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Nichiren Shōshū

A branch of Nichiren Buddhism based on the teachings of the 13th century Japanese monk Nichiren (1222-1282). Nichiren Shōshū claims Nichiren as its founder through his disciple Nikkō (1246-1333), the founder of the school's Head Temple Taiseki-ji. The group has adherents throughout the world, with the largest concentrations in Indonesia and Japan and others in Taiwan; South Korea; North, Central, and South America; the Philippines; Europe; and Ghana. Nichiren Shōshū Buddhists believe that personal enlightenment can be achieved in one's present form and lifetime. Central to their practice is chanting nam-myōhō-renge-kyō. The Japanese based religious group Soka Gakkai has been affiliated with Nichiren Shōshū teachings since its beginnings in the 1930s; however, in the mid 1970s, differences arose between the two groups. Since then, Nichiren Shōshū and Soka Gakkai have been organizationally and doctrinally separate. (from Wikipedia)


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