"This Person Will Practice among the People"
After I had not heard from you for some time,
your letter arrived. In addition, I have received the quilted
robe with a blue lining, a hat, a sash, one kan of
coins and a basket of chestnuts.
The present time corresponds to the first
five hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law. The text
of the sutra clearly states that at this time, Bodhisattva
Jogyo will make his advent and bestow the five characters
of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo upon all the people of Japan. It also
makes clear that he will face exile and execution. I, Nichiren,
am like the emissary of Bodhisattva Jogyo, because I am spreading
The Jinriki chapter states: "Just
as the light of the sun and moon illuminates all obscurity,
this person will practice among the people and dispel the
darkness of all beings." In this passage, in the statement,
"this person will practice among the people," to
whom do you think "this person" refers? I believe
that it must indicate the person who is the reincarnation
of Bodhisattva Jogyo. The sutra states, "After I have
passed into extinction, one must accept and uphold this sutra.
Such a person, with respect to the Buddha Way, is assured,
and there can be no doubt."
You, too, are surely assisting Bodhisattva
Jogyo's efforts of propagation.
The third day of the twelfth month in the
second year of Kan (1279), cyclical sign tsuchinoto-u.
Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 6, page 285.