April 28th marks the anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism on April 28, 1253.
The Japanese monk Nichiren first invoked the chant “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” (literally “I devote myself to the wonderful law of the Lotus Sutra”) on April 28, 1253, at Seichoji Temple in what is today Chiba Prefecture, where he had first studied Buddhism as a young boy.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda comments:
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the sound that awakens the Buddha nature of all humankind. It is the great teaching of supreme hope. Nichiren proclaimed his teaching for the first time in the image hall of his teacher Dozen-bo’s quarters at Seicho-ji temple, at around noon. It was out of his profound sense of gratitude to Dozen-bo, whom he wished to lead to the truth, that he decided to first expound his teaching at the place where he had studied Buddhism as a youth
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This Soka Gakkai Community Center was established on March 4th 2007. President Ikeda describes the Community Center as a Castle of Kosen Rufu in the US. Currently this Community Center serves the Tampa Bay area, Tampa Chapter, Brandon Chapter, Pinellas Chapter, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and the Sarasota Chapter. If you are interested in attending a meeting to learn more about Nichiren’s Buddhism - go to our Contact page and call us or send an email.
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