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Lotus Sutra Translations:

Hoben Pon Dai Ni  
Nyorai Juryo hon Dai Ju-roku 
Taho Nyorai 

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The Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra - Other Characters of Interest to Buddhists 
Jogyo in Chinese  
 
 
Jo 
 
Gyo
 
"When Bodhisattva Jogyo emerged from the earth, he leapt forth joyfully, and when Bodhisattva Fugen arrived, the ground trembled in six directions."  
"Great Evil and Great Good," Major Writings, Vol. 5, p. 161
Jogyo is Superior (True) Action. His name is Vishishracharitra in Sanskrit. (Try pronouncing his Sanskrit name and you will know one of the reasons I prefer Chinese.) 
 
 
Jo
 
Jo means above the mark or superior. The bottom line indicates the median; the horizontal line above it is the mark above the median. This is the character used to indicate "High" of "High Priest" (Shonin). A different "sho" character is used in the word "Daishonin. 
 
Gyo
 
Gyo is composed of two characters: Chi and Chu:
 
 
Chi
 
Chi on the left is the left foot. 
 
Chu
 
Chu on the right is the right foot. 
Gyo indicates behavior, practice, conduct. It is the same Gyo used in Gongyo. 

Thus, Jogyo represents the activity of the True Self. The conduct of the True Self is the leader of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth. Only our true selves receive and transmit the Mystic Law. 

"Now Nichiren and his disciples who chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo are Bodhisattvas of the Earth. The benefits of the four Bodhisattvas are as follows: the natural function of fire is to burn things [Jogyo], that of water to purify [Jyogyo], that of wind to blow away dust and dirt [Muhengyo], and that of the earth to nourish plants and trees [Anryugyo]. These are the roles of the four bodhisattvas. Though the roles of the four bodhisattvas are different, they are all the practice of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo." Gosho Zenshu, p. 751 
 
Updated 6/7/06 
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