Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Honmon Butsuryū-shū

  • Suzana Ramos Coutinho
  • Frank UsarskiEmail author
  • Rafael Shoji
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_113


The Honmon Butsuryū-shū (HBS) is a branch of Nichiren Buddhism founded by Seifu Nagamatsu (1817–1890) in 1857 as a dissident of the Buddhist group Honmon Hokke. As far as the history of Buddhism in Latin America is concerned, Honmon Butsuryū-shū is an important point of reference, mainly because of the close relation to the history of Japanese immigration in Brazil. Large-scale Japanese immigration started in 1908 with the arrival of the 791 immigrants at the port of Santos. Watanabe (2008) informs us that although the propagation of Japanese religion was prohibited by the joint agreement made between the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian government (allowing only the migration of Catholic missionaries, in order to avoid anti-Japanese sentiment), individuals took their personal religious beliefs with them. But Honmon Butsuryū-shū did contrive to send one missionary to Brazil in the person of Tomojiro Ibaragi, born in Kyoto in 1886 and was among the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzana Ramos Coutinho
    • 1
  • Frank Usarski
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rafael Shoji
    • 2
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoMackenzie UniversitySão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoPontifical University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil