Nichiren Shu is a confederation of lineages that go back to the original disciples of Nichiren Shonin. The head temple is located on Mt. Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan where Nichiren spent the last 8 years of his life. It is considered the most sacred temple of Nichiren Shu, and many members of Nichiren Shu and other Nichiren organizations make pilgrimages there. The final 35 days of training for new ministers is held at Mt. Minobu. The administrative headquarters of Nichiren Shu is located at Ikegami Honmonji in southern Tokyo. It governs the more than 5300 member temples.
Nichiren Shu teaches that the essence of Buddhism is distilled in the Lotus Sutra, the greatest teaching of the Buddha. The primary practice of Nichiren Shu is the chanting of the Odaimoku, “Namu Myoho Renge Kyo,” which means “Devotion to the Wonderful Dharma of the Lotus Flower Sutra” in Sino-Japanese. The Odaimoku expresses the essence of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and by chanting it we can establish a way of life consonant with the eternal truths preached by the Buddha.