Of 8 Winds

The concept of the “eight winds” is described in works such as The Treatise
on the Stage of Buddhahood Sutra. They advise people not to be swayed by their
attachment to prosperity, honor, praise, or pleasure (the four favorable winds),
or by their aversion to decline, disgrace, censure, or suffering (the four adverse

The Daishonin cautions Kingo to remain in the good graces of his lord,
reminding him that Lord Ema refrained from harassing him during the
Daishonin’s exile to Sado, when the government was persecuting the Daishonin
and his followers. Then the Daishonin tells Kingo that only by putting
faith first and controlling his feelings of resentment against his lord can he expect
to find a way out of this impasse.

He also says that courts of law and other expedients are secondary to faith and
that, if Kingo is to win, he must proceed exactly as the Daishonin teaches.