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Guide to Honkouji
Greetings from the Chief Priest

What do we living human beings have in common with our deceased predecessors?
The answer is a spirit.
We are spirits with a body; our shape is visible and we can speak with our mouths. The deceased are spirits who have lost their bodies; they cannot be seen, and they cannot convey what they wish to say.
Under Hokekyo, a spirit who has saved up a lot of condignity and goodwill can become Buddha.
However, in the absence of Hokekyo and fate, a spirit who cannot accumulate condignity and goodwill and whose family does not hold memorial services is doomed to wander in suffering without ever becoming Buddha.
Ghosts who suffer in this way are invisible to the eye, but they are as numerous as pedestrians on a Friday night in Shibuya.
Through my faith in Hokekyo, I wish to save as many lost and suffering spirits of the deceased as I can.
I believe the power of Hokekyo condignity is strong enough for that purpose.

The prayers of you who are alive are vital as well.

Gratitude and confession are vital to all of us.
We cannot choose when we are born or when we die, nor can we choose when we conceive or give birth to a child.
We cannot stop or start our hearts at will.
We may appear to be living our lives and deciding things for ourselves, but in fact our lives are shaped by various manifestations of fate.
In other words, you are not living; you are being made to live.
Please do not forget to be thankful for the life given to you by your parents and your ancestors, and for the other various forces that allow you to live each day.
Surely, many people have been taught not to cause trouble for others.
I often hear people use the excuse “I’m not hurting anyone, so it must be OK!”
As a result, how many people are there who cause no trouble for others?
And is it really that important not to cause trouble for others?
Isn’t the important thing to be able to apologize sincerely for the trouble one causes?
If you commit a serious sin, you confess and the sin will be gone, but even small sins will not disappear without confession.
Please do not forget to confess.
No matter the situation, let us remember to apologize sincerely.
If you do not forget gratitude andconfession, surely, you will be able to face each day with strength and high spirits, and you will be guided in a positive direction.
I wish for Honkouji to be a school for Hokekyo, so that as many suffering spirits as possible can be saved. I believe the condignity of theteaching of Buddha and Nichiren
Shounin is extensive enough for that purpose.
Honkouji is a temple with
about 650 years of history of
teaching traditional Buddhist
Please take what you can
from its services and prayers
passed down through the
generations and use it to
better every aspect of your life.
It is my heart’s desire that people
will come here to pray not only
from Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa,
Saitama, Ibaraki and
other nearby areas,
but from all over the world.

Life of Chief Priest Koumei Bitou
1972 Born in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo
1983 (11 years) Left home
1983 (11 years) Completed seven days of religious training at Shamikou in Daihonzan Honmonji Temple
1984 (12 years) Completed seven days of religious training at Shamikou in Daihonzan Honmonji Temple
1985 (13 years) Became apprentice of Kishouin-Nichijuu-Shounin, 34th Chief Priest of Honkouji, and did tokudo
1988 (15 years) Graduated from Rissho Middle School
1991 (18 years) Graduated from Rissho High School
1993 (20 years) Completed 35 days of religious training at Souhonzan Kuonji Temple
1993 (20 years) Became 35th Chief Priest of Honkouji
1995 (22 years) Graduated from Buddhism Department of Rissho University
1996 (23 years) Completed 100 days of religious training at Onjuin Dai-Aragyo Hall.
2000 (27 years) Completed 200 days of religious training at Onjuin Dai-Aragyo Hall
2006 (33 years) Completed 300 days of religious training at Onjuin Dai-Aragyo Hall.
2007 (35 years) Held religious wedding ceremony and reception at Honkouji
2008 (35 years) Held public wedding ceremony and reception in Korea
2008 (35 years) First daughter born
2010 (37 years) Second daughter born
2011(38 years) Third daughter born
2014(41 years) Completed 400 days of religious training at Onjuin Dai-Aragyo Hall.
2016(43 years) First son born
To be continued…
Rissho Ankoku / Movement to bring people togethe
April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2022
Sect Movement Logos

The logo on the left is the one traditionally used. The blue line on the bottom represents the earth or country; it represents society and carries the meaning of Rissho Ankoku. The red semicircle represents the rising sun and Nichiren-shu; the turquoise semicircle represents drops of water that flood the land and conveys the image of a seed of Buddhism sprouting from people’s hearts. The two semicircles together also symbolize two hands clasped in prayer.
The logo on the right stands specifically for activities: it symbolizes the positive activity of the sect as a whole. Praying hands are symbolized by the spirit of Tangyo worship, and the red hands also form the kanji for “person” to reflect the purpose of the movement: bringing people together.
The pairing of the two logos, one standing for the movement as it has evolved over a long time and one that has itself evolved to suit the current era, come together to symbolize the movement to bring people together.

Sect Movement Slogan

Praying hands themselves symbolize Buddha’s ideal world.
In such a world, people must have respect for one another and be aware of the preciousness of life.
To promote respect among people, to show people the preciousness of life, and to create a brighter society are the purposes of the sect movement.
“Praying hands for life.” Changing the world—that is the word of Nichiren-shu.