The Treatise on the Establishment of the Orthodox Teaching and the Peace of the Nation
The Treatise on the Establishment of the Orthodox Teaching and the Peace of the Nation is a representative work of Nichiren, the founder of the Nichiren School, and was in fact an essay first submitted to the Kamakura Shogunate. Nichiren starts by discussing the reasons for the natural and man-made disasters which had been throwing the society of the time into confusion, and then goes on assert that calamities will disappear and peace come to the country if the whole of society takes faith in The Lotus Sūtra (Taishō 262). Nichiren was moved by a strong sense of danger, convinced that calamities were occurring because the correct teachings were absent from the land, and that Japan would be invaded by a foreign power and eventually go to ruin. He singles out in particular Pure Land Buddhism for strong criticism, and gives quotations from many scriptures in support of his views. As a result of this treatise Nichiren was eventually exiled to Izu.
Jp. Risshō ankoku ron (立正安國論), composed by Nichiren. 1 fascicle.
The Most Venerable One Revealed for the First Time at the Beginning of the Fifth of the Five Five hundred-year Ages
The Most Venerable One Revealed by Introspecting Our Minds for the First Time at the Beginning of the Fifth of the Five Five Hundred-year Ages is seen as the most important text in the Nichiren School. Nichiren believed that the fundamental cosmic truth to be realized within the mind had been expressed as Myōhō Rengekyō, the Japanese title of the The Lotus Sūtra (Taishō 262) and that everything was contained within these five Chinese characters. In the Nichiren school, practitioners chant Namo Myōhō Rengekyō, called the daimoku, or title (of the Lotus Sutra) to achieve awakening. In this work Nichiren expounds both the method of reciting the daimoku and the doctrine behind it. He asserts that by chanting the daimoku, followers can immerse themselves in the world of the Buddha while retaining their physical body.
Jp. Kanjin honzon shō (觀心本尊抄), composed by Nichiren. 1 fascicle.