J UST when I had not heard from you for some time, your letter arrived. In addition, I have received a quilted robe with a blue lining, a hat, a sash, one thousand coins, and a basket of chestnuts.
The present time corresponds to the first five hundred years of the Latter Day of the Law. Passages of the sutra clearly state that at this time Bodhisattva Superior Practices will appear and bestow the five characters of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo on all the people of Japan. And they reveal that he will face exile and execution. I am also like the envoy of Bodhisattva Superior Practices because I spread this teaching.
The Supernatural Powers chapter states, As the light of the sun and moon can banish all obscurity and gloom, so this person as he advances through the world can wipe out the
darkness of living beings. In this passage from the sutra, in the fivecharacter phrase this person as he advances through the world, to whom do you think this person refers? I believe that it must be the person who is the reincarnation of Bodhisattva Superior Practices. The sutra states, After I have passed into extinction, [one] should accept and uphold this sutra. Such a person assuredly and without doubt will attain the Buddha way.1
I am sure that you, too, are one who assists Bodhisattva Superior Practices in his propagation efforts.
The third day of the twelfth month in the second year of Koan (1279), cyclical sign tsuchinoto-u
This letter was written at Minobu to Ikegami Uemon no Tayu Munenaka, the elder of the Ikegami brothers. Nichiren Daishonin indicates here that he is Bodhisattva Superior Practices, who, according to predictions made in the Lotus Sutra, will appear in the world
in the Latter Day of the Law and propagate the Mystic Law. The sutra says that Bodhisattva Superior Practices as he advances through the world can wipe out the darkness of living beings. Also, the sutra predicts in the Encouraging Devotion chapter that