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Nipponzan-Myōhōji-Daisanga (日本山妙法寺大僧伽?), often referred to as just Nipponzan Myohoji or the Japan Buddha Sangha, is a Japanese new religious movement founded in 1917 by Nichidatsu Fujii, emerging from Nichiren Buddhism. "Nipponzan Myōhōji is a small Nichiren Buddhist order of about 1500 persons, including both monastics and lay persons." 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. It is the most pacifist group in Japan of seven religious movements surveyed by Robert Kisala. 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.
Peace Pagodas and pilgrimages
The most recognizable achievement of Nipponzan-Myōhōji is Peace Pagodas (Stupas), that have been erected in various locations around the world, the first of which was inaugurated in 1954 at Kumamoto in Japan. Since then cities such as London, New Delhi, Vienna and Tokyo have all received Peace Pagodas.
It has also undertaken numerous peace pilgrimages made 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.
Many argue that the order shows a certain political stance with it's active opposition to the nuclear industry in Japan and U.S involvement in Okinawa. This has lead to a difference in views with fellow Nichiren sect Soka Gakkai, who are often viewed as more conservative.
- Kisala, Robert, "Nipponzan Myohoji". In: Clarke, Peter B. (2006). Encyclopedia of new religious movements, New York : Routledge. ISBN 0415267072, p.463
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- Christopher S. Queen. Engaged Buddhism in the West. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2000, pp. 144. ISBN 9780861711598.
- Robert Kisala. Prophets of Peace. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1999. pp. 56
- 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)
- Dharmawalk a site dedicated to the Nipponzan Myōhōji and its founder, Nichidatsu Fujii
- United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization Entry for Nipponzan Myōhōji organization.
- Peace Abbey awards Nipponzan-Myohoji the Courage of Conscience Award #71
- Nipponzan Myohoji Milton Keynes Sangha & Buddhist Peace Pagoda (official page, now constituted as a group on Facebook)
- Pictures of the Nipponzan Myohoji Milton Keynes
- The official website for the Washington, DC Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple.
- The official website for the Western, MA Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist sangha