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The Fuji School

I was trying to sort out an alleged land dispute between Nitta Nichido and Saisho Nichigo in 1334. It was supposedly continued by their successors and lasted 70 years. It is said that Nichiji, the 5th/6th CP/HP setttled it. I am convinced it never happened. Well, maybe later on. At any rate, I started assembling information and decided to post it. There were many sub-plots besides land feuds going on.
See Also:
Nikko’s 12 Major Disciples
Omosu & Taisekiji
Hokke Shu {Nichiren Shu} was recognized by Emperor Godaigo circa 1323-1336. In May of 1333, the Kamakura Shogunate fell and power shifted to the Imperial Court –that is, Godaigo — in Kyoto. Nitta Yoshisada (1301-1338), as a Kamakura retainer, had helped defeat Go-Daigo’s armies un 1331. But, the following year, Nitta Yoshisada switched sides. He led an army that attacked and defeated the Kamakura Shogunate.
In 1334 Nitta Yoshisada was made Governor of Echigo Province, as well as Vice-Governor of Kozuke and Harima Provinces. When Ashikaga Takauji attempted to overthrow Go-Daigo, Nitta led the defense. However, in 1336, Nitta Yoshisada and Go-Daigo were forced to flee the capital. Takauji then established a “Puppet Emperor” at Kyoto, while Yoshisada Nitta set up Go-Daigo at Yoshino. This created rival Imperial Courts, a Northern Alliance at Kyoto and the Yoshino Southern Alliance. Alas, Nitta Yoshisada died in 1338, from a stray arrow, during a surprise attack.
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In October 1290, the day after Taisekiji’s founding, Nitta {Niida} Nichimoku {Received Mandala Gohonzon #060 in 1279} (1260-1333) became its Second Chief Priest {via the Ozagawari Gohonzon}. He founded Renzobo at Koizumi around the same time.
After the completion of the … Temple, Nikko Shonin bestowed the Ozagawari Gohonzon upon Him. It is presently enshrined in the Grand Reception Hall at Taisekiji. This special Gohonzon indicated the transfer … from Nikko Shonin to Nichimoku Shonin. ” –Mokushi-e and Shici-go-san
Around that time, Shimotsuke-bo Nisshu {Received Mandala Gohonzon #105} {?-1329} founded the Rikyo-bo lodging temple at Taiseikiji. In 1323, Shimojo Myorenji was founded by Jakunichi-bo Nikke (1252-1334} at Nanjo Tokimitsu’s residence in Ueno Village. Ueno is now a town of Fujinomiya City, next to Kitayama Town.
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In 1298, Nikko’s Temple at Omosu Village was consecrated as “Hokke Honmonji Kongen”. Omosu Village/Town is an old name, while Kitayama is the modern name. Kitayama is now both a town and a district of Fujinomiya City. ‘Kongen’ means the temple was the ‘seed’ of Honmon-ji.
The Temple was built on land donated by the Steward of Omosu, Ishikawa Magosaburo Yoshitada. Another source indicates that Ishikawa Shimbei Sanetada’s was a Steward of Omosu; and his wife was another elder sister of Nanjo Tokimitsu. Ishikawa Yoshitada was maybe his son, or Ishikawa Yoshitada & Ishikawa Sanetada were the same person?
In 1300, Jakusen-bo Nitcho (1262-1310) become First CI of Omosu Seminary at Hokke Honmonji Kongen Temple.
In 1302, Iyo-bo Nitcho (1252-1317), one of Nichiren’s Six Major Disciples, moved to Omosu, where he built a Shorinji Temple, in March in 1303.
1310: Jakusen-bo Nitcho, one of the 6 Major New Disciples of Nikko passes away. Nichiro visits Omosu.
In 1317, Iyo-bo Nitcho, Nikko’s ally, and one of Nichiren’s 6 Major Disciples passes away. Nichiro visits Omosu. Sammi Nichijun (1294-1356) became the 2nd or 3rd Chief Instructor of Omosu Seminary.
In 1331, one of the 6 Major Elder Disciples of Nikko, Sho-bo Nichizen {?-1331} passes away.
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On February 7 1333, Nikko died, leaving 10 surviving Major Disciples, five ‘elder’ & five ‘new.’ Iyo Nichidai (1294-1394), who was his nephew, succeeded him as CP at Omosu Hokke Honmoji Kongen.
In 1334, Jakunichi-bo Nikke, CP of Myoren-ji, passed away.
The same year, Nichidai defeated Joren-bo Nissen (1262-1357) in a debate. Nissen argued that the Shakumon is useless and should be discarded completely. In defending the Shakumon, Nichidai proposed that the Shakumon and Honmon are equal.
Joren-bo {or Hyakkan-bo} Nissen (1262-1357} then left and founded Takase Honmon-ji in far away Sanuki province. Meanwhile, Nichidai lost credibility. Nichidai was ousted within a decade and replaced by a Nichimyo, about who I know almost zilch.
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In November 1333, Nichimoku left for Kyoto, accompanied by Kujo-bo Nichizon (1265-1345) and Saisho Nichigo (1293-1353), to petition Godaigo for a Kaidan and Honmonji Temple. Nichimoku died en route, but Nichizon and Nichigo went on to Kyoto and submitted the petition, the Onjoji Moshijo, in January 1334.
Saisho Nichigo returned to Taiseki-ji with Nichimoku’s ashes. Nitta Nichido (1283-1341), who was Nichimoku’s paternal nephew, succeeded his Uncle as 3rd CP of Taisekiji. Nichido’s Father, Nitta Shiro Nobutsuna, was an elder brother of Nichimoku.
Nichigo was given the deed to Nichimoku’s lodging temple at Koizumi, called Renzo-bo {Chief Priest’s Residence}, and he also gained custody of some treasures. He started a seminary at Koizumi; then left for Awa. In 1406, Nichigo’s successor at Hota Myohonji, Nanjo Nichiden {1340-1416}, expanded Renzo-bo-Koizumi Seminary into a temple, which was named Koizumi Kuonji.
I understand SGI & NST claim that Taisekiji regained control of the Renzo-bo in 1416. This does not appear to be the case.
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Nitta Nichido died in 1342. Taisekiji apparently had no Chief Priest until a Nichigyo assumed the position in 1365?
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Around 1343, Hokke-do, which later became Nishiyama Honmonji. was founded by Iyo Nichidai (1294-1394). Iyo Nichidai had been the second CP of Omosu Hokke Honmoji Kongen, but became descredited in 1334, despite winning a debate, and was eventually forced out by the Ishikawa Clan.
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Nichizon had remained in Kyoto. In 1339 he founded Jogyo-in, which would later {1548} became Kyoto Yoho-ji. [A source also has him as the founder of Jitsujoji Temple at Aizu, Mutsu, in northern Honshu?] In 1363, Hongaku Nichidai(1309-1369), left Jogyo-in and founded Juhonji Temple in Kyoto. Hongaku Nichidai developed an early form of “Nichiren as the Hon-Butsu Theory.”
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Saisho Nichigo built Hota Myohon-ji, near Nichiren’s birth place, at Yoshihama in Awa Province. Hota Myohonji now houses copies of the legendary Aizen/Fudo Kankenki{s}, and the original paper Dai-Honzon of 1274. [Until recently, the Kankenki{s} were thought to be forgeries.]
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Kansho Accord of 1466.
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From 1470 -1479 Nichigen (?-1486) at Nishiyama Honmonji developed a more sophisticated version of “Nichiren as the Hon-Butsu Theory.” He may also have forged the first fake versions of the infamous two transfer documents. Nichiu (1402 or 1409-1482 or 1492{?}), the 8th CP of Taisekji, apparently adopted some of Nichigen at Nishiyama’s views.
It appears the actual land dispute took place circa 1482, when Nichiu tried to annex Koizumi Kuonji? [This is speculation. There was some kind of dtspute between Nichiu and Koizumi Kuonji. According to SGI, Omosu sided with Koizumi Kuonji]
Nichigen at Nishiyama sided with Nichiu. During the debate, Nichiu allegedly produced a wooden Dai-Honzon, dated October 12 1279, which he claimed Nichiren intended for the Kaidan. Others accused him of forging it. Nichiu countered that he also inherited an original Dai Mandara, that the Sage had inscribed for Yashiro Kunishige of the Hokke Shu, on the same date.
Nichiu & Nichigen likely produced a version of the two forged transfer documents as well. However, Omosu Hokke Honmoji Kongen, the de facto head temple of the Nikko lineage, sided with Koizumi, ending the debate. Nichiu apparently then left Taisekiji for good. Some say he died in 1482.
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It appears that, sometime around 1500 , the Hokke Shu was renamed Nichiren Shu.
In 1515, Omosu Honmonji Kongen officially took the name Omosu Honmonji. The Nichiren Shu Komon Ha was officially founded that year, based at Omosu Honmonji.
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In 1548, the Juhonji Temple & Jogyo-in in Kyoto were re-united and rebuilt as Yohoji or Yoboji Temple. Hongaku Nichidai’s theories were discredited by his successors.
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Around 1581, it appears that Nishiyama made a claim to be the legitimate Honmonji, and were supported by the Takeda Clan, who were, at the time, the ruling Kanto Region warlords. The Nishiyama claim wes likely based on a “Nikko to Iyo Nichidai Heritage Theory.” Talk of the forged transfer documemts surfaced once again. Nishiyama still stands accused, by Taisekiji, of stealing the original transmission documents from Kitayama. Taisekiji alleges these were never recovered. There maybe a very tiny kernal of truth in the tale.
By 1630, the Tokugawa Shogunate had defeated the Takeda Clan in the region. In 1632, Taisekiji was completely burnt down & rebuilt, by the Tokugawa, at Ueno. In 1705, Nichiei (1650-1715), the 23rd CP, apparently rebuilt Renzo-bo at Ueno and claimed it was there all along?
It is also in the 1600′s that there is the first detailed description of the current camphor wood “Taisekiji Daigohonzon”. The first mention of it outside of the Nikko lineage was apparently in the “Kecho Sho”, dated 1662. In addition, a clearly forged Gosho, the Jogyo Shoden-sho, appears around this time. While neither Nichiren Shoshu nor SGI wishes to promote this “Nippo Fairy Tale” in detail, it is, in fact, a primary source authoritative, for their version of the origins of the Nikko-Fuji School. It is the sole source explaining the origins of their Daigohonzon and 9 cm Nichiren statue.
1874: The Meiji Government merged the Komon Ha with the Nichiren Shu Shoretsu Branch.
1876: Eight Major Temples of the Komon Ha withdraw from the Shoretsu Branch.
1899: Komon Ha of Nichiren Shu officially became Honmon Shu, based at Kitayama Honmonji. A “Ha” is a sub-school, rebel sect, or faction; a “Shu” is an actual school recognized by the Central Authority. Kitayama is the modern name of Omosu Village.
1900: Taisekiji withdrew from Honmon Shu and became Nichiren Shu Fuji-ha.
1912: Nichiren Shu Fuji-ha becomes Nichiren Shoshu.
1941: Honmon Shu rejoins Nichiren Shu
1949:
*Yoho-ji seceded from Nichiren Shu and became Nichiren Honshu.
*Honmon Shu was revived by Nishiyama Honmonji.
*Hota Myohon became Independent.
*Shimojo Myorenji at Ueno joined Nichiren Shoshu.
*Kitayama Honmonji, Koizumi Kuonji, and Jitsujoji Temple at Aizu remained with Nichiren Shu.
1957: Hota Myohon joined Nichiren Shoshu
1993: The “Shuso Gosenge Kiroku,” which contains the “Real Transfer Docs”, ‘resurfaced’ at Nishiyama; i.e., they become public domain for the first time in many centuries. These debunked the inheritance documents belonging to both Taisekiji and Nichiren Shu Ikegami Honmon-ji. So exactly when and how did Nishiyama acquire the “Shuso Gosenge Kiroku?”
1996: Hota Myohon left Nichiren Shoshu
1999: Honmon Shoshu surfaces with {among other things}, evidence that Nichiu lived another 10 years to 1292. They produce treasures that they say Nichiu took with him from Taisekiji in 1482:
– The originals of the legendary Aizen/Fudo Kankenki {authenticated}
– A wooden Honinmyo Dai-Honzon dated 1279.
– An alleged decree by Emperor Godaigo, dated May 29, 1335 (Kemmu 2), that sanctioned a Honmonji. They say it was delivered by the Imperial Messenger Fujiwara Sukenobu to Nitta Nichido at Taisekiji on June 7, 1335.
– A Moulded Clay Relic Statue

Links to Pictoral Biographies of Nichiren