Second Guidance Meeting for Kotos and Vice-Kotos, Great Lecture Hall, Head Temple, Taisekiji, March 25, 1995
….I would like to say a few words about the Gohonzon. The Dai-Gohonzon is the final, ultimate Gohonzon presented by the Daishonin. It is the Gohonzon of the absolute truth (absolute myo). With this Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary as the basis, all other Gohonzons are manifested for the benefit of the faith of all living beings in the Latter Day of the Law, just as the one moon in the heavens may be reflected in many places. Therefore, whether they be Gohonzons inscribed in Nichiren Daishonin’s own hand, Gohonzons transcribed by Nikko Shonin, or Gohonzons transcribed by Nichimoku Shonin or any of the other successive High Priests, from the standpoint of our faith, all Gohonzons are the supreme Law for the sake of attaining Buddhahood in one’s present form.
….It goes without saying that the heart of the Daishonin is manifested without any change in all the Gohonzons transcribed by the successive High Priests. Therefore, I would like to state unequivocally that by intensely chanting the Daimoku with faith in the entity of the life of Nichiren Daishonin, you will be able to open up the path to attaining genuine Buddhahood in one’s present form without fail, regardless of which of the successive High Priests transcribed the Gohonzon [you chant to].
As you continue along your individual paths of faith and practice, or in the realm of your organizations for protecting the true Law and enabling it to prosper, I imagine there are many people who are faced with the question, “What should I do now?”
….We have been blessed with the mystic Law, which can definitely open up [the correct path], regardless of what kind of difficulty or obstacle there may be. Consequently, the wonderful, priceless merit of this Gohonzon is not something you learn about from other people. What is vital is to exert yourselves with the feeling that you will definitely open up that path through your own faith and practice, that is, through sincere, strong Daimoku.
Now, I have heard the following story. At a certain time, there were 1,000 households in a certain Hokkeko organization. Those 1,000 households were still 1,000 households three years later, and even after five years there were still 1,000 households. A certain Hokkeko leader said he thought this rather strange, since shakubuku was progressing bit by bit and the number of Hokkeko members was increasing to some degree. In some substantive way, the Hokkeko must not have been developing. After hearing this, what do you think?
This means that there was not enough being done to properly establish the benefit of the Gohonzon inside the Hokkeko—not enough effort to bring forth the benefit of the Gohonzon. In other words, the spirit to find a way to achieve what
could be done in the present to move toward kosen-rufu in a concrete way was not strong enough, either on the part of the priests or on the part of the believers.
There are still not enough temples for kosen-rufu, so please have the determination to establish them. By having the kind of determination to establish temples, your benefits for achieving kosen-rufu will increase and the correct path will open up.
(Note: This lecture can be read in its entirety in the book: Sermons 1992-2002 by Sixty-seventh High Priest Nikken Shonin.
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