2018年 08月 19日

23. Fetal Movement of the Powerful Enemy

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There are the restless waves in the sandy beach of Awa of the hometown of Nichiren, and the working of nature which does not change for tens of thousands of years either is repeated.

However, the Seichoji Temple was wrapped to the restless unusually.

Enchibo of the noble priest just was in his deathbed now.

The priest of Dozenbo, Jokenbo, gijobo and others and supporters of the temple from old times gathered near a floor of Enchibo.

There was the person who was already filled with tears in young monk.

Enchibo could not raise his upper body anymore and he began to say while prostrating himself on the floor.

“I had said my thanks three times to one word several decades while copying the Lotus Sutra. This good virtue will glisten in the next life. I go to the Pure Land from now. On the other hand, Nichiren interpreted the Lotus Sutra by mistake. Forcible shakubuku will ruin oneself sometime soon. All of you, please keep it in mind very much”.

Enchibo despised Nichiren until the final stage of death.

There is a person weeping silently and a person putting hands together.

He breathed his last at long last. Enchio's complexion was tinged with a reddish tinge like a peach.

The aged priest of the Seichoji admired it.

"This is a looks of attaining Buddhahood!".

The body of Enchibo was placed in a coffin at midnight of the next day, and a funeral service was held as being lead by priest Dozenbo at the time of the rat [from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.].

When the funeral service was finished, his coffin was opened and his face was covered with white cloth.

Dozenbo and disciple Gijobo and Jokenbo sit down.

Dozenbo finished a duty and indicated the expression that seemed to be completely absentminded and thanked two disciple who worked earnestly in preparation for a funeral service.

“Enchibo would leave for Hades in this safely. Well, that's a relief. By the way, Enchibo was just the distinguished priest who represented successive priests of Seichoji Temple if looked back and thought. He was the talented person who collected the respect of the believer”.

Gijobo seems to be dissatisfied.

“However, did he not have many mistakes, too?”.

Dozenbo glared.

Hey, in spite of a just completed funeral service, what do you want to say?”.

Gijobo looks at a facial expression of Enchibo fitting into a coffin.

“This person kept on tormenting the teacher Dozenbo. He only blamed the priest Nichiren too”.

Dozenbo soothed them.

“Well, well, but was already finished. Because I am timid, I cause you trouble”.

Jikenbo sidled up to Dozenbo.

“Teacher, if you are converted to the Lotus Sutra, the priest Nichiren will be surely pleased. It is not unusual for a priest to change faiths. It is not at all a shameful. We wish for your early decision in a moment”.

Dozenbo hesitate as always.

After all is he coward?

Jokenbo and Gijobo gave him up, and looked at each other, and they bowed and left.

Dozenbo was left in the hall of temple, then something occurred to him incidentally.

He went to the coffin. He has a bad feeling.

The Dozenbo took off a cloth covering a countenance of Enchibo fearfully.

When he opened it out approximately half, he watched that Enchibo's face had become coal-black as dyed it with a ink.

The one eye of Enchibo is opening to scowl at Dozenbo.

Dozenbo was astonished at this face of death and walked backward.

The complexion of Enchibo glistened with pink at first, but had discolored to black with progress of time.

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2018年 08月 17日

22.Three Kinds of Enemies who Hold a Grudge (2)

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Tokimune Hojo was in the archery ground of the Kamakura shogun palace.

The vassals stay in his side.

The arrow Tokimune shot hit the bull's eye.

“Good show!”.

The vassals gave a glad shout all together.

Tokimune said without smiling.

“Instruct to the general who go to Kyusyu to continue the training of the archery. I hear that the Mongolia soldier is good at an archery”.

Yasumori nodded.

“That is allright. So that you think, the fight to Mongolia will be the fight of an archery in the land and the sea, so arrow becomes important. However, I am just troubled with a preparation for a reward. Land is in short supply. To apportion land is becoming difficult”.

Tokimune was nonchalant.

“Is it not the work of thou who is the military minister?. Consider deeply and examine”.

Yoritsuna Tairano grinned and expressed it.

“I gave orders for further national unity to all regions. I am pushing forward the preparation of the samurai to Kyusyu district, the collection of war funds, the confiscation of the disused land”.

Tokimune bends an archery to the full and shoots an arrow. He checked an arrow shot the center of the mark, and he said.

“You must not torment the local finance. The severe collection of tax produces discontented elements of society. They are menaces than Mongolia”.

Yoritsuna continues.

“Therefore, I am catching the rascal and the vagrant in each place. In this Kamakura, the lawless person is cautious to be nobody particularly. Then, there is a guy whom I just want to arrest with the permission of lord Kamakura”.

Yasumori sneered at him.

“Who is it? In this Kamakura, was there such a person?”.

"It is Nichiren".

Tokimune shot wide of the mark.

Yoritsuna came forward.

“He is going to trouble the Shogunate by using the prediction of the enemy attack. If we keep him alive he will create a problem in the future. The worldly circumstance is being very tense for fear of Mongolia invasion now. I think that it is vital to arrest Nichiren, and to quiet this”.

Tokimune bend an archery to the full again.

“My father forgave Nichiren. I either only obey him”.

Yoritsuna is tenacious.

“However, his impolite missive is the content that is unprecedented since the Shogunate began, and it is equal to capital punishment. As for the disciples and believers, we should cut off his neck or banish from Kamakura. We wrest a land from a person having it, or put them in the jail and torment them, or should banish them to an island”.

Tokimune muttered like a soliloquy then.

Father had often said, 'Think carefully who is the true subordinate’. Subordinates flattering the lord are many and vassals stating opinions are few. Though is full of difficulties in the future, I am lonely. I do not know what kind of person Nichiren is. But he maybe a reliable friend of me”.

The atmosphere became quiet in an instant.

Vassals are losing heart. These were the faces Tokimune had not watched.

Gave an embarrassed smile without being able to endure it.

“Do not misunderstand me, you are reliable friends of Tokimune. All each one is excellent Kamakura samurais. I did not scold you. Do not lose heart so much”.

While roars with laughter, Tokimune leave.

A vassal recommended an archery to Yoritsuna, but he shattered his archery by his hand right to the two while he cried "Damn you, Nichiren".

After all there was not the reaction to 11 letters at all.

Nichiren says with indignation to "the various kinds of behavior" which he wrote at the age of 55 years old as follows.

"Must consider a way to save Japan. In actuality, however, priests of the other sects cursed my messengers and deceived, and ignored or refused to reply to my letters, and even when they did reply, they deliberately neglected to report the content of my letters to the regent".

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2018年 08月 16日

22.Three Kinds of Enemies who Hold a Grudge

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One candle was burnt in one secluded room of Gokurakuji Temple.

Ryoukan, Rankei Doryu of Kenchoji Temple, Nen'a Ryochu of Nembutsu monk sat down in a circle in this room.

Ryoukan is religious precepts sect, Doryu who came from south Soong is Zen Buddhism, Ryochu is representatives of Nembutsu. These three people were hostile once each other. However, they united after Nichiren appeared as if to say "the enemy of the enemy would be a friend".

Nen'a spoke up slowly.

"Did you look?".

Doryu wrinkle his brow. He cannot hide embarrassment obviously.

"Sure. It is a really doubtful letter".

Nen'a Ryochu groaned.

“Nichiren appeals to lord Kamakura for the prediction before nine years having come true and is confronting us”.

Doryu unusually complained.

“Because the prediction proved right, our believers are moving to Nichiren. Therefore, the people who made Zen meditation decreased significantly. If Mongolia really attacked after, believers will turn to Nichiren more and more. In this situation the means that we live for will vanish. Priest Ryoukan, is there any good idea?”.

Ryoukan seems to have some covert plan and is calming down.

“We should ignore it about a confrontation of debate with him. As for this matter of Nichiren, Lord Heino Saemonnojo either seems to be fearfully angry. Nichiren is sure to be punished if the situation was left as such”.

Nen'a still cannot hide an uneasy face.

“However, Lord Tokiyori of father of lord Kamakura, Tokimune, pardoned Izu banishment of Nichiren. Is it not difficult for lord Kamakura to punish Nichiren for twice?”.

Ryoukan has begun to lower his voice.

“The problem is there.We must defeat Nichiren somehow or other. If Nichiren was impossible, let's turn an aim to disciples and believers”.

Doryu looks puzzled.

“Disciples and believers?”.

“So it is. A lot of vassals of the Shogunate such as Shijo Kingo of subordinates of Nagoe are the supporters of Nichiren. There is the believer of a person criticizing politics in the Shogunate. This is acute for lord Kamakura”.

“I see”.

Nen'a and Doryu nodded to a full confident tone of Ryoukan in darkness.

Nichiren waked up the Shogunate by the prediction of the Mongolia invasion. This attracted public attention, and there was the movement that the Shogunate was going to appoint Nichiren as, but Ryoukan in the religious world and the faction in power including Heino Saemonnojo in the Shogunate disturbed this move. If Nichiren repeating other religion disapproval holds power in the Shogunate, their status loses it during a single night. Ryoukan and others ingratiated themselves with the Kamakura shogunate and made a false statement and a false charge for slandering.

The voice of criticizing Nichiren was reaching Tokimune Hojo's ear. This web of intrigue was reaching Nichiren's ear through Toki Jonin of the Chiba and the believer of the samurai vassal including Shijo Kingo.

He says it as follows in "the opening the eyes" written down in Sado island later.

At the end of the middle days of the Law, Gomyo, Shuen and the other dedicated petitions in which slandered the Great Teacher Dengyo to emperor. At the beginning of the latter days of the Law, Ryoukan, Nen'a and others make up false document and are dedicating it to the shogunate just now. Why are they not the enemies of three kinds who hold a grudge?".

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2018年 08月 14日

21. Missive to Gokurakuji Ryoukan, the Counterfeit Saint, a Person of Arrogance (2)

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The missive was sent to Ryoukan of Gokurakuji too.

He spread Nembutsu together with the religious precepts. Therefore, he was in direct opposition to "Nembutsu of hell of incessant suffering" and Nichiren who preached it in ' the treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation', and repeated scramble of the believer.

The letter such as the provocation came there. The contents looked down on Ryoukan beyond recognition. Ryoukan must have gnashed teeth.

“With regard to the missive that has arrived from the western barbarians, the great Mongol Empire, I have respectfully submitted letters to the Lord Kamakura and the others. I, Nichiren, had thought 'the treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation' around the first year of the Bun’no era [1260], and it has come true without the slightest discrepancy. What do you think of this? Venerable Ninsho, you had best give up your attitude of jeering and put your faiths in Nichiren speedily. If you do not, you will be guilty of “preaching the Law to white-robed laymen” while “despising and looking down on all human being”. Rely on the Law, not upon persons”. These are golden words given to us by the tathagata Shakyamuni. It would seem that the place of Saint Ryoukan is described by the Lotus Sutra in the words “Or there will be monks wearing clothing of patched rags and living in forest namely aranya”. The word aranya, or “forest,” means a place of peace and quiet. This location differs from your place making a false statement and a false charge for slandering Nichiren. You are nothing more than a saint of sham and bandit who seem to hold the three religious practices. You are an arrogant counterfeit saint, in present existence you are a bandit of the nation, and in next existence you will fall into the hell unquestionably. If you feel even a little remorse for your past sin, come and put your faiths in Nichiren. I have written letters to Kenchoji and the other temples including the Lord Kamakura for informing them of my views on this matter. In effect, if we hope to achieve our original intentions, there is no better way than having a showdown in debate. In other words, the comparison between the Lotus Sutra of the king in the various sutra and the Law of superficial and shallow Buddhism sutra reveals the superiority and the inferiority, for example, these are river and the ocean or are Mt. Hua Shan and Mt. Chomolungma. Do you know the secret Law that will pray to overcome the Mongol nation emphatically? I, Nichiren, am the foremost votary of the Lotus Sutra in all of Japan and am a general who can defeat the Mongol nation, because, the Lotus Sutra says, “the person likewise foremost among all living beings”. Missive to the Gokurakuji Ryoukan’.

After the day when Nichiren sent 11 letters, a large number of believers gathered in his hall.

Shijo Kingo, Toki Jonin, Ota Jomyo, Nichimyo, Ikegami brothers and others stared straight at the eyes of teacher Nichiren without moving an inch. However, most believers are seized with the uneasiness that a calamity may come up to themselves and they lower their heads.

Nichiren talks sternly. Believers have never heard of such a strictness.

“Concerning the arrival of a missive from the great country of Mongolia, I have written eleven letters and sent to various persons. Undoubtedly Nichiren's disciples and believers will not escape banishment or the death penalty. You should not be surprised in the least by this. Needless to say, this will be the result of the strong remonstrations I wrote to many people. However, it is because it is necessary for the sake “force others to listen, though it angers them”. This is what I, Nichiren, have wished for. Each of you should be careful. You must not worry the least bit about your wife, children, or relatives. You must not fear the power of the authorities. You must sever your rope of affliction which exists from the remotest past in your current life and achieve Buddhahood!”.

There was the person who left from the place of the sermon in ones and twos hearing severe words "we would not escape a banishment or a capital punishment". People who left with close friends appeared too.

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2018年 08月 13日

21. Missive to Gokurakuji Ryoukan, the Counterfeit Saint, a Person of Arrogance

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The letter was either read aloud in Military Headquarters, the room of Yoritsuna Tairano. Yoritsuna was angry and heard an attendant reading aloud fearfully.

“With regard to the missive that arrived from the Mongolia, I have the honor to inform your excellency. In the first place, I, Nichiren, had thought 'the Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation' some years ago, and it has come true without the slightest discrepancy. Therefore, I have once again submitted petitions in hopes of dispelling my melancholy. I wave the flag to the public authorities and dispute the various sects privately. You are a roof pillar of the nation, you act as hands and feet for people. How can you fail to be grieved if our country was destroyed? Why can you not be modest? You must therefore act with haste to punish those who are guilty of slandering the correct teachings…’.

Yoritsuna grasped the letter and has broken and discarded that.

The letter reached Doryu Rankei of Kenchoji Temple, too.

Doryu is the initiator of Daikaku group in Zen Buddhism coming from south Soong in 1246. He was invited to Kenchoji Temple founded as a temple of the Zen sect in Kamakura by Tokiyori Hojo and became the founder, in 1253. He is the foremost authority of Buddhism world in Kamakura. Nichiren challenged him to a confrontation by the letter which gave to a disciple on October 11. Therefore, fighting spirit are filled to this letter.

“To begin with the buildings of Buddhist stand side byside, the teachings of Buddhism filling it 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 cast aside the tathagata Shakyamuni of three virtues and instead believe in Buddha or bodhisattva of other land forthwith. 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 Eestablishing 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 evil 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 accused 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. Yet these people, along with the elders of Jufukuji, Tahoji, Jokomyoji, Chorakuji, and the Hall of the Great Buddha, “being boastful and supposing they have attained what they have not attained,” are in fact evil 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 regret 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 only base 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 with you in debate! Writing does not fully express speech, speech does not fully stand for mind.

With my deep respect.

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".Missive to Doryu of Kenchoji Temple’.


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2018年 08月 13日

末法の本仏の立場で法華経一部二十八品を直弟子日興上人に口伝した書【御義口伝 上】要点解説(108)


第二 一切法空の事



菩薩摩訶薩 観一切法空 如実相 不顛倒 不動 不退 不転
如虚空 無所有性 一切語言道断 不生 不出 不起 無名 無相
実無所有 無量 無辺 無礙 無障
但以因縁有 従顛倒生 故説常楽観如是 法相


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2018年 08月 12日

20. Nichiren Addresses the Warning to Hojo Tokimune (2

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Tokimune Hojo heard an attendant reading a letter from Nichiren aloud. Yasumori Adachi watches an facial expression of Tokimune at the side motionlessly.

In 11 of them which Nichiren sent, the letter which he sent to the regent Tokimune is extremely refined. It is overflowing with reverence to the Japanese ruler. He uses many couplets and writes it as if singing. This dignity harks back to 'the Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of Nation' which he gave to father Tokiyori Hojo of Tokimune. Nichiren spent identical soul in Tokimune of the child. This letter either was submitted again through Yadoya of lay priest of the shogun's vassalas the same as Tokiyori.

“I have the honor to inform your excellency.

On the eighteenth day of the first month of this year, an official announcement was received from the western barbarians, the great Mongol Empire. Nichiren's idea came true as with 'the Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation', Nichiren had compiled it gathering the precious words from the various sutras some years ago. Nichiren is in some sense a sage because a sage is one who knows some beginnings. Hence, I take this opportunity once more to deliver a respectful warning. You must stop your support to Kenchoji, Jufukuji, Gokurakuji, Tahoji, Jokomyoji temple,the Hall of the Great Buddha, and other temples at once. If you do not do so, you will assuredly be attacked from four directions repeatedly. You must act quickly to pray for eliminating the Mongol and bring peace and security to our nation. And the task of praying to subdue them cannot be accomplished without Nichiren.When a vassal will speak out to king, that nation will take its correct course; and when a son will have an argument, the family will continue to be right. The fate of the nation depends upon the correctness and erroneousness of its government policies. And the correct and wicked of Buddha's Law is decided by reflecting the bright mirror of the texts of the sutra.

In the first place, this country is a land of the gods, and the gods will not condone impoliteness. The seven heavenly gods, the five gods of the land, and the other benevolent deities are beings who guard and protect the only teaching of Buddha. Moreover, the Lotus Sutra is their food and honesty are their power. The Lotus Sutra states, “the various Buddha of saviors of the world abide in the supernatural place, and in order to please living beings they display immeasurable supernatural powers”. When a nation casts aside the only teaching, how would the benevolent deities fail to display anger? The Benevolent KingsSutra says, “Once the sages have left, then the seven disasters are certain to arise.” The king of Wu failed to hear the warning of Wu Zixu and thereby brought about his own destruction. The evil rulers Chieh and Chou put to death their loyal ministers Kuan Lung-feng and Pi Kan and as a result lost their thrones. And now Japan is about to be deprived by Mongolia. Is this not a distress? Is this not a surprise?

If you fail to adopt the warnings of Nichiren, you will surely regret it later. Nichiren is the errand of the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra says, “He . . . is the envoy of the tathagata. He has been dispatched by tathagata and carries out the task of tathagata”. And the act of various Buddha of the three existences of past, present, and future is the Lotus Sutra.

I have sent letters of warning to various other persons, and it is my hope that you summon them all, discuss the matter, and let me know your judgment on it. In effect, prayers that are being offered up should be suspended, and the representatives of the various sects should be summoned from you so that they debate with me. Please decide the correct and wicked in Buddha's Law. There is the fine pine tree in the depths of the valley, but if the skilled gardener is unaware of this existence, the fault is in his. There is the person dressing in beautiful clothes in the dark, but if others fail to recognize him, this is due to their own stupidity. In the three countries of India, China, and Japan, the judgement of Law of Buddha was decided by the ruler, who was King Ajatashatru and the rulers of the Ch'en and Sui dynasties and Emperor Kammu. I am not urging any private opinion or prejudice; I tell solely out of motives of grand loyalty. I do not say for my own sake. I say for the sake of the gods, for the sake of the ruler, for the sake of the nation and for the sake of all living beings.

With my deep respect.

The eleventh day of October in the fifth year of Bun'ei [1268]. Nichiren.

Respectfully presented to the lay priest Yadoya”. Letter to Tokimune Hojo.’

Yasumori has begun to be angry.

“What an arrogant and impolite letter!”.

Tokimune was meditating while closing his eyes.

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2018年 08月 10日

20. Nichiren Addresses the Warning to Hojo Tokimune (1)

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In this situation, there is no way out of the difficulty.

In October of the next month, Nichiren made up his mind and gave his disciples a letter and sent it to each place concerned. The partner is Hojo Tokimune in the first on the list, the very important person of the Shogunate, and chaityas.

It was a bloodcurdling act of Nichiren.

Hokibo went to the residence of the lay priest Yadoya with a letter of Nichiren. But he was stopped by a robust gate-keeper.

Hokibo talked to a vassal who transmits a message.

“I am Hokibo Nikko of errand of the priest Nichiren. I brought the letter to Lord Kamakura”.

On the other hand, Nichiro faced the military headquarters and stood at the door front while having a letter. The gate-keeper stopped Nichiro. Nichiro is not afraid of.

“I, called Nichiro of the disciple of priest Nichiren, brought this letter to Lord Heino Saemonnojo”.

Nissho went to Gokurakuji Temple.

“I have the letter for priest Ryoukan of Gokurakuji here”.

Nichiji ran into the Kenchoji Temple.

“Here is a letter for the priest Doryu of the Kenchoji Temple”.

The letter of Nichiren extended to 11 places in total.The other party which he sent is Tokiyori Hojo, Yoritsuna Tairano, the lay priest Yadoya, Yagenta Hojo of the shogun's vassal, Doryu of Kenchoji temple, Ryoukan of Gokurakuji, and the administrator of the Hall of the Great Buddha, Jufukuji, Jokomyoji, Tahoji,Chorakuji Temple.

Nichiren wished for the confrontation with seven temples of Kamakura in front of Tokimune Hojo of the ruler. Seven temples including Kenchoji Temple are because it is a ringleader destroying a country.

Nichiren attacks the essential qualities of these seven temples. He writes down feelings of this time by the letter that he sent to Myoho Bhikkuni as follows on September 6 in the Koan first year (in 1278).

“Moreover, after the state power shifted to the east and the years went by, many of the leaders of the Shingon sect which lost the sovereigns of the country made their way to Kamakura, where they ingratiated themselves with the Kamakura shogunate. Because they had originally been priests of high standing, they were able to make various deceptions to gain favor and to have themselves appointed superintendents of various temples in Kamakura. In addition, the Nembutsu priests, taking advantage of their position as counselors to those in power, became chief priests of the Hall of the Great Buddha, Chorakuji, Gokurakuji, and other temples, while persons of the Zen sect came to be respected as chief priests of Jufukuji, Kenchoji, and other temples. Thus, in Kamakura offenses were committed that were a million times graver than that which brought about the failure of the Retired Emperor of Oki”.

The retired emperor Gotoba either loses at a fight of Zhokyu 50 years ago and is banished into the island of Oki and passed away for reasons of the wicked religion. These wicked people moved to Kamakura of east and they gain the favor of Hojo and incline the country. A country is going to perish again now in front of Mongolia without determining the wicked and the correct. The evil priests become rooted in the ground in front of Tokimune. I am the only one who can chase the Mongolia away.

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2018年 08月 09日

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第一 安楽行品の事 (注)










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2018年 08月 06日

19. Nichiren Decides Warning to the Nation (3)

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‘Second Letter to the Lay Priest Yadoya’.

However, he has not been heard from since. What is the Shogunate doing? The crisis approaches.

Four months after it, August 21, Nichiren sent the similar writing to Mitsunori Yadoya of the lay priest who was the shogunate vassal. He had ever relayed the 'Treatise of Establishing the Correct Teachings for the Safety of the Nation'. However, there is not an answer. Nichiren sent letters to Shogunate vassals lively and reported an opinion in detail since a document of Mongolia came. Mitsunori was the one in that group. There is no reply to his question, too. He write down the resentment in the beginning.

“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 the eighth month, 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 become angry and have brought about this disaster. If steps are not taken to remedy the situation, this nation will be overthrown by a foreign nation. I wrote a treatise expressing these views and, in the second year of the Shogen era [1260], on the sixteenth day of the seventh month, I sent it to you, requesting that it be forwarded to the lay priest of Saimyo-ji of deceased now. Since then, nine years have passed. I hear reports that this year a document from the great Mongol Empire has been sent to Japan. If the texts of the sutras are to be believed, our country will inevitably be attacked by that nation. I, Nichiren, am convinced that, throughout the country of Japan, I am the only person who can subdue these barbarians of the west, and I have written a treatise explaining my reasons. 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 ask that you forward my views to the regent [Hojo Tokimune] privately. I shall tell you all about the matter when I have the pleasure of seeing you.

      With my deep respect,


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

To the lay priest Yadoya Saemon”. ‘Letter to the Lay Priest Yadoya’.

But, contrary to expectation, Yadoya is not going to meet Nichiren at all. He has not once been heard from. How should this be interpreted? Are they not only blind to Buddha's Law, but also insensitive to a crisis of the nation?

September of after a month. Nichiren sent a letter to Yadoya with stronger contents again. If one did not inform this to a lord and left this as it is as the bureaucrat, one is punished to a lord in some cases.

Yadoya's ears would tingle.

“Around August, after having sent a letter to you, I am not receiving an answer about right or wrong to this month either, so I cannot clear the melancholy. As you are busy, are you forgetting it? Because you downplay this, do you not take an action? The sutra says, ‘the lion is not afraid of a big elephant without making light of a small rabbit’. The fault to know it, and not to report to a ruler falls on you entirely if the soldier of other countries attacked this country by any chance. The reason to learn Law of Buddha is to abandon life, and to repay to the affection of the country. It is not for the sake of myself at all. The sutra says, "See rain to perceive the dragon, and watch a lotus, and know the pond". Because a disaster is sudden, I am surprising everybody many times. Though this is not used, I remonstrate, besides. Strong …”. ‘Second Letter to the Lay Priest Yadoya’.

The existing writing ends here. Resentment of Nichiren is appearing obediently.

There was not the reaction of the Shogunate at all afterwards either. The appeal of Nichiren does not reach the regent. Because it was said that by Tokimune,"It did not have anything to do with this", it was abandoned, or it was clear to have been hushed up in darkness by hand of the Shogunate chief vassal.

Continued to 20. Nichiren Addresses the Warning to Hojo Tokimune.

Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents

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