On Reprimanding Hachiman - The Practice of Propagation is An Expression of Compassion Now for the past 28 years, since the 5th year of the Kencho era , cyclical sign mizunoto-ushi, the 28th day of the 4th month, until the present, the 12th month of the 3rd year of the Koan era , cyclical sign knoe-tatsu, I, Nichiren, have done nothing else, but have laboured solely to put the 5 or 7 characters of Myoho-rengekyo into the mouths of all the living beings of the country of Japan. In doing so, I have shown the kind of compassion that a mother does when she labours to put milk into the mouth of her infant child. The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin-2, p Nichiren Daishonin wrote this work at Minobu in December and addressed it to the body of his followers. Hachiman, the subject of this letter is a major god in Japan and had a special significance to the Kamakura shogunate as its patron deity.
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On Reprimanding Hachiman - The Practice of Propagation is An Expression of Compassion Now for the past 28 years, since the 5th year of the Kencho era , cyclical sign mizunoto-ushi, the 28th day of the 4th month, until the present, the 12th month of the 3rd year of the Koan era , cyclical sign knoe-tatsu, I, Nichiren, have done nothing else, but have laboured solely to put the 5 or 7 characters of Myoho-rengekyo into the mouths of all the living beings of the country of Japan.
In doing so, I have shown the kind of compassion that a mother does when she labours to put milk into the mouth of her infant child. The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin-2, p Nichiren Daishonin wrote this work at Minobu in December and addressed it to the body of his followers. Hachiman, the subject of this letter is a major god in Japan and had a special significance to the Kamakura shogunate as its patron deity. One month before this writing in November, a fire destroyed the Hachiman shrine at Tsurugaoia in Kamakura.
It was a critical time for the shogunate as the Mongol Empire was preparing for a second invasion of Japan. The burning of the shrine to the patron deity of the Kamakura regime was thus, a cause of widespread alarm. In this writing, Nichiren Daishonin addressed the significance of events such as the burning of the Hachiman shrine and the Mongol invasion of Japan from the viewpoint of Buddhism, particularly the Lotus Sutra. The Daishonin reprimanded Hachiman for his negligence in failing to protect the Lotus Sutra and its votary, the Daishonin.
Hachiman was believed to have vowed before the Buddha to protect those who uphold and propagate the Lotus Sutra. But because he had failed to do so, the Daishonin asserted, major gods such as Brahma and Shakra had seen fit to punish Hackman by burning his shrine.
The Daishonin strictly admonished Hachiman to lend protection to the votary of the Lotus Sutra. On 28 April 5th year of the Kencho era , Nichiren Daishonin proclaimed his teaching of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the first time. The Daishonin was fully aware that great persecutions would certainly befall him by doing so but he was prepared to confront every oppression based on the vow to never regress in his endeavour to lead all people to enlightenment.
In actual fact, when the Daishonin started to propagate the teachings of the Mystic Law and refute the erroneous teachings, he encountered a succession of life-threatening persecutions one after another. However, the Daishonin did not retreat even a single step and continued to strive single-mindedly for the realisation of kosen-rufu.
Today, it is the SGI that is advancing kosen-rufu in the same spirit of profound compassion with which the Daishonin waged an intense struggle. A mother loves, protects and fosters the life of her infant child without seeking any rewards in return. Likewise, all of us SGI members are carrying out the compassionate practice of propagation to realise the happiness for oneself and others by engaging ourselves in dialogues with friends regardless of whether they understand Buddhism or not.
All of us who have succeeded this noble mission from the Daishonin are all respectworthy Bodhisattvas of the Earth. All of us have been blessed with great good fortune from the past existences to be emissaries of the Buddha. Today, we see a stream of youthful and courageous Bodhisattvas of the Earth leaping forth one after another. Lets scale a news mountain of kosen-rufu as we continue to share and propagate the teachings of the Mystic Law with our friends around us.
You must not only believe in them yourself, but also encourage others to do the same, so that you may save those who were your parents in all your past existences.
This was just around the time when the Atsuhara Persecution began to intensify in earnest. After citing the numerous harsh persecutions that the Daishonin had personally gone through and prevailed over, he encouraged Tokimitsu who was courageously confronting the persecutions in Atskhara to commit himself wholeheartedly to the Lotus Sutra.
When the year old Nanjo Tokimitsu received this letter from the Daishonin, he was waging an all-out struggle with youthful passion against the increasingly tense situation on Atukhara. This statement can well be called the ultimate message of this letter. This means, in other words, that we can help guide all those we encounter or have connections with in this lifetime to the path of Buddhahood.
The Daishonin waged an intense struggle against numerous harsh persecutions without begrudging his own life and dedicated his life to the compassionate vow to realise the happiness of all people. It was the three successive presidents of the Soka Gakkai who inherited the same spirit of selfless dedication as the Daishonin to realise the happiness for oneself and for others and tirelessly dedicated themselves to the propagation of the teachings of the Mystic Law throughout Japan and the world.
And this includes all of us, SGI members, who are engaging ourselves in the great shared struggle as mentor and disciple. Those who sincerely persevere in their Buddhist practice will be victors; they will win in the end. This is the ultimate purpose of faith in Nichiren Buddhism. On Persecutions Befalling the Sage You may rest assured that nothing, not even a person possessed by a powerful demon, can harm Nichiren, because Brahma, Shakra, the gods of the sun and moon, the four heavenly kings, the Sun Goddess, and Hachiman are safe-guarding him.
Strengthen your faith day by day and months after month. Should you slacken in your resolve even a bit, devils will take advantage. The Daishonin specifically indicated at the end of that this letter should be kept by Shijo Kingo, who was leading the community of believers in Kamakura.
Around , propagation efforts in the Fuji area began to produce significant results under the leadership of Nikko Shonin. There were a number of converts among both priests and laity, but as the number of new believers increased, so did official pressures. In Atsuhara, a village in the Fuji District of Suruga Province, believers were subjected to a series of threats and harassments known collectively as the Atsuhara Persecution. On the twenty-first day of the ninth month in , 20 believers, all farmers, were arrested on false charges.
They were brought to the residence of Hei no Saemon, the deputy chief of the Office of Military and Police Affairs, in Kamakura where they were detained and interrogated. The Daishonin was expressing his conviction that as long as our faith is strong and steadfast, any malicious scheme or hardship cannot defeat us due to the powerful protection we receive from our environment.
This letter was written in the midst of the Atsuhara Persecution, while 20 peasant believers — arrested and detained on account of trumped-up charges — were being severely interrogated. The Daishonin encouraged all his disciples to never fear any threat or persecution and to face their difficulties with courage. To carry on with our faith is, in one sense, a battle between the strength of our innate Buddhahood and the negative functions, both internal and external, to deny it.
If an airplane loses the power o propel itself, it will lose speed and eventually crash. The plane is in its most stable state when it is powerfully moving forward. The same is true of our faith. It is of utmost importance to ceaselessly advance towards the realisation of kosen-rufu and out individual happiness. The ultimate serenity and stability of our lives are to be found in constant challenge. When we cease to advance in faith, we have already begun to backslide and be defeated in faith.
The Daishonin taught that it is a battle between the Buddha and the devilish forces. Therefore any slackening in our efforts to strive against the incessant onslaught of enemies — namely, devilish functions — represents not stagnation but rather regression and, ultimately, defeat. Those who keep challenging themselves are already winning over their own limitations, and that is the greatest victory one can achieve in life.
Nichiren Daishonin's Gosho
At the back of each Gosho is some background information to get a flavour of when it was written and who it was written to. Read this to set the tone of the letter. Understand It! He must have really wanted to pass on these words to his followers. Imagine Nichiren writing the Gosho as you read it again.
Contrary to the Nichiren Shoshu and its offshoots, Nichiren Shu is well-known for its more open, inclusive and tolerant views of other Buddhist traditions. Nichiren Shu does not believe the Dai-Gohonzon as revered in Nichiren Shoshu to be superior to any other objects of worship, be it statues or scroll. The version of the Gohonzon used by Nichiren Shu is purported to be closer in style to the one inscribed by Nichiren Shonin himself. This is because it incorporates both teachings from Shakyamuni Buddha as well as Nichiren Shonin. Taiseki-ji is a Nichiren temple founded by Nikko Shonin and it is visited regularly by Nichiren Shoshu members from around the world as part of their religious pilgrimage to chant in front of the Dai-Gohonzon. Dai-Gohonzon, presently enshrined in Hoando building located in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, is the supreme main object of veneration. The official crest symbol of Nichiren Shoshu is Japanese Tsuru crane bird.
Gosho (Nichiren Daishonin)
Briefly, the basic practice of Nichiren Buddhism is chanting the invocation Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to a mandala inscribed by Nichiren, called the Gohonzon. He considered his disciples the " Bodhisattvas of the Earth " who appeared in the Lotus Sutra with the vow to spread the correct teaching and thereby establish a peaceful and just society. A prevailing pessimism existed associated with the perceived arrival of the Age of the Latter Day of the Law. The era was marked by an intertwining relationship between Buddhist schools and the state which included clerical corruption. It was the most frequently read and recited sutra by the literate lay class and its message was disseminated widely through art, folk tales, music, and theater. It was commonly held that it had powers to bestow spiritual and worldly benefits to individuals.