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|WHO WE ARE
|WHO WE ARE
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 is an American-based representative of Sanbo-in
temple which is located in Fukuyama City, Japan. Our mission is to transmit
the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin as taught by Shoshin-kai (True Faith
Awakening) priest, Reverend Raido Hirota.
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 enlightenment.
|. Udumbara Foundation is not a lay organization, nor is it a membership organization. It is a public non-profit, 501(c)
organization, established solely for the 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.
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|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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|Hokekyo no gyoja to shite, ikiru sugatawo hotoke
to shite mezasu kotowo mokuteki to shiteimasu
As practitioners of the Lotus Sutra, it is our goal
to strive to live this life aspiring to Buddhahood.
The lives of all living things in the universe are not governed, owned or created by God, Buddha, or any
special existence. Because life goes through the phases of birth, aging, illness and death it appears as
though life is finite—that there is a beginning and an end. But the truth about time is that the past is
eternal, and the future is eternal. There is neither beginning nor end. There is only permanent eternity.
Not only is time eternal, but the universe is also everlasting, infinite, ever-expanding and increasing in
All life is connected. If we equate all life to the great ocean, then our single life is like a droplet of water
that has been extracted from the great ocean of life. Yet, even though it is a single drop, this one droplet
has all the elements and ingredients contained in the greater life ocean. When this single life completes
the course of birth, aging, illness and death, it returns, connects with all life and merges into the
original ocean. There is no beginning or end to the life cycle of birth, aging, illness and death of the
great ocean. It is permanent and non-discriminating. What’s more, there is no fixed reincarnation. That
is, person A will not be reborn as person A. Person B will not be reborn as person B. Person C will not
be reborn as person C. A single life emerges from all life. Thus, a single life is supported by all life,
supports all life, and all life is connected to Buddha’s life.
All life is equal with no discrimination by rank. All life can become a Buddha or attain Buddhahood by
believing and practicing this Law. The freedom and equality that is based on this Law is not the freedom
and equality based on mundane human rights. It is absolute freedom and equality based on Buddha’s
There is a cause or reason for all this. The cause is the Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō. This Law was
first revealed by Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282). Since this Law reveals that all life possesses the life
of Buddha, to deny or discriminate based on creed, ethnicity, sex, social status, financial standing, and
position in life would be inconsistent and a denial of the Law. Therefore, it is not tolerated. For this
reason, this Law is the only way to realize true freedom, true equality and peace in this world.
Human beings cannot live autonomously. Life cannot be sustained without water, air and all other life.
If it is believed that because human beings were made in the image of God, and are therefore the most
precious of all life, can it then be said that animals are inferior because they were born to be eaten by
The True Law is true because it transcends the difference in time between past and future, and
between nations, ethnic groups, and cultural civilizations. This Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō revealed
by Nichiren Daishonin is the Law of eternity without beginning or end for all living beings (kuon
ganjo); True Cause, which is the Law—the original cause—that enables all Buddhas to attain
enlightenment (honnin’myo); and three thousand realms, including the life of Buddha, contained
within each, single life (ichinen sanzen).
There are many religions in the world. Most have objects of worship that resemble human form. In
Buddhism, statues of Buddhas and saints such as Shakyamuni Buddha, Amida Buddha, Dainichi
Buddha, Bodhisattavas Kannon and Maitreya; in Christianity there are statues of Christ, Mary and
other saints, as well as the cross. But only Nichiren Daishonin created an object of worship (Gohonzon)
that represents the Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō.
Since it was the mission and responsibility of Shakyamuni Buddha to lead all living beings to
Buddhism, Nichiren Daishonin respects Shakyamuni Buddha. However, originally Shakyamuni was an
ordinary human being like us, who practiced in a mundane world, became enlightened to the Law and
as a result became a Buddha. We do not worship Shakyamuni as an object of worship. For, if we
worship a person and not the Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō, we cannot become a Buddha as
Shakyamuni Buddha had achieved. The Buddha worshipped the Law and became a Buddha. So, no
matter how much you worship the Buddha, it is impossible to awaken the Buddha nature of
Namumyōhōrengekyō that is in your life. Therefore, in the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, only the
Law of Namumyōhōrengekyō is the object of worship.
Asking the Buddha to save you, protect you, help you, cure you of sickness, gain fame and fortune,
and make your troubles disappear is not a true religion. A true religion does not sacrifice faith for all
manner of benefits in this present world. With a true faith you gain a true way of life, a real peace of
mind, aspire to live a life of Buddha, even a little, and feel the life of Buddha that lives in your life and
|THE LAW THAT WAS REVEALED
by NICHIREN DAISHONIN
Reverend Raidō Hirota