WITH regard to the official letter that has arrived from the great Mongol Empire, I have written eleven letters and sent them to various persons. Undoubtedly this will result in Nichiren’s disciples and lay supporters being condemned to exile or execution. You should not be surprised when this happens. I have used very strong language in my letters, but this is because it is necessary to “force others to listen, though it angers them.”1 That is the sort of response I am hoping for.
All of you should prepare yourselves mentally for what may come. Do not let concern for wife and children or other family members deter you. Do not fear those in authority. Now is the time to break free from the bonds of this realm of birth and death and to obtain the fruit of Buddhahood!
I have written eleven letters of remonstrance and sent them to the regent, the lord of Kamakura;2 to the lay priest Yadoya; to Hei no Saemon-no-jō; to Yagenta;3 and to the chief priests of Kenchō-ji, Jufuku-ji, Gokuraku-ji, Tahō-ji, Jōkōmyō-ji, Daibutsu-den, and Chōraku-ji4 (eleven persons in all). There will undoubtedly be some response to them. You may come to my residence at your convenience and examine the contents of the letters in person.
With my deep respect,
The eleventh day of the tenth month in the fifth year of Bun’ei , cyclical sign tsuchinoe-tatsu
To Nichiren’s disciples and lay supporters