For example, Nichiren Shu holds that the object of worship can be any of the five following objects :
From this source, it is obvious that statue-worship of Shakyamuni Buddha is relevant to Nichiren Shu beliefs. This is in direct conflict with the doctrine of Gohonzon as the only Object of Veneration, and it is not difficult to understand the reason behind the opposition against the doctrine of Gohonzon for all humanity, or Dai-Gohonzon.
Another group which opposes the doctrine of Dai-Gohonzon is Rissho Koseikei. In its book “Honzon” written by Nikkyo Niwano, 1969, the Object of Worship is defined as the statue of Shakyamuni Eternal Buddha (almost in identical terms with Nichiren Shu). It is only natural that the Dai-Gohonzon would be perceived as a threat — or at least, a competition — to Rissho Koseikei's arbitrarily established Object of Veneration (which is a statue — a standing figure of Shakyamuni). But strangely enough, the Rissho Koseikei group deviates from its statue worship to additionally allow for Mandalas to be enshrined in its members' homes for worship instead of Shakyamuni’s statues. Having two forms of Object of Worship (a Statue in temples and a Mandala in members' homes) is a contradiction in itself, and this is admitted by the founder in his book Honzon: “This looks like a contradiction, but we should not overlook the mystery in the Buddha’s intention which is beyond the understanding of ordinary men." (page 32 of Honzon, describing the Object of Worship of Rissho Koseikei, as a standing figure of Shakyamuni).
A further example of a Buddhist school which is strongly opposed to the doctrine of the Dai-Gohonzon is the Kempon Hokke Shu (KHS). Similarly to the other schools like Nichiren Shu, the KHS regards Shakyamuni as the Object of Worship. According to "The Object of Worship of the Doctrine of the Original" taken from the Analects of the Kempon Hokke-Jumonryu) the following Objects are termed “permissible”:
It is evident that a Gohonzon for
all people, priests and laity, or a Dai-Gohonzon for all humanity, is a
doctrine which upsets the arbitrarily established views of various Nichiren
This work has been compiled by individual SGI members and is solely our personal opinion, based on years of practice and study.