Fundamentals

April 28, 1253 - The Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism

Nichiren Buddhism has spread to 192 countries and territories.

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“At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo,
but then two, three, and a hundred followed,
chanting and teaching others.”

—Nichiren Daishonin[1]“The True Aspect of All Phenomena,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 385

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Nichiren Daishonin’s age when he declared for the first time that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the teaching capable of leading all people in the Latter Day to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. Resolved to face difficulties and persecution, he “vowed to summon up a powerful and unconquerable desire for the salvation of all beings and never to falter in my efforts” (“The Opening of the Eyes,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 240).

763

Years since Nichiren established the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

192

WorldMapCountries and territories in which people now practice Soka Gakkai Nichiren Buddhism.

“Nichiren Daishonin wished for happiness and peace for all people of the ten thousand years and more of the Latter Day. He envisioned the widespread propagation of the Mystic Law throughout the entire world. Nichiren Buddhism transcends the narrow confines of a single sect or school and is open to all humanity—it is a human religion, a universal religion.”[2]2. March 8, 2002, World Tribune, p. 2 —SGI President Ikeda

Notes   [ + ]

1. “The True Aspect of All Phenomena,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 385
2. 2. March 8, 2002, World Tribune, p. 2