The Most Devoted Practitioner of the Lotus Sutra in Japan

Nichiren Shonin had realized the relationship between the Lotus Sutra and himself while he was exiled in Izu. Through the Izu Persecution, Nichiren Shonin experienced himself what the Lotus Sutra stated. He had reached the conclusion that the merit of the Lotus Sutra would lead one to repay the four essential favors: every sentient being, the ruler, one’s parents and Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) – “Shion Sho.” He also realized that he himself was the one to recognize the enemies of the Lotus Sutra in Japan – “Kyoki Jikoku Sho.”