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Nichiren Shoshu is the modern name of the Fuji School of Nichiren's teachings, (sometimes also refered to as True Buddhism) that claims a relatively unbroken lineage from Nichiren Daishonin Himself, through Nikko Shonin and a succession of High Priests, including Nichimoku Shonin, Nichiu Shonin.
Nichiren Shoshu continues to teach that Nichiren was the true Buddha and that Nikko Shonin was the specific treasure of the priest (see truebuddha.html and Kechimyaku.html).
Nichiren Shoshu also insists that one can practice correctly only if one practices with Nichiren Shoshu as taught by the current High priest and is connected to Nichiren Daishonin through the Dai-Gohonzon and the current High Priest.
www.geocities.com /chris_holte/Buddhism/IssuesInBuddhism/nst.html   (2426 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Nichiren Shoshu
Nichiren Shoshu was founded by Nikko Shonin, Nichiren Daishonin's successor, as he erected a temple near Mount Fuji in 1290.
Each Nichiren Shoshu temple in any country and location is filled with the Three Treasures of True Buddhism, which are the Buddha, the Law, and the Priesthood, and centers around Gohonzon, which is passed down through generations from Nichiren Daishonin to practice and propagate Nichiren Daishonin's teachings correctly as it is their mission.
Nichiren Shoshu doctrine defines certain concepts as necessary to achieve the "true world." Unity between the laity, who correctly practice Buddhist Law explained by Nichiren Daishonin, and the priesthood, who correctly protect and spread the True Law of Nichiren Daishonin is of utmost importance.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/nichiren.html   (6882 words)

 Nichiren Shoshu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Nichiren Shoshu holds that in revealing and propagating his teachings, Nichiren was fulfilling the mission of his advent according to a prophecy made by the historical Buddha Sakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama; 563?¨C483?BC).
Nichiren Shoshu believers strive to elevate their life condition by acting in accordance with this law in their day-to-day lives and by sharing their faith with others, believing their Buddhist practice to be the ultimate good cause for effecting changes in life and attaining enlightenment.
Nichiren Shoshu considers the Law of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, and by extension the Dai-Gohonzon (i.e., the embodiment of that law), to be the Treasure of the Law, whereas other schools go only as far as defining Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo (i.e., just the invocation) as the Treasure of the Law.
www.buddhaindex.com /browse.php?cat=230233   (3110 words)

 Nichiren Shoshu Coffeehouse Links
Nikko Shonin Not Founder of Nichiren Shoshu NShu
It is the 2nd most common Mandala in Nichiren Shoshu, though it has vitually disappeared amongst its active membership in the past decade, in many cases being replaced with a larger silk Nikken Gohonzon.
While this Mandala is honoured by both the SGI and Nichiren Shoshu, it is no longer issued by either group.
nichirenscoffeehouse.net /NShoshu.html   (340 words)

 Nichiren Buddhism - ReligionFacts
Nichiren Buddhism is a form of Japanese Buddhism that emphasizes repeated recitation of the mantra namu myoho renge kyo ("salutation to the Lotus Sutra") for health, happiness and enlightenment.
According to Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, the law of causality is the universal principle underlying all visible and invisible phenomena and events in daily life.
Nichiren taught that by chanting this phrase to the "Gohonzon"—a scroll with Chinese and Sanskrit characters representing the enlightenment and life of the common mortal—anyone can activate her or his "Buddha nature" and become enlightened.
www.religionfacts.com /buddhism/sects/nichiren.htm   (1896 words)

 Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism
Nichiren Daishonin, on the other hand, was born into a poor family, trained as a common priest, propagated his faith under the most severe conditions, and had only the unembellished substance of his teachings to convince others of their truth.
For these reasons, Nichiren Daishonin is revered as the Buddha of the True Cause and third person references to Him and His direct successors are, to conform to Nichiren Shoshu publication standards, hereafter capitalized.
Nichiren of the eternally living in the three existences is the original True Buddha of the stage of the immediate recognition of the truth, who leads all mankind to the unsurpassed Way of Buddhahood.
www.nichirenshoshumyoshinji.org /Introduction/Introduction.htm   (6486 words)

 Nichiren Buddhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nichiren Buddhism (日蓮系諸宗派: Nichiren-kei sho shūha) is a branch of Buddhism based on the teachings of the 13th century Japanese monk Nichiren (1222–1282).
Nichiren Buddhism is generally noted for its focus on the Lotus Sutra and an attendant belief that all people have an innate Buddha nature and are therefore inherently capable of attaining enlightenment in their current form and present lifetime.
During his lifetime Nichiren stridently believed that the contemporary teachings of Buddhism taught by other sects (particularly Shingon, Nembutsu, and Zen) were mistaken in their interpretations of the correct path to enlightenment and therefore refuted them publicly and vociferously.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nichiren_Buddhism   (1500 words)

 Nichiren Shōshū - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nichiren Shoshu differentiates itself from other Nichiren schools in that it regards Nichiren himself as the Treasure of the Buddha; the Mystic Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as the Treasure of the Law; and Nikkō, as primus inter pares among its successive high priests, as the Treasure of the Priest.
Nichiren Shoshu considers the Law of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, and by extension the Dai-Gohonzon (i.e., the embodiment of that law), to be the Treasure of the Law, whereas other schools go only as far as defining Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo (i.e., just the invocation) as the Treasure of the Law.
Nichiren Shoshu believers strive to elevate their life condition by acting in accordance with this law in their day-to-day lives and by sharing their faith with others, believing their Buddhist practice to be the ultimate good cause for effecting changes in life and attaining enlightenment.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nichiren_Shoshu   (3344 words)

 The Arcane Archive - alt.religion.buddhism.nichiren FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282)--also referred to as Nichiren "Daishonin" by two Nichiren sects (Nichiren Shoshu, and its former lay organization Soka Gakkai)--was a 13th century Buddhist monk who founded his own form of Buddhism based on the Lotus Sutra.
Nichiren Shoshu and Soka Gakkai primarily use "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" in writing and in speech, although there is some evidence that the "u" is dropped incorrectly.
Nichiren advocated in his writings that one should recite the Hoben and Juryo portions of the Lotus Sutra and chant the Daimoku daily, in addition to studying the Gosho and the Lotus Sutra.
www.arcane-archive.org /faqs/faq.arlgbdn.9504.php   (2616 words)

Nichiren Shoshu has argued that the facility's executive director, an SGI-Brazil member, was replaced by a Nichiren Shoshu believer in a June 1991 board of directors meeting.
The High Court stated that: ″Throughout the history of Nichiren Shoshu, there have been cases where the qualification of the high priest of the time was challenged by priests and lay believers and the high priest was asked to resign because of his doctrinal deviation or improper conduct.
Nichiren Shoshu and Taiseki-ji then sought a final decision from the Japanese Supreme Court, which upheld the appellate court’s ruling by dismissing the priesthood’s appeal.
www.mindspring.com /~sonoda/news.html   (1523 words)

 What is the Buddhism of Nichiren
The practice of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism is to recite Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and part of the second "Hoben" and the entire sixteenth "Juryo" chapters of the Lotus Sutra in front of the Gohonzon.
Nichiren Daishonin was persecuted throughout his life by the Japanese government and by religious powers who considered his revolutionary teachings a grave threat to their continued authority.
Until the 1930s the followers of Nichiren known as the Hokkeko were a relatively small group of lay believers, led by the priesthood of the Fuji School (Nichiren Shoshu).
www.sgi-usa.org /buddhism/bofnd.html   (757 words)

 Manual of Nichiren Buddhism
Nichiren was born in Kominato, a fishing village in the Province of Awa (Chiba-ken), on February 16, 1222.
Nichiren was taken to the residence of Homma Shigetsura at Echi in the Province of Sagami (Kanagawa-ken).
Nichiren was moved to the residence of Kondô Kiyohisa at Ichinosawa on Sado Island in 1272.
la.nichirenshu.org /history/history.htm   (9929 words)

 Who Was Nichiren
Nichiren (1222-1282) was the Japanese founder of Nichiren Buddhism.
Nichiren Daishonin, by the Nichiren Shoshu school of Buddhism.
The revolutionary nature of Nichiren's achievement lies in the fact that he made it possible, for the first time, for all people to actually practice the highest teachings of Buddhism by providing a methodology whereby they can establish a life-condition of absolute happiness, unswayed by changing outer circumstances.
www.sgi-usa.org /buddhism/nichiren.html   (257 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Nichiren Buddhism: Nichiren Buddhism
Nichiren Buddhism is a Japanese Buddhist movement in the Mahayana tradition.
Nichiren Buddhism differs from other schools of Buddhism in focusing on this world, and in its view that it is the only correct tradition.
In Nichiren Buddhism, Nichiren himself is regarded as the Buddha, while the dharma is in the chant and the gohonzon.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/nichiren_1.shtml   (455 words)

 NewsGateway Article <news:alt.religion.buddhism.nichiren.34011>
Nichiren Shoshu therefore strongly requests the Minister of Education to take speedy action to disband the religious corporation Soka Gakkai.
And Nichiren Shoshu has met with NO communist dictators -- or elected presidents, heads of organizations who are trying to engender peace and/or compassion, great thinkers, or anybody other than the anti-Gakkai faction in the Japanese government.
Nichiren Shoshu has little or no contact with the real world, but I'm not sure that's what this gosho demands.
tcoto.klaxo.net /rel/evilmunx.htm   (1084 words)

 DaiGohonzon of Taiseki-ji: Gohonzon Gallery
Since the Nichiren Shoshu are not merely claiming that the Ita-mandala is a carved copy of a Nichiren Omandala, but rather that it is the Dai-Gohonzon which all people must worship in order to attain enlightenment the burden of proof is on them.
While Nichiren does speak of Omandalas and statue arrangements to depict the Gohonzon, it is clear from his writings that he, like other Buddhists, regarded the Gohonzon as the primary reality of the Buddha and/or the Dharma and that such plastic representations were secondary.
Nichiren as the Buddha of True Cause of the Latter Age of the Dharma
nichirenscoffeehouse.net /Gohonzon/DaiGohonzon.html   (1305 words)

 The Nichiren Shoshu Hand Book
The founding of Nichiren Shoshu begins with the birth of Nichiren Daishonin on February 16 in the first year of Jo'o (1222) in the land of Japan.
After the passing of Nichiren Daishonin, Hagiri Sanenaga, the load of the Minobu area, began to commit various acts of slander which were in direct opposition to the teaching of the Daishonin.
Each Nichiren Shoshu temple is solemnly endowed with the Three Treasure of True Buddhism - the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood, and centers around the Gohonzon that has been inscribed and transmitted down from the time of Nichiren Daishonin through the ages to the present.
www2s.biglobe.ne.jp /~shibuken/LEAFLET/leaf-e.htm   (1201 words)

 The Self-Appointed High Priest
However, it is useful to examine the activities of the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood and Nikken to see how little they care for honesty and integrity, even by their own standards.
Nichiren Shoshu claims that the transfer of the heritage of the law from high priest to high priest has been a treasured concept.
It is the tradition of Nichiren Shoshu high priests to honor the memory of the previous high priest as a mentor.
www.nstemple.net /summary.html   (1237 words)

 Nichiren: History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism means "the School of Nichiren." This type of Buddhism has been an organized, practiced religion in Lincoln since 1943 when a Japanese woman and her husband, who had served in the military, retired in Lincoln.
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists are encouraged to travel to the five U.S. temples such as the ones in Chicago and Los Angeles, or to Japan to worship, but these trips are individually organized.
The Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists in Lincoln are members of the Lincoln Interfaith Council, and provide their contact information to the general public.
www.nebrwesleyan.edu /events/harvardrel/Nichiren/history.html   (551 words)

 The Truth About NST Activities on the Internet -- refuting the lies on the SG-eye.com website
Since the split, however, the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood has fanned the flames of criticism, and has conducted a campaign to undermine confidence in the SGI, using any means it thinks will forward its agenda.
Nichiren Shoshu uses its lay organizations for this campaign, taking advantage of the natural negativity held by established institutions (especially in Japan) toward the revolutionary success of the SGI in society; thus, the priesthood insulates itself from the questionable and (often) overtly unscrupulous tactics necessary to paint the most unsavory picture of the Soka Gakkai.
Elements of Nichiren Shoshu's transference theory seeped in — physical proximity to the leader, for instance, would cause one to absorb some of his assumed leadership qualities.
www.gakkaionline.net /NST-Truth   (1420 words)

The True Buddhism of the Original Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, the teaching of the ultimate truth of enlightenment, was established on April 28, 1253 at Seicho-ji Temple in Toho Village of Awa Province in Japan.
The Dai-Gohonzon that Nichiren Daishonin inscribed in the form of a mandala is the enlightened life of the True Buddha Himself, possessing the Three Virtues of Sovereign, Teacher and Parent.
Nichiren Daishonin teaches us that to begin is easy but to continue is difficult; however, attaining enlightenment lies in continuing faith.
www.nstny.org   (1529 words)

 Soka Gakkai: For the Record--Soka Gakkai-Nichiren Shoshu Split   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Soka Gakkai has always stressed the egalitarian nature of Nichiren's teachings: that Nichiren Buddhism enables every individual, whether priest or lay believer, to develop his or her own, innate Buddha nature.
Nichiren Shoshu, on the other hand, has been more concerned with preserving traditional rituals, with a focus on the priests as intermediaries who are seen to be on a higher spiritual level than lay believers.
Differences came to the fore during World War II when Nichiren Shoshu attempted to force the lay organization to enshrine the talismans sanctioned by the State Shinto system which was used by the militarist government as a means of sanctifying Japan's war effort.
sokagakkai.info /html3/viewpoint3/record3/rec04_priesthood.html   (1024 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Nichiren Buddhism: Nichiren Shoshu
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists argue that Nichiren was the divine reincarnation of Buddha Sakaymuni (563-483 BCE).
Nichiren Shu, however, teaches that Nichiren was not a Buddha but a priest.
Nichiren Shoshu practioners revere the Gohonzon as being at the heart of Nichiren's enlightenment.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/nichiren_4.shtml   (271 words)

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