The key figure who persecuted the Daishonin immediately after he declared the establishment of his teaching was the steward Tojo Kagenobu. Kagenobu’s was no ordinary anger. In the sermon that he delivered at noon (on April 28, 1253), the Daishonin declared the establishment of his teaching, and refuted the Nembutsu doctrine. It seems that Kagenobu heard about this, and within that same day, he drove the Daishonin from Seicho-ji temple.
Nichiren Daishonin truly read with his life the passage in the “Encouraging Devotion” chapter that states:
There will be many ignorant people
who will curse and speak ill of us
and will attack us with swords and staves,
again and again we will be banished
to a place far removed from towers and temples. (LS14, 193(95)
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