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Nichiren (日蓮)
Religion Buddhism
School Mahayana, Nichiren Buddhism
Nationality Japanese
Born February 16, 1222
Died October 13, 1282 (age 60)
Senior posting
Based in Japan
Title Founder of Nichiren Buddhism

Kōsen-rufu (広宣流布) is a phrase found in the Japanese translation of the Lotus Sutra. Kōsen means to "widely declare." "Widely" implies speaking out to the world, to an ever-greater number and ever-broader spectrum of people. "Declare" means to proclaim one's ideals, principles and philosophy. The ru (flow) of rufu means "a current like that of a great river," and fu (cloth) means "to spread out like a bolt of cloth."[1]

Figuratively, it means to declare and spread widely [the teachings of the Buddha].[2] According to Soka Gakkai, a modern Buddhist movement based on the teachings of Nichiren (1222–1282), Nichiren stressed kōsen-rufu in Buddhist practice because he felt that personal enlightenment was interrelated to the peace and well-being of the entire society.[3]