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2017年 12月 28日

末法の本仏の立場で法華経二十八品を後継者、日興上人に口伝した書【御義口伝 上】要点解説(10)

【方便品八箇の大事】第三 唯以一大事因縁の事  

文句の四に云く、一は即ち一実相なり、五に非ず三に非ず七に非ず九に非ず、故に一と言うなり。
其の性広博にして五三七九より博し、故に名けて大と為す。
諸仏出世の儀式なり故に名けて事と為す。衆生に此の機有つて仏を感ず故に名けて因と為す、仏機を承けて而も応ず、故に名けて縁となす、是を出世の本意と為す。

御義口伝に云く、一とは法華経なり、大とは華厳(注)なり、事とは中間の三味(注)なり。法華已前にも三諦あれども、砕けたる珠は宝に非ざるが如し云云。

又云く、一とは妙なり大とは法なり、事とは蓮なり因とは華なり、縁とは経なり云云。
 又云く、我等が頭は妙なり、喉は法なり、胸は蓮なり、胎は華なり、足は経なり。此の五尺の身、妙法蓮華経の五字なり。 
 此の大事を釈迦如来、四十余年の間隠密したもうなり。今経(注)の時説き出したもう此の大事を説かんが為に、仏は出世したもう。

 我等が一身の、妙法五字なりと開仏知見する時、即身成仏するなり。開とは信心の異名なり、信心を以て妙法を唱え奉らば軈て開仏知見するなり、然る間信心を開く時南無妙法蓮華経と示すを示仏知見と云うなり、示す時に霊山浄土の住処と悟り即身成仏と悟るを悟仏知見と云うなり、悟る当体・直至道場なるを入仏知見と云うなり、然る間信心の開仏知見を以て正意とせり、入仏知見の入の字は迹門の意は実相の理内に帰入するを入と云うなり、本門の意は理即本覚と入るなり。

今、日蓮等の類い、南無妙法蓮華経と唱え奉る程の者は、宝塔に入るなり云云。又云く開仏知見の仏とは九界所具の仏界なり、知見とは妙法の二字、止観の二字、寂照の二徳、生死の二法なり、色心因果なり。

 所詮知見とは妙法なり、九界所具の仏心を法華経の知見にて開く事なり。爰を以て之を思うに、仏とは九界の衆生の事なり。
此の開覚顕れて、今身より仏身に至るまで持つや否やと示す処が、妙法を示す示仏知見と云うなり。師弟感応して受け取る時、如我等無異と悟るを悟仏知見と云うなり。悟つて見れば法界三千の己己の当体、法華経なり。此の内証に入るを入仏知見と云うなり、秘す可し云云。

又云く、四仏知見とは八相なり、開とは生の相なり、入とは死の相なり、中間の示悟は六相なり、下天託胎等は示仏知見なり、出家降魔成道転法輪等は、悟仏知見なり。

権教の意は、生死を遠離する教なるが故に、四仏知見に非ざるなり。今経の時、生死の二法は一心の妙用、有無の二道は本覚の真徳と開覚するを四仏知見と云うなり。四仏知見を以て三世の諸仏は、一大事と思召し、世に出現したもうなり。
 此の開仏知見の法華経を、法然は捨閉閣抛(注)と云い、弘法大師は第三の劣戯論の法とののしれり。五仏道同の舌をきる者に非ずや、慈覚大師智証等は、悪子に剣を与えて我が親の頭をきらする者に非ずや云云。

 又云く一とは中諦、大とは空諦、事とは仮諦なり。此の円融の三諦は何物ぞ、所謂南無妙法蓮華経是なり。
此の五字、日蓮出世の本懐なり、之を名けて事と為す。日本国の一切衆生の中に日蓮が弟子檀那と成る人は、衆生有此機感仏故名為因(注)の人なり。夫れが為に法華経の極理を弘めたるは、承機而応故名為縁に非ずや。因は下種なり、縁は三五の宿縁に帰するなり。

事の一念三千は、日蓮が身に当りての大事なり。一とは一念、大とは三千なり、此の三千ときたるは事の因縁なり。
 事とは、衆生世間、因とは五陰世間、縁とは国土世間なり。国土世間の縁とは、南閻浮提は妙法蓮華経を弘むべき本縁の国なり。経に云く「閻浮提内広令流不断絶(注)」是なり云云。


今経
已今当(いこんとう)の三経。釈尊一切経の中の、今経(今といている経、つまり法華経)を示す。
已経は法華経以前に説いた経、当は法華経以後にといた涅槃経。
妙法蓮華経 法師品第十に「我が説く所の経典は無量千万億にして、已に説き、今説き、当に説くべし。而も其の中に於いて、此の法華経は最も為れ難信難解なり」と。
安楽行品第十四に「文殊師利よ、此の法華経は諸仏、如来の秘密の蔵なり。諸経の中に於いて、最も其の上に在りて、長夜に守護して、妄(みだり)に宣説すべからず。今日始めて、汝等のためにこれを敷演せり」と。

華厳(大方広仏華厳経)
4世紀頃、西域(中央アジア)で幾つかの大乗経が集約され、後世に華厳経と命名された。その意味で元々は「雑華経」と称された。
法華経と異なるのは、幾つかの経はサンスクリットの原典が存在するが、大半は原典が存在しない。また妙法蓮華経は、釈尊が自ら教の題号を【大白蓮華の様に清浄で優れた経】と名付けている。ちなみに蓮華はインド原産で、釈迦の教団の最初の寺院である竹林精舎の前に存在した池には蓮華が生育していてたと伝えられている。尚、竹林精舎はマガダ国王ビンビサーラが仏教に帰依し、釈迦の教団に寄進した。
さらに華厳経、阿弥陀経等々の法華経以前の権大乗経は「仏」そのものの存在を敬っているが、唯一釈尊の「妙法蓮華経」だけが、十方三世の諸仏を生み出した種としての「法」に帰依することを説いている。
その意味で「妙法蓮華経」こそ、諸経の「王」である事を明確に示していることがわかる。
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[現在の竹林精舎跡地]

中間の三枚 阿含・方等・般若の経々のこと。
阿含は、原初的な経典で「伝承された教説の集成」という意味で、釈尊初期の説法の仏伝を集約したもので小乗経とも称される。
方等は、『大集経』、『阿弥陀経』、『観無量寿経』、『金光明経』、『維摩経』、『勝鬘経』等の権大乗経。
般若は、『大般若経』(唐の玄奘三蔵が基礎的な大乗仏教の種々な「般若経典」を集大成した経典。サンスクリットの原点は存在しない)、『金剛般若経(サンスクリットの原点が存在し、妙法蓮華経を訳した鳩摩羅什の漢訳(402年)が存在する。法華経以外では最も存在が確かな大乗経典であると言える)』、『般若心経』などの大乗経。

法然は捨閉閣抛と云い
法然は唯一といってもよい著作「選択本願念仏集(選択集)」で、他力本願・念仏以外の、釈尊一切経の自力の修行を「捨閉閣抛(捨てよ、閉じよ、閣け、抛て)」せよと説いた。
法然は前関白・九条兼実公の「浄土の法門の肝要を記述して欲しい」という依頼で、門弟の感西・証空・遵西の三人の手を借りて選択集を撰述した。
念仏の信徒が、現世の苦しみから逃れるため浄土に行こうと自殺者が絶えなかったため、鎌倉幕府は念仏宗を度々禁じた。また延暦寺の僧兵は法然の墓を破壊、『選択集』とその版木を集めて焼却する。
 
日蓮大聖人は【立正安国論】で法然の選択集を「一近くは所依の浄土の三部経の唯除五逆誹謗正法の誓文に背き、遠くは一代五時の肝心たる法華経・巻第二の『若し人信ぜずして此の経を毀謗せば、乃至其の人命終つて阿鼻獄に入らん』」と示し、「念仏無間」と厳しく破折された。

閻浮提内広令流不断絶
妙法蓮華経 普賢菩薩勧発品第二十八の文、「閻浮提(全世界)の内に広く(法華経を)流布せしめて、断絶せざらしめん」の意。

衆生有此機感仏故名為因
天台の法華文句の文、「衆生に此の機有って仏を感ず、故に名けて因と為す」の意。


【御義口伝 上】要点解説(11)に続く



by johsei1129 | 2017-12-28 23:45 | 御義口伝 | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 16日

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

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Finally, I show one experience and finish this novel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


            The End


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by johsei1129 | 2017-12-16 16:05 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 12日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 4

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

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

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

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

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

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


Imagine and think the Samantabhadra-bodhisattva.

Read Mahayana sutra aloud.

Consider the teachings of Mahayana deeply.

Worship various Buddha.

Repent the karma that you made in the past life.

And repeat these practices.


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

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

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

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

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

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

 (Partially omitted)

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



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

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 3

           Japanese edition


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


   To be continued to (4)


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

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  To be continued to (3)

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by johsei1129 | 2017-12-04 23:00 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)
2017年 12月 02日

Final. Teachings of Buddha in Japan flow to India 1

              Japanese edition


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

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

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

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

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

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

The new religion like Bussho Gonenkai appeared, and they received the Gohonzon of the handwriting that Nichiren expressed, by one relationship or one opportunity, from the Nichiren-sect temple which possessed it from the Kamakura era, and assume it the object of worship of the own sect.

However, the point which is conclusively different from Nichiren Shoshu Taisekiji temple succeeding Nichiren Daishonin, Nikko Shonin, Nichimoku Shonin is that they do not regard as a basic object of worship the grand Gohonzon of all living beings of the whole world, and they do not have the bloodline of succession receiving from Nichiren like 2th Nikko Shonin and 3th Nichimoku Shonin, the chief priest of the whole world. That is why they will suffer slandering the Law like visiting at the same time to a Shinto shrine while worshiping Gohonzon of Nichiren identical to Sanenaga Hakiri, of time when there was Nikko Shonin.


     To be continued to (2)


Third volume table of contents.




by johsei1129 | 2017-12-02 00:32 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Comments(0)