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|Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282)||
HBS is also in possession of three Gohonzons originally inscribed by
Nichiren Shonin. The one most noteworthy was inscribed for Nichiji Shonin, one of the six senior disciples, who left for China to spread the Dharma overseas.
They also posses one of the three statues of Nichiren Shonin carved by Nippo
while the Daishonin was living. The eye opening done on this Statue was
perfomed by Nichiren himself. It resides in their main Temple of Yousenji in
Kyoto. After centuries, the incense and candles burned before it has turned
it completely black. This is why statues of Nichiren used by HBS members are also colored black.