YOUR messenger, who left on the nineteenth day of the third month, arrived here with your letter at the hour of the dog (7:00–9:00 p.m.) on the twenty-first. Now Nichiren’s lifelong prayer and desire will be achieved in an instant. And this fits the Buddha’s prediction regarding the fifth five hundred years,1 just as one half of a tally matches the other. In the end, if the slanderous proponents of the True Word, Zen, and other schools are summoned and brought together to confront me, and right and wrong are decided, the people of Japan will all become my disciples and lay supporters. Of my disciples, the priests will become teachers to the emperors and retired emperors, while the lay believers will be ranked as the ministers of the left and right. And moreover, everyone in the entire land of Jambudvīpa will come to revere this teaching. What happiness! What happiness!
The twenty-first day of the third month in the first year of Kōan (1278), the hour of the dog
Reply to the followers
This letter was addressed to the Daishonin’s followers living in Kamakura. It appears that preparations were under way in Kamakura for a public debate to determine which was correct, the teaching of the Daishonin or the teachings of the True Word, Zen, and other schools. A report about this was conveyed with great haste to the Daishonin. This letter is his reply.