Unity Between Priesthood and Laity

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Within Nichiren Shoshu, there exist:

1) the priests who correctly protect and transmit the True Law of Nichiren Daishonin and

2) the lay believers who correctly practice this Buddhist Law expounded by Nichiren Daishonin. It is only when the laity and the priesthood unite, cooperating in mutual effort toward the propagation of this faith that we achieve true world Kosen-Rufu.

The organization of lay believers who are affiliated with the Nichiren Shoshu temples is generally known as ‘Hokkeko.’ The term ‘Hokkeko’ refers to the name the Daishonin himself bestowed on the lay believers on the occasion of the establishment of the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary of the Essential (Honmon) Teaching of the Three Great Secret Laws.

Regardless of whether there exists a Hokkeko organization at one’s local temple or whether one resides in a country where no Nichiren Shoshu temple exists at this time, every Nichiren Shoshu lay believer assembles at either a temple, a Branch Temple, a Propagation Center or at a local meeting house, to mutually foster one’s understanding of faith by listening to the priests’ sermons or by sharing the valuable experiences of faith with the fellow lay believers in order to accumulate good fortune and to devote oneself to propagating true Buddhism by doing shakubuku; thus, making further advancement in one’s society as a capable person contributing toward its progress.

Nichiren Shoshu Priests and Laity

Nichiren Shoshu Priests and Laity

©1996

Publisher: Nichiren Shoshu Overseas Bureau

Address: 2057 Kamijo, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka. JAPAN