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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Publication of Nichiren's Writings

SGI members in Togo

April 28, 2012, marks the 60th anniversary of the first publication in Japanese of the complete writings of Nichiren (Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu) which took place on April 28, 1952, under the supervision of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. The publication commemorated the 700th anniversary of Nichiren's declaration of the invocation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as the most effective way to develop the qualities of the Buddha in order to challenge the realities of life.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary, an historic milestone, two Chinese-language websites featuring the writings of Nichiren were launched on April 28, 2012. The sites, in Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions, contain over 400 letters written by Nichiren to his followers, as well as treatises addressed to leading figures in the Kamakura shogunate such as his seminal work "Rissho Ankoku Ron" which describes how the philosophy of the Lotus Sutra can help restore a focus on the dignity of life to an age riven by conflict and disaster. The sites, containing comprehensive search systems, have been designed to meet the needs of both practitioners and researchers of Buddhism.

Robin Lu, an SGI representative involved in the project, comments, "We are proud to have completed this exhaustive work and hope it will provide inspiration, especially to young people who have until now not had easy access to the wisdom of Nichiren, which is as relevant to us today as it was to Japan in the 13th century."

Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions of the complete writings of Nichiren are available at http://cht.sgilibrary.org/ and http://chs.sgilibrary.org/ respectively. An English-language translation is already online at http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/. In addition, Chinese-language versions of the Lotus Sutra and Soka Gakkai's Dictionary of Buddhist Philosophy (containing 17,000 entries) have also been made available online.

To date the writings of Nichiren have been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish and Korean.

[Adapted from a report from the SGI Office of Public Information (SGI-OPI); photo courtesy SGI-OPI]