Member Resources

Find resources for members that are already practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism including the monthly gosho passage, current lectures from the High Priest, and publications that are available for purchase such as the Nichiren Shoshu Monthly.

It’s important to remember that the study of Buddhism is one of the three key components of a good Buddhist practice. The three components of a good Buddhist practice are Faith, Practice and Study. Nichiren Daishonin taught that faith gives rise to practice and study, and practice and study serve to deepen faith. In “The True Aspect of All Phenomena,” he states:

“Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase.”

June Gosho Passage

“The Opening of the Eyes”

I hereby make a great pledge. Even if I am told that I will assume the position of the sovereign of Japan if I cast aside the Lotus Sutra and follow the Sutra of Meditation on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Kammuryoju kyo) and look forward to an afterlife; even if I am told that my father and mother will be beheaded if I do not utter the Nembutsu; and regardless of the various great obstacles I may encounter, I will never succumb to them, so long as wise men do not overturn my teachings. All other great obstacles are like dust before the wind. I will be the pillar of Japan. I will be the eyes of Japan, and I will be the great ship of Japan. This is what I pledge, and I will never break my word!

(Gosho, p. 572)

Publications

Many English-language books about Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism are available for purchase at the Temple.

Publications include the Basics of Practice, The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu, and Basic Terminology. New books are always being published so check back regularly. All books are available for purchase through the Temple. To make a purchase contact the Temple.

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Nichiren Shoshu Monthly

Published 12 times per year, the Nichiren Shoshu Monthly contains valuable study material for newcomers and experienced members alike. The monthely magazine features Nichiren Shoshu historical information, Guidance from the High Priest, Monthly Oko lectures, member experiences and much more.

Individual issues are available at the front desk of each local temple. To subscribe, please complete the Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine Subscription Application and mail it to the temple at 2631 Appian Way, Pinole, CA 94564. Suggested yearly donation is $36 (U.S.). Subscriptions are available on an annual and semi-annual basis.

General Study Material

Buddhist Terminology

Learn basic Buddhist terminology.

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Ceremonies

Attending the various ceremonies at the temple is an important part of the practice of Nichiren Shoshu. It is here where we put the profound principles of true Buddhism into a concrete physical form, so that we can participate in the true teaching with our bodies and minds. At the ceremonies, conducted by the Nichiren Shoshu priest, faith, practice, and study all come together.

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Historical Figures

Learn about various important individuals in the history of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.

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Historical Landmarks

Learn about places that are significant in the history of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.

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Historical Events

Learn about major historical events in Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.

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