Nichiren Buddhism

Lotus Flower

The Lotus Sūtra (Sanskrit: Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra, lit.'Sūtra on the White Lotus of the True Dharma') is one of the most influential and venerated Buddhist Mahāyāna sūtras. It is the main scripture on which the Tiantai, Tendai and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. It is also influential for other East Asian Buddhist schools, such as Zen. Buddhahood accessible to all & One Vehicle teachings.

Nichiren | statue

Nichiren (16 February 1222– 13 October 1282) was a Japanese Buddhist priest of the Kamakura period (1185–1333), who developed the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, a branch school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Nichiren declared that the Lotus Sūtra alone contains the highest truth of Buddhist teachings suited for the Third Age of Buddhism. He advocated the repeated recitation of its title, Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō

Nichiren | Teachings

Nichiren | Teachings. Nichiren's teachings developed over the course of his career and their evolution can be seen through the study of his writings as well as in the annotations he made in his personal copy of the Lotus Sūtra. Nichiren summarized the key ideas of his teachings in 1 paragraph: Buddhahood is eternal; all people can and should manifest it in their lives;

Nichiren statue

Nichiren Buddhism is a branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism based on the teachings of the 13th century Japanese Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222–1282) and is one of the Kamakura Buddhism schools. Its teachings derive from some 300–400 extant letters and treatises attributed to Nichiren. Nichiren Buddhism focuses on the Lotus Sūtra doctrine that all people have an innate Buddha-nature and are therefore inherently capable of attaining Enlightenment

Nichiren statue

After Nichiren's death in 1282 the Kamakura shogunate weakened largely due to financial and political stresses resulting from defending the country from the Mongols. Several denominations comprise the umbrella term "Nichiren Buddhism" which was known at the time as the Hokkeshū (Lotus School) or Nichiren Shū (Nichiren School). The splintering of Nichiren's teachings into different schools began several years after Nichiren's passing. Nichiren groups shared commonalities

Decline of the Dharma

Texts predicting that the Buddhist religion will last only 500 years do not subdivide this figure into smaller periods. With the advent of longer timetables, however, Buddhists began to identify discrete stages or periods within the overall process of decline. A wide range of periodization systems can be found in Indian Buddhist texts. Clearly there was no consensus among Indian Buddhists on the total duration

Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren just before his death in 1280.

Gohonzon is a generic term for a venerated religious object in Japanese Buddhism. It may take the form of a scroll or statuary. This article focuses on the mainstream use within Nichiren Buddhism, referring to the calligraphic paper mandala inscribed by the 13th Japanese Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222-1282) to which devotional chanting is directed. The Gohonzon is often enshrined within an Altar shrine called Butsudan.

Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō

Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō) (English: Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sūtra / Glory to the Dharma of the Lotus Sūtra) are words chanted as mantra within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism. The words Myōhō Renge Kyō refer to the Japanese title of the Lotus Sūtra. Tendai monks Saichō and Genshin are said to have originated the Daimoku recitation, while Nichiren popularised it.

Kōsen-rufu | Lotus Sūtra

Kōsen-rufu, a phrase found in the Japanese translation of the Buddhist scripture Lotus Sūtra, is informally defined to as "world peace through individual happiness." It refers to the future widespread dissemination of the Lotus Sūtra. The term derives from Lotus Sūtra's 23rd chapter: "Propagate this chapter widely throughout the Jambudvīpa in the last 500-year period after my death." Nichiren (1222–1282) took this statement