Honolulu Buddhist Temple

Our Belief

The Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist Order Founded by the religious prophet and reformer, Nichiren Shonin(1222-1282).
He espoused the doctrine that the Lotus Sutra represents the embodiment of the genuine teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
Our belief in this doctrine is affirmed by our chanting of the Odaimoku (Sacred Title) : "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo," that is "Adoration to the Scripture of the Lotus of the Perfect Truth."
We believe that Nichiren Shonin was the messenger of the Buddha who has guided us in cultivating our Buddha nature, a quality inherent in all beings, and establishing a way of life consonant with the eternal truths preached by the Buddha.
We vow to the Buddha and Nichiren Shonin that we will strive to engender peace within ourselves and throughout the world by disseminating the teaching expounded in the Lotus Sutra


Denomination’s Name: Nichiren-shu

Founder: St. Nichiren (1222-1282)

Founding Date: April 28, 1253

Principal Object of Veneration: Eternal True Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha                  

The Three Treasurers That We Believe In:

  1. Eternal True Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha
  2. Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law
  3. St. Nichiren

Head Temple: Kuonji of Minobu-san in Yamanashi Prefecture

Headquarters: Shumuin in Ikegami Honmonji of Ota-ku, Tokyo Metropolis

Scripture: Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law

Daimoku (Main Mantra That We Chant): Namu Myoho Renge Kyo By reciting the Main Mantra we leave the world of relativity and enter the mind of the Absolute.   At that moment, our mind is the Buddha’s mind, and our life is the Buddha’s life. We are one with the universe.