Life and legends of Nichiren
At Minobu 1274-1282.


This legend appears to date to sometime between 1274, after Nichiren had retired to Minobu, and 1279. A disciple from Kai Province named Abe Nichigen invited him to climb Mt. Fuji on the north slope at Yoshida (Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture). Half way up, Nichiren buried eight volumes of the Lotus Sutra that he copied. This site is now known as “Kyoga Take {Sutra Peak}.”
On the way down, they stopped over at Kodachimura Village. Villagers gathered to chant the Daimoku and request that he write a Honzon. They presented him with twenty-eight {28} sheets of paper; which he put together to inscribe a large Mandala Gohonzon. This Mandala is still preserved; at Oka-no-miya Kocho-ji Temple of Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Oka-no-Miya Kochoji was founded by Izumi-ko Nippo {1259-1341}. It is now [I think] a temple of the Hokke-shu Honmonryu; formerly known as the Happon Ha {Eight Chapter School} of the Shoretsu Ha lineages. Kyoto Honnoji Temple is now the head temple of the Honmon Hokke Shu Honmonryu.
“‘Shoretsu’ is a term that refers to the doctrine of the superiority of the essential section of the Lotus Sutra over the theoretical section of the sutra.” — Ryuei
On Nichiren’s Gohonzon for Practicing Kanjin
Oka-no-Miya Kochoji of Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture houses at least five {5} original Nichiren Mandala Gohonzon{s}:
Mandala # 014 Dated November 1274 (Bunei 11). Early Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren.
Mandala # 057 Inscribed on November 21, 1278. Great Mandala inscribed by Nichiren, formal style. This is one at least six authenticated and published Nichiren Mandalas that bear the “Gain & Loss Inscriptions.” Unlike on the Taisekiji transcriptions, these inscriptions are NOT in a prominent position. They are NOT located in the top row, on either side of the Daimoku, outside of {flanking}, the two Buddhas and four Bodhisattvas. They appear to be side inscriptions or notes.
Mandala # 065. Dated July 1279. This is another one of at least six authenticated and published Nichiren Mandalas that bear the “Gain & Loss Inscriptions.” Great Mandala Gohoczon inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
Mandala # 097. Great Mandala Gohoczon inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
Mandala # 105. Issued to Shimotsuke-bo Nisshu: {?????-1329}; one of the three leading Priests of Ryusenji in Atsuhara Village of Suruga Province who converted to the early Hokke Shu. See Atsuhara Persecutions. Later, he would found Rikyo-bo lodging temple at Taisekiji. He was one of Nikko’s 6 Elder Disciples at Taiseiji. Great Mandala Gohoczon inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
I don’t know which of those, if any, is the one inscribed on 28 sheets fitted together. Temples do not always allow all of their treasures to be photographed and published.