The Temple's beginning (Engi)
June, 1271, Kamakura was suffering from a great drought.
Nichiren Shonin prayed for rain as did the priest Ryokan-bo
Ninsho of the Gokurakuji Temple. Although Nichiren's prayer
brought rain and Ryokan's did not, Nichiren was summoned by
the court on September 10. Nichiren Shonin submitted his writing,
the "Rissho Ankoku-ron" to the government for a
second time on September 12. In the evening on that day, he
was arrested by Hei-no Yoritsuna who had attacked Nichiren's
hut at Matsubagayatsu in August of 1260. At the court, Nichiren
Shonin remonstrated the government, "I, Nichiren, am
like a pillar of Japan. Losing me is the same as a pillar
of Japan toppling down. I predict that Japan will experience
domestic rebellion and foreign invasion in 100 days."
As a result, the government determined to exile Nichiren Shonin
to Sado Island and sent him to Honma's residence in Echi,
Kanagawa. However, Yoritsuna planned secretly to execute Nichiren
Shonin, so he was taken to the execution grounds at Tatsunokuchi
on the night of September 12.
At the moment when Nichiren Shonin was to be beheaded, an
object shining like the moon at the edge of Enoshima Island
flew across the sky like a ball of lightning. The executioner
and guards were frightened by the sight and Nichiren Shonin
thus escaped execution.
September, 1337, Nippo enshrined the founder Nichiren Shonin's
statue and founded the temple. In 1601, a great hall was built.
The temple's present condition
The temple cares for the site of the execution grounds of
Tatsunokuchi. The temple also holds the Diahondo (great hall),
Shoin (temple office), gate donated by the Konoikes in Osaka
in 1858, and a five story pagoda built in 1910. Nichiren Shonin's
statue enshrined in the Daihondo is known as one of three
statues curved out of one tree. Other two statues are enshrined
at Honmonji in Ikegami and Myohonji in Hikigayatsu.
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