Today, 750 years have passed since Nichiren Daishonin appeared. So many sects style themselves "the Nichiren sect". Many of the religions which mushroomed after World War II are probably saying that you just have to say 'Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo." They are featuring it, preaching it selfishly, and pretending to be a sect worthy of Nichiren Daishonin.

Even if these sects or religious groups are chanting "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo," their objects of worships are radically different from that of Nichiren Shoshu. Why did this deplorable confusion about Buddhism arise? It is caused by disregard for "Soden" (inheritance of the secret of Buddhism), which is of utmost importance. Even when a doctrine is far superior to others, if there's no follower to hand down it, it must decline.

Therefore, the most serious consideration has been paid to this factor in Buddhism since the time of Sakyamuni. The soden of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism was initiated by the founder, Nichiren Daishonin, as a transmission to the second High Priest Nikko Shonin, and it has been transmitted correctly and uninterruptedly from Nikko Shonin to the third High Priest, Nichimoku-Shonin, up to the 67th High Priest, Nikken Shonin. This has only occurred at the Head Temple Taiseki-ji. Therefore the orthodox denomination of Nichiren Daishonin is only Nichiren-Shoshu, the only sect that has the absolutely correct doctrine and the right Dai-Gohonzon (honorable object of worship) of Nichiren Daishonin.

The Gohonzon established by Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin's object of worship can be called "the life of Buddha itself." Perhaps, you associate "Buddha" with a dead person or a golden statue of Buddha. But originally in Buddhist doctrine, "Buddha" means "the superlative vitality" latent in one's life. Nichiren-Daishonin established this substance of the Buddha's great life in the form of the Dai-Gohonzon. When you have faith in the Dai-Gohonzon, the Dai-Gohonzon inevitably causes a response in your life, and the Buddha's supreme power appears in your body. Taking it a mainspring of daily activity, you can solve every kind of problem, and gain a really happy life-both physically and spiritually.