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Jozo and Jogen


This letter was written on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1280, but it is not certain to whom it was addressed. One theory holds that the recipient was Matsuno Rokuro Zaemon-no-Jo, who lived in Matsuno Village in Ihara District of Suruga Province, while another says that it was sent to Nlike Zaemon-no-jo. Kai-ka's (Nichiji's) description of the sons appearance and personality suggests that he knew him personally, thus supporting the notion that the letter was meant for Matsuno Rokura Zaemon, Nichiji's elder brother.

In this letter, the Daishonin uses the example of the wealthy man Rakutoku. to illustrate how even the Devil of the Sixth Heaven fears and is subservient to a votary of the Lotus Sutra. He expresses joy that the recipient of the letter has persevered in his faith despite the opposition of the people of Japan to the Daishonin's teachings.

Next, the Daishonin mentions the story of King Myoshogon, who was introduced to the correct teaching by his sons Jozo and Jogen. In conclusion he assures the recipient and his wife that their son has indeed attained enlightenment and encourages them in their own faith.

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