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About Hokkeshu Buddhist Church

Through the efforts of Reverend Matui Nichikou and Japanese immigrant volunteers, Hokkeshu Buddhist Church was founded in 1968. Originally called Honnoji Betsuin, the church was renamed as Hokkeshu San Francisco Buddhist Church in 1979.


Following the teachings of Saint Nichiren (1222-1282), our goal is to disperse the seeds towards attaining Buddhahood in your hearts by listening, believing and reciting the Lotus Sutra’s title, “Myoho-renge-kyo” together with the Sanskrit word “Nam” which means “to devote oneself.” The daimoku or “chant” refers to Nam Myoho-renge-kyo in the Honmon Happonjogyoshoden.  Saint Nichiren likened this chant to breastmilk that nurtures a baby who imbibes it subconsciously. The chant is neither an abstract truth nor legal principle but rather, teachings full of vitality, mercy, and benevolence, to nurture and improve the human spirit.

Reverend Soryu Suezawa

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