|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
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.
By Reverend Raido Hirota
Crane. Symbol for
Ho-rin. The Wheel of
the Law. Symbol for