Reply to Lord Matsuno's Wife
deeply ashamed at having failed until now to respond to your
gift of one chest of wheat, one basket of yams, one basket
of melons and various other items, which I received on the
third day of the sixth month.
place, the valley of Minobu, is located in the area of the
three villages of Iino, Mimaki and Hakiri of Kai Province,
in the northwestern corner of the village of Hakiri. To the
north, the peak of Mount Minobu pierces the heavens; to the
south, Mount Takatoris crest merges with the clouds;
to the east, Mount Tenshi rises as high as the sun; and to
the west, great sheer mountains stretch across to the summit
of Mount Shirane. The screeching of monkeys resounds in the
heavens, while the earth is filled with the chirping of cicadas.
as if Eagle Peak in India had made its way here, or as if
I were seeing Mount Tien-tai in China right before
my eyes. Although I am neither Shakyamuni Buddha nor the Great
Teacher Tien-tai, because each day I read the
Lotus Sutra day and night and discuss the Maka Shikan
morning and evening, this place is like the pure land of Eagle
Peak and in no way different from Mount Tien-tai.
I am an ordinary person dependent on other things for my existence.
If I were without clothes, the wind would penetrate my body,
and if I did not eat, my life could not be sustained. It would
be like failing to replenish a lamp with oil, or failing to
add wood to a fire. How could I continue to live? If my life
should become difficult to maintain, if the provisions needed
to sustain it were to be exhausted, in one to five days the
voice that now reads and recites the Lotus Sutra would also
be silenced, and weeds would grow up thick before the window
from which discourses on the Maka Shikan are
heard. Such are the conditions under which I live, but I wonder
how you were able to perceive this.
a hare made offerings to a person walking about in exercise
after meditation, the heavenly king took pity on it and placed
it in the moon. Now, when we gaze up at the heavens, in the
moon we see a hare. In your position as a woman, you have
made offerings to the Lotus Sutra in this defiled latter age.
Therefore, King Bonten will look after you with his divine
eye, Taishaku will press his palms together and pay obeisance
to you, the earthly deities will delight in reverently holding
up your feet, and Shakyamuni Buddha will extend his hand from
Eagle Peak to stroke your head. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
my deep respect,
twentieth day of the sixth month in the second year of Koan
(1279), cyclical sign tsuchinoto-u
to Lord Matsunos wife
of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 7.