Shijo Kingo - Courageous Disciple


Shijo Kingo - Courageous Disciple

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Shijo Kingo ( 1230–1300) A follower of Nichiren who lived in Kamakura, Japan. His full name and title were ShijoNakatsukasa SaburoSaemon-no-joYorimoto. Kingo is an equivalent of the title Sae-mon-no-jo. His wife was Nichigen-nyo and they had two daughters, Tsukimaro and Kyo'o. As a samurai retainer, he served the Ema family, a branch of the ruling Hojoclan. Kingo was well versed in both medicine and the martial arts, and in temperament was straightforward, loyal, and passionate. He is said to have converted to Nichiren's teachings around 1256, at about the same time as KudoYoshitaka and the brothers Ikegami Munenaka and Ikegami Munenaga. When Nichiren was taken to Tatsunokuchi to be beheaded in 1271, ShijoKingo accompanied him, re-solved to die by his side. After Nichiren was exiled to Sado Island, ShijoKingo sent a messenger to him with various offerings. Through this mes-senger Nichiren entrusted ShijoKingo with his treatise The Opening of the Eyes, which he had completed in the second month of 1272. A few months later, Kingo himself made the journey to Sado to visit Nichiren.Sometime after Nichiren returned from Sado and moved to Minobu in 1274, ShijoKingo tried to convert his lord, Ema, who was a believer of the Pure Land ( Jodo) school and a follower of the priest Ryokan of Gokuraku-ji temple. Lord Ema did not take kindly to his retainer's belief in the Lotus Sutra or support of Nichiren, whom Ryokan hated, and harassed him on that account. At one point, he ordered Kingo to aban-don his faith in Nichiren's teaching, threatening to transfer him to the remote province of Echigo if he did not obey. In 1277 ShijoKingo happened to observe a debate at Kuwagayatsu in Kamakura in which Sammi-bo, a disciple of Nichiren, defeated Ryuzo-bo, a Tendai priest and a protegeof Ryokan. Fellow samurai jealous of Kingo saw a chance to dis-grace him in the eyes of his lord and reported falsely to Lord Ema that Kingo had forcibly disrupted the debate. This led Lord Ema to threaten to confiscate Kingo's fief.Nichiren drafted a petition to Lord Ema on behalf of ShijoKingo, which he sent to his loyal disciple. Before long, Lord Ema fell ill, and eventually had to ask ShijoKingo for treatment. He recovered under Kingo's care and thereafter placed renewed trust in him. In 1278 Kingo received from Ema an estate three times larger than his former one. When Nichiren became ill in his later years, ShijoKingo attended to him at Minobu. Kingo also attended Nichiren on his deathbed and participated in his funeral. After Nichiren's death, he lived in retirement at Utsubuna in Kai Province.

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Comment by Sam Suresh K on March 27, 2010 at 10:25pm
hi Jonie
Thanks for your invite.
Comment by Minerva Balaguer on March 27, 2010 at 9:36pm
Hi Jonnie. Thanks for the invite. I am very interested in Shijo Kingo and find him inspiring!
Comment by Jonnie Parker on March 27, 2010 at 9:27pm
Hi James thanks for your comment.
Comment by Jonnie Parker on March 27, 2010 at 9:26pm
Hi Jim thank s for your comment.
Comment by ken on March 27, 2010 at 9:03pm
Thanks for the invite jonnie.
Comment by Brian Johnson on March 27, 2010 at 7:35pm
Hi Johhny
Looks great I will get into this and read and hopefully write something. 'Discussion in the Orchid room'
Best Regards
Comment by Joyce Law on March 27, 2010 at 7:26pm
"Reply to Kyo'o" is my favorite gosho. The first study meeting I attended as a YWD, beofre I actually became a member, featured "Replyto Kyo'o". Not only was this particular gosho the first that I studied, but because of my career role as a military officer Shijo Kingo served as a role model to me. Decades later and many lectures later, I still re-read "Reply to Kyo'o" when I ned to lift a mist of doubt or ennui from settling over my life. The men division members, Shinjo Kingo group of Augusta Chapter study The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra. These are folks seriously dedicated to protecting the practice. thank you, Jonnie, for coming up with an idea of how to tap into the courageous recesses of our hearts through study.
Comment by R. Bruce White on March 27, 2010 at 6:59pm
Hey Jonnie, how"s it going?
Comment by James Ling O.H. on March 27, 2010 at 5:39pm
Thanks for the invitation Jonnie. Shijo Kingo is a model disciple of the Daishonin, we can learn so much from him.
Comment by Jim Jessop on March 27, 2010 at 4:55pm
A great idea Jonnie and excellent timing too. Just the inspiration I needed! ;-)

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