Historical Events in Nichiren Shoshu
Declaration of the Establishment of True Buddhism
Nichiren Daishonin is the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism and is regarded as the Original Buddha of Kuon Ganjo (time without beginning) who appeared in the Latter Day of the Law to lead all people to Buddhahood.
He was born on February 16th, 1222 (first year of Jo-o) – approximately 770 years ago – in the fishing village of Kominato in Tojo District of Awa Province (currently Chiba Prefecture). The Daishonin held no social status in the society of his day however in the form of a common mortal, the Daishonin’s behavior was that of the true Buddha. Out of his great compassion, he demonstrated that anyone, regardless of social station, has equal potential to attain Buddhahood just as he is.
Byakuren Ajari Nikko Shonon was the successor of Nichiren Daishonin, the second High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu, and the founder of its head temple, Taisekiji. Nikko Shonin became Nichiren Daishonin’s disciple at the age of thirteen when the Daishonin visited Jisso-ji temple to conduct research in its Sutra Library in preparation for writing the Rissho Ankoku-ron.
Exile to Sado
Niidakyo Ajari Nichimoku is the third High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu. He entered a temple called Izu-san at age thirteen. One year later he became a disciple of Nikko Shonin upon witnessing a religious debate between the Chef Priest of that temple and Nikko Shonin.
Inscription of the Dai-Gohonozon
Also known as Lord Ueno, Nanjo Tokimitsu became a lay follower of Nichiren Daishonin at an early age and followed Nikko Shonin as his Buddhist Master.
Lord Ueno committed his life to protecting and upholding the Daishonin’s teaching. When Nikko Shonin left Minobu Nanjo Tokimitsu donated to him the land where Taisekiji now stands.