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2019年 09月 28日

Compact edition. LIFE OF NICHIREN. Contents.

Compact edition.

Life of Nichiren.

1. Birth and religious practices.

2. Declaring the establishment of true Buddhism, and the Four Maxims.

3. Establishing the correct Law for the peace and safety of the nation.

4. Many persecutions that are encountered.

5. The menace of Mongolia and warning to the ruler.

6. The great persecution of Tatsunokuchi.

7. Eliminating the provisional existence and revealing the origin.

8. Difficult situation in solitary island Sado.

9. Erecting the Gohonzon, the object of worship.

10. The victory of the Tsukahara dispute, and the coming true of prediction of revolt.

11.The amnesty to Sado banishment and the third warning to the government.

12. Retiring to Mt. Minobu. Letting Buddha’s Law hold out for a long time.

13. The persecution of Atsuhara.

14. The purpose of advent in this world.

15. Nikko who succeeds to Nichiren.

16. Death in indestructibility.

17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

19. Nichimoku Shonin, the Top Priest in the Whole World.


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19. Nichimoku Shonin, The Top Priest of the Whole World.

19. Nichimoku Shonin, The Top Priest of the Whole World.


Nikko, became 88 years old, entrusts Nichimoku who is the best disciple for after his death.

That content was that Nichimoku must hang Dai-Gohonzon of the radical sanctuary which was erected by teacher Nichiren to the Honmonzi temple in dawn of the kosen-ruhu. And Nikko said to Nichimoku as like teacher Nichiren.

“1. When Honmonji Temple is established, Ajari Nichimoku of Lord Ni`ida shall be designated as the chief of Buddha’s Law. Nichimoku, as the legitimate successor, should govern half of the temples located in the country of Japan and in the rest of the world, while the remaining half should be managed by the populace of others.

2.The Dai-Gohonzon of the second year of Ko'an(1279) Nikko inherited to himself is handed down to Nichimoku. It should be hung at the Honmonji Temple.

3.Taisekiji temple, including the main hall and the cemetery, are administered by Nichimoku, and maintain the premises, and he conducts Gongyo and should await the time of Kosen-ruhu.

As mentioned, Nichimoku met Nikko for the first time when he was 15 years old and from the time he believed in the Lotus Sutra until the old age of 73 years, he has not disobeyed in the least. At age of 17, Nichimoku had visited Nichiren Daishonin to Mount Minobu in Koshu Province. Nichimoku faithfully and constantly served teacher for the last seven years of Nichiren Daishonin. After his master passed away, Nichimoku devoted himself to saying opinion against the Imperial Court for fifty years, 1285 to 1330. Such achievements are superior to those of the other priests. I leave this documentary proof for future.

The tenth day of November.    Nikko”.

Nichimoku of the successor started for Kyoto to submit the written opinion to the Imperial Court in November of the year in which Nikko passed away. It is said to have been the Kokka Kangyo (Action to say opinion to the government for converting the whole nation to the correct religion) of the 42nd in his life. However, he was in the middle of trip, entered nirvana regrettably in Tarui town of Mino country. He was seventy-four years old.

Nichimoku talked regret becoming the end at deathbed and he said that if there was the person who accomplished a warning to the government on behalf of him, that person would be the second coming of Nichimoku, and left the world.

“It is extremely regrettable that I cannot submit this warning to the ruler before passing away. Although I was born to this world, I have not been able to make a creditable achievement, but I want to be born again and make this petition. If the person who submit this will appear in the future, you should know that person is the reincarnation of me namely Nichimoku". ‘Studies on Opinions to the Ruler’.

The soul that spread the Law of three generations was inherited ceaselessly in this way. The Dai-Gohonzon was inherited to Nikko from Nichiren, then was handed down to Nichimoku from Nikko. The Nichiren believer of the same discipline who assumes this Dai-Gohonzon the root of the faiths is amounting to more than 50 countries in the world now.


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18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

18. Nikko Shonin, the Great Leader of Propagating the Radical Teachings.

Nikko set the 26 religious precepts to future disciples and believers for kosen-rufu and the salvation of ten thousand years when he passed away at 88 years old in 1333.

“If I think, the sun's brilliance propagating in the latter days of the Law lights up the darkness of the atrocious slander, and the marvelous wind of the eternal life span blows off the provisional and temporary teachings that Buddha had attained Buddhahood in Buddha Gaya. Oh, for example, it is a fig which blooms only once in 3000 years, and the hole of the tree of a floating sandalwood in the vast ocean that it is rare to encounter the Law of Buddha, and I think that it is still lacking these examples. Fortunately, we were able to encounter this sacred sutra here by destiny being thick deeply. Therefore, the reasons why I write a precept for the future disciples is for receiving the wise saying of Kosen-rufu!

1. The doctrine of Fuji should not be different in the least from the propagation which the previous teacher performed.

2. The doctrine of five people all differ from the propagation of the previous teacher.

3. There is a person considering each writing of Daishonin to be forgery and they will destroy and criticize our sect. You must not get close to him familiarly if such an evil priest appeared.

4. There will be a person who make forgery, and call it a writing of Daishonin, and there will be a person training himself putting the same value on the essence and the provisional. You should understand that he is a traitor within the walls.

5. 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.

6. You must forbid Shinto shrine worship and visit of the believers. Why they visit the Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine of the evil spirit intrusion, disobeying Buddha's teachings for a glance with alow talent? It is never enough to be chagrined. This is not doctrine of me totally but depends on text of a sutra or writing of Daishonin and so on.

7. You should allow not engaging in the trivial routine duties of the teacher about the disciple having the talent and you must let him learn various teachings including a writing of Daishonin.

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

9. Shaking off the affection from parents and teacher while the believers of after ages do not understand Lotus Sutra and pre-Lotus Sutra, for leaving this world of the sufferings and attaining enlightenment, they must visit this temple and study.

10. You must not do study of Tientai school without grasp of the doctrine.

11. In our denomination, you dye sublime writing of Daishonin into your soul and should learn the supreme theory from a teacher and you should hear Tientai if there is spare time.

12. Enjoy the discussion and lectures and not mix up the other things.

13. While Kosen-ruhu does not yet be achieved, you should propagate the Law until the full extent of your ability, without begrudging life.

14. In the case of the priest like "One's body is insignificant, the Law is heavy", even if he was the Buddhist priest of the ignobleness, you must respect him by the reason of "Showing him the same respect you would do Buddha."

15. Even if he is a lowly person, in the case of a Buddhist priest of propagating the Law, you should think him to be an old priest with virtue.

16. Even if he was the person of the ignobleness, you should respect him who is superior in wisdom than you and treat him as a teacher.

17. If he differed from Law of Buddha and established a willful doctrine even if he was chief priest of that 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.

19. Must not make the color of the canonical robe black with a sumi.

20. You must not wear a robe which seamed top and bottom.

21. Must not be at the seat same as the slandering Law. Fear complicity.

22. Must not receive offering from a person slandering Law.

23. I permit this for the Law protection of Buddha about the swords and sticks. But you will not have to hold it at the time of going out. In the case of the populace, should permit this perhaps.

24. Even if it is a young bonze, you must not seat him back of the believers of the high rank.

25. My behavior must be like a holy Buddhist monk like the previous teacher. But, in the case of a chief priest or a person of learning, you should be putting them as a believer even if they associated with a woman by mistake.

26. Admire a votary of "being skillful in the answer to difficult question" as like the previous teacher did.

The precept that I wrote up is an outline like this. I put 26 clauses for the protection of ten thousand years. A disciple of after ages who learn this should not have doubt purposely. If there is a person even violating one of these, he is not a disciple of Nikko. I leave the clauses that I determined in this way.

On 13th day of January of the 3rd year of the Genko era (1333).     Nikko”. 'The Last Religious Precepts of Nikko’.

The precepts of these 26 are being defended in Fuji Taisekiji Temple now firmly.


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17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

17. Nikko who descend Mt. Minobu.

Nikko of the successor has protected Buddhism of Nichiren as an administrator of the Kuonji temple of Mount Minobu after passing away of Nichiren for six years, but five priests except Nikko who had been appointed by Nichiren took leave to Nikko and went down Mt. Minobu one after another. Although the five priests believed in the Lotus Sutra, they could not regard teacher Nichiren as the root Buddha in the latter days of the Law. Moreover, Sanenaga Hakii of the lord of a manor who should protect Nikko during this period committed four slanders to the Law. Hakiri had erected the Buddha statue, and worshiped at the Shinto shrine, and gave offerings to the tower of slandering the Law and had built the hall of Nembutsu. Furthermore, Nikou, one of the six monks, had agreed this slander, so slandering of the Law in Mt. Minobu has spread.

Nikko cannot stay there anymore if the landowner of Minobu do not hear it even if he is stained with slandering of the Law and remonstrated. December 1288, brokenhearted Nikko went away the Mt. Minobu which became the land of slander.

“When I left down the road of Mt. Minobu, I was filled with shamefulness and disappointment, but when I think in an opposite meaning, it is a top priority to inherit the saint's doctrine and establish it to this world wherever I am. I thought so, but all the disciples had turned against their teacher. However, I, Nikko, will never forget my original determination because I think Nikko is the only person who is suitable for the person who maintains the rightness of his teacher and attains teacher's cherished object. Besides, I am glad that all of you know justice. If all of you often see me, I believe that the Lord Nyudo, Hakiri Sanenaga,will not become immoral”. ‘Reply to the Lord Hara”.

And in 1290 after two years, Nikko accepted a donated land from Tokimitsu Nanjo who was a strong believer receiving teachings of Nichiren for two generations, founded the Fuji Taisekiji Temple in Suruga and respectfully placed Dai-Gohonzon here. Nikko has continued defending the Law principles of sect founder Nichiren in the land of this Ueno for forty-three years.


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2019年 09月 27日

16. Death in indestructibility.

16. Death in indestructibility.

After this, Nichiren went down the mountain of Minobu on September 8, and stayed in the house of Munenaka Ikegami in Musashi country. And in spite of the disease, he lectured about Rissho-Ankokuron for disciples.

Then October 8, after he appointed six priests among disciples, he entered the nirvana in the Ikegami house at the time of dragon [7 a.m. to 9 a.m.] October 13.

He leaves his wills.

“I, Nichiren, entrust the entirety of the Law that I have propagated throughout my life to Byakuren Ajari Nikko and designate him the great leader of propagation of the essential teachings. When the sovereign embraces this Law, erect the Sanctuary of Honmonji Temple at Mount Fuji. You must await the time. This is the practical religious precept of the Law. Above all, my disciples and others must obey this missive.
September in the fifth year of Ko'an (1282).    N
ichiren”.

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

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

Nichiren entrusted Nikko with the propagation of throughout world (kosen-rufu).

And, Nichiren warned to all monks who would follow him, "All of you would suffer Law punishment of nature if you do not place the name of sun first when you attach a name to yourself".

Nichiren teaches about the death of a person having faiths.

“Our entities or bodies that would die are phantom city. If we take this death as a death or extinction, our wholes are phantom city. But if have the wisdom that we see this death is in indestructibility, a place of treasure is there. The “Life span” chapter preaches these teachings; 'Still in truth I am not reaching into death'. To death of the concept of death itself is the true death. Now, when Nichiren and his followers chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they are revealing that the phantom city is none other than the land of the treasure. All of mountains and valleys and plains where we live are the land of eternally tranquil light”.Seven important points in the chapter of the parable of the phantom city in the orally conveyed teachings’.

Nichikan who is the 26th chief priest of Taisekiji Temple was born 400 years after Nichiren's passing away and he wrote the words of limitless thanks to Nichiren Daishonin of the founder of the sect who had endured the great persecution and expressed the gohonzon.

Therefore, the saint was slandered and was bad-mouthed from the people of the provisional teachings and sects, or he received the persecution with a stick and a tree and a tile and the stone. In addition to this, he received a banishment twice, and he suffered a wound, and he encountered a big persecution that he sat at the place of Tatsunokuchi and he was about to be cut his neck. However, the first reason was because this was entrusted to him by Buddha, and the second reason was because he felt pity for us of now with great mercy and compassion. For these reasons, he endured the great persecutions, and he spread this marvelous Law of the radical teachings in the life span chapter. Thus, the cause that we now chant it aloud easily and attain Buddhahood ourselves is depends entirely on holy good will of the sect father namely Nichiren Daishonin”. 'Discussion of Life Span Chapter'.


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15, Nikko who succeeds to Nichiren.

15, Nikko who succeeds to Nichiren.

Nichiren repeatedly preached it that Japan would fall by the Mongolia forces.

Mongolia attacked Japan at 140,000 soldiers and 4,400 warships again in 1281.

Though Mongolia approached Japan on great boats by the force that conquered China, they encountered a typhoon and were defeated.

Nichiren who advocated the destruction of the country to this result had kept silence, but the Buddhist priest of various sects boasted that it was the result of own prayer.

Nichikan of the 26 generation in Fuji Taisekiji temple said, "Because various gods received the commandments from the sect founder Nichiren, gods helped the country". Nichikan is declaring that the victory of Japan is an achievement of Nichiren. (Commentary of ' The Duty of Repaying Good Will', Part One).

Nichiren who became 61 years old realized that the death was approaching to him and, in September 1282, he selected six chief priests.

Nissho Ben Ajari (62 years old).

Nichiro Daikoku Ajari (38 years old).

Nikko Byakuren Ajari (37 years old).

Niko Sado Ajari (39 years old).

Nicho Iyo Ajari (31 years old).

Nichiji Renge Ajari (33 years old).

Nichiren named his six disciples in order of entering the sect from past. The eldest was Nissho, 62, and the other five priests were all in their 30s.

Moreover, Nichiren appointed Byakuren Ajari Nikko from six people as the successor.

Nichiren preaches the reason.

“Especially, an announcement has already been made that six people were selected as the major disciples. However, the essence of the Lotus Sutra is directly conveyed only to a single person. I, Nichiren, have appointed Byakuren Ajari Nikko as the leader of the priests, and have entrusted him with my doctrines from cover to cover. From the leading senior priests to each individual disciple, all must obey this. As same as me, to the far-off future all of you must revere the successive leaders who would inherit the Law from Nikko. In addition, you should place the mandala of the direct line, to the main hall, whom Nikko inherited as the formal Gohonzon, even if the Buddhist priests who are the five people and followers widen this in all countries including Japan and Jambudvipa, the whole world. What is the reason? When Buddha was alive and after Buddha passed away, though these are different, the ceremony of the commission is same. For example, though there were the direct followers like the great four people and the sixty thousand bodhisattvas, Buddha decided Jogyo Bodhisattva as the great leader entrusted with the Law of essence. It is the same again now. Though there are six person and followers, and the several disciples, I determine it as the general who entrusts Nikko with the Law of essence.

Besides, he played a role as the vanguard, on a day of the banishment to an island of the Kocho year, and at the time of banishment of the Bun'ei year, and during either the period when I received other great calamity in various place, he acted as like a shadow following the form of Nichiren. Who will doubt this? Besides, the origin of the faiths of land steward of Mount Minobu is because Nikko civilized him with effort. My retirement is because Nikko have been familiar with Mimaki of the country of Kai”. ‘One Hundred and Six Clauses’.


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2019年 09月 23日

14. The purpose of advent in this world.

14. The purpose of advent in this world.

Although 20 farmers were under the yoke of a tyrant, they refused rigidly, and three brothers including Jinshiro were executed.

Nichiren was impressed by the sight of unnamed farmers carrying through the religious belief, at that time, he felt all the people of the world to embrace the marvelous Law, so he erected the real object of worship (Dai-Gohonzon). It was not erected by mere opportunity or relationship, this grand mandala was erected for all people of the whole world. Nichiren drew the Dai-Gohonzon to the surface of the big camphor tree to withstand to 10, 000 years or end of the future in the latter day of the Law.

This Dai-Gohonzon was the ultimate end in his life that needed time, "I was 27 years" from the declaration of the establishing true Buddhism.

“In Nagasa District of Awa country there is a village called Tojo that is now a district. Here is the holy storehouse which was once the second in Japan, now is the highest rank. It was founded by Minamoto-no Yoritomo of the Right Side General, and supplies food for the shrine of the God of the sun. In the private Buddha statue hall inside the various halls which is called Seichoji temple in this district, I first spoke about this doctrine towards the south at noon on the twenty-eight day of April in the fifth year of Kencho (1253). Twenty-seven years have passed since then and it is currently the second year of Kō'an (1279). Shakyamuni Buddha was forty-odd years, the GreatTeacher Tiantai was thirty-odd years, the Great Teacher Dengyou was twenty-oddyears, they had needed these years to accomplish the purpose of their advents.

I have spoken repeatedly of the indescribable persecutions they suffered during those years. It has taken me twenty-seven years. Great persecutions during those years are what everybody knows it”.

The Dai-Gohonzon erected on October 12, 1279 (the second year of Koan Era) is the one Great Secret Law to gather up the Three Great Secret Law that are the radical Gohonzon, the radical sanctuary, and the radical daimoku.

Nichikan(1665-1726), the 26th chief priest in the Fuji Daisekiji temple, says,

"Question; How is the development and conjunction of the Three Great Secret Laws if so?

Answer; To tell the truth, it is the One Great Secret Law. The One Great Secret Law is namely the Gohonzon of the radical teachings. A place of this Ghonzon is named the sanctuary of the radical teachings. It is named the daimoku of the radical teachings that person believes this Gohonzon and chants marvelous Law. Therefore, it is divided and becomes the Three Great Secret Laws. In addition, Gohonzon has a Law with a person, there are theory and fact in the sanctuary, and there are believing and practice in daimoku. Therefore, this unfolds and becomes six categories. These six categories are dispersed and become eighty thousand sutras. For example, the Biography of Famous Priests says; The one mind is the whole of all the Law and one mind is divided to a commandment, a meditation and a wisdom, and these disperse to the practices of every numbers.

You must know, Gohonzon is just the whole of all the Law. Therefore, eighty thousand sutras become six mere categories when these are put together. In addition, these only become the Three Great Secret Laws, when these six categories fit. Besides, it just becomes the Gohonzon of the radical teachings if the Three Great Secret Laws got together. Thus, Gohonzon of the radical teachings is also named Gohonzon including all of Three Great Secret Laws”. ‘Writings which Understands a Sentence from a Meaning’.

Dai-Gohonzon is radical of the Law of Nichiren, and it is placed respectfully in Ho'an Hall of Daisekiji temple of Fuji now.


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13. The persecution of Atsuhara.

13. The persecution of Atsuhara.

Persecution of Buddhists in Atsuhara happened in September 1279. Nikko of disciple had propagated the Law of Nichiren at Atsuhara of Fuji region extensively. Therefore, the monks of other sect devoted to the Lotus Sutra one after another, faiths spread to farmers.

 Yoritsuna Taira saw this situation seriously and arrested people of 20 farmers who are believing in the Lotus Sutra and pressed them for apostasy of faiths. Yoritsuna could not arrest Nichiren who were permitted, but he aimed at the farmer socially vulnerable instead. This was the great persecution that believers of Nichiren directly received the first time.

Nichiren sends instructions one after another.

“If Hokibo, Sadobo, the others, and the Atsuhara believers have a same mind even if they are different, they will achieve everything. However, in the case of different minds each other, they cannot accomplish anything even if together. This is already proved in more than 3000 scrolls of non-Buddhist. Though King Chou of Yin led seven hundred thousand soldiers into battle, they lost for having different minds each other, to the contrary, King Wu and his only eight hundred men of Chou got victory because they were united with harmony like the one mind. If has two minds, even one individual is certain to end in failure for a mind's conflict. Even if there are 100 or 1000 people, if they are one mind, they can accomplish the purpose by all means. Although there are many people in Japan, they will find it difficult to accomplish anything because they have different minds each other even if they are same. In contrast, though Nichiren and his followers are small numbers and are different each other, because they are same mind, I believe they will accomplish their great purpose and the Lotus Sutra will spread by all means. Though there is much evils, these cannot win to the single good action. For example, just as many fires gathering are quenched by a single water. This is the case about Nichiren and his followers too”.Having a Same Mind even if Different’.

“About the ones in Atsuhara who are ignorant, say and encourage, do not threaten. Tell them to decide themselves, and think good things mysterious, and receive the bad matters for granted. If they complain of hunger, tell them about the sufferings of the hungry world. If they grumble that they are cold, tell them of the eight cold hells. If they say they are frightened, explain to them that a pheasant which is aimed by a hawk, or a mouse stalked by a cat, is not other people's affairs. I have been repeating these things day after day, month after month, year after year. Yet with nun Nagoe, Shobo, Notobo, and Sanmibo were cowardly and did not remember, greedy, and doubting it. My words had no effect to them as like pouring water on lacquer ware or slicing off air! This is a reason to write in detail in this way”.On Persecution Befalling the Saint’.


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2019年 09月 22日

1. Birth and religious practices.

1. Birth and religious practices.

Nichiren was born in Kominato,Tojo volost, Awa Country on February 16, 1222.

The Kamakura Shogunate was founded in Japan by Yoritomo Minamoto in this era, and 40 years have been passing. Mongolia empire was going to conquer Asia by military power in the Orient, and invasion of the Crusade began in the West. It was the times of a global fight.

 Father of Nichiren was called Tayuu Mikuni, and mother was called Umegiku. The details are unclear, but Tayuu Mikuni of father lived as a fisherman. It is said that he worked by killing creatures. Nichiren writes it down later. "I, Nichiren, is a child of chandala (untouchable) family in the seaside of the Tojo Village of Awa country in barbaric Japan of east". 'Receiving the Disfavor and Banishment to Sado'. On the other hand, it is known that Umegiku of mother was the families of the military commander of the Kamakura era. There is talk that mother was a well-educated lady to make Japanese poems. It is thought that his ability to write ingeniously might depended on the education of this mother.

Nichiren called a childhood name Zen’nichimaro. In 1233, he climbed to the ancient temple Seichoji which was near Kominato of the hometown when he became 12 years old, and he became a pupil there. Nichiren writes down in the letter which addressed to the believer of the Seichoji temple later as follows. 

“I received great wisdom from alive Akasa-garbha-bodhisattva. I prayed to him, 'Please make me to the person who is the wisest in Japan'. The bodhisattva felt pity for me perhaps. He gave the great jewel as brilliant as the morning star, into my right-hand sleeve.Thereafter, while I learn the all Buddhist sutras, I could understand the inferior and superior of the eight denominations and the all Buddhist sutras.” 'To the Seichoji temple public'.

Four years later, he became a monk formally at 16 years old, and took the tonsure and changed the name to Zeshobo-Rencho. Zesho is a meaning of the person being birth under the day. Rencho vowed giving life to Law of Buddha without having wife and child.

However, Awa country with the Seichoji temple was remote land culturally. Rencho visited various temples that was the center of the Buddhism such as the Yakushi-ji Temple of the Southern capital, the Enryakuji of Hi'ei mountain, the Tsuruoka Hachiman Shrine of Kamakura and he learned the essence of the Law of Buddha. Rencho made a study of Buddhism for 16 years, mastered the Law of Buddha at last. At the same time, Rencho prepared for hardship being waiting in the future, vowed "I will become a pillar of Japan, I become a large ship of Japan, and I become eyes of Japan".


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2019年 09月 22日

7. Eliminating the provisional existence and revealing the origin.

7. Eliminating the provisional existence and revealing the origin.

At the same time, he expressed that he himself was the Buddha having the intrinsically perfect wisdom and is the origin of the Buddha in the infinite past. And he declared, “I, Nichiren, am the ruler, am the teacher, and am father and mother, to all the people of Japan”. It showed he is the Buddha who has the three virtue of the ruler, teacher, and parent in the latter day of the Law.

“When we see the ‘Treasure Tower’ 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”. ‘Opening the eyes. part 2’.


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