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Nichiren Visited by Aizen
25 June 1254




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The deity on the horse is Aizen Myo'o (Sanskrit Ragaraja).
Nichiren is recording the formal visitation of Aizen and Fudo
Dated the 25th day of the 6th month of the 6th year of Kencho (1254).
Newly authenticated and added to the Gohonzonshu in the 1999 edition.
Paired with #125.
Camphor wood carving of Aizen Myouou made by Zuiun Matsuda

Aizen Myouou

(Skt: Ragaraja) A Buddhist deity who is said to purify people's afflictions and free them from illusions and the sufferings accruing from afflictions. In the esoteric teaching his true identity is regarded as Dainichi (Skt: Mahavairochana) Buddha or Kongosatta (Vajrasattva). Aizen is pictured on the Diamond World mandala and is depicted as being red in color with three eyes, six arms and a furious expression. In his hand he has a bow and arrows. His name is inscribed in Siddha, a medieval Sanskrit orthography, on the left-hand side of the Gohonzon as one faces it, signifying the principle that afflictions are enlightenment (Jap: bonno soku bodai).

Source: A Dictionary of Buddhist Terms and Concepts. NSIC: Tokyo. 1983. 1990.

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