August 27th
The Matsuba-gayatsu Persecution Remembrance Service

This is one of the services to commemorate the persecutions endured by Nichiren Shonin for propagating the Lotus Sutra. His presentation of gRissho Ankoku Ronh to government, insisting that the nation should disavow other denominations and devote itself to the gLotus Sutrah, infuriated believers in other sects, who torched his hermitage at Matsuba-gayatsu, Kamakura on the night of August 27, 1260. He survived the attack through a narrow escape, helped by his disciples and followers and was sheltered by Toki Jonin in Shimofusa (Chiba Prefecture).

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