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[nich-er-uh n; Japanese nee-chee-ren]
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  1. ZennichiZenshobo Rencho, 1222–82, Japanese Buddhist monk: founder of Nichiren Buddhism.
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Examples from the Web for nichiren

Historical Examples

  • Nichiren was the founder of the Buddhist sect which bears his name.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Indeed, they are both honored and worshipped in the Nichiren pantheon.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • Nichiren was a fiery patriot, and ultra-democratic in his sympathies.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • Nichiren, the founder, is one of the most picturesque figures of Japanese history.

  • Legend associates the first use of it with the great priest Nichiren, who lived from 1222 to 1282.

    Chats on Japanese Prints

    Arthur Davison Ficke

British Dictionary definitions for nichiren


  1. a Buddhist sect of Japan based on the teachings of the Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222–82), who claimed that the Lotus Sutra contained the only way to enlightenment
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