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)
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
Josei Toda, the second Soka Gakkai president, said:
A society that discards the votary of the Lotus Sutra will inevitably proceed toward ruin as it is manipulated by the third of the three powerful enemies. The struggle to defeat the three powerful enemies is itself the struggle to establish the correct teaching for the peace of the land.
The Daishonin focuses in particular on the three powerful enemies that are described in the 20-line verse of the “Encouraging Devotion” chapter of the Lotus Sutra.
Herein lies the main cause of the great persecutions of the Latter Day. Because the roots of that cause are deep, the persecutions that arise from them are very obstinate. The Lotus Sutra explains these great persecutions arising after Shakyamuni’s passing as taking the form of attacks by the “three powerful enemies.”
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