Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra: The Gohonzon - The Great Mandala of
the True Dharma
Translation — Nichiren in Chinese
are important for all things...Giving myself the name Nichiren signifies
that I attained enlightenment by myself."
Writings, Vol. 1, p. 236
Nichiren signifies the oneness of the Person (Nichi)
and the Law (Ren).
This relationship is amplified by the large Chinese characters in the center
of the Gohonzon.
in Chinese. It looks like a box with a horizontal line in the middle and
means sun. Jeh
also indicates time.
as the light of the sun and moon illuminates all obscurity, this person
will practice among the people..."
uses this explanation for the Nichi
part of his name in the "Letter to Jakunichi-bo" in Major Writings,
Writings, Vol. 1, p. 236, quoting the Lotus Sutra, Chap. 21
this person as he passes through the world can wipe out the darkness of
Sutra, p. 276
is the lotus discussed elsewhere (see Ren
unsoiled by worldly things
the lotus flower in the water.
from the earth..."
Sutra, p. 222
is the central character of the Dai-Nichi-Kyo,
which is a sutra that explains the compassionate character of a Buddha.
the central character of the Myoho-Renge-Kyo,
which explains the Law to which all Buddhas are enlightened.
Buddha who is the entity of Myoho-renge-kyo, of the Juryo Chapter of the
essential teaching ... is to be found in the disciples and followers of
Nichiren. Such persons embody the true entity of Myoho-renge-kyo..."
Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra website
Writings, Vol. 7, p. 64