Shoshu means "Nichiren's true (or orthodox) sect." As people who
seek to practice purely and truly, exactly as the Daishonin taught, we
adopt this name for ourselves. It is our goal to carve out a place where
one can practice this wonderful Buddhism freely, without authoritarianism,
without personal censure, and without hierarchy. Our only guide is the
teachings as expounded by Nichiren Daishonin.
To this end, we hope to clear up misinformation concerning the name "Nichiren Shoshu." It has sometimes been used incorrectly. For example, the current Nichiren Shoshu sect in Japan has been renowned for oppression of lay members and for valuing the self-serving ideas of priests over the pure original teachings of the founder, Nichiren Daishonin. In this way, the name of Nichiren Shoshu has been grossly dishonored.
Here we present the ugly truth about that sect and hope to rejuvenate, reform, and revolutionize Nichiren Shoshu, through our reclamation of the name.
Many thanks to Mikio Matsuoka, who has provided much of the material here. This information has never before been presented in English.
Kathy Ruby, April 24, 2009
Learned . . .
a personal journey of discovery
This material is still being developed.
of Nichiren Shoshu . . .
by reform priest Mikio Matsuoka
and Answers . . .