the teacher about the disciple having the talent and you must let him learn various teachings including a writing of Daishonin.

8. The populace who is inexperienced in study and who wants a fame and fortune does not deserve to be my disciple.

9. Shaking off the affection from parents and teacher while the believers of after ages do not understand Lotus Sutra and pre-Lotus Sutra, for leaving this world of the sufferings and attaining enlightenment, they must visit this temple and study.

10. You must not do study of Tientai school without grasp of the doctrine.

11. In our denomination, you dye sublime writing of Daishonin into your soul and should learn the supreme theory from a teacher and you should hear Tientai if there is spare time.

12. Enjoy the discussion and lectures and not mix up the other things.

13. While Kosen-ruhu does not yet be achieved, you should propagate the Law until the full extent of your ability, without begrudging life.

14. In the case of the priest like "One's body is insignificant, the Law is heavy", even if he was the Buddhist priest of the ignobleness, you must respect him by the reason of "Showing him the same respect you would do Buddha."

15. Even if he is a lowly person, in the case of a Buddhist priest of propagating the Law, you should think him to be an old priest with virtue.

16. Even if he was the person of the ignobleness, you should respect him who is superior in wisdom than you and treat him as a teacher.

17. If he differed from Law of Buddha and established a willful doctrine even if he was chief priest of that time, you must not adopt this.

18. If Law of Buddha has a difference even if it was a resolve of large number of people, the chief priest must defeat this.

19. Must not make the color of the canonical robe black with a sumi.

20. You must not wear a robe which seamed top and bottom.

21. Must not be at the seat same as the slandering Law. Fear complicity.

22. Must not receive offering from a person slandering Law.

23. I permit this for the Law protection of Buddha about the swords and sticks. But you will not have to hold it at the time of going out. In the case of the populace, should permit this perhaps.

24. Even if it is a young bonze, you must not seat him back of the believers of the high rank.

25. My behavior must be like a holy Buddhist monk like the previous teacher. But, in the case of a chief priest or a person of learning, you should be putting them as a believer even if they associated with a woman by mistake.

26. Admire a votary of "being skillful in the answer to difficult question" as like the previous teacher did.

The precept that I wrote up is an outline like this. I put 26 clauses for the protection of ten thousand years. A disciple of after ages who learn this should not have doubt purposely. If there is a person even violating one of these, he is not a disciple of Nikko. I leave the clauses that I determined in this way.

On 13th day of January of the 3rd year of the Genko era (1333).     Nikko”. 'The Last Religious Precepts of Nikko’.

The precepts of these 26 are being defended in Fuji Taisekiji Temple now firmly.


To be continued.


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

Nikko of the successor has protected Buddhism of Nichiren as an administrator of the Kuonji temple of Mount Minobu after passing away of Nichiren for six years, but five priests except Nikko who had been appointed by Nichiren took leave to Nikko and went down Mt. Minobu one after another. Although the five priests believed in the Lotus Sutra, they could not regard teacher Nichiren as the root Buddha in the latter days of the Law. Moreover, Sanenaga Hakii of the lord of a manor who should protect Nikko during this period committed four slanders to the Law. Hakiri had erected the Buddha statue, and worshiped at the Shinto shrine, and gave offerings to the tower of slandering the Law and had built the hall of Nembutsu. Furthermore, Nikou, one of the six monks, had agreed this slander, so slandering of the Law in Mt. Minobu has spread.

Nikko cannot stay there anymore if the landowner of Minobu do not hear it even if he is stained with slandering of the Law and remonstrated. December 1288, brokenhearted Nikko went away the Mt. Minobu which became the land of slander.

“When I left down the road of Mt. Minobu, I was filled with shamefulness and disappointment, but when I think in an opposite meaning, it is a top priority to inherit the saint's doctrine and establish it to this world wherever I am. I thought so, but all the disciples had turned against their teacher. However, I, Nikko, will never forget my original determination because I think Nikko is the only person who is suitable for the person who maintains the rightness of his teacher and attains teacher's cherished object. Besides, I am glad that all of you know justice. If all of you often see me, I believe that the Lord Nyudo, Hakiri Sanenaga,will not become immoral”. ‘Reply to the Lord Hara”.

And in 1290 after two years, Nikko accepted a donated land from Tokimitsu Nanjo who was a strong believer receiving teachings of Nichiren for two generations, founded the Fuji Taisekiji Temple in Suruga and respectfully placed Dai-Gohonzon here. Nikko has continued defending the Law principles of sect founder Nichiren in the land of this Ueno for forty-three years.


To be continued


Life of Nichiren. Compact edition.



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Gosho 原殿御返事 Reply to the Lord Hara

原殿御返事 

The reply to the Lord Hara.

正応元年十二月十六日 日興上人 四十三歳御作

December 16, 1288. Nikko Shonin, 43 years old.

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           身延山 Mount Minobu.

()延沢(のぶさわ)(まか)()で候事、面目なさ本意(ほい)なさ申し尽し難く候へども(うち)(かえ)し案じ候へば、いづ()()にても聖人の御義を相継(あいつ)(まいら)せて世に立て候はん事こそ(せん)にて候へ、

When I left down the road of Mt. Minobu, I was filled with shamefulness and disappointment, but when I think in an opposite meaning, it is a top priority to inherit the saint's doctrine and establish it to this world wherever I am.

さりともと思ひ奉るに御弟子(ことごと)く師敵対せられぬ、

I thought so, but all the disciples had turned against their teacher.

日興一人本師の正義を存じて本懐(ほんかい)()げ奉り候べき(ひと)に相当たりて覚え候へば本意(ほい)忘ること無く候、

However, I, Nikko, will never forget my original determination because I think Nikko is the only person who is suitable for the person who maintains the rightness of his teacher and attains teacher's cherished object.

君達(きんだち)は何れも正義を御存知候へば悦び入り候、

Besides, I am glad that all of you know justice.

(こと)(さら)(わた)り候へば入道殿不宜(ふぎ)に落ちはてさせ給ひ候はじと覚え候。

If all of you often see me, I believe that the Lord Nyudo, Hakiri Sanenaga, will not become immoral.


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