Propagation by the

Wise
Buddhism can be correctly propagated only by a person of
unsurpassed wisdom. This is why Shakyamuni, after
expounding all the sutras, entrusted the Hinayana
teachings to Ánanda and the Mahayana teachings to
Monju, but refused to transfer the ultimate principle of
the Lotus Sutra to any of his immediate disciples.
Shakyamuni instead summoned Bodhisattva Jogyo, his
disciple from ages past, and entrusted it to him.
Even if there should be a person of wisdom who embraces
Buddhism, how could he propagate it without believers
who support him? Shakyamuni had the support of
Bonten and Taishaku who dwell in heaven. From among
the six paths, the Buddha chose the worlds of Heaven
and Humanity, and of these two; he chose to be born
among human beings. Of all places in the universe
inhabited by men, he appeared in India, in the kingdom
of Magadha. The king of Magadha should have been a
protector of the Buddha, but the ruler was King
Ajatashatru, an evil man. The most unfortunate destiny
for a Buddha is to be born in the reign of an evil
monarch. King Ajatashatru had murdered his father, a
wise king who had supported the Buddha. Even worse,
he had taken Devadatta as his mentor. Devadatta
committed three of the five cardinal sins, worst of all
injuring the Buddha and causing him to bleed. The
impious and evil king joined forces with this slanderer of
Buddhism, compounding the great harm to humanity.
Not only for one or two years but for several decades,
this king repeatedly harassed the Buddha and killed a
great many of his disciples. This infuriated the heavens,
and the skies reacted violently. Moreover, the terrestrial

and year after year famines and epidemics struck. most Japanese would consider them to be merely my own fabrication. In gratitude. There will also be foreign invasions. "After my death. At that time. especially the Lotus Sutra. Even so.gods were so provoked that the great disasters occurred on earth. by the advice of his physician and minister Jivaka and finally by his own inner doubts. In that age there will be natural disasters. Furthermore. Month after month violent gales raged." This is the substance of the tenth volume of the Shugo Sutra. the invasions ceased and the entire country became peaceful. and even try to kill him. during the Latter Day of the Law. They will persuade an evil ruler to act against the one person of unsurpassed wisdom. Not only did he recover his health. cause him to be exiled. It is therefore thanks to King Ajatashatru that we have the Lotus Sutra we embrace today. there will be many who will piously observe the five ascetic practices as Devadatta did. for future generations. neighboring kingdoms attacked on all sides. Nichiren. At times they will slander or strike him. But since you are my disciple and supporter. killing the majority of the people. and epidemics even greater than those witnessed in this day. Ajatashatru left Devadatta and went to Shakyamuni Buddha to repent for his sinful deeds. and Nichiren is the wise man whom . if I. famines. The Buddha stated. and these calamities will continue year after year. such as typhoons. I will reveal them to you. should repeat the teachings given by the Buddha to King Ajatashatru. he was able to thwart the prophecy that he would die on the seventh day of the third month and in fact prolonged his life by forty years. The present age has evolved exactly as the Buddha predicted it would. he assembled a thousand Arhats to record all the Buddha's teachings. driving Magadha to the brink of ruin. motivated by a revelation in a dream. Therefore his illness was cured immediately.

I will obey without hesitation or fear. it could only mean that heaven wants my life itself. Both the heavens and the earth are certainly aware of this." Nichiren . Your faith is stronger than the faith of others. until the Mongol forces actually attack this country. Should an emergency arise. Wherever he may be. you should refrain from spreading any alarm. cannot act upon their intentions.the Buddha described. Anything else you may command of me. I will not leave you this year. though having a strong spirit. a passage from one of the sutras explains that even one's immutable karma can be changed. and it is because of your support that I have been able to survive. even at the risk of losing my estate. how could I possibly be a coward? At this moment I am resolved to sacrifice my life for my lord. As for the reply to your lord. for I have entrusted my life after death to the priest Nichiren. Although there are people who wish to help me. it is doubtful whether I could reach you in time from the distant province of Echigo. I will devote this life to you. should a sudden crisis occur. The only people more important to me are the priest Nichiren and my deceased parents. However. Moreover. in the skies or in the cities. on the seas. answer him firmly in this way: "Since I am ill. whether in the mountains. Yet. T'ien-t'ai interprets this passage to mean that one can prolong his fixed span of life. many of them are weak-willed and others. However. As I advised you earlier. Thus you are one of the very few whose action matches his will. man cannot escape death. so if any misfortune happens to you. it is most distressing for me to be transferred to a remote place. the entire country is on the verge of ruin. Therefore. even if you disown me.

] .The sixth day of the ninth month in the second year of Kenji [1276 C. E.