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2018年 12月 15日

27. Omen of the Great Persecution. 5

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Nichiren speaks truly and simply without the gloss of style and manner.

'This bad person constantly defames us to the rulers, ministers, Brahmen in the midst of the populace’. This text of a sutra is fruitless if Buddhist priests did not slander Nichiren and perform a banishment. Because a prediction of this Shakyamuni Buddha was appropriate, Nichiren alone could pierce it into my body. The three kinds of powerful enemies are wriggling again. Ryoukan and others already write down a complaint and are going to give it to the shogunate. Can you say that this is not the three kinds of powerful enemies?”.

The reputation of Nichiren in Kamakura had improved by the victory of prayers for rain dramatically, but the power which would entrap Nichiren at the same time bared the true force and has begun to do a stratagem.

Ryoukan offered the general a complaint and accused Nichiren together with Nen'a of the Nembutsu monk and Doryu of Kenchoji Temple appeared in the city magistrate's office by himself and said defamatory words.

Nichiren was sensing a web of intrigue.

It was omen of the coming great persecution.

Disciples made merry with the spread of the Lotus Sutra, but he alone was awaking.

By the way, we have doubts here.

We wonder. Why did Nichiren press Ryoukan for a confrontation of the rain?

One of the questions. Nichiren insisted that the rightness and evil of the religion should determine it in the argumental content of the doctrine of Buddhism from the sutras, but why did he press Ryoukan to determine right or wrong in a confrontation of the rain?

One more question, though a certain prediction of weather was extremely difficult in those days, why Nichiren was able to foresee during the seven days? If he had been able to predict provisionally, what is that reason? Another opinion says, Nichiren was born at a house of the fishermen in Kominato of Awa, he might be able to predict rain during one period because he was brought up hearing a prediction of the weather from father beforehand. However, the weather fluctuates. Besides, the certain prediction that it does not rain ahead of seven days is difficult.

Nichiren made the utmost effort for the propagation of the Lotus Sutra throughout the life. In a sense, not by right or wrong of religion, we think that it is the same as gambling to determine win and defeat depending on the rain.

Probably Nichiren had an ability that himself controls weather freely, and, as for the conclusion to unravel it if he was so, it is thought that he brought it in for the confrontation of the rain against Ryoukan with the absolute conviction.

In this sense, we take a guess strongly that the Nichiren Dishonin has been already getting conviction as the root Buddha of the latter days of the Law when he pressed Ryoukan for a confrontation of the rain.


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2018年 12月 15日

27. Omen of the Great Persecution. 4

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'About the Method that must Talk about the Doctrines'. This instructs Sanmibo strictly. Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple possession.

 

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Nichiren interrupted his talk.

“Wait, Sanmibo. The tellings of the thou are thought to be anxious”.

Sanmibo looked unexpected. Though the Lotus Sutra spreads vigorously now, the facial expression of Nichiren is severe.

“The Law we hold is as marvelous doctrine as ever there was. We are not afraid to even a great bodhisattva. Besides, the Japanese Emperor is the boss of small island merely. You talked that you were invited by the people of the such boss and were given honor. These seem that you are virtually despising Nichiren. It seems that Nichiren's disciples, when journeying to the capital, at first are careful not to forget own purpose, but later, tempted astray by the devil of Heaven, they become a lunatic like Shobo. You had better beware that you not become like Shobo and not incur the anger of Heaven. So, you have gone to the capital, and you are changing your name before long, it is near delirious. You have also changed speech and acquired the Kyoto accent. Like a mouse has changed into a bat, it is neither a bird nor a mouse, you are now neither a country priest nor a priest of the capital. You are just like Shobo. You should speak with a country accent. You seem becoming considerably bad”.

Shobo is the name of disciple who retrogressed in old days. An atmosphere has been tense.

Sanmibo who became a best disciple was scolded in front of believers now. However, Sanmibo do not understand.

Nichiren continues.

“There are three types of people that all human beings should respect. They are the sovereign, the teacher, and the parent. There are three types that we should study. These are Confucianism, non-Buddhism, and Buddhism. The superior teachings foreseeing past and present and the future among these is the Law of Buddha. And the right teachings among Buddhism are only the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra that removes every decoration and preaches life of the constancy is true teachings. However, though anyone watched the Lotus Sutra, there is not the person who has read”.

The disciples doubted.

Nichiren opens up the Lotus Sutra.

“This says,'Various ignorant people will give us calumny and blame'. If Nichiren was not born to this world, as for this paragraph, Buddha would almost become the person of lie. Who was given calumny and blame and received the difficulty of the sword and stick for sake of the Lotus Sutra after Buddha passed away? If there is not Nichiren, this verse of the Lotus Sutra becomes the falsehood”.

Contrary to the real intention of Nichiren, there was the person who doubted Nichiren among disciples.

Sanmibo was a role of that leader and muttered at the bottom of his heart.

(This is the hubris of the teacher).


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2018年 12月 09日

27. Omen of the Great Persecution. 3

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‘On the Ten Chapters of ‘Great Concentrationand Insight’. Nakayama Hokekyoji Possession

    

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Nichiren did the lecture of the Lotus Sutra in front of disciples as always. The atmosphere overflowed in heat, and mood to the kosen-rufu, namely propagation to the whole world, even more increased.

“The doctrine of three thousand realms in a single moment of life, it is not forgiven on the provisional teachings, furthermore it is not being preached before the Lotus Sutra at all. The origin of the doctrine of three thousand realms in a single moment of life is 'the actual aspect of ten moves' which is preached when the three provisional teachings almost opened, and its meaning belongs only to the essential teachings. We understand the sentence which was preached before the Lotus Sutra by the provisional doctrine and we understand the provisional sentence by the essential doctrine. But the method to understand a doctrine from a sentence is limited by only the essential teachings. Therefore, the ascetic practices for fulfilling are various. Counting sand, and seeing the ocean are ascetic practices too. One reads the sutra preached before the Lotus Sutra or chants the name of various incarnations of the Buddha such as Amida. These either need not say. But these are ascetic practices in various times. What one should chant always for conforming to the ascetic practices of the fulfilling really is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Though what one should keep in a mind is the meditation of three thousand realms in a single moment of life, it is the ascetic practices of the person of intellect. Must let the lay believers of Japan merely chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo earnestly. A name has a virtue reaching a whole by all means. There are 17 kinds of names in the Lotus Sutra, and these are popular names. All incarnations of the Buddha holding the eternal life named it Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in alias”.On the Ten Chapters of ‘Great Concentration and Insight’”.

After the lecture, Hokibo has begun to talk with joy impatiently.

“There is a lot of samurai hoping to hear the sermon of the Lotus Sutra”.

Nichiro followed him.

“A rumor that the prayers for rain of the priest came true is spreading, and the person asking for sermon from the place other than Kamakura cannot count them. Until ten-odd years ago, everyone was a Nembutsu believer. But now, thanks to the priest, out of ten persons, we will find that one or two persons chant only Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and two or three persons chant it along with the Nembutsu. And even among those who chant the Nembutsu exclusively, they seem believing in the Lotus Sutra in mind”.

Sanmibo was either triumphantly boasting.

“I was able to preach in front of the samurais controlling the Shogunate”.

He became the Kyoto accent suddenly.

“I was invited to court noble of Kyoto, and I talked to them, and was given honor recently. Therefore, I intend to change my name”.

Sanmibo has begun to talk with a court noble accent fluently.


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2018年 12月 08日

27. Omen of the Great Persecution. 2

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Ryoukan tasted the humiliating defeat by the decisive battle of prayers for rain. He has no choice but to cross out Nichiren to clear this grudge. Surrendering to Nichiren or repenting it to him is impossibly difficult for present Ryoukan. Therefore he must use every means. He showed the true character of an arrogant counterfeit saint.

Nichiren says that the two people's encounter of Buddha and Devadatta is fate, and that it is similar to relations of Prince Shotoku and Moriya Mononobeno. He says clearly that it is obvious that there is a deadly foe before the votary of the Lotus Sutra.

“Buddha and Deva are like the body and the shadow, they encounter whenever reincarnated. It is the same as a flower and the fruit of the lotus flower being simultaneous with Prince Shotoku and Moriya. If there is the votary of the Lotus Sutra, there should be three kinds of deadly foes by all means. There are already three kinds, and who is the votary of the Lotus Sutra? Ask and should assume him a teacher. It is precious so that the tortoise of the one eye encounters a piece of wood floating on the ocean”. The First Volume of the Opening the Eyes’.

Party of Nichiren who finished prayer of the rain went ahead through the Wakamiya thoroughfare in the drizzling rain.

It was the march of the winner.

A large number of people along the route shouted with joy.

No wonder.

The Kanto district revived by this rain. They had avoided the famine by a hairbreadth.

People converted to Nichiren by the victory of prayers for rain gathered fanatically.

People gathered in the plaza under the fine weather.

The green of trees had revived vividly.

Hokibo did the sermon of the Lotus Sutra in a hall.

In addition, Nichirou met a Buddhist priest of black robe at the temple of Nembutsu. The Buddhist priest of Nembutsu put hands together and lowered the head to Nichirou deeply and showed an attitude of the submission.

Sanmibo preached in front of the samurais in the samurai residence.

Everybody put his hands together to Sanmibo one after another following one of the samurais putting hands together.

Sanmibo nodded with a proud-looking face.


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2018年 12月 01日

27. Omen of the Great Persecution.1

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Night is coming on, and the whole Kamakura became dark.

People gathered to the door front of Gokurakuji in the rain and threw away rosary of the flat form. It is a converting of their faiths to the Lotus sect of Nichiren.

Suobo and Irisawa Nyudo were looking for Ryoukan in the temple.

He was missing.

It was identified that Ryoukan was in the garden in the residence before long.

He crouched down to grass and was staring at the wet ground.

Lightning lighted up the face of terrible anger of Ryoukan.

Ryoukan decided to become Devadhata who was the enemy of Buddha.

No, was meant to become Devadatta.

Decided to kill Nichiren by any means.

Though Devadatta continued aiming at Buddha and put poison in his thumb and was going to poison Buddha finally, it is said that the poison took effect to himself and the ground is cracked and fell into the hell of incessant sufferings himself.

The direct reason Devadatta had a hatred of Buddha was because he was denounced from Buddha in front of the people.

“Because Buddha criticized Devadatta, saying ‘The thou are foolish person to eat the saliva of the person’, a poisonous arrow entered Deva's chest, and he bore a grudge, and said; ‘Shakyamuni is not Buddha. I am a real child of King Kokubon and is the older brother of the honorable priest Anandha, and I am kindred of Shakyamuni. Even if I am very bad, he must instruct me secretly. Will the honorable Buddha say such a big mistake among such people of multitude in fact? He is the foe of the wife in old days, and now he is an enemy of a public place. I become a great deadly foe whenever being reincarnated for him from today’". The First Volume of the Opening the Eyes’.

Buddha did not scold Deva with malice.

Originally Deva was a pupil of Buddha.

He was same imperial family of India with Buddha and was a cousin. He had more wisdom, too, and received disciples' respect, but, on the other hand, he was abnormally strong in ambition, and himself was puffed up wanting to be Shakyamuni’s successor.

Shakyamuni admonished such eva many times, but the Deva does not hear him. He saw through his mind of dark nature, and Shakyamuni thought of his future and scolded him.

'To eat the saliva of the person'. These are severe words.

The dark true character of the deva was immeasurable. For Deva living in a fame, what is abused in front of the people is harder than dying. A poisonous arrow had stuck in double suicide of Deva. For Deva who longed for success in life, what was abused in front of the people had become the grudge that it was hard to remove. There was either the grudge that he competed to make Yasodhara of the most beautiful woman of the India a wife and was defeated by Shakyamini.

Deva thought. The salvation of himself is to make Shakyamuni a dead person. There after he aimed at life of Shakyamuni for life.

It is said that the man abandons life in shame. Deva was humiliated in front of the people and exposed the true character. By the way, Devadatta commits the three crimes after this. These are crimes of murdering a Buddhist priest, destroying the organization of the priest and making Buddha bleed. At first, he killed Mahaprajapati who was a disciple of Shakyamuni and was an adoptive mother. Next, he had taken out disciples from the religious community of Shakyamuni and brought the edge of extinction. Finally, he drops a rock and squelches the little finger of the foot of Buddha. The person who injured the body of Buddha among every bad person throughout times is only Devadatta, and Kagenobu Tojo who had cut the brow of Nichiren with a sword in a persecution of Komatsubara.


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2018年 11月 25日

26. Nichiren Pray for Rain Hard. 6

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The farms have finished drying under hot weather.

One farmer moved a pail with a tool of balance.

The contents of the pail are the water which he drew from the well. He carried it any number of times from sunrise to sunset. It was for the sake of a precious farm. Still that is insufficient.

The farmer put a pail while being drenched with sweat. The water does not reach half.

A baby approached to there and was going to drink water. The child had been dry, too.

“Dad, water,water”.

The farmer noticed a child, but it was late. The child has knocked over a pail.

Father rushed in wonder and scooped the water which flowed, but the water was breathed in to the dry ground.

He pushed away a child unconsciously. The baby weeps loud.

That sound startled him and his composure in part returned.

The wife came there and protected the child and rebuked a husband in tearful voice.

“What are you doing to your child?”.

The wife holds a baby in her arms and enters the house. There was old mother who couched upon the bed in their house.

While the farmer heard a baby cry, he crouched down in a ground and swatted the soil many times.

His tears flow like squeezing it. On the back of the hand which grasped soil, tears fell down drop by drop. He already reached the limit of his patience.

However, how can these things be? The farmer noticed that drops of liquid were either falling into ground around.

He was surprised and looked up at the sky.

He saw a piece of cloud was in a head.

The rain came pattering.

His strength had come back. He came alive.

“It's rainy!”.

The farmer went home hastily.

"It's rainy, it is raining!".

The wife, the child, mother who was sleeping looked up to outside.

It rains quietly. This was like honeydew which quenched all. The sky became the slightly cloudy weather and drops of water came falling slowly.

The people appeared to the road without thinking. All of they were exposed to the rain with joy.

In the pond, a crowd looked up at the sky and has been making a fuss.

“Rain, it rains!”.

The whole sky is covered in a gray cloud in a moment.

There are a person embracing each other, a person bursting into tears and a person washing a face with rain.

Shijo Kingo and Toki Jonin who prayed rejoiced hand in hand, too. Ota Jomyo who is calm and composed always is filled with tears.

The voice of the daimoku still echoes while the drum of the Hokibo sounds.

Thunder made a sound along with light then. The roaring sound shook the ground, and a shout of joy became still more high-pitched.

The crowd noticed a figure of Nichiren before long.

He is chanting the daimoku absorbedly. Even if it rains, even if is not rain, he is praying hard. The present phenomenon called the rain was not a problem and his figure seemed to teach that attaining Buddhahood in the future was important than anything. The crowd took the headgear and sat straight not minding rain, and getting wet in the ground, and they all put hands together at the same time. The emotion of thanks for Nichiren let people work so naturally. Nichiren before eyes was the savior whom they should look up to as God or living Buddha for them. The beginning was simple curious spectators. They were the people who totally did not have the faiths of the Lotus Sutra. But all public around the pond has begun to just chant it aloud to a drumbeat.

“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo…”.

The people surrounded Nichiren who got wet in the rain and sat down on a poor straw mat. They had integrated with both the monk and laity of Nichiren's sect this day as though they were part of it.


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2018年 11月 24日

26. Nichiren Pray for Rain Hard. 5

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      From the Biography of Nichiren Daishonin


The Kamakura suburbs.

Under the strong ultraviolet rays, a party of Nichiren go ahead through the country road. They walked the road of the slightly elevated foot of a mountain. A crowd follows them.

There was the pond surrounded by forests.

The party of members spread a straw mat in the edge of pond.

Hokibo and others carried an incense burner and a sutra reading desk and began preparations.

A crowd was disgusted.

"Do they pray in such a remote place?".

“In addition, are they only slight number of this believers?”.

Shijo Kingo quiets audience at the rearmost place.

“Everybody, prayer of the priest Nichiren begin. Please be quiet!”.

Kingo talks gently for the townsfolk and the farmer unusually.

Nichiren took one piece of board out of a chest slowly and wrote a prayer sentence by the writing brush quickly.

And he put a board into the pond slowly and put hands together and chanted "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" and title three times powerfully.

After this, the religious service that read the chapter of means of the second and the chapter of Buddha's life span of the sixteenth aloud has begun.


Yasumori and Yoritsuna of the clammy foreheads watched the sky reproachfully in the hall of the Kamakura regent.

The flower of the garden is about to die.

Ryoukan walked around the room busily in Gokurakuji. Ryoukan cannot touch the dainty food of the low dining table either. He cannot do anything for oneself tormented by uneasiness.


Sutra-chanting of Nichiren continues.

“’Buddha always holds this thought. How can I do if I let all creatures walk the supreme road and let them gain the existence of Buddha early?’. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo…”.

Hokibo Nikko beats a drum. Nichiren has begun to chant a title to this sound.

Nichiren had given disciples a strict order beforehand, said "Does not stop the chanting until it rains".

Time to fight to a finish came. All disciples of Nichiren, and Kingo and Jonin and Jomyo of the strong believers follow Nichiren with a desperate chanting.

A crowd watched them for a while, but the scorching sky does not have the change.

The person who wave a neck and return appeared.

“Cannot be that it rains. I have stopped being able to believe in anybody”.

At that time, one drop of liquid fell to a big leaf of the side.



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2018年 11月 23日

26. Nichiren Pray for Rain Hard. 4

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People crowded in front of a hall of Nichiren under the glaring sun. The crowd puts up a umbrella or wears headdress to avoid hot rays.

The party of Nichiren came out. They appeared in a gray robe in contrast with a prompter of Ryoukan.

Nichiren attracted the hope of Kamakura at a stretch.

The public gives a glad shout.

“Dear priest Nichiren!”.

And a person to chant "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" aloud appeared in here. The rainy wish is urgent for a farmer suffering from a drought. Thought that they cannot but cling to the Lotus Sutra of the priest Nichiren arises sincerely there if Nembutsu of priest Ryoukan is no use.

The party of the members departed with Shijo Kingo and Toki Jonin in the lead. Nichirou has a candlestick, Nissho has a vase, Hokibo has a incense burner and they advance. Boy Kumao proudly had the flag of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo which was written large.

A crowd followed them. They hailed to a back of Nichiren.

"Priest Nichiren, where do you go to?".

Hokibo is firm determination. But most disciples were uneasy looks.


Gokurakuji Temple was quiet. A believer is sparse into the hall of a Buddhist temple.

Ryoukan was haggard, but he put on a brave face.

He has begun to talk in desperation.

“This matter is insignificant. If what's called rainy prayer prays ten times, and even once rains, it is a great success. This Ryoukan will bring rain surely next time. Therefore, it is too thoughtless to fight for bringing rain and…”.

Ryoukan was insulted in public, but he did not stop sermon. He was desperate to stop the believer who is leaving.

Then Suobo was sweaty and came into the hall.

Ryoukan warns him.

“What's wrong? What's the rush?”.

Suobo seemed to be quite afraid.

“Nichiren seems to begin rainy prayer”.

The believers who heard him went out one after another.


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