The Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra - Other Characters of Interest to Buddhists
Gongyo in Chinese
One of the earliest and most enduring aspects of Buddhist practice is the recitation of the sutras.
During the time of Shakyamuni some people joined the Buddhist Sangha after hearing the beautiful sound of voices reciting the words of his Awakening.
The first Buddhist Council gathered together the teachings of the Buddha and, when all agreed that the remembrances were correct, the sutras were recited in unison. What a great moment that must have been!
This tradition is one of the defining characteristics of the practice of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism.
The Daishonin wrote: "I recommend that you practice reading the prose sections of the Hoben and Juryo chapters." —"Recitation of the Hoben and Juryo Chapters," Major Writings, Vol. 6.
Gongyo is composed of two main characters — Gon and Gyo.
Gongyo expands our capabilities and thereby our world.
It is the determination that means every thing. It is the heart at the moment that directs the future. If your determination is for kosen rufu, if your determination is to do gongyo and daimoku, then how could any beneficial force fail to protect you? The world around us supports life — unless we also support life, we have difficulties.
Gongyo and Daimoku are our chance to re-direct ourselves toward enlightenment. Everything else pulls us in other directions. If we allow our environment to control us, we lose our ability to create a future of our choosing.
There should be no guilt about missing Gongyo. Instead know that doing Gongyo can fill your heart with joy and other treasures that are necessary to flourish in this troubled world.
It is Gongyo and Daimoku that allow us to see the world with the Buddha's view.
If you care about the world you live in, do Gongyo. If you only care about yourself, do Gongyo. They are not two separate things.
you and all your friends can find their hearts singing with joy and the
great sound of Gongyo.