The Founding Spirit of Rissho University
1. Seek truth and show sincerity.
2. Value justice and reject evil.
3. Desire peace and serve humankind.
These three pledges are based on three vows made in the Kamakura era (circa 13th century) on the island of Sado by Nichiren, a prominent Buddist monk, in his writing entitled Kaimokusho (Eye-opener). Specifically, Nichiren vowed in his youth to be the pillar of Japan, the eyes of Japan, and the great vessel of Japan. Taking these words to heart, he ultimately lived a life that contributed a great deal to society. Tanzan Ishibashi, the 16th president of the university, rephrased these three pledges in contemporary terms and adopted them as the Founding Spirit of Rissho University.