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2019年 07月 17日

Clauses that should be Maintained after Nikko. 日興跡条々事

Clauses that should be maintained after Nikko.

November 10, 1332. Nikko shonin, eighty-seven years old.

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  Fuji Daisekiji Temple possession.


1. When Hommonji Temple was built, Ni'idakyo Ajari Nichimoku should be designated as the leader of the priests. Successors of Nichimoku should govern half of the temples located in the country of Japan and the rest of the world, while the remaining half should be managed by the other priests.

2. The Dai-Gohonzon of the second year of Ko'an(1279) which Nikko inherited from Nichiren Daishonin is inherited to Nichimoku. It should be holily hung at Hommonji Temple.

3. Nichimoku administer the Taisekiji including the main hall and the cemetery, repair, conduct Gongyo, and must wait the time of Kosen Ruhu.

Nichimoku met Nikko when he was 15 years old and from the time he believed in the Lotus Sutra until the old age of 73 years old, he has not deviated from the Daishonin's Buddhism in the least.

At age of 17, Nichimoku had paid a visit to Nichiren Daishonin at Mount Minobu in Koshu Province and he faithfully and constantly served his master for the last seven years of Nchiren Daisyonin's life. After his master had passed away, Nichimoku had devoted himself to offer the expostulation to the Imperial Court for fifty years from the eighth year of Ko'an (1285) until the second year of Gentoku (1330). I write down because such achievements are different with the other priests.

I leave this missive as a proof for the future to come in this way.

The tenth day of November.

       Nikko. paraph.



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2019年 07月 16日

The Last Religious Precepts by Nikko (2). 日興遺誡置文二


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 times, 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 below the followers 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 must put 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 precepts that I wrote up are an outline like this. I put 26 clauses for the protection of ten thousand years. A disciple who learns this in the future should not have doubt purposely. If there is a person even violating one of these, he is not a disciple of Nikko. I leave clauses that I determined in this way.

On 13th day of January of the 3rd year of the Genko era (1333).

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2019年 07月 15日

The Last Religious Precepts by Nikko (1). 日興遺誡置文一

The Last Religious Precepts by Nikko.

January 13, 1333. Nikko Shonin, eighty-eight years old.


If I think, the sun of the 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 enlightenment 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, moreover, it is thought that these metaphors do not be enough.

Fortunately, we were able to encounter this sutra 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 writings 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. Without criticizing against slandering Buddha's Law, you must not spend time for a play and an idle talk and not take to a non-Buddhist writing and an art.

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 a low 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 allow not engaging in the trivial routine duties of the teacher about the disciple having the talent and 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 me in the future do not understand Lotus Sutra and pre-Lotus Sutra, for leaving this world of the sufferings and attaining enlightenment, they visit this temple and must 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 convey the supreme theory from a teacher, and 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.


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2019年 07月 14日

Document to inherit Mt. Minobu. 身延山付嘱書

Document to inherit Mt. Minobu.

October 13, 1282. Sixty-one years old.


I transmit Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings of fifty years to Byakuren Ajari Nikko. He should be the chief of Kuonji Temple on Mt. Minobu. Crowd of laity or priests who disobey him are fellows of going against the Law.


The thirteenth day of October in the fifth year of Ko'an (1282). At place of Ikegami in Bushu Province.

Nichiren.




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2019年 07月 13日

Missive for Entrusting the Law that Nichiren Propagated throughout his Life.  日蓮一期弘法付嘱書

 Missive for Entrusting the Law that Nichiren Propagated throughout his Life

 September in 1282.



 I, Nichiren, entrust the entirety of the Law that I have propagated throughout my life to Byakuren Ajari Nikko and designate him the great leader of propagation of the essential teachings. When the sovereign embraces this Law, establish the Sanctuary of Hommongi Temple at Mount Fuji. You must await the time. This is the practical religious precept of the Law. Above all, my disciples and others must obey this missive.


September in the fifth year of Ko'an (1282).

Nichiren.


The order of the lineage of Law: from Nichiren to Nikko.





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2019年 07月 12日

A Reply to the Saints. 聖人等御返事

A Reply to the Saints.

October 17, 1279. Fifty-eight years old.


Your letter, being written in the hour of the bird [5:00–7:00 P. M.] of the fifteenth day of this month, reached me in the hour of the bird of the seventeenth day of the same month. I learned that when accused [the three braves of Atsuhara] received the wrath of the officials, they chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. I am sure that the ten demon's daughters entered to Heino Saemon himself and must have tested the faiths of these votaries of the Lotus Sutra. For example, it is similar to the way in which the Snow Mountain Boy and King Shibi once had been tested. Or an evil demon might have entered to the Heino Saemon himself. This is that Shakyamuni, Taho, the ten directions' Buddha, Brahma and Shakra have vowed to guard and protect the votaries of the Lotus Sutra in the fifth five-hundred-year period. ‘The treatise on the great perfection of wisdom’ says “can change poison into medicines”. And Tientai says that “the poison is changed into medicines”. If the word of myo is not powerless, it should without fail deal out merits and punishments to them.

Hokibo and the others ponder deeply on this meaning and should accomplish our purpose on the trial.

Finally tell to the Heino Saemon, "Have you forgotten what the sainthood told you when the sainthood appeared before you to answer charges against the saint at the Bun'ei era? The calamities the sainthood predicted at that time have yet to come to an end. Notwithstanding that, do you intend to invite the punishment of the ten demon's daughters repeatedly?".

      Very truly yours,

      Nichiren.

At the hour of the dog [7:00–9:00 P. M.] of the seventeenth day of October.

A reply to the sainthood and the others.


When saying these things, everyone will surely say that there is no offence on our side. Also, that becomes clear from the punishment that Daishinbo fell from his horse. And everyone will fear if it becomes clear that he died. This is arrangement of heavens.

For that reason, all of you should not be afraid. So long as all of you remain firm in mind, I am sure that various circumstances will concur to give us the success.

This time I will send all of you Awajibo as a messenger.



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2019年 07月 11日

The Honorific Phrase which had been Added to the Grand Gohonzon. 本門戒壇大御本尊脇書

The Honorific Phrase which had been Added to the Grand Gohonzon of the Sanctuary of the Radical Teachings.

The twelfth day of October 1279. Fifty-eight years old.



I had erected this in this way for the present and the future. The petitioners of the sanctuary of the radical teachings are Kunishige Yashiro and the followers of the Lotus Sutra who respectfully state.

In the twelfth day of October in the second year of Ko'an (1279).




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2019年 07月 10日

About the Mongolia.  蒙古事

About the Mongolia.

August 6, 1280. Age:58.


All of you have been wondering whether the Mongols will attack again, but I believe that it is now imminent. Though the ruin of our country would be deplorable, if the invasion does not take place, the Japanese people will slander the Lotus Sutra more than ever, and all of them will fall into the hell of incessant suffering. Although the nation may be ruined by the strength of the Mongols, the slander of the correct teachings will weaken. For instance, that defeat is same as a moxibustion or an acupuncture. Though both are anguished at that time, these bring happiness later. Nichiren is the emissary of the Lotus Sutra; Japanese people look like King Mihirakula, who destructed Buddhism of the whole world. The Mongol empire looks like King Himatala, they seem to penalize hostiles of the votary of the Lotus Sutra as a messenger from heavens. Also, if the Japanese confess their sins now, they will look like King Ajatashatru, who became a follower of the Buddha, cured his white leprosy, and prolonged his life forty years; though he had no roots of faiths, he could reach the first stage of faiths by the power of Buddha, and he himself gained the realization that phenomena neither are born nor perish.

Very truly yours,

Nichiren.

August sixth.



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2019年 07月 09日

A Reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga. (Letter about a Miso of a Pail).兵衛志殿御返事(味噌一桶御書)

A Reply to Ikegami Munenaga. (Letter about a Miso of a Pail).

June 26, 1278. Fifty-seven years old.

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 The genuine writing is kept with the Myokanji Temple of Echizen city.


I have received the pail of miso from you. The symptom of my diarrhea has recovered by the medicines of Lord Saemon [Shijo Kingo].

And now, savoring your miso, my mind is more and more healed.

Thank you, thank you! I am praying it to the Lotus Sutra that very health is with you this year.

Very truly yours,

Nichiren.

Twenty-sixth of June.

A reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga.



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2019年 07月 08日

A Reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga. (4) (Letter for Expostulation) 兵衛志殿御返事四(諫暁書)

For instance, Prince Siddhartha was the legitimate child of King Shuddhodana. His father wanted him to succeed to the throne and rule the nation, and he became the crown prince in fact, but the prince went against his father's wishes and escaped from the palace at night. The king was angry at him for being unfilial, but after Siddhartha had become Buddha, he led first to convert his parents, King Shuddhodana and Lady Maya. No parent ever suggests to his son that the son throws away the world to become Buddha!

This is because the religious precepts and Nembutsu sect seduced your father so that they force all of you to abandon faiths by every means. I hear that priest Ryoukan is persuading others to chant one million Nembutsu in an attempt to cause discord among people and cut off the seeds of the Lotus Sutra. The lord Gokurakuji was an admirable person. But deluded by the Nembutsu priests, he treated me with enmity, and as a result, he and his entire clan have been all but ruined. Only the lord of Echigo is surviving now.

Do you think that people believing in Ryoukan deserve praise? You should see what has become of the Nagoe clan who had built Zenkoji temple, Chorakuji temple, and the Great Buddha hall! Again, the lord of Sagami, Hojo Tokimune, is the ruler of Japan, but by his conduct he has failed to keep away an enemy almost as large as the whole of the world.

Even if you abandon your elder brother and inherit his status in your father's favor, the prosperity for a thousand or ten thousand years is difficult! Nobody knows it. It will be short length of time probably. Is such a thing probable at this world? Therefore, you should resolve to bet for a coming future. Having written all this, it occurs to me that this letter may be futile, and I get melancholy in this way. But I state this may serve as a reminder to you later. 

Very truly yours,

Nichiren

The twentieth day of November.

A reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga.



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