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Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church
20 Caithness Avenue
Canada M4J 3X7
Toronto Nichiren Buddhist
Our Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church originated with Nichiren Buddhist Reverends and Congregation who were Japanese immigrants living in Vancouver before WW2.
When WW2 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 WW2.
1951 Rev. Yohaku Arakawa was the Chief Reverend of the Portland Nichiren Buddhist Church and he 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. On November 2nd Rev. Arakawa founded the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church along with the co-operation of Mr. Senzo Isojima, who lived in Toronto. Rev. Arakawa took upon himself to be the first Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church. Also, on September 9th he had moved to Chicago and founded a Church there. He held two posts as Chief Reverend concurrently, Chicago and Toronto.
1957 On September 21st Rev. Zenkei Ezaki, who was the 3rd Chief Reverend of the Vancouver Nichiren Church, was invited to Toronto and he was inaugurated as the 2nd Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
1977 On February 24th Rev. Ezaki passed away. Rev. Arakawa was inaugurated as the 3rd Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
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 for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
1986 In April Rev. Kyoryo Okuno was inaugurated as the 5th Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
1990 In April Rev. Gyoken Kuroyanaga was inaugurated as the 6th Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
1992 Rev. Shingyo lmai was inaugurated as the 7th Chief Reverend for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.
1994 In 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 for the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church. 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.
2000 June 17th and 18th, we held the first Dharma Conference in Toronto.
2001 October 21st we held the Memorial Ceremony for the 750th Anniversary of Nichiren Buddhism and the 50th Anniversary of the Toronto Nichiren Buddhist Church.