- Rissho: means establishing the teachings of the true Dharma (Lotus Sutra) in the world.
- Ko of Kosei: signifies mutual exchange of thought among people seeking spiritual growth – that is, the principle of spiritual unity among all human beings
- Sei: stands for perfection of the personality and the attainment of buddhahood
- Kai: means association or society.
Our purpose is to learn and understand Shakyamuni Buddha’s realization of the Truth, to practice these teachings in our daily lives, and create a prosperous life, brighter society, and peaceful world. Rissho Kosei-kai was founded in 1938 by Nikkyo Niwano and Myoko Naganuma. They saw the need for a Buddhist practice that would combine traditional teaching with everyday application to help a modern and expanding world find peace, harmony, and happiness. Our study and practices are based on the teachings of Ekayana (One Vehicle) Buddhism
. This combination of core Buddhist teachings and the wisdom found in the Threefold Lotus Sutra
, guides the members in their daily lives, helping them develop spiritual maturity and produces a very fulfilling life.
Rissho Kosei-Kai has 1.8 million members and 250 centers worldwide.
Visit the Worldwide Rissho Kosei-kai website and the Rissho Kosei-kai International North America website.