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Back to listApr 27, 2013

760th Anniversary of the Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

participants in the SGI Spring Training CourseThe commemorative meeting at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex (April 26)

On April 28, 1253, Nichiren first invoked "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" as a practice based on the Lotus Sutra through which all people could manifest their Buddha nature.  

On April 27, 2013, to mark the 760th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative meeting in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The previous day, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki, along with representative members, attended a similar gathering at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex in Shinanomachi. 

At the meeting, Mr. Harada introduced Nichiren's treatise "The Opening of the Eyes," and highlighted Nichiren's dauntless spirit to elucidate the correct practice of Buddhism for the sake of people's happiness, even at the cost of incurring persecution from the oppressive military regime of the time. 

He also emphasized the efforts of the first three presidents of the Soka Gakkai, who, in the same spirit as Nichiren, have devoted their lives to advancing human happiness and lasting world peace, and encouraged participants to continue challenging themselves in their respective fields of endeavor. 

[Adapted from an article in the April 28, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]