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Nichiren

[nich-er-uh n; Japanese nee-chee-ren] /ˈnɪtʃ ər ən; Japanese ˈni tʃi rɛn/
noun
1.
(Zennichi; Zenshobo Rencho) 1222–82, Japanese Buddhist monk: founder of Nichiren Buddhism.
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  • Nichiren was the founder of the Buddhist sect which bears his name.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Nichiren was a fiery patriot, and ultra-democratic in his sympathies.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
  • Indeed, they are both honored and worshipped in the Nichiren pantheon.

    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
  • By what instruction, other than that of Nichiren, the holy founder of this sect, can we expect to attain this end?

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • If we do attain it, there will be no difference between our state and that of Buddha and of Nichiren.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • It is said that a beautiful woman came to this mountain whilst Nichiren was praying.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Nichiren desired to sweep these deities aside and to restore Buddhism to its old purity and singleness of purpose.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • While awaiting the fatal stroke Nichiren prayed to Buddha, and the sword broke as it touched his neck.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
British Dictionary definitions for Nichiren

Nichiren

/ˈniːtʃiːˌrɛn/
noun
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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