Nichiren Shoshu is the name of the Orthodox School of “True Buddhism established by our founder, Nichiren Daishonin, more than 750 years ago.
Buddhism was first expounded nearly 3,000 years ago by Shakyamuni Buddha who made his advent in India. For more than 40 years, Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Law in various ways according to the circumstances and capacity of his listeners in order to save them from their sufferings. Towards the last eight years of his life, Shakyamuni Buddha expounded the ultimate purpose of his life – the Lotus Sutra – as the supreme teaching for all mankind to attain enlightenment.
In this Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha prophesied the advent of the True Original Buddha who would replace him 2,000 years after his passing in order to lead all people in this world to enlightenment in an age rife with evil called “Mappo”. In this age of Mappo, as predicted in the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren Daishonin made His advent as the “True Buddha and established True Buddhism.