This is NOT an official site of
the Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai
Translated by Udumbara Foundation staff.
It has been a long-standing tradition in Japan for families to have
their own crest or coat of arms. As its crest Nichiren Shoshu uses
the emblem of a crane, which is
Nichiren Daishonin's symbol and
emblematic of longevity.

Nikko Shonin's emblem is a turtle whose outer shell represents
protection by indestructible armor.

Nichimoku Shonin's emblem is sho-chiku-bai: the pine tree (sho),
which is an evergreen, representing eternal life; bamboo (
chiku),
suggesting straight and moderate; and the apricot tree (
bai),
indicating a sweet and pleasant scent.

Shakyamuni Buddha used an emblem known in Japanese as
Ho-rin to represent his enire collection of Buddhist teachings.  Ho  
signifies the Law, and rin indicates a wheel. Hence  Ho-rin means
"Wheel of the Law."
Ho-rin has three aspects:
1. The sun and its rays, which reach out in eight directions, or all
directions.
2. A sword, which destroys heretical religions.
3. A wheel, which can travel anywhere.
It was Shakyamuni's wish that his teachings spread far and wide.
EMBLEMS OF
NICHIREN SHOSHU

By Reverend Raido Hirota


Crane. Symbol for
Nichiren Daishonin
and Nichiren
Shoshu
Ho-rin. The Wheel
of the Law.
Symbol for
Shakyamuni
Buddha's 80,000
teachings.
Symbol for
Nikko Shonin
Symbol for
Nichimoku Shonin