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THE PRACTICE OF GONGYO
Reciting Two Chapters of the Lotus Sutra

The Japanese word gongyo literally means "assiduous practice." In the practice of Nichiren Buddhism it means reciting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and portions of the second chapter Expedient Means and the sixteenth Life Span chapters of the Lotus Sutra in front of the Gohonzon. This is the fundamental practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which is performed morning and evening.

The Liturgy of Nichiren Daishonin
The portions of the Expedient Means and Life Span Chapters of the Lotus Sutra recited in the practice of
Gongyo.

See also the literal
translations of these sections.

AUDIO FILES FOR LEARNING GONGYO
THE DAILY PRACTICE
Faith, Practice and Study

There are three basics in applying Nichiren Buddhism to your daily life: faith, practice and study. They are the primary ingredients in the recipe for developing our innate enlightened condition, or Buddhahood. All three are essential. With this recipe, we will experience actual proof of our transformation in the forms of both conspicuous and inconspicuous benefit. The recipe is universal. These basics are the same in every country where this Buddhism is practiced.
THE WRITINGS OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin are a compilation of letters and treatises written by Nichiren himself to his followers. These letters and treatises, more than 400 of which remain today, are collected in English as The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vols. I and II, and are the primary study material for SGI members. Search The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin online: http://www.sgilibrary.org
FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to many questions we all have when beginning our practice.
NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO
Devotion - Mystic Law - Lotus - Buddha's Teaching

Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo--also known as "Daimoku"--is the primary practice of SGI members. Through this practice, one is able to reveal the state of Buddhahood in one's life, experienced as the natural development of joy, increased vitality, courage, wisdom and compassion.
MEDITATION OR POSITIVE THINKING?
The Difference Between Chanting and Meditation
or Positive Thinking


Many people associate Buddhist religious practice with silent, interior meditation. But the practice of vocalizing, reciting and chanting various teachings has played a vitally important role in the history of Buddhism.
Find out how.
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THE GOHONZON
The Object of Devotion

The significance of the object of devotion, the Gohonzon, in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, lies not in the literal meaning of the characters but in the fact that it embodies the life of the original Buddha, or the law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

Nature and Meaning of the Gohonzon

Diagram of the Gohonzon with rollover for phoneticized original, English Translation and sanskrit of characters.
SUGGESTED READING
Doctrine and Buddhist History

For further information on Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, we recommend the following books, among many others. These books are available through any local SGI-USA community center bookstore, or through the SGI-USA national headquarters or online.

List of recommended books