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Declaration of True Buddhism: Risshu-e Ceremony

Risshu-e Artwork

In the early morning of April 28, 1253, Nichiren Daishonin, age 32, stood alone in Kasagamori forest at the top of Seicho-zan Mountain waiting for dawn. As the sun rose above the Pacific Ocean, Nichiren Daishonin joined his hands in prayer and began to chant the Daimoku: “Nam-Myoho-renge-Kyo…”

Nichiren Daishonin stated in “Letter to the Priests at Seicho-ji Temple”:

To repay my debt of gratitude to Bodhisattva Kokuzo, on the twenty-eighth day of the fourth month in the fifth year of Kencho (1253), south of the image hall in Dozen-bo’s lodging in Seichoji Temple in Awa Province, I began preaching the Law to the priests and lay believers assembled there, such as Josen-bo and some others. (Gosho, p.946)

Each year in April, every Nichiren Shoshu Temple celebrates the Risshu-e Ceremony. The significance of the annual Risshu-e Ceremony is to express our gratitude to Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of True Buddhism.

Myosenji Temple will celebrate this ceremony on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10 am.

Reference: Nichiren Shoshu Ceremonies book and The Doctrines and Practice of Nichiren Shoshu book.