The Daishonin encountered persecution because he had strenuously asserted that the Lotus Sutra is the teaching for relieving the suffering of the people of the Latter Day of the Law and enabling them to become happy. It was certainly not because he had committed any secular wrongdoing. The Daishonin risked his life to strongly proclaim the correct teaching, and this frightened other religious figures, and created a deep sense of unease among those comfortable with old religious customs and traditions. This manifested as an outpouring of anger and jealousy toward him.
The Daishonin states that the persecutions he faced were “for the sake of the Lotus Sutra.” In other words, they came about because he had staked his life on spreading the Lotus Sutra.
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