Translated by Udumbara Foundation volunteers
It has been a long-standing tradition in Japan for families to have their own
crest or coat of arms. As its crest Nichiren Shoshu uses the emblem of a
crane, which is
Nichiren Daishonin's symbol and emblematic of longevity.

Nikko Shonin's emblem is a turtle whose outer shell represents protection
by indestructible armor.

Nichimoku Shonin's emblem is sho-chiku-bai: the pine tree (sho), which is
an evergreen, representing eternal life; bamboo (
chiku), suggesting straight
and moderate; and the apricot tree (
bai), indicating a sweet and pleasant
scent.

Shakyamuni Buddha used an emblem known in Japanese as Ho-rin to
represent his enire collection of Buddhist teachings.  
Ho  signifies the Law,
and
rin indicates a wheel. Hence  Ho-rin means "Wheel of the Law."
Ho-rin has three aspects:
1. The sun and its rays, which reach out in eight directions, or all directions.
2. A sword, which destroys heretical religions.
3. A wheel, which can travel anywhere.

It was Shakyamuni's wish that his teachings spread far and wide.
EMBLEMS OF
NICHIREN SHOSHU
By Reverend Raido Hirota
Crane. Symbol for
Nichiren Daishonin and
Nichiren Shosh
u
Ho-rin. The Wheel
of the Law. Symbol
for Shakyamuni
Buddha's 80,000
teachings.
Symbol for
Nikko Shonin
Symbol for
Nichimoku Shonin
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