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.
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.
Kuonji Temple | Kominato-Zan
Tanjoji Temple | Senko-Zan
Jissoji Temple | Shochu-Zan
Hokekyoji Temple | Kaiko-Zan
Kyoninji Temple | Jakko-Zan