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2019年 05月 22日

5 Shijo Kingo Appears

                        Japanese edition


Dead leaves fell into the road, there was the autumn sign.Nichiren preached the Lotus Sutra's faiths and the error of other denominations patiently to people visiting the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley. There was not the street preach of Nichiren handed down as far as we read his writings in fact.He performed basics of the propagation in the environment that could tell calmly in the thatched hut even if he talk by chance at the roadside, and there was sometimes a question of doctrine from audience, he praised the will of the questioner and preached while discussing it.

The first personal letter which Nichiren sent to Toki Jonin of the believer of the same country on December 9 of the end of 1253 year that he declared the establishment denomination is still left.

“I am pleased you send a person to pick up me.Because there is a public attention if the daytime I want to meet you at night. I hope that you pick up me at the time of Bird (about 18:00) of the evening. Or it is good even if you come here and talk about the doctrine.

December 9              Nichiren

Dear Lord Toki”                Reply to Lord Toki’

The preaching on the street is showy visually, but there are few effects. A politician grasps a microphone in a street, but the audience watches only style and the face of favorite politician and does not almost hear the speech.
Shakyamuni Buddha preaches either basically at the temple (e.g., Venubana Monastery [note]in Magadha ) given by King and the powerful family.


It snows in Kamakura Hachiman shrine.

Samurais and people of town walking this front put hands together towards the Shrine.
 The Kamakura Hachiman Shrine is called Hachimangu Shrine either.
This is what Minamoto-no Yoriyoshi of the Kawachi Genji second generation prays for an advent of God and invited from Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine of Gokokuji Temple of Kyoto in 1063 and built. Since then it was worshiped as a guardian deity of samurai Genji. Therefore, the person who walked in front of Hachiman shrine put hands together by all means.

Powdery snow came fluttering into the thatched hut of the Matsuba Valley of Nichiren.

Nichiren continued the sermon of the Lotus Sutra to audience patiently without changing in a thatched hut while feeling passage of time in the change of the season.

Time passed, and the third spring came from the five year of Kencho era (1253) when he declared establishing the denomination. As for the name of an era, it was changed an era with the Kogen era on October 5 of Kencho era.

Cherry blossomed on both sides of the Dankazura (note) of the Wakamiya thoroughfare, and the people of Kamakura were rife in joy of the spring.

A butterfly flies from a flower to a flower elegantly outside the thatched hut.

The name of Nichiren gradually spread in Kamakura.

The follower who believes Nichiren and chants Nam-myoho-renge -kyo appeared one after another individually.

The samurai either was in the audience gathering in a thatched hut.

It is prosperous.

Nichiren took hand the scroll of the Lotus Sutra as always and has begun to talk.
 "The Fugen sutra says,‘the large number of people's sin seems a frost or a dew. The sun of the wisdom deletes these positively and removes it'. In other words, the sins of the past world are meanings to disappear if we believe Law of right Buddha”.
 "Please wait."
 The young samurai shut the talk of Nichiren suddenly. He will be still in his twenties. The young man furrowed his brow.
“The now story, I cannot agree. A human being is a person living in sinful daily life. Besides we samurai is people who do not mind the killing either. Why may Buddha save us who are sinful?”.
 It was a sudden question.
 Nichiren has a smile, and answers.
 "It is a really good question. At first before solving this question, we must think why we were born in this world. The all mankind of the latter day of the Law walk around the six paths of hell, hungry spirit, animals, Asura, a human, a heaven. If a wish comes true he will be filled with rapture, and he will fall into the hell if he was blamed by a lord and incurred a anger. Sometimes a person is angry and sometimes grieves and sometimes flatters like a beast to a noble person and looks down upon a lower person. If a person repeats this, he cannot spend the present in peace, and the posterity would not be born to the good place. To that end, you must enter into the road of Buddha”.

“Hum, then what does the person who does not believe Buddha stake his life on?”.
 Nichiren spoke to the samurai as though persuade him.
 "A man abandons life for shame, a woman abandons life for a man. In addition, because the fish wants to hold life dear it lives in the pond, grieved to the pond being shallow, digs the hole and lives in the bottom of the pond. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught in a fishhook. The bird lives up the tree. If a tree is low, it lives on high twigs for fear of what is aimed at by an enemy. However, it is cheated to bait and is caught in a net. The human being is same, too. It is difficult to be born as a person, and to throw away life to the road of most important Buddha even if one loses the body and life for slight and worthless purpose in this world. That is why there is not the person becoming Buddha".

The persuaded samurai gets angry at Nichiren and argues.
“This is ridiculous! It is the duty that the samurai keeps his land strictly until he dies, to protect the whole families and a subordinate. That's the samurai. It is a awful insult that you say 'caught in the bait'. Please withdraw it!”.
The samurai who was watching these exchanges talked to the young samurai. He is somewhat elegant and has a calm tone.
“Excuse me, this is the precious place asking about sermon. Good medicine tastes bitter, good advice seldom welcome.Is it not the samurai to hear in calm mind even if different from your thought?”.
 The young samurai was excited more.
 “What are you saying? You are an outstanding simpleton to make admonition to me. I am very Yorimoto of Nakatsukasa Saemon-no-jo, third-ranked officer of the Left Division of Outer Palace Guards, of Mitsutoki Hojo's vassal and the person calls me Shijo Kingo (note).As for the person who does not know me, nobody is in this Kamakura.
"Call yourself the name”.
“I am Toki Jonin, am the vassal of Chibano-Suke in Shimousa country. I became the believer of the priest Nichiren four years ago in the relationship of the same province. There was business at Kamakura today, and fortunately I was able to come to the place of the Law of the priest. Mr. Shijo Kingo. Here is the place without the difference of a samurai and a farmer. The social position may not matter to ask the Law of Buddha. How do you think?”.
It is a just argument.
Shijo Kingo entrusted his force and raised a voice, but was at a loss for an answer. He blushed and stood up.
"I have business. I'm going now”. Shijo Kingo has gone.

Nichiren did not stop Kingo forcibly.

"He would come to this thatched hut soon by all means," he told disciples.

Then Nichiren noticed that the farmer dressed of the trip stood at the exit that Shijo Kingo left. He looks exhausted by a journey. He is a familiar face.

“Oh, you are...”.

He was a farmer of the Seichoji temple of Awa. He found Nichiren and he was relieved and sat down on a dirt floor.

"Priest, please help Seichoji temple …".



     Continued to Feud with Kagenobu Tojō


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


Note

Venubana Monastery

Venubana means a bamboo forest. The first temple which existed in the Palace Castle in Mgadha nation (current Rajagrha in Bihar State) in middle India. Originally this was the garden of the bamboo which Rich Karandha owned, but was offered as the garden of the Buddhist priest because Rich was converted to Buddha.
  "The pond of Karandha" is there. It is written, "Buddha often preached the Law near that pond" in "The Great Tang Dynasty Records of the Western Regions". It was found by the investigation of the India Government Archaeology Bureau and excavated, and it was confirmed that there was Venubana monastery in this place.

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Dankazura

The road that is in Hachimangu Shrine and Wakamiya thoroughfares of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. The sidewalk which is one step higher than roads from the second gate to Hachimangu Shrine. The third gate is at the last arrival point and leads to the precincts of Hachimangu Shrine.

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Shijo Kingo

He was born in 1230. Nichigan-nyo of his wife is recognized to have been born in 1243 from the description of "the 33 years old evil" in "Reply to the Wife of Shijo Kingo." In addition, mother of Shijo Kingo is said to be the daughter of the Ikegami family.



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2019年 05月 19日

4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kmakura (6)

              Japanese edition.


Nichiren attacked the Zen Buddhism at the same time. He vividly writes down the figure of the then Zen priest by "'the Question and Answer of Saint and the Foolish Person" that he made a writing in 1268.

“There is a hermit who walk aimlessly like a wormwood and go around the countries as like a floating weed. He comes over before we realize it, and leans against the pillar gate, and he smile, do not talk.We doubt it and ask him a question, but he says nothing at first. When we asked him a question forcibly after this, he says, ‘The moon is dusky, and the wind blows restlessly'. He is different from an ordinary man in both the style and the character and we cannot communicate in the language. It is Law of the Zen of the present if we inquired into”.

 It is said that the Zen priest cannot communicate in a language. The Zen Buddhism is not that awful in the present times, but the teachings are not changed than old time. The contents of teachings share the same roots.

Zen sect also denied all the sutras same as the Nembutsu.The Zen sect says that Buddha gave the essence of the Buddhism to only Mahakashyapa (note) of the disciple of Buddha orally, not by a sutra. Therefore, they say that a text of a sutra does not have the truth, is useless to learn. “Teachings are separately conveyed to others”, this means it. The persons to tell this hidden doctrine are Zen priests beginning with priest Dharma.
 Nichiren impeaches them with anger.

“The denomination called Zen says 'conveyed separately from teachings', and they say that Buddha whispered to Mahakashyapa outside all the sutras secretly. Therefore, they say that the person learning all sutras without knowing the Zen is like a dog biting thunder and resembles a monkey waiting the moonlight. Hence, they are left by parents in Japan because they are unfilial. Because it was rude, they were made to expel from a lord. Or young Buddhist priests neglect study. This is because Zen is evil doctrine suitable for the abnormal nature of the prostitute. Everybody became a priest all and, as a result, they became the locust which eat the farmer of the country in this way. Therefore, Heaven angers his eye, and the god of ground waves his body.‘the Selection of Time’.

Nichiren says that the person who causes slight faiths and entered the road of Buddha become a pest devouring the expense of the country. Therefore, when Zen Buddhism happened, the people who easily shaved their hair for becoming the priest appeared one after another. The person who does not have the judgment without having no knowledge, and training himself behaves like a learned and virtuous priest. Becomes arrogant not to speak of such a human being. There is not even the common sense like being pointed out by Nichiren.
 “The Zen sect today generally violates the five constant virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith. To honor the high person of virtue, to respect the elderly, and to love infant are recognized in the Law of Buddhist and non-Buddhist's precept. However, the Zen priests are no more than the uneducated clowns or barbarians, and unable to distinguish black from white, until yesterday or the day before. Now that they have donned priestly robes, they have become so conceited that they belittle the learned and virtuous priests of the Tendai and Shingon sects, observe none of the courtesy and hope they rank higher than all others.
 These people are arrogant and inferior to an animal.

Great Teacher Dengyo says in the explanatory note.
 'The otter shows a homage to an ancestor by offering up the fish it has caught, the crow in the forest gives food to its parents and grandparents. The dove perches under than three branches from its parents, wild goose flies without disarranging the lines formed, and lambs kneel to drink mother's milk'. He asks: even lowly animals conduct themselves with such propriety, why can human beings be lacking in courtesy? Above is summary. It is natural that the Zen priests are confused about Buddhism doctrine. They do not even know the morals of human beings. Is this not conduct of the devil or monster?" ‘Letter to Niike’.


There is a legend that the otter displays the fish which they caught for New Year holidays carefully and worships ancestors. The crow living in the forest carries bait so that the parent and the grandparents who brought themselves up do not starve and repays a love. It is said that the dove perches on the branch under three than a parent bird. It is well known that a wild goose does not break a line. The child of the sheep lowers the head at mother and swallows up the milk. They follow etiquette, and even an animal is dutiful to its parents in this way. Nichiren said that it was lower than a beast not to keep this.
 Then why did Zen spread in this time?
 The reason is quite clear. This was because powers-that-be believed.
The powers-that-be is regent Tokiyori Hojo. It may be said that Tokiyori was the emperor who already ruled over Japan. Both the real Emperor and the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force existed, but samurais prostrated themselves to Tokiyori only.
 He invited Doryu Rankei of the Zen priest from Soong. Nichiren is 25-year-old times. Tokiyori founds Kenchoji Temple in 1253 seven years later and invites Doryu. Nichiren do declaration to establish the denomination in Awa in the same year. Furthermore, Tokiyori became the lay priest three years later and was given the Buddhist name with Dosu-Kakuryobo. It is such the considerable adoration. The person according to Tokiyori made Zen meditation one after another. The fame of Doryu became high tempted by this, too, but Nichiren saw through him.

“I, Nichiren knows this and often says the mistake of both priest and common person of Japan, this is the present evil, but becomes good fortune of the posterity. But the priest and common person of Japan know his behavior, they respect him for fear of authority and seem to neglect him at their mind”. 'Letter to the lay priest of Yagenta'.
 Although it was said that the Zen Buddhism has spread out among samurais, it was such a condition in fact. Nichiren who lived in the same times says more.

“As for breaking the manners and religious precepts of Kenchoji and Engakuji Temple, a big mountain seems to collapse, and the wildness of their behavior resembles a monkey. It is fruitless to think being helped to the future and give an offering for them”. Letter to Niike’.

Tokiyori built Kenchoji Temple, and Tokimune of the son built Enkakuji. Although both temples exist now, Nichiren declares that is silly to think being born to the good place in next life, and hold the service for the both temples.


        Continued to 'Shijo Kingo appears'.


Life of Nichiren. Part 1. contents


Note

Mahakasyhapa

Also, known as Kāshyapa. A son of Nikuridha of Rich Person. One of the major ten disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, he was known as the foremost disciple in ascetic practices. At the assembling seat in ‘the 6th Chapter, Bestowal of Mark' of the Lotus Sutra, he received a prophecy of Tathagata of Light. After passing away of Shakyamuni Buddha, he received protection of Ajatashatru and became the chairperson of the people who is collecting Buddhist sutras. And he gathered up sutras together with more than 500 arhats at the Cave of Seven Leaves of the south in the Royal Palace Castle of Magadha country while more than a half year. In addition, he spread Hinayana as the first successors of the Buddha Law for 20 years.

The Great Teacher Dengyou

From 767 to 822. This priest is Saicho who became the initiator of the Japanese Tendai sect early in the Heian era. He became a priest at 12 years old and received complete commandments in Todaiji Temple in AD 785, and although he came back to the hometown once, he entered Mt. Hiei afterwards and built the thatched hut and mastered the Buddhist sutras and theory. He named the thatched hut as Enryakuji Temple in 788 years and again he changed this name to the Ichijo-Shikan'in [temple of both concentration and insight to the sole Law] in 793 years. He contended the superiority and inferiority of more than ten denomination and doctrine such as Avatamska sect, Law Surface sect, the Three Logical sect, in Takao Temple in AD 802. He visited Tang in 804 years and learned the doctrines of Tendai, Zen and Shingon and the next year he went back to Japan and established the Tendai sect in 806 years. He became the priest protecting the Emperor Saga in 813 years and continued an effort of the realization of Mahayana sanctuary that the old Buddhist sects object to. The Imperial permission of the sanctuary was granted on June 11 of the seventh day after he died.

 Nichiren Daishonin appreciated this sanctuary of Mahayana highly. Daishonin praises him. "He united all the people of the Law of Buddha into one Law. This mind is surpassing Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu and seems superior to Nanyueh and Tientai.” (Selection of Time) . His disciple is Gishin, Encho, Zikaku. His book is three volumes of "Excellent Phrases of the Lotus Sutra", three volumes of "Article to Express Religious Precepts", a majority including "The Regulations for Students of the Mountain School".
 In addition, Nichiren Daishonin states, “The Great Teacher Tientai long ago was the name called Medicine King in the Gathering at Eagle Peak, next, he was born in China in the name called Tientai and he appeared again in Japan in the name called Dengyou. And their three propagations are called marvelous Law together.” ‘Establishing the Correct Method of Contemplation



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2019年 05月 19日

4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in kamakura (5)

                   Japanese ver.


 Honen got religious precepts from head priest of the Tendai Sect, Gyogen of the 48th of the teacher. Naturally, he learns the education and researches of the Lotus Sutra and Tendai.Honen concluded that people hardly understand the Lotus Sutra which he was not able to understand. "Throw away it , close it , ignore and abandon it". These are only arrogance of Honen.

When we just read the Lotus Sutra, some scenes having difficulty in understanding surely come out. At the ceremony in the air, Tathagata Taho and Shakyamuni Buddha float in the air together with the tower of treasure. The advent of bodhisattvas who had emerged from the depth of the ground of hundreds billions to take propagation after passing away of Buddha. Even the Maitreya-bodhisattva who was in that place said, “The Buddha, when did you lead these bodhisattvas?". He was upset about this phenomenon and doubted it. Several scenes more than the understanding of the ordinary man appear there. Honen felt his powerlessness for the elucidation of this phenomenon. After he was troubled, he changed his attitude. Honen was able to discover only a method clinging to the Amida Sutra of only 1878 words that himself could understand rather than all creatures understand.
 The logic that is preached in Amida Sutra is very simple.
  It is like that if we summarize this. "There is a country of Buddha called the Land of Happiness. There is it in the place where we passed the west, the country of Buddha of a hundred billion. There is the Buddha named Amida there. The people of the country receive only pleasure without receiving pains. Thus, we name a country of Buddha the Land of Happiness. Three evil paths do not exist there. If a good man and a good woman pray hearing the name of Amida absorbedly, at the time of end, Amida Buddha appear, we can die in the Land of Happiness. Therefore, these people who heard this sutra should pray to be born in the Buddha's country.

It be revealed the content of the enlightenment of the Buddha is not preached even a single word in the Amida sutra. In addition, it is not clear why we can pass away to the Land of Happiness if we pray for the name of Amida.
 Shariputra, man of the best wisdom, is a partner to talk of the sutra of this Amida, but he is a partner to talk of the chapter of the Expedient Means in the Lotus Sutra too. Shariputra asks Buddha for teachings three times at the place of the sermon of the Lotus Sutra, and Buddha begins to preach "the one great purpose by fate” that appeared in saha world for the first time.
In other words, Buddha reveal a very deep thought why he appeared in this saha world. Buddha says, "I will let them open the wisdom of Buddha and show the wisdom of Buddha and realize the wisdom of Buddha" for all creatures.

Nichiren concisely elucidate the merits and demerits of the before-Lotus Sutra and the Lotus Sutra in " Letter about the Messenger of Mongolia."

"The all of Law are included to one's mind, and even one dust is not missing to there after all. Oneself possesses nine mountains, eight seas, too, and own mind has the sun and the month and the star. The people do not know it even if Buddha says in this way. For example, an infant is not afraid of water and fire, a blind person not be able to see his figure in a mirror. All any religion of non-Buddhism and Hinayana and provisional Mahayana preached only a part of the Law of one's mind. These not preach like the Lotus Sutra. Therefore, many sutras have merits and demerits, and the people are divided into a saint and a wise man. Because doctrine to preach increases, I stop it in this and do end”.

In other words, Nichiren points out that Honen who depends on the internal and external sutras which preach only partly the Law of person's mind is a blind person who cannot see his figure floating into a mirror, and is a infant who is not afraid of terrible suffering.

Therefore, after death of Honen, his disciples appeared who modified Honen's doctrine, they stopped throwing away all sutras and began preaching what could pass away to the Pure land even by the other sutras.

They say that they accept other sutras to escape blame of the world. But the real intention is only one practice of Nembutsu.
Shinran who learned Honen as a teacher is this representative.
It is easy to read "the Lamenting for Difference" to understand Shinran. " Lamenting the Difference” is what Yui'en of the immediate disciple of Shinran wrote the words of teacher, he was grieved over various kinds of divergent views that occurred in a religious community after Shinran death.
We will watch contents of "Lamenting the difference”.
At first it is negation of the possibility. Shinran takes the teachings from his teacher Honen well.

“Attaining the Buddhahood in one's present body by Shingon or the six senses purification by the Lotus sutra are the difficult ways and only the superior saint of capacity is able to practice it and are able to accomplish for the first time only after concentrating a spirit. Against this, the doctrine of the Jodo Shinsyu sect will attain Buddhahood by Amida's help in the next life. Originally we pass away to Pure Land by all means if we do even faiths, this is the big avenue which was made as if being able to become Buddha promptly. The doctrine of Jodo Shinshu is different from the doctrines of Shingon and the Lotus Sutra in this way. Therefore, you must know that it is the claim that misunderstood doctrine really that the present self can attain Buddhahood while doing faiths of the Jodo Shinshu." Shinryu Umehara translation

Shinran says giving up this world and betting on the future life. This world is meaningless if we believe Shinran. There are not the modern people having such a thought. But the reason why there is no end to suicides may come from the teaching of Nembutsu to escape from this world to. The suicide per 100,000 of Japan is 18.5 people, and this is the 17th worst in the world. It is the worst in the G8.When they are hard or tough, they become feeble, and commit suicide . Shinran is danger than a narcotic drugs. We remember that Shandao of the founder of the Chinese Nembutsu hanged himself with the tree of willow. Saying this world is being filling with sufferings, Shandao committed suicide.

Nichiren writes it down about the suicide of priest Shandao as follows.

"He became the great deadly foe of the Buddha of the three existences, and he repeated a mistake of great slandering Buddha's teachings that he lose seeds of the attaining Buddhahood of the tathagatas of the ten direction. This is a cause to be the reward of the big crime, and to enter the great castle of the hell of the incessant suffering.

Therefore, he would go crazy immediately. He climbed the willow tree in front of Buddhist temple, hanged himself and threw the body and he have committed suicide. The curse of the evil doctrine does not turn a heel. We watch the invisible punishment to here.

He said at the last; ‘I hate about body myself. I am tormented by various pains, and there is not rest for a while either'. He climbed the tree of willow in front of the temple and he prayed toward the west and said in this way. 'Buddha, please give me a great might, please rescue me. The Bodhisattva of Kannon and Wisdom, please come and help me'. He finished advocating it in this way and threw his body from the blue willow and committed suicide. He hanged himself on March 17 and flew, but he fell on the firm soil of the large drought and hit the backbone, and broke it. It may be the rope which he bound was weak or the willow branch may have been broken.

For seven days until March 24, he has fainted in agony during day and night, crawled, yelled, cried and has died”. ‘Nembutsu is Hell of Incessant Suffering’.

Saichou of the Great Teacher Dengyo was born approximately 400 years before Shinran, and says.
“Do not believe all scholars of the non-justice and not accept them. What is the reason? A disciple falls again in the place where a teacher falls, and a follower drops either. Why we may not be careful with a golden clear teachings? May not be careful? “. 'Protecting the Domain of the Country' in 'the Chart of Teachings during Five Periods of Shakyamuni Buddha'.
"A disciple falls again in the place where a teacher falls”. These words are exactly right. We can recognize that the teacher and disciple of Honen and Shinran have let Japanese make degenerate remarkably between these several hundred years.


            continued to (6)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents




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2019年 05月 17日

37. Sailing to Sado Island of the Bnishment Place.(2)

Japanese edition

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‘Letter from Teradomari’. “For example, Pien-Ho was cut his legs, and Kiyomaro was dubbed filthy man, moreover, it had been decided that he would be executed. All the people…”. Nakayama Hokekyoji temple possesses this in complete condition.


However, it was an obvious fact that he was full of mettle by his having read the Lotus Sutra with the body.

The feeling he obtained at the Tatsunokuchi does not still disappear. He only was with undisguised pleasure. Nichiren last exclaims to all people slandering without believing the Lotus Sutra.


“For example, Pien-Ho was cut his legs, and Kiyomaro was dubbed filthy man, moreover, it had been decided that he would be executed. All the people of the time laughed at them with scorn, but unlike those two men, those who laughed left no fame behind them. The people who level wicked criticisms at me are same too. The “Recommending a devotion” chapter says, “There will be many ignorant people who will curse and speak ill of us”. This sentence corresponds to Nichiren. Why do all of you not apply to this sentence of the sutra as well? “They will attack us with swords and sticks,” the sentence continues. I have experienced this sentence of the sutra with my own body. Why do all of you not read this sentence itself? Furthermore, the passage says, “They constantly try to defame us in midst of the populace” and “they will preach the rulers, high ministers, Brahmans, and men of property". And they “will confront us with foul language and angry frowns; and again and again we will be banished”. “Again and again”, it means frequent. And I, Nichiren, have been repeatedly driven away, and have twice been condemned to banishment”. ‘Letter from Teradomari’.

“In the first place Shakyamuni Buddha appeared in the saha world, Kumarajiva entered the Ch'in dynasty of China, and Dengyou went to China. Aryadeva and Aryasimha bodhisattvas abandoned themselves for the Law. Bodhisattva Medicine King offered his elbow and burnt it for lighting the world, and Prince Jogu stripped off the skin of his hand for copying the sutra. Shakyamuni, when he was a bodhisattva, offered his flesh to save the hawk which starved, and another time, when he was Gyobo bodhisattva, he used his own bone as a pen to write down the Buddha's teachings. Tien-tai has said that “the propagation chosen is only accorded to the conditions of that time”. The Buddha's Law depends on the conditions of respective time. The banishment to the island of me, Nichiren, is a small suffering in this present life and is not deplorable. I am great joyful because in future lives I will enjoy big happiness!”. ‘Opening the eyes. PartTwo’.


Because Shakyamuni Buddha of the master felt pity for all creatures, he appeared to saha world full of all sufferings. Passing through quicksand, Kumarajiva conveyed the Lotus Sutra to the land of Han from India, and he translated the Lotus Sutra of the ultimate teachings of Buddha in Chinese by devoting his whole wisdom. Furthermore, Dengou crossed high waves and sought the Lotus sutra in Tang.

And Nichiren who abandoned his soul in Tatsunokuchi, eliminated traces, and manifested the true form will go to Sado with every difficulty as the root Buddha of the latter day of the Law.

Nichiren thinks. This great persecution is a small suffering in this life. If even get over this, a future great enjoyment is waiting.

The ship leaves the beach of Teradomari.

The Sea of Japan colored dim grey in a snowstorm.

The boatman rows an oar actively towards far the island of Sado.

Nichiren raised a bamboo hat wrapped up by snow and stared at the forward Island of Sado.


Continued to 38. Difficult situation in the solitary island Sado.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 2. Contents



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2019年 05月 17日

37. Sailing to Sado Island of the Bnishment Place.(1)

  Japanese edition


October 21 of 8th year of Ko'an era (1271), they attached a footprint to the fresh snow continuing falling and arrived the port of Echigo Teradomari. It has become the trip of 12 days after they departed from Honma's house of Echi. One month or more had passed since the persecution of Tatsunokuchi already. Because there was often what was slandered in a journey by believers of Nembutsu, hardship of life in Sado was imagined easily.

It does not stop snowing, and a rough wave of the Sea of Japan laps on the port.

The Sado island was near at hand. The party of Nichiren waits for a favorable wind blowing to the island from this Teradomari and will stay for six days.

Depicting agonized facial expression, Nichiren tells it to disciples.

"Sado is an island. The meal would be poor. We will fall together if we go in great numbers”.

Nichiren chose seven disciples who accompany to Sado. There is Hokibo in them. And he gave the words of the back-patting to the disciples who would return to Kamakura.

“Well done for our trip. Only Nichirou and the others who are in the dungeon are regretful now. Please contact me if there is anything”.

Nichiren parted from the believer of Shijo Kingo and others in Sagami Echi and moreover had to part from disciples in Teradomari.

Trials and tribulations were waiting to both disciples who would come back to Kamakura and who would go to Sado. A difficult living was waiting to disciples who would go to Sado, oppression from the Shogunate was waiting to the disciples who would come back to Kamakura.

A wave of emotion swept over them. However, the young bonze who would see off disciples and them of Sado of Hokibo and the others just only stared without talking each other. They are disciples who have accepted the teachings of Buddhism. They cannot show their miserable self in front of the teacher.

They think. "We won to praying for rain against Ryoukan, and people converted to the priest Nichiren increased remarkably. Was it a momentary illusion?".

Nichiren either understood that a living in Sado was severe enough.


"It is now over two hundred years since the latter day of the Law began. The Buddha predicted that future conditions would be much worse after his passing, and we see the portents of this in the combats and contestations that go on today because unreasonable doctrines are prevalent. And as proof of the fact that we are living in a foul era, I was not summoned for a debate with my opponents, instead I am to be banished or murdered". 'Opening the Eyes. Part One'.


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36. Conviction as the Root Buddha in the latter days of the Law. (2)

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There is the existence of Nichiren in the essence of these difficult problems.

Who is Nichiren? What kind of existence is he? Nichiren himself cannot but answer this.

Nichiren who had proved that "the saint did not meet a violent death" by encountering the scene beheaded at Tatsunokuchi. He was convinced that he was the root Buddha in the latter day of the Law.

The root Buddha is a person who keeps the three virtues of a sovereign, a parent, and the teacher by himself. Nichiren made a vow; "to become a pillar" means a virtue of a sovereign, "to become the eyes" means a virtue of a teacher, and "to become a large ship" means a virtue of a parent.

Respecting mercy of Shakyamuni Buddha of the teachings' master and blaming brutality of Honen, Nichiren declares loudly that he is the root Buddha of the latter day of the Law.


“When we see the ‘TreasureTower’ chapter of the Lotus Sutra, we find Shakyamuni Buddha, Taho Buddha, and the ten directions' Buddha who are incarnations. Why had they gathered? ‘Came here to let the Law hold out for a long time’. When we guess three Buddha minds trying to propagate the Lotus Sutra and give to all the children of the Buddha of the future, we understand that their concern and compassion are even greater than those of a father and mother who see their only child inflicted with big suffering. Honen, however, shows not the least concern about their compassion, but had tightly shut the gates of the Lotus Sutra so that no one would have access to it in the latter days of the Law. Like a person who tricks a demented child into throwing away a treasure, he tries to let them discard the Lotus Sutra. How cruel this mind is! If someone is about to kill your father and mother, don't you try to inform your father and mother? If a unfilial son who got drunk is about to kill his father and mother, shouldn't you try to stop him? If an evil person is about to set fire to the temples and pagodas, shouldn't you try to stop him? If your only child is gravely ill, shouldn't you try to cure a child with moxibustion? The people who leave Japanese Zen and Nembutsu followers as it is will be said as follows. ‘If the person feigns oneself and gets close to him without the mercy, namely this person is his enemy’. I, Nichiren, am sovereign, teacher, and father and mother for all the people of Japan”.


Why does "a sovereign, a teacher, and a father and mother for many people of Japan" mean declaring as the root Buddha?

By the way, Shakyamuni Buddha never declares 'I am Buddha' while preaching the Lotus Sutra. Preaching he 'became a father of all creatures' in the Lotus Sutra, he often preaches that he is 'father of all creature'. In other words father of all creatures is the another name of the root Buddha.

In addition, in the Lotus Sutra, there is no scene where bodhisattvas preach it that they are father of all creature.

Places preaching that Buddha himself is a father of all creature exist many places in the Lotus Sutra as follows.

“My disciple Sariputra, Buddha finished watching this and held this thought. 'I am father of all creature'”. ‘The 3th chapter of simile and parable in the Lotus Sutra’.

“Disciple Sariputra, there is a tathagata also in this way. In other words, he is father of all world”. ‘The 3th chapter of simile and parable in the Lotus Sutra’.

“I either am father of the world. I save people who suffer troubled. I said that I had passed away in spite of existing to help an ordinary mortal falling down”. ‘The 16th chapter of the life span of the tathagata in the Lotus Sutra’.

Nichiren shouts fervently in this way.


"Abandoning all difficulties, I wish to demonstrate it for people who earnestly ask faiths. You must understand that it is rare than the peaches that grow only once in 3000 years in the garden of the West Queen Mother, or the udumbara flower that blooms only when the sacred king of golden wheel appears. Moreover, the eight years that the duke of P'ei and Hsiang Yu battled for China. The seven years that Yoritomo and Munemori fought for the islands of Japan. The struggles between Shakra and the asuras. And the battle in the Anavatapta Lake between the dragon king and the grand golden bird. The degree of these fights cannot surpass my vehemence. This doctrine has appeared twice in the country of Japan. Should know that it depends on the Great Teacher Dengyou and Nichiren!". 'Opening the eyes. Part Two'.


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4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura (4)

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Nichiren continued criticizing the other religion at the same time. "Nembutsu is the hell of incessant suffering, the Zen is the work of evil spirit, Shingon destroy the country, the religious precepts sect is the act of treason to the country."
 It means that the person chanting Nembutsu falls into the hell of incessant suffering. Nembutsu had force as if almost becoming the state religion in those days.
Nichiren repeated criticizing Nembutsu mainly. Scholars of Nembutsu despised that Nichiren is by himself, but Nichiren counterattacks by using the shield of the doctrine of Buddha. There was not the person who matched Nichiren in a discussion of the doctrine of Buddhism.

By the way, the Nembutsu sect [the Jodo Shinshu sect], Zen Buddhism [Soto sect], and Shingon has been handed down up till the present. Four denominations which added the Nichiren sect survived until the present. In other words, a denomination which had been created in the Kamakura era just survived until the present. There is the times of civil wars after the Kamakura era, and there is the Meiji Restoration, and there was the defeat of the Showa, but, these four religious sects are the basic tone of the mind structure of Japanese without changing regardless of awareness lack of self-consciousness.

In addition, in AD 754, the Ritsu (religious precepts)sect was handed down by a Buddhist priest Ganzin of Tang. However, it became outdated early because the doctrine of the Ritsu sect established the sanctuary to let people make a priest and only granted religious precepts. Although Christianity to preach Ten Commandments came up in substitution for this, Christianity does not preach the three existences, past, the present and future, and either not preach the reward and punishment of cause and effect. This Christianity of non-Buddhism, so to speak, hardly is spreading in Buddhism country Japan.

By the way, the population ratio of the Christianity believer in Japan is only around 1.5% now.In addition, although India of the Buddhism birthplace became the British colony once, the Hinduism that preached the metempsychosis of three existences (past, present, future) and preached the reward and punishment of the cause and effect penetrated to the people this country, and Christianity almost did not spread. The population ratio of the believer according to the Indian denomination is Hinduism approximately 80%, Islam 13%, Christianity approximately 2% and Buddhism does not reach 1%.

Besides, Christianity never propagated in China which was a Buddhism country. The population ratio of the modern Chinese denomination is the native religion (Taoism) less than 80%, Buddhism less than 13%, irreligion 12%, Islam 2%, and Christianity 2%.


Nembustu that Honen advocated were all the rage in this time. Honen has passed away ten years before Nichiren was born, but the teachings of Honen have been breathing to people of the Kamakura era vividly. Nichiren criticizes Nembutsu from the root doctrine as the prime example of the most evil religion.To criticize Nembutsu sect was to criticize initiator Honen of the source.
The Nembutsu religious sect survives until the present times, but nobody evaluates Honen who is the founder. The reason is because Nichiren clarified it that the doctrine of Honen deviated too terrible from a text of a sutra.

The claim of Honen is as follows.
 Because the teachings except three Pure Land Sutra are difficult enlightenment for the common mortal, destroy all it. Therefore, he told people to abandon all sutras such as the Lotus Sutra, the Kegon Sutra and the Golden Best Sutra which Shakyamuni Buddha preached, close it, ignore it and throw it away. So-called; throw away, close, ignore, abandon.
 Honen interpreted the golden words of Buddha who had said that "the clear Law that Buddha preached would hide and sink when the times of the latter day of the Law began" in his own way.

It is preached on the Sutra of the Great Assembly (the 15th Bodhisattva Moon Storehouse) in this way.

“Shakyamuni Buddha decided the times of future to Bodhisattva Moon Storehouse, stating: The first five-hundred-year period after my death will be the times of self-emancipation, and the next five-hundred-year period will be the times of meditation. With the above it is one thousand years. The third five-hundred-year period will be the era of reading, reciting, and listening, and the next five-hundred-year period will be the times of building temples and statue. With the above it is two thousand years. The last five-hundred-year period will be the times of fight and disceptation within the teachings that I have preached, as a result the pure Law will become obscured and lost”.

This text of the sutra became the grounds of the thought of the latter day of the Law.
 Nichiren also criticized other religions and elucidated that the way of attaining Buddhahood for human beings of the latter day of the Law exists only in the Lotus Sutra. However, Nichiren quotes a lot of Buddhist scriptures excepting the Lotus Sutra in his writings, recognizes the value of all sutras of Buddha. Nichiren placed the Lotus Sutra to the ultimate best teachings and, with that in mind, revived all the Buddhist sutra.
 In addition, Honen said the other sutras except sutras (Immortality Sutra, Meditation Immortality Sutra, Amida Sutra)of the pure land are the gate of the sacred path.

He preached. Although the teachings except three sutras are suitable for a person of excellent ability, common people of the latter day of the Law cannot understand it and therefore not become Buddha. By this doctrine, he said that if we chant the name of Amida Buddha, we can attain Buddhahood in the afterlife. And he called this the gate of easy practice.
 Honen says.
 "There is not the Tathagata Amida in real world. We can come across Amida who is in the other country after death. Therefore, we cannot but wait for the future life for becoming Buddha". However, this logic is words to lead to present negation.

We seek a hope or a thing such as the possibility within even tough daily life unconsciously. It may be said that it is instinct. Honen closed the cap of emotions of such human being. This result is escapism, and only despair remains. That is why Nichiren called Nembutsu the hell of incessant suffering.
 Hell is not a story of the future life. If we deny hope or possibility, only sufferings are left.
 Nichiren uncovered wicked doctrine of Honen in this way, but they had known that the logic of Honen did not too have consistency when the scholar of Nembutsu to be hostile to Nichiren checked a doctrine of Honen. Nembutsu spread only naturally, they could not refute it at all when attacked from the document of all the sutras by Nichiren.
 Therefore, there is not the person evaluating Honen in the present day. Furthermore, there are not the people who praise the contents of "the Selection of Nembutsu" of his writing.


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4. Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura. (3)

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Nichiren preached Nam-myoho-renge-kyo that was the title of the Lotus Sutra directly. He preaches it regardless of the ability of a person hearing immediately. Shakubuku meant this.
To the contrary, Shakyamuni has induced all creatures for more than 40 years. He preached the various teachings to preach the Lotus Sutra that was the core of Buddha Law.
‘Adjusting, and nurturing inborn capacity’ means this. Shakyamuni needed 40 years to begin to preach the Lotus Sutra that was the long-cherished hope of the purpose in life.

Nichiren was different from Shakyamuni and preached the nub of the Lotus Sutra promptly.

This method is shown in "24th, the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging" of the Lotus Sutra. Shyakubuku is that the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging (note) appearing there and preached did not discriminate, said "there is the nature of Buddha (the world of Buddha) to all creatures".

The populace does not have the relationship with the Lotus Sutra. 'Originally not being yet of virtue' (note) means this. Therefore, the populace had malice toward the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging and persecuted the bodhisattva with a stick and a tree and a tile and a stone. Nichiren either inherits fate of the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging.

Nichikan (note) of the 26th chief priest of Nichiren Shosyu preaches it.
“And our Daishonin , the father of sect, said in a writing (
A Saint Knows the Past, Present and Future).‘Nichiren is the votary of the Lotus Sutra. I succeeded to the method of the Never Disparaging.' Daishonin said in this way and he did shakubuku and spread it as like the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging completely. Therefore, Daishonin spread the radical teachings of Life Span of the Lotus Sutra forcibly promptly in all of Japan without gradually growing the ability without using the means repeatedly like Shakyamuni did. In other words, the present all creature in the latter day of Law is because they are state of ‘Originally not being yet of virtue'”. 'Discussion of Life Span Chapter' in the Vol. 10 in the Collection of Main Points in the Fuji Sect Studies


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Note

Bodhisattva Never Disparaging

The bodhisattva who is preached in the chapter of the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging Always. Bodhisattva Never Disparaging Always is the different name.He appeared in the middle day of the Law which was the post mortem period of the Buddha of the Dignity Sound King. Because he preached the Lotus Sutra of 24 words teaching that all creatures have the nature of Buddha and worshiped all creatures and did not look down upon them, he was called Never Disparaging Bodhisattva. However, people looked down on him, and persecuted him by a stick tree, a tile and a stone, but he did not stop practices of the worship. Shakyamuni Buddha preaches a method of the post mortem propagation of Buddha and a merit of the relations to go against through practices of bodhisattva.

Nichiren Daishonin preached that he and his followers who chant Myoho-Renge-Kyo in the Latter Day of the Law is the Never Disparaging Bodhisattva.

“The tenth. About the interpretation; 'They heard his preaching, they all believed in him, showed allegiance, obeyed and followed'.
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings says: The word 'heard' refers to the stage of hearing that name. After all, it is the daimoku for chanting it forcibly and angering a person. 'All' means the arrogant believers of four kinds. “Believed” refers to the faiths or belief that is without doubt. 'Allegiance' means the allegiance for the Lotus Sutra. 'Obeying' is that one's mind obeys to the Lotus Sutra. To 'follow' means that one's body follows of the Lotus Sutra. After all, now Nichiren and his followers, votaries of the Lotus Sutra who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, are the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging in the latter day of the Law.” (Thirty important point of the chapter in the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging Always )
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Nichikan
From 1665 to 1726. The another name is Kakushin. He is born a child of Jo'en Ito of the vassal of castle king of Joshu (Gunma) Maebashi, Lord Sakai. At 18 years old, he made up his mind to become a priest when he heard the sermon of Nissei in the Jozai Temple of Shitaya. He did hard ascetic practices after becoming the priest under Nichi'ei and changed the name to Nichikan in 1689. In 1711, he become the sixth chief teacher. During this time, he publicized justice of Nichiren and devoted himself to the prosperity of the religious sect. Main writings are the 'Exegesis of Five Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin' and the 'Writings of Six Volume'. He received the transfer of lineage from Nichiyu of the 25th, he become the chief priest of Daisekiji Temple, in 1718. He is said to be the contributor of the halfway prosperity along with Nichi'u of the ninth.

Originally not being yet of virtue.
The inborn capacity of all creatures has two kinds of the "Already being of virtue originally” and “Originally not being yet of virtue". "The virtue" means a seed that will become Buddha, and it is necessary to plant the seed called Myoho-renge-Kyo because there is not this seed as for the all creatures in the latter day of Law. Shakubuku which is a professor method of the latter day of the Law has significance to plant the seed of Myoho-renge-Kyo to the all life of “Originally not being yet of virtue".



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4 Nichiren Starts Propagation in Kamakura(2)

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Poor houses formed a line in the downtown area of Kamakura. The common people of the Kamakura era lived in the buildings that were as if about to collapse at any moment. The wall was strengthened with soil, and the roof stacked a board and put a stone not to blow away by wind. Judging from the present era, it maybe said that it is the slums, but people are strong in all ages.

The everyday wear of the common people wore pants to a kimono of the cotton and closed an ankle with a string, and attached a short sword and the sack of flint to a waist. It is a style of loose trousers which is found in the countryside still now, and it is familiar to us of the present. One outstandingly more different than the present time is that men attached headwear of court nobles.Both an old man and young put the triangular black crowns on their heads, and they tied it up with a string under the chin and fixed it. It is said that they attached this even when sleeping. It is thought that the aristocratic culture of Heian era came down to the common people.

The eating habits were simple. Their staple food mixed wheat and a millet with unpolished rice and steamed it. They did not boil the cleaned rice by water like the present. A noble ate the polished rice, therefore generally they were short-lived.


The thatched hut of Nichiren either was a simple building.

He is the mere Buddhist priest who came from the country of Awa. The people on whom he relied were only a few believers of the hometown Awa country.

There was the place which was called Matsuba valley in the district called Nago'e. Nago'e is the district of southeast in Kamakura, Tokimasa Hojo of the first regent had made his house there. There is the house of the town's people, there is the house of the samurai here. The sea is near here. There is the Zaimokuza seashore which is bursting with energy if going down the loose slope. There was a mansion of Nago'e who was branch family of Hojo near. There is the parents' house of O'ama in Nagoe. In here is far from around Hachiman shrine where the aristocracy of the shogunate inhabits. Although the majority of Buddhist priests had a passion for getting close to the shogunate, Nichiren at first resided in a thatched hut of the Matsuba valley and started propagation to a samurai and a town's people.


The people of the town feel interest in a rare thing.
"Hey! Where do you go to?".
"It is said that there is a Buddhist priest who have moved to the Matsuba valley recently. It is said that the Buddhist priest does the sermon interesting”.
"Hum, it is amusing. I will hear it".
"I go, either. By the way, may it cost money?”.

Townsmen go into the thatched hut of Nichiren.

There was around ten audience around Nichiren in the house.
There is the person of the town, there are both a woman and the samurai either.
All of them sat down on wooden flooring and heard a preach of Nichiren.The Japanese paper which was written using large characters as Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is hung on the wall of the house.

In front of that there are a frugal Buddhist altar, eight Lotus Sutras, the Infinite Meanings of the opening sutra, and the 'Fugen bodhisattva sutra' of the ending sutra.

Nichiren began sermon in front of Buddhist altar.
"The person believing Nembutsu advocates it with Nam-Amidabutsu. They do not pray to Buddha but pray to Amidha. In the first place Amidha is the Buddha whom Shakyamuni Buddha preached. Amidha is the same as the someone else if we assume Buddha a parent. That is why it is the same as looking down upon one's parent all creatures worship someone else and ignore the Buddha who is a parent".
Audience looked puzzled.
"The Buddhist priest of the Zen Buddhism say ‘There is the truth in other than teachings', and they expand the false theory that the truth of the Buddha Law was orally transmitted to Mahakashyapa. Such a thing is not possible. The Zen Buddhism is teachings of an evil spirit excluding the great thankful Buddha who began Buddhism".
One person left among audience, and two people left. There was the person who waved a neck, and returned.
And anyone disappeared.
Still Nichiren remained calm.


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36. Conviction as the Root Buddha in the latter days of the Law. (1)

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There will be no one who becomes the imprisonment or a banishment and is not discouraged. At this situation that anyone was depressed, only Nichiren stood towering.

The living in Sado will be severe. It will be difficult even to survive. But there is the mission that Nichiren should still do.

He must leave the thing which he acquired by experience of his life. Must leave it for disciples and the believers of ten thousand years in the latter days of the Law with a writing brush and paper. He felt a sense of mission rise in his breast. Therefore, he looks to the future. He was not able to grieve for a moment.

Nichiren alone had led the Lotus Sutra propagation in Japan full of the teachings that was preached before the Lotus Sutra for these twenty years among the priests of the worthless odds and ends who existed innumerably. If saying the harshness of that fight, there were the attack with fire of Matsuba Valley, the Izu banishment, the persecution of Komatsubara, the persecution of Tatsunokuchi and the death sentence, and Sado banishment. These three great persecutions and two banishments show it with eloquence. But he is not leaving a writing that is preached the essence of the Lotus Sutra at this time. Though he wrote down the "Treatise for establishing the true Buddhism for the safety of the nation", it was criticism of the Nenbutsu sect and the contents there included many sutras which were preached before the Lotus Sutra. Then, he quoted it and warned the Shogunate. This was not the writing which preached depth of the Law of Buddha of the Lotus Sutra itself. Disciples learned that they advocated a title of "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo", but they did not understand the real intention.

People criticizing Nichiren attack him in this matter in those days.


“A certain person criticizes me, saying, ‘Nichiren does not understand the abilities of the people, but goes around preaching in a rough doctrine, so he encounters the persecution’. Other people say, “The practice in the chapter of the ‘recommending a devotion' is used for the bodhisattvas of high status. This is the different from the chapter of the 'Comfortable ascetic practices'”. Others say, ‘I, too, know the Lotus Sutra is supreme, but I say nothing about it to the perfect stranger’. In addition, other people point out that I preach merely the teachings without preaching the basic principles.Letter from Teradomari’.


Nichiren must answer these questions. This is a real puzzler. How does he answer this denunciation? This was greater persecution than Tatsunokuchi. It is insignificant that he himself is in danger. It is serious that one's doctrine is defeated than losing life. It was for this purpose to have let disciples carry a lot of sutra scrolls, writing brushes, and paper beforehand.


“Here I will make a great vow. ‘Will offer you the rulership of Japan if you abandon the Lotus Sutra. You accept the teachings of the Meditation Sutra and should look forward to rebirth in the Pure Land. We will cut off the necks of your father and mother if you do not recite the Nembutsu’. Whatever these great persecutions I might encounter, so long as persons of wisdom do not prove my teachings to be false, I will never yield! The other great persecutions are same as dusts in front of the wind. ‘I will become a pillar of Japan, I become the eyes of Japan, I become a large ship of Japan’. This wish I had vowed is never trounced!”. Opening the Eyes. Part Two’.


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