Buddhist Publications

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 bring it with you to the temple or mail it to the temple at 2631 Appian Way, Pinole, CA 94564.

Selected Gosho Passages of Nichiren Daishonin

In conjunction with the 770th Anniversary of the Birth of Second High Priest Nikko Shonin, the Nichiren Shoshu Commemorative Committee has selected more than 300 important Gosho passages from among Nichiren Daishonin’s writings, and prepared new English translations. The Committee is pleased to present them on this occasion.

In order to ensure an accurate interpretation, the translation committee used both the original, classical Chinese version of the Gosho published in the Nichiren Shoshu Heisei kōtei Gosho, and the Japanese version published in the Heisei shimpen Nichiren Daishonin Gosho. Furthermore, the guidance and lectures by the successive High Priests were consulted in order to convey the correct meaning of each passage.

The Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin Volume I

On July 16, 1994 The New Heisei Edition of the Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin was published by the Head Temple Taisekiji under the direction of Sixty Seventh High Priest Nikken Shonin, and consists of 491 Goshos. The Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin Volume I represents the initial efforts of the Nichiren Shoshu Translation Committee to make these Goshos available in English. This first volume consists of 15 Goshos, mostly taking the form of letters written to Lord Ueno, and contains both English and Japanese for each.

Rissho Ankoku-ron

Volume two of the Gosho of Nichiren Daishonin is The Rissho Ankoku-ron. This treatise is considered one of the seminal works of the Daishonin’s writings. On July 16, 1260, Nichiren presented the Rissho Ankoku-ron, literally “On Securing the Peace of the Land through the Propagation of True Buddhism” to the of most powerful governmental figure in Japan, the retired regent Hojo Tokiyori. Written in the form of a dialogue, the Daishonin explains the root cause for all the disasters and calamities that plague society.

Therefore the Daishonin teaches in the Rissho ankoku-ron:

If you desire a secure land, and wish to pray for peace in your present and future existences, you should waste no time, ponder on the correct path, and immediately eliminate slanders.

Basics of Practice

Available at the front desk and as a digital download, the Basics of Practice is a guide for beginners, as well as a useful ongoing reference. It is available at the front desk and as a digital download:

Download a PDF of the Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice.

The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu

The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu is core reading for understanding the teachings and practice of Buddhism. Grab one or two copies for yourself (you’ll wear it out) and another for someone else. This book is great for studying with others in a group available at the front desk.

The Collected Sermons of High Priest Nikken Shonin

The Collected Sermons of Honorable Retired High Priest Nikken Shonin contains many profound lectures from our Honorable Retired High priest.

Basic Terminology of Nichiren Shoshu