In the "Nichiren Shoshu Seiten," p. 734, by Horiimai Nikkyo, it is
written that the eighth High Priest, Nichie, transmitted the Dharma to
a layman, Abura no Joren, not Nichiu.
This is corroborated in the "Biography of Nichie" found in the Fuji Shugaku
Yoshu or Fuji School of Studies edited by Horii Nikkyo v. 5, p.255.. Rev.
Hori was the greatest scholar of Taisekiji of the twentieth century and he
was a retired High Priest, High Priest, ]. These writings are the very records
of Transmission of Taisekiji itself.
The 9th High Priest Nichiu..took heritage at 17 years old. He died of leprosy....
The source for this story of Nichiu's leprosy, too is found in Hori Nikkyo's
Fuji Shugaku Gaku Yo Shu V.5 p.349). It says, "The 9th generation of
Taisekiji, Nichiu, became a leper."
And again in Vol.11, p.344 of the above mentioned edition by Horii
Nikkyo, there is an attack against Nichiu for various transgressions.
In the "Koomom Shoogi", p.561 (Orthodoxy of the Nikko School)
another reference to Nichiu and his leprosy is made.
It was Horii Nikkyo who said that he had no idea who
"YashiroKunishige" (the name on the daigohonzon) was, or which story of how
the mandala came into Taisekiji's possession is true. Nichiu himself said that
Kunishige transferred it to Taisekiji in the 15th Century, which
contradicts the story that he had it transferred to wood from a
paper gohonzon that had been "hidden" for two hundred years.
The popular version today is that the wooden mandala was taken by
Nikko from Minobusan to Taisekiji, but there is no mention of such a
large wooden mandala being brought to Taisekiji.
Nichido, the author of biographies of Nichiren, Nikko and Nichimoku
doesn't mention such a honzon at all.
In fact, there were no wooden Nichiren honzons until the Muromachi period.
Nikko Shonin forbade the inscription of wooden honzons...
All of the reeditions of Horii Nikkyo's original compliations have
been "revised" and reformatted to omit all objectionable materials that
he, while alive, saw fit to print.
Another source reference about Nichiu's leprosy is in "Biography of
the Patriarch (Nichiren)" by Nisshin of Yoobooji (this temple supplied
Taisekiji with High Priests from the 15th to the 26rd one, because
therewere no priests to serve that function at Taisekiji ).
Nichijoo, the Abbot of Kitayama Honmonji, contemporary with Nichiu,
wrote, "Nichiu went against the fundamental intention of the
founder (Nikko) and inscribed the board honzon which had never been heard
of before .....he received the severe punishment for perverted wisdom
and blasphemy agaist the Dharma, becoming a leper, and in Sugiyama in
the province of Kai (Yamanashi) hiding himself away in shame, he has
It is historically recorded that he died in Sugiyama, a very remote
place, so that no one would see his condition.
Nichijoo went on to say, with chilling accuracy:
"If Nichiu's madness spreads throughout the world, both the priests
and the laity of the discipleship of Nikko will fall to the unremitting hell.
How sad for the future."