Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nichiren and the UFO

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1271 A UFO was seen at at Tatsunokuchi, Kamakura, Japan. Nichiren (1222 - '82), a Buddhist monk and founder (see April 28, 1253) of Nichiren Buddhism, was about to be executed by beheading at Tatsunokuchi when there appeared in the sky an object like a full moon. The officials panicked and abandoned the execution and the famous monk survived another eleven years.

Nichiren later wrote in Kaimoku Shō (On the Opening of the Eyes) that "... this person named Nichiren was beheaded", meaning that this near-execution (or another, for he escaped the sword on other occasions) helped deliver him in a spiritual rebirth ...

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