History


Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church originated with Nichiren Buddhist Reverends and Congregation who were Japanese immigrants living in Vancouver before World War II .

When World War II broke out, Japanese immigrants had to enter into a concentration camp without any personal belongings and the Vancouver Nichiren Church was closed in 1941. However, the candle flame of Nichiren Buddhism never faded, even in the camp.

When the War ended in 1945, the Canadian Government ordered the Japanese immigrants to move to the east. The Vancouver Nichiren Church would never be opened again. The statue of Nichiren Shonin, which now resides in the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church, is the statue that the people worshipped in Vancouver before World War II.Arakawa Shonin at Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church トロント日蓮仏教会

  • 1951: Rev. Yohaku Arakawa was the Chief Reverend of the Portland Nichiren Buddhist Church. While visited and researched the major cities of North America, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal, he realized a need and founded Churchs in Chicago and Toronto.  Rev. Arakawa founded a Church in Chicago on September 9th, and the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church on November 2nd. Along with the co-operation of Mr. Senzo Isojima, Rev. Arakawa took upon himself to be the first Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.

Ezaki Shonin at Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church トロント日蓮仏教会

  • 1957: On September 21st, Rev. Zenkei Ezaki, who was the 3rd Chief Reverend of the Vancouver Nichiren Church, was invited to Toronto. He was inaugurated as the 2nd Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.

Opening Ceremony for Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church トロント日蓮仏教会

  • 1977: On February 24th, Rev. Ezaki passed away. Rev. Arakawa was inaugurated as the 3rd Chief Reverend.
  • 1978: The present budding and land were purchased with the help of Mr. Shizuo Hozaki.
  • 1980: In August, the opening ceremony for the new building was held.
  • 1983: In July, Rev. Koyu Suzuki was inaugurated as the 4th Chief Reverend.
  • 1986: In April Rev. Kyoryo Okuno was inaugurated as the 5th Chief Reverend.
  • 1990: In April Rev. Gyoken Kuroyanaga was inaugurated as the 6th Chief Reverend.
  • 1992: Rev. Shingyo lmai was inaugurated as the 7th Chief Reverend.
  • 1994: On July the 8th, Exchange Program of American and Japanese Youth was held.
  • 1996: In March, Rev. Kant Tsukamoto was inaugurated as the 8th Chief Reverend. On August 31, Rev. Arakawa passed away at his home in Virginia. U. S. A. at the age of 91. He had lived in the U. S. for 66 years.
  • 1997: In August, we held the North America Overseas Reverends Conference.

Oversea Ministers Conference 1998 at Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church トロント日蓮仏教会

  • 2000: On June 17th and 18th, we held the first Dharma Conference in Toronto.

Dharma Conference 2000 at Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church トロント日蓮仏教会

  • 2001: On October 21st, we held the Memorial Ceremony for the 750th Anniversary. of Nichiren Buddhism and the 50th Anniversary of the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
  • 2007: In March, Rev. Kenno Fukushima was inaugurated as the 9th Chief Reverend.
  • 2010: In October, Rev. Kenno Fukushima returned to Japan.
  • 2010 – Present: Our services are officiated by Ryuoh Faulconer Shonin from “The Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England“.

 

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