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Nipponzan-Myōhōji-Daisanga (日本山妙法寺大僧伽?), founded in 1917 by Nichidatsu Fujii, is a Japanese new religious movement that emerged from Nichiren Buddhism.[1] "Nipponzan Myōhōji is a small Nichiren Buddhist order of about 1500 persons, including both monastics and lay supporters."[2][3] The community reveres the Lotus Sutra as the highest expression of the Buddhist message.

In addition, it is actively engaged worldwide in the peace movement.[4] It is the most pacifist group in Japan of seven religious movements surveyed by Robert Kisala.[5] The main practice of Nichiren Buddhism is to chant Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō. Nipponzan-Myōhōji monks, nuns and followers beat hand drums while chanting the Daimoku, and walk throughout the world promoting peace and non-violence. They try to explain the meaning of their ministry to all wishing understand it.[6]

Peace Pagodas and pilgrimages[edit]

Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Walk
Stupa in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan

Nipponzan-Myōhōji has Peace Pagodas (Stupas) in locations around the world. It has had peace pilgrimages undertaken by its followers. One of the most prominent of these was the 1994-1995 pilgrimage from Auschwitz to Hiroshima by way of Bosnia, Iraq, Cambodia and other countries then experiencing the effects of war. That pilgrimage was known as The Interfaith Pilgrimage for Peace and Life. A more recent walk was the 2010 Walk for a Nuclear Free Future, a walk across the United States in support of a Nuclear Free Future.

The Nipponzan-Myōhōji temple in Milton Keynes, England
The New England Peace Pagoda

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Kisala, Robert, "Nipponzan Myohoji". In: Clarke, Peter B. (2006). Encyclopedia of new religious movements, New York : Routledge. ISBN 0415267072, p.463
  3. ^ Stone, Jaqueline, I. (2003). "Nichiren's Activist Heirs: Soka Gakkai, Rissho Koseikai, Nipponzan Myohoji". In: Queen, Christopher, Prebish, Charles, Keown, Damien, editors (2003). Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism, New York, RoutledgeCurzon, p.77. ISBN 0-7007-1594-0 PDF
  4. ^ Christopher S. Queen. Engaged Buddhism in the West. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2000, pp. 144. ISBN 9780861711598.
  5. ^ Robert Kisala. Prophets of Peace. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1999. pp. 56
  6. ^ Ukrainian Traditionalist Club (March 9, 2013). "Традиционализм. Традиции Востока. Академическая наука" (in Russian). Retrieved 31 March 2014. the word was taken the most colorful of all the present speaker - a Buddhist monk of the Order Nipponzan Myōhōji Sergei Filonenko (Russian: слово взял самый колоритный из всех присутствующих докладчик – буддийский монах ордена Ниппондзан Меходзи Сергей Филоненко) 

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