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Nichiren

China rì lián
Japan nichi ren
Nichiren Wall Scroll

日蓮 is the title Nichiren.

This title refers to a Buddhist priest, who lived from 1222 to 1282. He is the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252. Adding the character for sect, this would be 日蓮宗 (Nichiren sect), which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect.

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Nichiren's chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya:
1. 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i.e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha.
2. 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, "Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law," for it is Buddha's spiritual body.
3. 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra

China nán wú miào fǎ lián huá jīng
Japan na mu myou hou ren ge kyou
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra Wall Scroll

南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経 is sometimes translated as the "Devotion to the Law of the Lotus Flower Scripture."

南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経 is a meditation chant and homage to the Lotus Sutra, used by Nichiren Buddhists in Japan.
南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経 is also a chant used in China by certain sects of Buddhism that celebrate the deity Guanyin.

Also romanized as "Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō" or without accents as "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo."


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Mandarin/ ri4
Taiwan jih
Japanese nichi
 ka にち
Chinese sun; day; date, day of the month; abbr. for 日本[Ri4 ben3], Japan
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) day; days; (2) sun; sunshine; sunlight; (3) case (esp. unfortunate); event; (1) (abbreviation) Sunday; (suffix) (2) day (of the month); (suf,ctr) (3) counter for days; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (4) (abbreviation) Japan; (suffix noun) (1) day of month; (counter) (2) counter for days; (surname) Hiru; (surname) Hiyanagi; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Hitohi; (surname) Hidaka; (surname) Hitaga; (surname) Hitaka; (surname) Hizaki; (surname) Hisaki; (female given name) Hikaru; (place-name) Hi; (given name) Nisshuu; (personal name) Nichiren; (place-name) Nichi; (surname) Tachimori; (surname) Takanichi; (given name) Jitsu; (surname) Kusayanagi; (surname) Kusa
sūrya; the sun; a day. 蘇利耶.
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日蓮


日莲

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Mandarin rì lián / ri4 lian2
Taiwan jih lien
Japanese nichiren にちれん
Japanese (given name) Nichiren; (person) Nichiren (Buddhist priest, 1222-82, founder of the Nichiren sect)
Nichiren, the Japanese founder, in A. D. 1252, of the 日蓮宗 Nichiren sect, which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect. Its chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya: (1) 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i. e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha; (2) 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-gwe-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, 'Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law, ' for it is Buddha's spiritual body; (3) 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.
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会式

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Japanese eshiki えしき
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) memorial service; temple service; (2) (Nichiren Buddhism) memorial service for Nichiren (13th day of 10th month)

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宗派

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Mandarin zōng pài / zong1 pai4
Taiwan tsung p`ai / tsung pai
Japanese shuuha / shuha しゅうは
Chinese sect
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) sect; denomination
Sects (of Buddhism). In India, according to Chinese accounts, the two schools of Hīnayāna became divided into twentysects. Mahāyāna had two main schools, the Mādhyamika, ascribed to Nāgārjunaand Āryadeva about the second century A. D., and the Yogācārya, ascribed toAsaṅga and Vasubandhu in the fourth century A. D. In China thirteen sectswere founded: (1) 倶舍宗 Abhidharma or Kośa sect, representing Hīnayāna,based upon the Abhidharma-kosa-śāstra or 倶舍論. (2) 成實宗 Satyasiddhi sect, based on the 成實論 Satyasiddhi-śāstra,tr. by Kumārajīva; no sect corresponds to it in India; in China and Japan itbecame incorporated in the 三論宗. (3) 律宗 Vinaya or Discipline sect, basedon 十誦律, 四分律, 僧祗律, etc. (4) 三論宗 The three śāstra sect, based on theMādhyamika-śāstra 中觀論 of Nāgārjuna, theSata-śāstra 百論 of Āryadeva, and theDvādasa-nikāya-śāstra 十二門論 of Nāgārjuna; this schooldates back to the translation of the three śāstras by Kumārajīva in A. D. 409. (5) 涅槃宗 Nirvāṇasect, based upon the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra 涅槃經 tr. byDharmaraksa in 423; later incorporated in Tiantai, with which it had much incommon. (6) 地論宗 Daśabhūmikā sect, based on Vasubandhu's work on the tenstages of the bodhisattva's path to Buddhahood, tr. by Bodhiruci 508,absorbed by the Avataṃsaka school, infra. (7) 淨土宗 Pure-land or Sukhāvatīsect, founded in China by Bodhiruci; its doctrine was salvation throughfaith in Amitābha into the Western Paradise. (8) 禪宗 dhyāna, meditative or intuitional sect, attributed toBodhidharma about A. D. 527, but it existed before he came to China. (9) 攝論宗, based upon the 攝大乘論 Mahāyāna-saṃparigraha-śāstra byAsaṅga, tr. by Paramārtha in 563, subsequently absorbed by the Avataṃsakasect. (10) 天台宗 Tiantai, based on the 法華經 SaddharmapuṇḍarīkaSūtra, or the Lotus of the Good Law; it is aconsummation of the Mādhyamika tradition. (11) 華嚴宗 Avataṃsaka sect, basedon the Buddhāvataṃsaka-sūtra, or Gandha-vyūha 華嚴經 tr. in 418. (12) 法相宗 Dharmalakṣaṇa sect, established after thereturn of Xuanzang from India and his trans. of the important Yogācāryaworks. (13) 眞言宗 Mantra sect, A. D. 716. In Japan twelve sects are named:Sanron, Hossō, Kegon, Kusha, Jōjitsu, Ritsu, Tendai, Shingon; these areknown as the ancient sects, the two last being styled mediaeval; therefollow the Zen and Jōdo; the remaining two are Shin and Nichiren; at presentthere are the Hossō, Kegon, Tendai, Shingon, Zen, Jōdo, Shin, and Nichirensects.

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法華


法华

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Mandarin fǎ huá / fa3 hua2
Taiwan fa hua
Japanese hokke ほっけ
 hoke ほけ
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) Nichiren sect; Tendai sect; (2) (abbreviation) Lotus Sutra; (female given name) Myouka; (place-name) Hokke; (surname) Hokka; (female given name) Houka; (female given name) Norika
The Dharma-flower, i.e. the Lotus Sutra, the法華經 or 妙法蓮華經 q.v. Saddharmapuṇḍarīka Sutra; also the法華宗 Lotus sect, i.e. that of Tiantai, which had this sutra for its basis. There are many treatises with this as part of the title. 法華法, 法華會, 法華講 ceremonials, meetings, or explications connected with this sutra.

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題目


题目

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Mandarin tí mù / ti2 mu4
Taiwan t`i mu / ti mu
Japanese daimoku だいもく
Chinese subject; title; topic; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) book title; heading; (2) topic; subject; theme; (3) (Buddhist term) Nichiren Buddhist chant
A heading, theme, etc. 立題To set a subject, state a proposition; title

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お会式

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Japanese oeshiki おえしき
Japanese (Nichiren Buddhism) memorial service for Nichiren (13th day of 10th month)

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お題目

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Japanese odaimoku おだいもく
Japanese (1) (polite language) Nichiren chant; (2) (an empty) slogan

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三鳥派

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Japanese sanchouha / sanchoha さんちょうは
Japanese Sancho Sect (of the Fuji School of Nichiren Buddhism; 1661-1673 CE)

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富士派

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Japanese fujiha ふじは
Japanese (archaism) Fuji School (archaic name for the Nichiren Shoshu branch of Buddhism)

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御会式

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Japanese oeshiki おえしき
Japanese (Nichiren Buddhism) memorial service for Nichiren (13th day of 10th month)

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御題目

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Japanese odaimoku おだいもく
Japanese (1) (polite language) Nichiren chant; (2) (an empty) slogan

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四要品

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Mandarin sì yào pǐn / si4 yao4 pin3
Taiwan ssu yao p`in / ssu yao pin
Japanese shiyōbon
The four most important chapters of the Lotus Sutra, i. e. 方便品; 安樂行品; 壽量品, and 普門品; this is Tiantai's selection; the Nichiren sect makes 勸持品 the second and 神力品 the fourth; four essential chapters

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法華宗


法华宗

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Mandarin fǎ huā zōng / fa3 hua1 zong1
Taiwan fa hua tsung
Japanese hokkeshuu / hokkeshu ほっけしゅう
Japanese (1) Nichiren sect of Buddhism (sometimes specifically referring to the Hokke school of Nichiren); (2) Tendai sect of Buddhism
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日蓮宗


日莲宗

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Mandarin rì lián zōng / ri4 lian2 zong1
Taiwan jih lien tsung
Japanese nichirenshuu / nichirenshu にちれんしゅう
Japanese Nichiren school of Buddhism; (personal name) Nichirenshuu
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霊友会

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Japanese reiyuukai / reyukai れいゆうかい
Japanese Reiyukai (Buddhist sect founded in 1919 as an offshoot of Nichiren Buddhism); (place-name) Reiyuukai

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上行菩薩


上行菩萨

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Mandarin shàng xíng pú sà / shang4 xing2 pu2 sa4
Taiwan shang hsing p`u sa / shang hsing pu sa
Japanese Jōgyō bosatsu
Viśiṣṭa-cāritra Bodhisattva, who suddenly rose out of the earth as Buddha was concluding one of his Lotus sermons; v. Lotus sūtra 15 and 21. He is supposed to have been a convert of the Buddha in long past ages and to come to the world in its days of evil. Nichiren in Japan believed himself to be this Bodhisattva's reincarnation, and the Nichiren trinity is the Buddha, i.e. the eternal Śākyamuni Buddha; the Law, i.e. the Lotus Truth; and the Saṅgha, i.e. this Bodhisattva, in other words Nichiren himself as the head of all living beings, or eldest son of the Buddha; Viśiṣṭacāritra Bodhisattva

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御祖師様

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Japanese ososhisama おそしさま
Japanese the Founder of the (our) sect (used especially in the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, referring to Nichiren)

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創価学会

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Japanese soukagakkai / sokagakkai そうかがっかい
Japanese Soka Gakkai (lay organization, based on Nichiren Buddhism) (organisation)

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法華神道

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Japanese hokkeshintou / hokkeshinto ほっけしんとう
Japanese Hokke Shinto (Shinto doctrines based on Nichiren Buddhism)

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本門本尊


本门本尊

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Mandarin běn mén běn zūn / ben3 men2 ben3 zun1
Taiwan pen men pen tsun
Japanese honmon honzon
The especial honoured one of the Nichiren sect, Svādi-devatā, the Supreme Being, whose maṇḍala is considered as the symbol of the Buddha as infinite, eternal, universal. The Nichiren sect has a meditation 本門事觀 on the universality of the Buddha and the unity in the diversity of all his phenomena, the whole truth being embodied in the Lotus Sutra, and in its title of five words, 妙法蓮華經 Wonderful-Law Lotus-Flower Sutra, which are considered to be the embodiment of the eternal, universal Buddha. Their repetition preceded by 南無 Namah ! is equivalent to the 歸命 of other Buddhists; originally venerated one

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日蓮正宗

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Japanese nichirenshoushuu / nichirenshoshu にちれんしょうしゅう
Japanese Nichiren Shoshu (sect of Buddhism)

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立正佼成会

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Japanese risshoukouseikai / risshokosekai りっしょうこうせいかい
Japanese Rissho Kosei-kai (offshoot of Nichiren-Buddhism founded in 1938)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Nichiren 日蓮
日莲
nichi ren / nichirenrì lián / ri4 lian2 / ri lian / rilian jih lien / jihlien
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
Homage to Lotus Sutra
南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経
南无妙法莲华经
na mu myou hou ren ge kyou
namumyouhourengekyou
na mu myo ho ren ge kyo
namumyohorengekyo
nán wú miào fǎ lián huá jīng
nan2 wu2 miao4 fa3 lian2 hua2 jing1
nan wu miao fa lian hua jing
nanwumiaofalianhuajing
nan wu miao fa lien hua ching
nanwumiaofalienhuaching
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