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.”

April Gosho Passage

“On Remonstrating with Hachiman”

India was called the land of the moon. It is a name, indicating the advent of Shakyamuni Buddha. Fuso is the name for ancient Japan, the land of the rising sun. Indeed, how could a sage not appear in this land? The moon travels from west to east, which is a sign of the Buddhism that originated in India spreading to the East. The sun rises in the east, which is an auspicious sign of the Buddhism that emerged in Japan gradually returning to India. Moonlight, when compared to the sun, is not as brilliant. Shakyamuni Buddha expounded the true teaching for only eight years. Sunlight is brighter than the light of the moon, and this signifies that the Buddhist teaching [of Nichiren Daishonin] in Japan shall illuminate the infinite darkness of the fifth Five-hundred-year Period.

(Gosho, p. 1543)

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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