Tatsunokuchi Persecution - On September 10, 1271, Nichiren Shonin, who was called by the shogunate, pointed out his prediction of Mongol threat have come true and requested a public debate with other sects of Buddhism. The shogunate, however, did not listen to him and arrested him on September 12. On the way to Sado Island, where Nichiren Shonin was to be exiled, they tried to kill him at Tatsunokuchi beach, an execution ground outside Kamakura. Legend says a thunderbolt broke the executioner's sword into pieces and Nichiren Shonin narrowly escaped death. We will be holding the holiday service this morning. Everyone is welcome.
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