The Place of the Cluster of Blessings

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However, when I desired to leave the world for this mountain forest to pursue the way, people voiced differing opinions. Nevertheless, for reasons I had carefully considered, I came to this mountain in this province, where I have already passed seven springs and autumns. Setting aside for now the question of my wisdom, in enduring hardship and in suffering injury as an ally of the Lotus Sutra, I surpass even the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China and excel even the Great Teacher Dengyō of Japan. This is because the time has made it so.

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