In 1291, Nichiro Shonin, who was Nichiren Shonin’s disciple, founded a hermitage. In 1689, Nichigen Shonin, the 22nd Chief Abbot of Honmonji Temple founded a school to educate priests. The school was called “Nangoku danrin.” Until its closure in 1869, the school had produced many priests of exceptional virtue.
The statue of Myoken Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), enshrined in the Myoken-do hall at the top of the mountain, was dedicated by Kato Kiyomasa’s daughter to pray that her husband, Tokugawa Yorinobu, would receive the Buddhist blessings “Genze an-non” and “Gosho-zen-sho.”
＊1 Kato Kiyomasa (1562－1611) was a Japanese military leader who helped both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu in their attempts to unify Japan. He had deep faith in Hokke-kyo Sutra (the Lotus Sutra).
＊2 The Buddhist blessings “Genze an-non”and “Gosho-zen-sho” are from the Hokke-kyo Sutra, which says that a person who believes in the Hokke-kyo can live comfortably in this world and, in a later life, such a person will be born into a good world.
【Message from the Chief Priest】
We will fulfill the ministration that everyone who visits is comfortable in all four seasons.
【A brief explanation of Nichiren Shonin and Ikegami 】
Nichiren Shonin (1222－1282) was a priest in the mid-Kamakura period and founder of the Nichiren Shu of Buddhism. “Shonin” means a “reverend priest.”
Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist Order that was founded more than 750 years ago. “Shu” simply means “Order.”
Nichiren Shonin founded Ikegami Honmonji Temple just before his death in October of 1282 at the request of Ikegami Munenaka, a wealthy feudal load and faithful follower.