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2018年 02月 17日

106 Last Religious Precepts of Nikko (2)

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The last religious precepts of these 26 items are not Nikko's thought. These are the things which gathered teachings of teacher Nichiren to the last, and there are all the reasons of each item to writings which Nichiren left, and these all items are based on the spirit questing for Law that we must not violate teachings of the root Buddha Nichiren of the latter day of the Law even in one character or one phrase either. It is written in the opening "The doctrine of Fuji should not be different in the least from the propagation which the former teacher performed".

Furthermore,

“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.”

The strong thought that Nikko entrusted the disciple believer of after ages with is coming from these three articles. These are saying. We should learn justice of teacher Nichiren without regard to the difference in viewpoint and difference in social position and a person according to that justice looks up as a teacher and should worship him, let the root and origin through "the Law" that Nichiren established.

“17. If he differed from the 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”.

These two items embody the principle of "relying upon the Law and not depending on a person" which Nichiren described as follows in 'The requiting to favors' definitely. "'Rely upon the Law', it means all the Buddhist sutras. 'Not depend on a person ', it means Manjusri Bodhisattva, Hugen Bodhisattva and the various teachers other than Buddha."

"The ceremony of the holy funeral service" of this time imitates "the holy funeral service record of the sect founder" that Nikko recorded "the ceremony of the holy funeral service" of Nichiren by himself. Nichigo appointed from Nikko as one person of the new six priests of virtue does written record as "the funeral record of holy priest Nikko", and this is possessed now in Hota Myohonji Temple.

It is listed in following "the funeral record of holy priest Nikko" that Nichigo write that a then disciple or believer, for example the three children of Tokimitsu Nanjo, or the older brother who died young, of Nikko participated many.


“The funeral record of holy priest Nikko. (The Buddhist name of the word of Nichi, we add this).


The time of Ox in February 6, namely the early morning of 7th, the second year of Shokyo era.

Priest Nikko passed away at 88 years old in the Omosu volost of the foot of Mt. Fuji in the country of Suruga.

We placed him in the coffin at the time of bird, a.m. 5:00 to a.m. 7:00, on 8th of the same month.

 The order of the funeral service at the hour of the dog, p.m. 7:00 to p.m.9:00, on the same day.

 The torch of front      the lay priest Sabrotaro..

Next, the lunchbox     the lay priest Yataro.

Next, the great treasure flower.  the lay priest Magoshiro.

Next, the flag        the same person of the above toward the left hand

             Matajiro Izumi toward the right hand.

Next, the lantern     the lay priest Nirei-sabro.

Next, the incense     the lay priest Shiro Yui.

Next, the bell       Shiro Ishikawa.

Next, the flowers     Hikohachi Nishiyama.

Next the flowers      Sabro-saemonn Nanjo

Same as above      TaroYoichi Akiyama.

Same as above      Taro Onodera.

Same as above      Magojiro Ishikawa.

Same as above      Daikuro Yui.

Same as above      MagogoroYui.

Same as above      Saemon-shichiro Nanjo.

Same as above      Taro Saemon.

Same as above      Hikojiro-Saemon.

Next, the writing desk.   the lay priest matajiro Yamamoto.

Next, the vase      Yui Yagoro.

Next, the holy sutra    the lay priest Yoichi Akiyama.

Next, the gohonzon    Saburo Ishikawa.

Next, the papier-mache statue  Goro-saemon Nanjo.

Next, the trip basket horse.   the lay priest Umaki Saburo.

Next the horse of trips.     the lay priest Sabro Umaki.

Next, the horse which was decorated.  Yaheiji.

Next, the horse which was decorated.  the lay priest Kaji.

 Next, the horse to ride.         Gen’nai


The duke of Awazi.

The duke of Inaba.

Left   Nyozyakubo, Nichiman.

The duke of Azechi.

The duke of Daishin, Nichizyo.

Ajari Shikibu, Nichimyo.

The front row Jorenbo, Nissen.

                Ajari Sanmi,Nichijun.

The duke of Omu, Nichiju.

The duke of Mino.

   Right.   The duke of Suou.

Shozenbo.

The duke of Owari.


Komatsumaru.

Ko’otomaru.

Takeotsumaru.

Tojumaru.

Inubomaru.

Coffin             Otowakamaru.

Ushiwakamaru.

Totramatsumaru.


The duke of Jiju, Niccho.

The duke of Gyobu.

Left        The duke of Sanuki, Nichigen.

          The duke of Do’en.

The duke of Ajari Nichizen,

The back row Renzobo, Nichimoku.

                Ajari Iyo, Nichidai.

                Ajari Saisho, Nichigo.

       Right        Ajari Iga, Nissei.

                The duke of Tayuu,Nichizon.

Daichibo.

                The duke of Omu.


The populace of the remainder is the other row.

 Next, the canopy      Sonesuke.

Next, the long sword    Goro Ogi.

Next, the sword       Mtajiro Izumi.

Next, the hand.

Next, the bow and arrow. Kosabro Ishikawa.

Next, the bamboo hat   Okugoro-zhiro of the lay priest.

Next, the bag        Gentaro.

Next, the sandals      Matajiro.

Next, the clogs       the lay priest Tonari.

Next, the torch of the back row  Toshiro Kino.

Distribution of the property omit.


    On February of the second year of Shokei era, 1333 …

[The postscript], as for this funeral ceremony, what the Nichigo priest wrote does not have the mistake.”


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by johsei1129 | 2018-02-17 02:28 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2018年 02月 11日

105 The Great Leader of Propagating the Essence (2)

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Nikko delivered the doctrine of Nichiren to Nichimoku of the next generation in this way and handed down it to the future generation without running out of a bloodline of succession of Kosen-rufu. Besides, Nikko determines six new priests of virtue right before passing away and ensures 'perpetuation of Law' because Nikko lived long with 88 years old and lost most of six priests of virtue he established. The name of the new six priests are written down in 'About the Nichiren Sect' which was written by Nissei of 17th chief priest in Daisekiji as follows. Nichidai (founder of Nishiyama Honmonji temple), Niccho(the first scholarly chief of Omosu), Nichido(fourth chief priest of Daisekiji temple), Nichimyo(second priest of Kitayama Honmonji temple), Nichigo(founder of Hoda Myohonji temple), Nichijo (founder of Omosu Nishinobo).

Nichiren of the teacher called Nikko "a person who rescue for ten thousand years" or "a person who pour the water of Law into the pot" and, also called him " the great leader who was entrusted the essential teachings to".
 A 'pour the water', it means that the person transfer the water of Law for future without wrong in such a way to pour the water to the pot.
 A "entrusted the essential teachings to", it means the ceremony where Shakyamuni Buddha granted the Law of essence of the latter day of the Law to Jogyo Bodhisattva of leader of innumerable bodhisattvas of emerging from the ground in the Lotus Sutra.
 The Law of essence is the daimoku, title, of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
 Nichiren called Nikko a great leader with Law of essence. There was nothing wrong on Nichiren's judgement. And Nikko called Nichimoku who was entrusted with his future as “the chief priest of the whole world.”


I write down the next progress of Hakiri family from now.

Hakiri family who was also said to be Nanbu family was caught up to the battle of the northern and southern dynasties after Kamakura Shogunate extinction. They took side of the south dynasty of the Godaigo Emperor and fought, but were defeated to the north led by Taka'uzi Asikaga. After unification of the north and south dynasties too, Nambu family did not serve the Ashikaga north dynasty.

In 1393, the Nanbu clan abandoned all of the feudal tenure at last, and they left for far-off Tohoku. It is the 104th year Nikko went down the mountain. In addition, there was the clan of Hakiri who protected Kuon temple of the Mt. Minobu which Nichiren had built, but, in 1527, they were subdued by father Nobutora of Shingen Takeda, and Hakiri clan of this land was completely ruined. The reason was the crime that Hakiri was secretly connected with Imagawa of Suruga in the neighboring country. There will be it according the sutra; "Who spits against heaven, it falls in his face." "Shame take him that shame thinks. "


Nikko left the world at 88 years old on February 7, 1333, 52 years after Nichiren passed away.

It may be said Nikko had surprising long life when we consider Nikko lived a severe exile place in Izu or Sado with Nichiren and moreover consider a situation of the times that famine and an epidemic spread all over.

There was not the five monk anymore in the world in this time.

Most elder Nissho was dead at 88 years old ten years before of Nikko. Nichirou dies at 76 years old 13 years ago, and Niccho is 66 years old 16 years ago, Nikou finishes a life at 62 years old 19 years ago. In addition, Nichiji is thought to have died in a Karafuto or Ezo land.

On May 1 of this former year, fighting with the persecution in Atsuhara together, Tokimitsu Nanjo who could be said with the friend of Law beyond the relations called a priest and the believer finishes 74 lives.

It is strongly guessed the reason why Nikko was longevity is because there was a mission of making sure of a solid foundation being performed for the Sanctuary of Essential Teachings coming true in Daiseki field of great Nichiren Huashan, the foot of Fuji, by the will of teacher Nichiren.


In 1333, the great matters happened together inside and outside.

Takauji Ashikaga revolted against the Hojo shogunate as having waited for death of Nikko on April 16. Yoshisada Nitta entraps Kamakura on May 21, and Hojo dies out on the next day. Emperor Godaigo went back to the imperial place of Kyoto, and, on June 5, new government of the Kenmu era began. And Nichimoku of the third chief priest who inherited from Nikko on November 15 left for Kyoto for the remonstrating to the emperor, but it was tragical and entered nirvana in a place of Tarui of Mino country and showed an everlasting example to the disciples of after ages.


Nikko yearned for Nichiren of the teacher at the time of end dropping into drowsiness. Time of 88 years flowed, but, strangely, only the memory of the teacher is left. He met the teacher at 12 years old and received the name of Nikko. Thereafter he followed Nichiren to Kamakura, Izu, Sado, Koshu as if the body and a shadow. That fruitful days still dwell in his mind.

When he recalled, teacher Nichiren changed suffering to pleasure and was the magnificent personality to lead the populace to the hope. The happiness that there was near him. This joy does not fade away in eternity for Nikko.

He was engulfed by sadness at the same time.

“Oh, when can I meet the saint again?”.

It was said that Shijo Kingo had cried in the sorrow of parting in Tatsunokuchi, Nikko was the same again.

Nikko says grace to Gohonzon which was left by the teacher.

There is the following verse to the chapter of phantom city of the Lotus Sutra.


After the Buddha entry into Nirvana.

The person who heard these various Law.

On the land of various Buddha of everywhere.

He is always born with a teacher.


It says that disciple will be born in the country of same Buddha with a teacher in the next life, and come across the teacher. Nikko engraved this sentence of the sutra on his mind and chanted the daimoku. He was anxious for seeing the teacher again so that the dry field wanted gentle rain.

Furthermore, Nikko think.

“Be that as it may, I could see the teacher at this world surprisingly. If the teacher did not visit the Jissoji temple of Iwamoto, it was not me of the present. No, I was able to come across the teacher beyond the stream of time surprisingly. It is said that Law of Buddha performs no miracle, but will there be such chance again? This is rare than person watches the flower of the fig that blooms once in three thousand years than the tortoise of the one eye comes across a numinous piece of tree in the ocean. I am truly a lucky person!”.

The night sky of the Ueno volost was a star of the ten thousand.

Nikko became one of the stars of the vast universe and stared at himself.



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by johsei1129 | 2018-02-11 00:17 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 16日

Final Chapter. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 5

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Finally, I show one experience and finish this novel.

The writer, I, visited the Daisekiji temple of the head temple of a Buddhist sect the other day.

The green mountains of Daisekiji temple were wrapped up by a drizzle and were closing in on me, and the world of the quietness was ruling this area.

The pilgrim's lodging which I visited by chance was the building for exclusive use of the overseas believer called Tokohibo. The buildings are three-storied ferroconcrete, and there is a shower room underground. The rooms were divided so that around ten people slept. Because various countries and racial believers gather, there may have been made the small rooms. There are the facilities of the Internet in the hall, too. For the convenience of the overseas believer, various devices were prepared here.

There was the sermon of the chief priest at the lodging in the evening. This chief priest belongs to the Overseas Department, and it is said that half or more of one year spend on the propagation in the foreign country. Content of the sermons was a hard luck story in foreign countries, too. His tone was serene, but rather deeply came into our mind.

The priest talked about an experience in India. There are a lot of believers of the meeting of the Lotus sutra in India. The priest went around each place and encouraged them.

He said, "Let's go to Japan someday and work to be able to meet the grand Gohonzon of the high sanctuary."

However, there was the person "I cannot go to Japan" among believers.

Therefore, "No, you who are good can go to Japan by all means," the priest encouraged him, but he said that he can never go. It does not seem to a financial reason.

The priest hears a reason, the believer said he had been born in the slums of a certain city. The place he was born and the name of parents are not clear. He does not have a family register such as Japan. Therefore,cannot get a passport. Far from going to Japan, he cannot go outside of India either. This believer told it last.

“Therefore, I am going to meet the grand Gohonzon in the next life.”

Nichiren Daishonin foretells the world propagation in Sado of the exile place.

“The moon appears in the west and sheds its light eastward, and the sun rises in the east and casts its rays to the west. The same is true of Buddhism. It spread from west to east in the Former and Middle Days of the Law, but will go from east to west in the latter day of the Law.” On the Buddha’s Prophecy’

The Buddhism that originated in India reached Japan. He assert that Law of Buddha of Daishonin originates in Japan and returns to India. Furthermore, Daishonin called oneself birth of untouchables. This Indian believer is a person of a low hierarchy too.

Is it impossible that this believer goes to Japan? Is there not the hope? No, it is not so. If the benevolence existed in the grand Gohonzon, he should be able to surely go to Japan. The possibility comes by all means sometime.

In birthplace India of the Law of Buddha, the Law of Shakyamuni Buddha has completely become outdated, but a portent of the Law of Buddha of the spread Nichiren Daishonin from Japan is seen again there. The line of the propagation that Daishonin began alone is certainly reaching the country of the moon, India. As well as disciples and the believers who entered the stage in this novel, they have a deep affection for Nichiren Daishonin, and dream of meeting the grand Gohonzon in India. And they chant like us Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and are vowing the strong faiths through their life. This world, of course, until the future life too.


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2017年 12月 12日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 4

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Furthermore, that reason is shown as follows in "On the Buddha's Prophecy" written down in Sado island.

 “The seventh (23rd chapter of Drug King) of the Lotus Sutra says; After I have passed away, in the last five-hundred-year period you must spread it abroad widely throughout the whole world and never allow it to be cut off. (Partially omitted)"

 "Question: In comparing the Former and Middle Day with the Latter Day of the Law, the first two were far superior in terms of both times and the people's capacity. Why do you disregard these times and favor only the Latter Day of the Law?

 Answer: The Buddha's intent is difficult to fathom. Although I am unable to understand it, we may understand by thinking the Hinayana sutras as a point of reference. During the thousand years of the Former Day of the Law, proper times of the Law, Hinayana was fully possessed with the three elements of teachings, practice, and proof. Duringthe next one thousand years of the Middle Day of the Law (times of image), its teachings and practice were still maintained, but proof no longer existed. In the Latter Day of the Law, teachings alone remain; neither practice nor proof exists.”

 As for the Buddhism of Shakyamuni Buddha, the teachings exist in the latter days of the Law, but "practice" to become Buddha does not match in the times, therefore, Nichiren declares that the all creatures to become Buddha do not exist. Shakyamuni Buddha preaches the ascetic practices method in the Lotus Sutra; hear teachings, and tell a person it and believe it and make a person believe it, and write it and let a person write it and hold a service for a scroll of sutras with incense and flowers. In addition, he shows "an offering, observance of the commandments, fortitude, diligence, meditation, the wisdom" of "six patamita" as a method of ascetic practices in the Mahayana sutras.

 Besides, Shakyamuni Buddha answers disciples asking how they should train themselves after Shakyamuni passed away, in the "Sutra of Buddha's teachings of Samantabhadra-bodhisattva training abstinently" (Fugen sutra) of the sutra of end of the Lotus Sutra. It is as follows when summarize it.


Imagine and think the Samantabhadra-bodhisattva.

Read Mahayana sutra aloud.

Consider the teachings of Mahayana deeply.

Worship various Buddha.

Repent the karma that you made in the past life.

And repeat these practices.


It goes without saying that these ascetic practices method is not ascetic practices suitable economically nor temporally if is not the imperial family and a person of rich priest to the last. In fact, the words of good man and good woman often come out to the Lotus Sutra. The meaning of the Sanskrit of this good man and woman hints good man and woman of the identity. In other words, this means people born to the families of the imperial family or rich as a virtue that acquired a good deed in the past life. This is the thought that share an act of virtue by doing various kinds of service to the priests that social position following people go about asking for alms. The alms for the priest monks is performed incredibly eagerly in the countries such as Thailand or Myanmar where Hinayana sutras are spread southeastern Asian Buddhism countries now. However, they do not read the sutra aloud oneself nor do a conception of teachings nor do missionary work to others even if they respect a Buddhist priest. It is believed that a big benefit is got as for producing a Buddhist priest from a family, but only a limited person can become a priest because the Buddhist priest follows religious precepts only and can not work.

In contrast, Nichiren preached it that the ascetic practices were that all people read the Lotus Sutra aloud and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and talk with other person, propagation, regardless of the clergy and the laity, in the latter day of the Law.

He preaches it as follows in "The True Entity of All Phenomena" written down in Sado island and persuades disciples and believers.

 “Whatever will happen, strive in faiths and keep a votary of the Lotus Sutra, and be a follower of Nichiren throughout your life. If you are of the same mind with Nichiren, you must be a Bodhisattva of the Earth. And if you are a Bodhisattva of the Earth, there is not even slight doubt that you have been a disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha from the remote past.

 The sutra states, ‘Ever since the long distant past I have been civilizing this large number of people’. There should be no discrimination among those who propagate five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo in the latter day of the Law regardless of men or women. Are they not Bodhisattvas of the Earth, they cannot chant the daimoku.

 Although I, Nichiren alone, at first chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, two, three, then a hundred people gradually began to chant and propagate it. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well. Does this not signify “emerging from the earth” indeed? Moreover, at the time of kosen rufu [spread far and wide], the entire Japanese nation will chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, as surely as an arrow aimed at the earth cannot miss the target."

 (Partially omitted)

"In this letter, I have written my most important teachings. Understand these meaning firmly, and know what these are. Believe in the Gohonzon which is most supreme in the whole of the world. Assume a discreet attitude, assume a cautious attitude, strengthen your faiths, and receive the protection of three Buddha. Strive in the two methods which practice and study. If without practice and study, then Buddhism will cease to exist. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faiths. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Very truly yours"



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by johsei1129 | 2017-12-12 11:03 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 09日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 3

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It is terribly rude, but I consider here the fate that the Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin appeared in this world in the Buddhism history.

"Sermon of the Tathagatas are one style and one flavor" this is preached in the chapter of the parable of the medicinal herbs of the 5th of the Lotus Sutra. In other words, Buddha preaches it that the enlightenment of Buddha who mastered "the real facts of all things" is the same as enlightenment of various Buddha. The difference is the times when Buddha preaches (kalpa), the country which has the spiritual connection that the Buddha is born, and the period that Law is continued effectively after Buddha passed away.

Shakyamuni Buddha gives wisest Shariputra "the prediction", at the place of the metaphor chapter of third of the Lotus Sutra, that he becomes the Tathagata of Flower Shine in the future world. Shakyamuni Buddha name that Buddha's land "the leaving from impurities" where Tathagata of Flower Shine appears, and name the kalpa "the great treasures decorated", and he shows that theTathagata of Flower Shine has the life time of "12 short kalpas" and shows the people has life time of "eight short kalpas" each then. Furthermore, he gives Kenman Bodhisattva the prediction that he becomes "Buddha living among flowers" in future life after the Tathagata of Flower Shine appears and passed through 12 short kalpas, and he reveals, after the death of Tathagata of Flower Shine, the era of proper Law will continue for 32 short kalpas and the era of Law of image will continue for 32 short kalpas.

By the way, the name of the Buddha's land of the current earth is called "the saha", and the name of the kalpa is "Ken kalpa".

Shakyamuni came up in India and preached Myoho-renge -kyo in the Eagle Peak for last eight years and he entrusted Jogyo Bodhisattva with the propagation of post mortem Myoho-renge-kyo and passed away at 80 years old. The Law of Buddha, after Shakyamuni passed away, loses power in 1000 years of the proper Law and 1000 years of the Law of image and enters times of the latter day of the Law. And, in Japan where Nichiren Daishonin is a place of the spiritual connection of Myoho- renge-kyo, he is born as reincarnation of the Jogyo Bodhisattva, he does 'sweeping the provisional and revealing the origin' by a persecution of Tatsunokuchi, and expresses the origin as the real Buddha of the latter day of the Law.

Then, after Nichiren passed away, how does the Law continue? Nichiren declares it definitely as follows in 'On Repaying Debts of Gratitude.'

“If Nichiren's benevolence is vast, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will flow for ten thousand years and until the eternity. There is the beneficial power to open the blind eyes of all the people of the country in Japan, and it blocks the path to the hell of incessant suffering. Its benefits surpass that of Dengyo and Tientai, and are superior to that of Nagarjuna and Mahakashyapa. An ascetic practice for hundred years in the paradise do not surpass the one day benefit of the impure world. The propagation of two thousand years during the proper and image times of the Law is inferior to a second of propagation of the latter day of the Law. This is not a thing by the wisdom of Nichiren totally, the time only makes so. In spring, the blossoms open, in autumn, the fruit ripens. Summer is warm, and winter is cold. Does not the time make so?”

Nichiren Daishonin declares that the propagation of the 2000 years of the proper and image times of the Law after Shakyamuni is inferior to an instant of the propagation that disciples and followers does after Nichiren in the latter day of the Law and it is a reason time make so.


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by johsei1129 | 2017-12-09 21:55 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 04日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 2

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On the other hand, what happened to the five chief priests except Nikko Shonin, and the Buddhist temple which a strong believer of Nichiren founded a basis in those days?

Most of those respect Nichiren as Nichiren of great Bodhisattva as reincarnation of the Jogyo Bodhisattva and do not assume the grand Gohonzon of all living beings of the whole world the basic object of the worship.

The Bodhisattva is a stage of the training it before becoming Buddha. If Nichiren is a Bodhisattva, a Bodhisattva will express the Gohonzon and preach "all creatures in the latter days of the Law can become Buddha because this is a thing in itself of Buddha by advocating title (daimoku)". This will become the terrible bluffer. If a Bodhisattva who do not become Buddha dyed his soul to a sumi and expressed the Gohonzon, this would show the circumstances of the Bodhisattva to the last.

Shakyamuni Buddha preach in the Life Span chapter of the Lotus Sutra in this way.

“This interval is very a long time in this way since I entered Nirvana, and the life is infinity kalpa, and there is not the thing that I always live here and become extinct. Various men! I am training the ascetic practice of the Bodhisattva from the origin, and the life that I became Buddha is getting life of those double without still yet running out.”

Nichiren firmly asserts that "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" is sinking secretly at the bottom of this sentence "I am training the ascetic practice of the Bodhisattva from the origin". In other words, Sakyamuni chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in unmeasurable remote past and became Buddha and Nichiren himself caught Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with the senses, too, and showed a diagram as the Gohonzon.

Teachings (the enlightenment that Buddha attained), a practice (the ascetic practices method to seize the nature of Buddha), proof (the evidence that became Buddha by the ascetic practices). These are necessary to accomplish Buddhist doctrine. Even if teachings called the Lotus Sutra exist when the time entered in the latter days of the Law after one thousand years of proper Law and one thousand years of the seeming Law, there is not the method of ascetic practices in the latter days of the Law, and naturally the proof that become the Buddha will not exist.

Nichiren has been feeling and visualizing the Gohonzon inside himself since declaration of the establishment of denomination in 1253 (fifth year in Kencho era) and, overcoming the great persecution of the decapitation seat in Tatsunokuchi, he paid being the provisional Jogyo Bodhisattva, gave his life to Gohonzon and expressed entity as real Buddha of the latter day of the Law.

And October 9 of 1271, approximately one month after Tatsunokuchi of September 12, he expressed the Gohonzon for the first time at a residence of Shigetsura Honma of Echi of Sagami country where he was made to stay until he departed to Sado. Because the slender-writing brush that he always possessed it to write a letter was small, it is said that he untied the tip of a twig of Yang and wrote it down. He writes into the side of Gohonzon,"I write this in Honma volost, Echi prefecture, Sagami country". This is possessed now in Kyoto Ripponji temple. Nichiren showed the ceremony of the sky of the Lotus Sutra in a figure and established the ascetic practices method that chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to that Gohonzon and embodied teachings, practice, and proof in the latter day of the Law by this way that he became Buddha himself.

In the "Grand Gohonzon" which Nichiren Daishonin erected in 1279 (October12, 2th of Ko'an era), the emotions of the Buddhists bear fruit. They wanted to hold the supreme doctrine which was preached by Buddha, to spread it, and to transmit to posterity.

Arhats of the disciple of Buddha of 500 who gathered around Ananda and Mahakasyapa for the Buddhist sutras concentration after death of Buddha. The phenomenal genius Kumarajiva who translated the Lotus Sutra in Chinese, and established a foundation handed down to Japan that has a deep connection with the Lotus Sutra. Chinese Great Teacher Tiantai who outbraved intense argument about Buddha's doctrine and systematized the Lotus Sutra, and established it as king of various teachings. Japanese Great Teacher Dengyo who was granted the Imperial proclamation of the religious precepts of Mahayana which assumed the Lotus Sutra the origin, the first time in the Japanese Buddhism history, seven days after death.

Nichiren erected "the grand Mandala which is unprecedented in the whole world during this approximately 2230 years after Buddha passed away" while having stood in the main stream of Law of this Shakyamuni. If people worship as "great Bodhisattva Nichiren", not giving their lives to the grand Gohonzon, it is as clear as day that it becomes a behavior "killing the mind of Nichiren while praising Nichiren" like "killing the mind of the Lotus Sutra while praising the Lotus Sutra", and people lose a right road of becoming Buddha in this way.

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2017年 12月 02日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 1

              Japanese edition


735 years are going to elapse by this year of 2017 since Nichiren had passed into Nirvana on October 13, 1282 namely 5th year of Ko’an era.

The Kamakura sect of Buddhism that Nichiren criticized thoroughly by a four proverb (Nembutsu hell, Zen evil spirit, Ritsu traitor, Shingon destroying a country), already becomes merely a decoration, and fell in funeral Buddhism, and they have lost the mental influence on the people and state power when we mind the present conditions of the current Japanese Buddhism world.

Chaitya and the Buddhist monastery which were made mainly on the times of "Building many temples and towers greatly" after Buddha's passing which foretold in the Sutra of the Great Gathering by Buddha. These accomplished a change like a zoo or game facilities which collect admission fee uniformly and let the people see them but these are not the place where the people visit for Buddhist doctrine

The style of the present priest monk is far from the original monk who leave the vulgar world, and the religious precepts such as the tonsure, discoverture, not eating meat that were the common sense of the priest in the times of the Kamakura sect of Buddhism almost became little more than a mere name even if there were some differences by a denomination. In other words, the priest is only the name, and in the first place, as for the Buddhist temple that there are these priests, there will not be the qualification to receive offering from the believers.

The offering expresses the thought respecting the three treasures (Buddha, Law, Buddhist priest) of the believer to the last, and it becomes the virtue because a believer does offering depending on each ability from oneself regardless of the amount of money.

At this situation, "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" that Nichiren advocated spread certainly among the Japanese people in the freedom of religion that was established after the war. Most of the new religions sprang up like mushrooms after a rain after the war, they chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, not Nam-Amidabutsu, depending on the Lotus Sutra. Even the Zen Buddhism (Soto sect) that advocated 'the truth other than the teachings', and denied Buddhist sutras, came to read "the Life Span chapter in the Lotus Sutra" aloud.

The new religion like Bussho Gonenkai appeared, and they received the Gohonzon of the handwriting that Nichiren expressed, by one relationship or one opportunity, from the Nichiren-sect temple which possessed it from the Kamakura era, and assume it the object of worship of the own sect. However, they do not regard as a basic object of worship the grand Gohonzon of all living beings of the whole world. And they do not have the bloodline of succession receiving trust from Nichiren like 2th Nikko Shonin and 3th Nichimoku Shonin, the chief priest of the whole world.

That is why they will suffer slandering the Law like visiting at the same time to a Shinto shrine while worshiping Gohonzon of Nichiren identical to Sanenaga Hakiri, of time when there was Nikko Shonin.


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2017年 11月 25日

10. Discipline to the Disciples 3

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I will put back a story.

There was the discipline of Nichiren, too, and disciples kept studying hard. And they began an argument about Buddhism if study was over.

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

“Enjoy the discussion and lectures and not mix up the miscellaneous”.

Nichiren said that he did not make his disciple of the person of illiteracy. Nichiren devoted himself to the study of the sutra since 12 years old. He assigns severe training to disciples in the same way.

The understanding of the Law of Buddha deepens if one like discussion after having learned it, and the ability to separate the virtue and the evil follows it. The disciples improved together through friendly rivalry and grew up. Nichiren recommended the pure discussion not mixing the miscellaneous. The purpose is to learn the depth of Law of Buddha and to scrutinize an error of the other religion. It becomes a chat when forget a purpose, and the mind falls into a game. Studies itself is delayed when lose a spirit of criticism.

“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.”

Furthermore, Nichiren praises the disciple hard who has the talent among many ones.

“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.’’

“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.”

“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.”

Regardless of being a person or youth of the humble origin, he said that we should respect the person who spread Law daringly and is superior in wisdom, think him to be an old priest with virtue, and treat him as a teacher. Nichiren took the lead in carrying out this. There is not the discrimination before Law. Social position and the blood relationship do not matter entirely. Nichiren had supreme joy in finding a superior talent. The person who had wisdom same as him has begun to appear in the world of the marvelous Law which opened for the first time. A disciple like himself has begun to appear. There's nothing that could make him happier than this. Nichiren said, "Joy means that both self and others have the wisdom and mercy together". ‘Part Two of the Recordof the Orally Transmitted Teachings’ .It was precisely so.

He applauded the disciple who, in particular, answered in an argument skillfully.

“Admire a votary of 'being skillful in the answer to difficult question' as like the former teacher did.”

The former teacher means Nichiren. The religious precepts were written down yearning for the former teacher Nichiren.

Furthermore, the talented person should be brought up carefully. He let stopping the trivial routine duties of them and let them devote themselves to study.

“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.”

The propagation is a matter of course, but for Nichiren of that times, he has been desperate for the talented disciples to strengthen the base to the future above all.

By the way, by what kind of method did Nichiren lecture by the Law of Buddha to disciples?

There are the handwritings called "The Table of Five Times in the Life of Buddha" which Nichiren illustrated by himself and these had been left more than ten writings including fragmentary documents until the present. This writing is the chart where propagation of Buddhism from Buddha to the latter day of the Law was written from the right to the left like a bird opening wing. It seems that Nichiren hangs this from the wall and educated to disciples. As like a teacher uses the blackboard for students in a modern educational front.

He preaches. "Prepare the teachings of Buddha's lifetime as a method to propagate this immutable Law by all means". 'The Letter to Soya Lay Priest'. Nichiren showed learning it like this to disciples himself. Probably after Nichiren climbed at Minobu, it seems that disciples preached to a believer by using the chart in each dorter, like Nichiren did it.


'The Table of the Five Teachings through the Life of Buddha'. Kobo Temple in Chiba Prefecture keep this


At the midnight, Nichiren read a scroll of sutras under the light of a wick, and subjoined into there the words and interpretation of Tientai, Miaolo and Dengyo.

Disciples fall asleep at his side.

A cold wintry wind blew outside.

While two people of the orphan shiver, they approached the thatched hut of Nichiren.

Two people look in the hut.

Nichiren turns the back and is writing a text of a sutra earnestly.

Children found a wooden bowl before long in an entrance.

Nichiren rests writing and looks to a dirt floor quietly.

There was an empty bowl in the entrance hall.

Two children are wrapped up in a straw mat, are sleeping.

It was an innocent sleeping face.

Nichiren smiled unconsciously.




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2017年 11月 23日

10. Discipline to the Disciples 2

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Night falls, and a lecture of Nichiren began as usual.

How was the relation of Nichiren and disciples? How did Nichiren contact with his followers? The concrete historical materials have been hardly left. We only imagine it at this distance of times, but there is the clue.

Hokibo who succeeded Nichiren leave the writing of being called "Last Religious Precepts of Nikko" as the item which sect of Nichiren should maintain rigidly.

There are 26 items in total, and the policy of enlightenment and propagation, which become the radical principle of Nichiren sect, are shown there.

Hokibo keeps the teachings of Nichiren rigidly and is the Buddhist priest who did not break it throughout the life. He inherited a method of Nichiren to the disciples of the next era and left a will which means that they must spread Law by the same approach as a teacher.

Therefore, these "Last religious precepts" is not an original creation of Hokibo, it may be said that he just wrote down the teachings that Nichiren left for a disciple and a believer during the lifetime.We can have a glimpse of the situation in then Nichiren community, and the relationship of the teacher, a disciple, and the believer, here.

The first of the most eye-catching was that the color of clothes, have been light gray not black.

“Not make the color of the canonical robe black with a sumi”.

It is not the black like the modern priest and is not a colorful thing. It was light grey color. The priests of Nichiren Shosyu sect inheriting the teachings of Nichiren and Nikko are keeping the canonical robe of the color of the thin Indian ink without still changing.

In addition, in the beginning of the letter of "Making the Four Bodhisattvasas", it is written to Toki Jonin having offered a canonical robe of the thin Indian ink to Nichiren.

“I received white wadded silk garment one, thin gray-dyed robe one, the shoulder robe of the same color, and one thousand coins. I cannot find right word for expressing your long-standing devotion adequately. I would like to see you some day and tell about pent-up discontent of my double suicide.”

In addition, Nichikan of the 26th describes a reason of the thin Indian ink.

“Question; What is the reason to use only thin Indian ink to the color of the canonical robe?

Answer; There are many meanings as well. In part this is a reason to show the initial rank. There is mankind of 'the originally not being yet of virtue' in the latter day of the Law, this is the time to plant a seed first, 'the originally not being yet of virtue' is the rank to plant a seed. Therefore, Miaolo says. “A seed is to hear the Buddha’s Law”. Why may hearing the Law not be the initial rank? Why may the expressing as a seed not be the rank of planting a seed? Therefore, we express the initial rank and use only thin Indian ink.” ‘Three Robes of Our Sect’

The initial rank means the person who believes and maintains the Law of Buddha for the first time. In this Buddha's Law, one can attain Buddhahood in the initial rank which he would believe for the first time, unrelated to order and the grade.

In addition, he forbade disciples to wear jikitotsu. Jikitotsu is the robe which bind a jacket and an under robe directly. It was a characteristic that there was a fold from a waist below, but Nichiren did not permit a jikitotsu and commanded wearing only coarse silk clothes. The coarse silk is rough silk thread before the refinement, there was Nichiren with this style for life. This has nothing to do with the colorful robe really.

Furthermore, they used the shoulder robe made in five pieces which was used by priest of the lowest rank. In conjunction with a robe, these were called "coarse silk and five pieces." They put their heart and soul to maintain simplicity and frugality in his habits.

Because the shoulder robe connected rag cloth thrown away like feces at first in India and was made, it was called the clothes of dung sweeper. The shoulder robe used in Japan is made with new cloth, but it seams it together cutting as a small piece and is made with the express purpose. A strip of vertically joined small pieces of cloth is called Jo (strip) and shoulder robe is made by joining multiple Jo horizontally. Nichiren is still a plain shoulder robe of Jo 5.

The priest opens the right shoulder, and the priest wears a shoulder robe to wind it around a body. Opening the right shoulder, it is a custom of India to express respect to a partner. In addition, the priest of India lived with one piece of shoulder robe at first, but he came to gradually wear an undergarment because he was not able to stand cold if he went to the north. This is the beginning of canonical robe.


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2017年 11月 12日

10. Discipline to the Disciples 1

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Sunset shines in the downtown area of Kamakura.

The downtown area was dotted with wells.

Citizens draw water from this well.

Disciple of Nichiren, Chikugobo Nichiro either joined the line of people, drawing water.

He is still in his teens. He was born in the Shimousa country Kaijo district Note volost, and a childhood name was called Kizhijomaru. He was converted to Nichiren with Hiraga Jiro Arikuni of father in 1254 and he entered to the Buddhist priesthood under Nissho of the uncle.

From around this time, the name of Nichiren propagate all over Kamakura for better or worse. And the Buddhist priest who was attached to Nichiren became his disciple one after another.

The reputation of the world was notorious Nichiren, but the mind was kindly, and his story was witty when they met him actually. His every word based from the text of Buddha's sutra and was logical. The person to listen was captivated by not only the sermon of strong conviction by Nichiren but also personality itself.

Kyoninbo, Daisinbo, a disciple with talent including Shoibo became disciples following Nissho and Nichiro. Above all, Kyoninbo was twenty years elder than Nichiren, he is eloquent, a knowledge and opinion were excellent together, and he was considered as the first-rate among then disciple.

Nichiren came back home.

Nichiro was stewing a bean when he opened the entrance.

“Welcome home.”

Disciples set up the dining table. As everybody is young, they have a good appetite.

The pickles were served on dish and beans were on the tray. In those days, staple food of the common people are the beans, or the cereals which mixed unpolished rice with a fox tail millet and Japanese barnyard millet. Court nobles ate the polished rice, but they suffered from beriberi for hypovitaminosis, therefore it is said that they were a premature death.

Nichiren heard while eating.

“Where did Chikugobo go to for propagation today?”

Nichiro boy is fine.

“Yes. I went to propagate the neighborhood of the shore of Wakae.”

“Oh, it was good.”

“There were many houses of the Nembutsu in that whole area. In addition, they are believing in priest Ryokan of the religious precepts sect ardently.”

Nichiren is smiling.

“Well done! This is the important ascetic practices for Nichiro too. Talk about faiths to many people.”

When they notice, two children are peeping from a window in a house. They are poorly dressed. The children were looking at the tray of the bean.

Daishinbo of the disciple sent them away.

“This is no place for child. It is a place of training itself of the Law of Buddha. Return home early.”

Nichiren talks.

“What happened?”

Daishinbo spoke as if spitting out words.

“Probably will be orphans. It is thought they are children of the houses which broke up by famine. Recently they hang around this neighborhood.”

“Well.”

When Nichiren looked from a window, young two boys snuggled each body and concreted. They do not seem brothers.

Nichiren took out the wooden bowl of the beans, and went outside.

When children noticed Nichiren, they have run away.

After Nichiren made sure of children running, he put the wooden bowl of the beans in the floor of the entrance. They will eat freely if do it this way.

Daishinbo was disgusted.

“Priest, …”

"Let me. It is not fault of the children to have become an orphan. Anyone feels hungry now. We must deal out this around ourselves at least. They may not either have a place to sleep. Nichiro, were there not the straw mat?”

“Yes, there is.”

“Bring that.”

Nichiren put a straw mat on the dirt floor.

“This is good.”

Nichiro put it in the corner where he exercised tact there and brought two pillows and spread a straw mat.

Nichiren stared with a smile without saying.


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