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Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects! Why?
« on: July 02, 2017, 03:45:41 pm »

What is Gongyo anyway? Why did it come about? Who started this tradition? Why is it constantly changed by certain groups?

Good Questions all! But there is no need for them. Because there is no need to perform Gongyo a concept not found in any scripture or writing by Nichiren or Shakyamuni. It has no relevant history among lay persons who practice Nichiren's Teachings. For instance:

"In 13th century Japan, not many people were able to read kanji, the Chinese characters into which the Lotus Sutra was translated into from Sanskrit. Therefore, the Daishonin sent letters to his literate disciples such as Toki Jonin and Shijyo Kingo , and asked them to read them to many other disciples. Furthermore, and unlike most other Buddhist priests of his day, the Daishonin often used the common language of the time (Hiragana, or Japanese phonetic characters) in his letters, so that as many of his followers as possible could read them.

Among the Daishonin’s disciples, many were farmers and common people such as the famous three brothers of Atsuhara Village.Their practice only consisted of chanting daimoku, since they could not read the Lotus Sutra. Obtaining a copy of the Lotus Sutra was expensive and very difficult, so it seems most unlikely that they would have had such a copy. In fact, it seems that most disciples relied solely on chanting daimoku as their primary practice. At any rate, the Daishonin certainly stressed the importance of chanting daimoku as the primary practice.

In 1277, Nichiren Daishonin wrote a letter to Matsuno Rokuro Saemon: As I have been saying for some time, in your situation as a lay believer, you should just single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo morning and evening, day and night” (WND p. 843).

Sincerely A Votary of The Gohonzon of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo


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