Nichiren, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death



Founder of Nichiren Buddhism in Japan

Date of Birth: 30-Mar-1222

Place of Birth: Tanjō-ji, Japan

Date of Death: 14-Nov-1282

Profession: writer, teacher, bhikkhu, philosopher, Go player

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Nichiren

  • Nichiren (Kanji: ??; born as Zen-nichi-maro (???), Dharma name: Rencho - 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 Mahayana Buddhism.Nichiren declared that the Lotus Sutra alone contains the highest truth of Buddhist teachings suited for the Third Age of Buddhism.
  • He advocated the repeated recitation of its title, Nam(u)-myoho-renge-kyo and held that Shakyamuni Buddha and all other Buddhist deities were extraordinary manifestations of a particular Buddha-nature termed “Myoho—Renge” that is equally accessible to all.
  • He declared that believers of the Sutra must propagate it even under persecution.Nichiren was a prolific writer and his biography, temperament, and the evolution of his beliefs has been gleaned primarily from his own writings.
  • After his death, he was bestowed the title Nichiren Dai-Bosatsu (?????) (Great Bodhisattva Nichiren) by Emperor Go-Kogon (1358) and the title Rissho Daishi (????) (Great Teacher of Rectification) was conferred posthumously in year 1922 by imperial edict.Today, Nichiren Buddhism includes traditional temple schools such as Nichiren-shu and Nichiren Shoshu, as well as lay movements such as Soka Gakkai, Rissho Kosei Kai, Reiyukai, Kenshokai, Honmon Butsuryu-shu, Kempon Hokke, and Shoshinkai among many others.
  • Each group has varying views of Nichiren's teachings with claims and interpretations of Nichiren's identity ranging from the rebirth of bodhisattva Visistacaritra to the primordial or "true" (??: Honbutsu) Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law.

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