|The teachings of Shakyamuni or "The Buddha" (Siddarta Gautama) have been followed for close to 2500 years. As predicted by Shakyamuni, Nichiren Daishonin appeared in 13th century Japan to clarify these teachings for all people. By this time, Buddhism had branched off in many directions, including ones where the Buddha himself was worshipped as a supreme being. This was a path contrary to Shakyamuni’s teachings. By Nichiren’s time a school of Buddhist thought had already begun to focus on Shakyamuni’s second to last teaching, the Lotus Sutra, as the ultimate teaching. (His final teaching, the Nirvana Sutra, simply reinforced the Lotus Sutra and warned followers to honor the Law, not the teacher.) Nichiren Daishonin made Buddhism meaningful for all people by simplifying its essence to a single phrase, "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" (devotion to the mystic law of cause and effect), which he instructed his followers to chant in order to attain their own enlightenment. Nichiren also laid out a way of religious practice followed by Buddhists all over the world. It consists of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and recitation of excerpts from two key chapters of the Lotus Sutra, the Hoben and Juryo chapters, along with a variety of prayers, including those for world peace and the happiness of all humanity. Nichiren Daishonin also wrote numerous letters of encouragement to his followers, many of which still exist today and still offer advice, instruction and encouragement to SGI members.
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Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism is most faithfully carried out today by Soka Gakkai International, a parent organization of Soka Gakkai-USA. SGI has organizations in 163 countries and territories throughout the world. North Dakota is a district in Dakota Chapter (North & South Dakota), Rocky Mountain Region of SGI-USA.