The Lotus Sutra consists of 28 chapters; chapters 1 to 14 are referred to as "Shakumon" (in which Shakyamuni Buddha does not yet reveal his eternal nature, but appears as a being bound by the limitations of time and space). Chapters 14 to 28 are known as "Honmon" (in these sections the eternal nature of the Buddha is revealed). The eight chapters, from chapter 15 to chapter 22 of the Lotus Sutra, are considered the most important aspect of the sutra for the people of Mappo (the period of time in which we now live), for which Nissen Shonin selected the word "Honmon". "Butsuryu Shu" means the religion which Shakyamuni Buddha established; this is the name used by Nichiryu Shonin. This is why Honmon Butsuryushu was named.
The teaching of Honmon Butsuryu Shu is based on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Shonin. Honmon Butsuryu Shu is referred to as a Nichiren related religious sect, but historically, it is a sect founded by Nissen Shonin (Nagamatsu Seifu) in the latter part of the Edo period (1857). He started Honmon Butsuryuko to salvage lay followers during the latter part of the Edo period through the early part of the Meiji Era. Therefore, Nissen Shonin is also called Kaido; the founder and the great leader.
Honmon Butsuryu Shu has about 500 temples throughout Japan, and enthusiastically performs missionary activities. There are also many temples overseas, such as in Brazil, the United States, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan. One of the major distinctiveness of Honmon Butsuryu Shu is that we do not engage in politics or any profit-making activities. Instead, we pray for the followers to have happy and peaceful lives, and make positive contributions to the welfare of society. Followers also perform Bodhisattva practice under the slogan of "For the world, for the people". Through this web page, we are eager for you to have an opportunity to come into contact with the true teachings of Nichiren Shonin as your support for living in this world of hardships.
Beikoku HBS has an exciting announcement.
Gosonzo, a statue of Great Master Nichiren, was enshrined Saturday evening February 9, 2013 at Beikoku HBS Buddhist Center, Los Angeles, CA. BHBS representative priest, Rev. Tamura, hand carried it from Japan and gave a dedication ceremony on Sunday, February 10, 2013, which was attended by 18 local parishioners. This ceremony was the second historical achievement of Beikoku HBS followed by the grand Oeshiki observed on May 13, 2012. We, Beikoku HBS members, are very proud of this accomplishment because we started our activities just three years ago. We humbly thank those who supported us. Especially, we are deeply indebted to Rev. Senjyo Shibasaki of Kosenji Temple, Morioka who donated the statue of Great Master Nichiren, Rev. Nichijyou Hasegawa of Seiryuji Temple, Tokyo who donated the seating board and Rev. Nichigyo Taniguchi of Enryuji Temple, Kobe who donated two mortuary tablets of St. Nichiryu and St. Nissen.
HBS parishioners know that chanting is the most important offering to the Buddha. Let us vow to Gohonzon that we will chant Odaimoku (NamuMyohoRengeKyo) more often to become a better human being. Rev. Tamura encourages each of us to come to the Buddhist Center as often as possible to chant.
Please join us to meet the Gosonzo at Beikoku HBS Buddhist Center!
You are guaranteed to obtain energy of life and experience inner strength through chanting.
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