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Ganbonzan Jisso-ji Temple

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Nichiren Shonin contemplated about "Rissho Ankoku-Ron" and studied all the scriptures of Buddhism in order to pursue the real teaching in the Kyozo (library of Buddhism scriptures) at Jisso-ji. This temple is located in a serene environment where one could see Mt. Fuji, and it seems to be natural that Shonin chose here to ponder.

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During the initial period of his missionary (circa 1257-60,) great disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famines and epidemic diseases along with many wars continued happening.

These concerned Nichiren Shonin gravely and made him enter Jisso-ji to figure out the reasons of disasters and their solutions. Jisso-ji then maintained one out of two whole sets of Issai-kyo(all the scriptures of Buddhism) brought by Enchin from the Tong Dynasty.

click small photo to enlargeNichiren Shonin spent full two years to study, contemplate, and authored "Rissho Ankoku -ron" and submitted to the ruler, Hojo Tokiyori in July of 1260.
Its main theme disclosed that the ruler should follow the right teaching of the Lotus Sutra instead of zen and nenbutsu to govern the country and assist people to live peacefully. Otherwise the country would have to face its own self destruction and invasion from oversea. (The first Kokkan)

The beginning (Engi) : Jisso-ji was erected in 1145 as a Tendai-shu temple by Toba Hohoh (Retired Emperor.) The entire Issai-kyo brought by Enchin have been securely retained. Jisso-ji once were formed by 49 temples and were quite established. After Nichiren Shonin arrived there, Chikai became his disciple, changed his name to Nichigen and assumed the second head priest position. In 1568, Jisso-ji was burned down by Takeda Shingen, however the scripts survived unscathed. The temple was re-established by the ninth priest, Nichiko during the Keicho era(1596-1615.) Since then Jisso-ji had been damaged by the natural disasters such as typhoon. It has been saved by many supporting families: Shijo, Misawa, Nanjo, Nishiyama, Matsuno, Uchifusa, Hakiri and others.

The current condition : Issai Kyodo is located above Soshi-do (Hall of founder). The statue of Nichiren Shonin holding the first draft of "Rissho Ankoku Ron" is enshrined inside of Soshi-do. In addition to these buildings, Jisso-ji consists of Hondo (Hall of Sakyamuni Buddha), Shichimen-do (Hall of Shichimen), Sanmon (gate), Shoro-do (bell), Kuri (living quarter) and other buildings.


Minobu-San Kuonji Temple | Kominato-Zan Tanjoji Temple | Senko-Zan Seichoji Temple
Ganbon-Zan Jissoji Temple  | Shochu-Zan Hokekyoji Temple | Kaiko-Zan Butsugenji Temple 
Komatsubara-Zan Kyoninji Temple | Jakko-Zan Ryukoji Temple


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