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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Significant dates for the disciples of Nichiren and Nichiju

February 15: the Nirvana Day of the Manifest (Historical) Shakyamuni

February 16: the Birth of Nichiren Daishonin (1222 C.E.)

February 20: Commemoration of Persecution of the Martyr Jorakuin Nikkyo Shonin and his Five Companions, Physically Mutilated by order of the Shogun at Kyoto (1609 C.E.)

February 28: the Nirvana Day of Nichiju Shonin, Restorer of Nichiren Daishonin’s Teachings and Founder of the Myomanji Branch (1392 C.E.)

March 23: the Spring Ohigan Festival (Vernal Equinox)

April 8: Hanamatsuri (the Flower Festival): the Birthday of the Manifest (Historical) Shakyamuni Buddha 

April 28: the Founding of Nichiren Daishonin’s Teaching (1253 C.E.) (Also happens to be Nichiju Shonin’s Birthday)

May 12: Commemoration o Persecution of Nichiren: Exile to Izu (1261 C.E.)

July 15: the Obon Festival: Praying for Ancestors (Traditionally celebrated in August according to the old lunar calendar)

September 5: Commemoration of the Martyrs at Noda (1635 C.E.)

September 12: Commemoration of Nichiren Shonin’s near-execution and miraculous escape at Tatsunokuchi (1271 C.E.)

September 23: the Autumn Ohigan Festival (Autumnal Equinox)

October 13: the Oeshiki: the Nirvana Day of Nichiren Daishonin (1282 C.E.)

November 11: Commemoration of Persecution of Nichiren: the Komatsubara Ambush (1264 C.E.)

November 22: the Nirvana Day of the Martyr Jorakuin Nikkyo Shonin (1620 C.E.)

December 8: Commemoration of the Attainment of Enlightenment by the Manifest (Historical) Buddha Shakyamuni

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