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(Daishonin; Feb 16, 1222, Kominato, Awa Province – Oct 13, 1282, Ikegami, Musashi Province [now Tokyo]), last of the protagonists of the so-called Japanese reform Buddhism of the 13th century, and founder of the Hokke-shū. Born in humble circumstances, at the age of 11 Nichiren entered a tendai temple, was ordained at 16, and received the monastic name Zeshōbō Renchō. After studying various schools, he became convinced that perfect doctrine was found only in the Lotus-Sūtra. In 1253 he adopted the name Nichiren (“sun lotus”), and from then on attacke…

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Kleine, Christoph, “Nichiren”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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