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|It is written in Buddhist lore that the udumbara flower blooms only once every three thousand years.
In 1844 Henry David Thoreau translated a passage from the French
translation of the Lotus Sutra (Saddharmapundarikasutra) for Dial
magazine. With Thoreau's translation and commentary America
commenced its dialog on Buddhism.
UDUMBARA FOUNDATION is a non-profit, Buddhist foundation
following the tradition of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, believing in
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo as the true Law and Nichiren Daishonin as the
True Buddha. The foundation publishes The Middle Way, a newsletter
which transmits the teachings of Shoshin-kai (True Faith Awakening)
priests of Nichiren Daishonin's true Buddhism.
This site is dedicated to presenting a discourse on True Buddhism. We
respect all people for their inherent Buddha nature and hope this site will
open the eyes of all who visit it, and aid in leading you to your
|Located in the U.S., Udumbara Foundation is an affiliate of Shoshin-kai temple Sanbo-in of Fukuyama City, Japan.
Udumbara Foundation is not a lay organization, nor is it a membership organization. It is a public non-profit, 501(c)
organization, established for the sole purpose of disseminating the true teachings of Nichiren Daishonin as taught
by Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai to the English speaking world.
This site was launched September 11, 2002.
|I respect everyone deeply. I do not despise anyone, not even a little, or look down on anyone
with contempt, because everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha of
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, if they believe in Namu-myoho-renge-kyo and practice.
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the altar to celebrate
The most important Buddhist service in Nichiren Shoshu is Oeshiki,
because it teaches the basic Law of Buddhism.
October 13 is the actual day Nichiren Daishonin passed away, but we
celebrate the Oeshiki service with Rev. Hirota at the end of June
when he visits the United States. Before Oeshiki we make flowers
and decorate the altar as an offering to Gohonzon. In the middle of
Gongyo we stop reciting the liturgy, then all the believers together
recite the remonstration letter of Nichiu Shonin translated into English.
Next, Rev. Hirota recites the Rissho Ankoku Ron, and then the
believers recite the Daishonin’s letter of remonstration(Letter to Lay
Priest Yadoya) and Nikko Shonin’s letter of remonstration (also
translated into English).
When Daishonin passed away on October 13 at the age of 61 years,
we were told cherry blossoms bloomed all over the country as if in
celebration. The flowers we make for decoration are cherry
blossoms; and all the believers who attend Oeshiki say
“Congratulations!” to each other. This is because Daishonin proved,
even after his death, that the Buddha’s life of Namumyōhōrengekyō is
The lotus flower is the symbol for Shakyamuni, and Shakyamuni was
the object of worship for the 2 ½ millennia following his death. But
2500 years after Shakyamuni’s death his time to save people had
ended. Now the object of worship is the oneness of the person and
the Law (ninpo ikka), which is the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra,
Nichiren, and the Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō. The symbol for
Japan is the cherry blossom. The blooming of the cherry blossoms at
Nichiren Daishonin’s death is proof that true Buddhism traveled from
India, through China to Japan.
To recite the Rissho Ankoku Ron means that we will do what
Daishonin did: vow as believers now and in future that we will have
the same faith, the same practice, the same intent, and will aim for
enlightenment, and tell people about the Law of