Jōken-bō ［浄顕房］ (n.d.): A disciple of Dōzen-bō at Seichō-ji temple in Awa Province, Japan, where Nichiren entered the priesthood in his childhood. When Nichiren declared his teaching at that temple on the twenty-eighth day of the fourth month, 1253, Tōjō Kagenobu, the steward of the area and an ardent Pure Land believer, attempted to harm him. Jōken-bō and another priest, Gijō-bō, helped Nichiren escape from Seichō-ji. In 1264 Tōjō Kagenobu again tried to kill Nichiren in an ambush that became known as the Komatsubara Persecution, which Nichiren survived. On the fourteenth day of the eleventh month, 1264, three days after that attack, Jōken-bō, accompanying his teacher Dōzen-bō, again met Nichiren at Renge-ji temple in Hanabusa. Though he remained at Seichō-ji, he seemed to believe in Nichiren’s teachings, for in the cover letter to On Repaying Debts of Gratitude, Nichiren wrote, “I have inscribed the Gohonzon for you” (737). He and Gijō-bō received several of Nichiren’s writings, including On Repaying Debts of Gratitude, The Tripitaka Master Shan-wu-wei, and Flowering and Bearing Grain.