Nichirenism (日蓮主義, Nichirenshugi). is a term used to describe the nationalistic interpretation of the teachings of Nichiren. The most known representatives of this form of Nichiren Buddhism are Nissho Inoue and Tanaka Chigaku who construed Nichiren’s teachings according to the notion of Kokutai. Especially Chigaku “made innovative use of print media to disseminate his message” and is therefore attributed to have influenced Nichiren based Japanese new religions in terms of propagation methods.
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