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Who is Nichiren Daishonin?

Nichiren Daishonin is the True Buddha of the infinite past of kuon-ganjo. He is the founder of true Buddhism, Nichiren Shoshu. He is the True Buddha who is eternally endowed with the three enlightened properties, and who eternally possesses the three virtues of sovereign, teacher and parent. He fulfilled the purpose of his advent into this world by inscribing the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of the Essential Teaching on October 12, 1279 so that all the people of the Latter Day of the Law can eradicate their evil karma and attain Buddhahood. He was born on February 16, 1222 and physically passed away on October 13, 1282.

A Timeline of Nichiren Daishonin’s Life


February 16: Born in Kataumi, Tojo Village, Nagasa District, Awa Province (today, part of Chiba Prefecture) (Age 1—at that time in Japan, as soon as a child was born, he or she was considered to be 1 year old)


(Age 32) April 28: Declares the establishment of his teaching at Seicho-ji, a temple in Awa Province 


(Age 39) July 16: Submits “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land” to retired regent Hojo Tokiyori—his first official remon-stration with the sovereign. Soon after, attacked by Nembutsu believers who tried to take his life (known as Matsubagayatsu Persecution).


(Age 40) May 12: Exiled to Izu Peninsula


(Age 43) November 11: Komatsubara Persecution


(Age 47) October 11: Sends eleven letters of remonstra-tion to key figures in Kamakura


(Age 50) September 12: Tatsunokuchi Persecution. Thereafter begins inscribing the Gohonzon for his disciples October 10: Sado Exile begins


(Age 51) January 16–17: Tsukahara Debate February: Revolt breaks out in Kyoto and Kamakura; writes “The Opening of the Eyes”


(Age 52) April 25: Writes “The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind” 


(Age 53) March 26: Returns to Kamakura from Sado April 8: Meets Hei no Saemon; predicts Mongols will attack Japan within the year May 17: Takes up residence at Mount Minobu October: Mongol forces invade the southern island of Kyushu


(Age 58) September 21: Twenty farmers arrested for their beliefs


(Age 60) May: Mongols invade Kyushu a second time


(Age 61) October 13: Dies at the residence of Ikegami Munenaka at Ikegami in Musashi Province

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