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Title: The Historical Context of Nichiren’s Teaching of “Chanting Daimoku”
Authors: Watanabe, Hoyo
渡邊, 寶陽
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2018
Publisher: Rissho University
Abstract: Nichiren Shonin (1222‒1282) interpreted the Lotus Sūtra that had come to Japan by way of India and China as a Buddhist scripture that amalgamated all sūtras preached by Śākyamuni, and, based on this, regarded himself as a “practitioner of the Lotus Sūtra,” spreading its teachings in Japan during what he saw as mappo or the Latter Day of the Law. A key feature of the Hokke school of Buddhism to which Nichiren dedicated himself is based on the precept of accepting and honoring the title of the Lotus Sūtra (daimoku juji). It is said that it was as a result of a childhood and youth spent studying Buddhist scripture that Nichiren first declared his conversion to the Lotus Sūtra through means of “chanting daimoku [the title of the Lotus Sūtra]” at the age of thirty-two on April 28, 1253. Furthermore, the treatise Shugo kokka ron [On the Protection of the Nation] written by Nichiren at the age of thirty-eight clearly states the significance of “one moment of belief” (ichinen shinju) and “responding with joy” (zuiki) to the teaching of the Eternal Buddha as revealed in Chapter 17 of the Lotus Sūtra on “Distinctions in Benefits.” From this, it is apparent that the essence of daimoku juji is already revealed in Nichiren’s Shugo kokka ron. Leaving a detailed discussion to another paper, this paper limits itself to an account of the author’s impressions about the background of Nichiren’s embrace of the daimoku.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/6629
ISBN: 9784582474411
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