Historical Who is Who

NICHIREN

1222 - 1282
JAPAN
RELIGION

From his sense of personal illumination from the writings of the Buddhist Lotus Sutra, Nichiren's lifetime task was to share with others this teaching of grateful compassion in place of pride and resentment and to reject the views of those fellow Buddhists and politicians who differed. He was exiled for such criticisms, but his warnings that natural disaster and foreign invasion would be a consequence of indifference to the Lotus Sutra were apparently vindicated. There are many Japanese who are contemporary followers of his teaching. There is a dissonance between Nichiren’s sensitivity of mindset and the abrasiveness of his attitude to anyone disagreeing with him.

 

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