The Practice of Faith in Nichiren Shoshu

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By practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, one’s individual wishes are answered and the happiness of one’s family is granted. More importantly, and on a much larger scale, countless people are emancipated from their sufferings. National and social justice and prosperity are fostered. All the benefits and the attainment of Buddhahood of all mankind originating from the True Law and True Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin are brought forth through the noble practice of faith in the Supreme Object of Worship, the Gohonzon. There are three essential elements to our practice ‘faith,’ ‘practice’ and ‘study.’

The first requisite ‘Faith’ involves placing absolute trust in the Gohonzon and in the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin; and along with this, it is necessary to have absolute confidence in the validity of one’s practice in the Supreme and Only True Law.

The second point ‘practice’ begins with one’s resolution to practice sincerely, followed by doing morning and evening Gongyo every day to the Gohonzon, and chanting the Daimoku of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo in order to purify one’s life. Next, we share with our family, relatives, acquaintances and friends the greatness and the profundity of the Daishonin’s teachings, pray for the happiness of all mankind, and together with other believers, we strive to make advancement in faith and work toward mutual prosperity.

The third and the final requisite ‘study’ means to study the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin. Through the study of Nichiren Daishonin’s Writings, the Gosho, as well as through the various sermons preached by the successive High Priests, one deepens the understanding of the Buddhist teachings transmitted down since the Daishonin’s time so as to heighten the joys of practicing true faith and to elevate the life condition of one’s faith.

The fulfillment of the above three noble requisites of practice, without doubt, assures one to realize one’s individual wishes as well as to promise one’s family happiness and prosperity in the two existences of present and future.

©1996
Publisher: Nichiren Shoshu Overseas Bureau
Address: 2057 Kamijo, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka. JAPAN