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rì lián
nichi ren
Nichiren 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According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252.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.

According to Soothill-Hodous...
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.

Nichiren Daishonin

nichi ren dai shou nin
Nichiren Daishonin Scroll

日蓮大聖人 is the title Nichiren Daishōnin or Nichirendaishōnin in Japanese Kanji.

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra

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

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

This is a meditation chant and homage to the Lotus Sutra, used by Nichiren Buddhists in Japan.
This 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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日蓮


日莲

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rì lián
    ri4 lian2
jih lien
 nichiren
    にちれん

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Nichiren
(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.

上行菩薩


上行菩萨

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shàng xíng pú sà
    shang4 xing2 pu2 sa4
shang hsing p`u sa
    shang hsing pu sa
 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.

会式

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 eshiki
    えしき
(1) {Buddh} memorial service; temple service; (2) (Nichiren Buddhism) memorial service for Nichiren (13th day of 10th month)

お会式

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

御会式

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

日蓮宗


日莲宗

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

法華宗


法华宗

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

本門本尊


本门本尊

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běn mén běn zūn
    ben3 men2 ben3 zun1
pen men pen tsun
 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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お会式
御会式

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 oeshiki
    おえしき
(See 会式・えしき・2) (Nichiren Buddhism) memorial service for Nichiren (13th day of 10th month)

宗派

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zōng pài
    zong1 pai4
tsung p`ai
    tsung pai
 shuuha / shuha
    しゅうは
sect
(1) sect; denomination; (2) school (e.g. of poetry)
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.

法華


法华

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fǎ huā
    fa3 hua1
fa hua
 hokke; hoke
    ほっけ; ほけ
(1) (abbreviation) (See 法華宗) Nichiren sect; Tendai sect; (2) (abbreviation) (See 法華経) Lotus Sutra; (female given name) Myouka
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; dharma-flower

題目


题目

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tí mù
    ti2 mu4
t`i mu
    ti mu
 daimoku
    だいもく
subject; title; topic; CL:個|个[ge4]
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) book title; heading; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) topic; subject; theme; (3) {Buddh} (See 南無妙法蓮華経,お題目・1) Nichiren Buddhist chant
A heading, theme, etc. 立題To set a subject, state a proposition; title

お題目

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

三鳥派

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 sanchouha / sanchoha
    さんちょうは
(hist) (See 富士派) Sanchō Sect (of the Fuji School of Nichiren Buddhism; 1661-1673 CE)

四要品

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sì yào pǐn
    si4 yao4 pin3
ssu yao p`in
    ssu yao pin
 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

富士派

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 fujiha
    ふじは
(archaism) (See 日蓮正宗) Fuji School (archaic name for the Nichiren Shoshu branch of Buddhism)

御題目

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

霊友会

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

創価学会

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

御祖師様

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 ososhisama
    おそしさま
(honorific or respectful language) the founder of our sect (esp. in reference to Nichiren)

日蓮正宗

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

法華神道

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 hokkeshintou / hokkeshinto
    ほっけしんとう
(See 法華宗・1) Hokke Shinto (Shinto doctrines based on Nichiren Buddhism)

不受不施派

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 fujufuseha
    ふじゅふせは
{Buddh} Nichiren sect that does not accept from or give to non-believers

本門佛立宗

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 honmonbutsuryuushuu / honmonbutsuryushu
    ほんもんぶつりゅうしゅう
Honmon Butsuryū-shū (branch of Nichiren Buddhism)

立正佼成会

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

Variations:
お題目
御題目

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 odaimoku
    おだいもく
(1) (polite language) (See 題目・3,南無妙法蓮華経) Nichiren chant; (2) (an empty) slogan

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    fo2
fo
 hotoke
    ほとけ

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Buddhism / Buddha
Buddha; Buddhism; abbr. for 佛陀[Fo2 tuo2]
(surname) Hotoke
Buddha, from budh to "be aware of", "conceive", "observe", "wake"; also 佛陀; 浮圖; 浮陀; 浮頭; 浮塔; 勃陀; 勃馱; 沒馱; 母馱; 母陀; 部陀; 休屠. Buddha means "completely conscious, enlightened", and came to mean the enlightener. he Chinese translation is 覺 to perceive, aware, awake; and 智 gnosis, knowledge. There is an Eternal Buddha, see e.g. the Lotus Sutra, cap. 16, and multitudes of Buddhas, but the personality of a Supreme Buddha, an Ādi-Buddha, is not defined. Buddha is in and through all things, and some schools are definitely Pan-Buddhist in the pantheistic sense. In the triratna 三寳 commonly known as 三寳佛, while Śākyamuni Buddha is the first "person" of the Trinity, his Law the second, and the Order the third, all three by some are accounted as manifestations of the All-Buddha. As Śākyamuni, the title indicates him as the last of the line of Buddhas who have appeared in this world, Maitreya is to be the next. As such he is the one who has achieved enlightenment, having discovered the essential evil of existence (some say mundane existence, others all existence), and the way of deliverance from the constant round of reincarnations; this way is through the moral life into nirvana, by means of self-abnegation, the monastic life, and meditation. By this method a Buddha, or enlightened one, himself obtains Supreme Enlightenment, or Omniscience, and according to Māhāyanism leads all beings into the same enlightenment. He sees things not as they seem in their phenomenal but in their noumenal aspects, as they really are. The term is also applied to those who understand the chain of causality (twelve nidānas) and have attained enlightenment surpassing that of the arhat. Four types of the Buddha are referred to: (1) 三藏佛the Buddha of the Tripiṭaka who attained enlightenment on the bare ground under the bodhi-tree; (2) 通佛the Buddha on the deva robe under the bodhi-tree of the seven precious things; (3) 別佛the Buddha on the great precious Lotus throne under the Lotus realm bodhi-tree; and (4) 圓佛the Buddha on the throne of Space in the realm of eternal rest and glory where he is Vairocana. The Hīnayāna only admits the existence of one Buddha at a time; Mahāyāna claims the existence of many Buddhas at one and the same time, as many Buddhas as there are Buddha-universes, which are infinite in number.

觀世音


观世音

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guān shì yīn
    guan1 shi4 yin1
kuan shih yin
 Kanzeon
    かんぜおん

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Guan Shi Yin: Protector Of Life
Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
(out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel; Avalokitêśvara

一乗

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 ichijou / ichijo
    いちじょう
{Buddh} ekayana (doctrine that only one teaching, usu. the Lotus Sutra, can lead to enlightenment); (given name) Kazunori

七喩

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qī yú
    qi1 yu2
ch`i yü
    chi yü
 shichiyu
The seven parables of the Lotus Sutra; seven metaphors

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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 / rilianjih lien / jihlien
Nichiren Daishonin日蓮大聖人nichi ren dai shou nin
nichirendaishounin
nichi ren dai sho nin
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
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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