The Object of Worship – the Gohonzon

The purpose of True Buddhism is to relieve all mankind from their suffering in this world by enabling them to attain Buddhahood. In Nichiren Shoshu, we refer to the True Object of Worship as the “Gohonzon”. It embodies the enlightened life of the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. All human beings possess the highest life condition of Buddhahood hidden deep within their lives. When we transform our lives into the Buddha’s life, our environment will be transformed accordingly. When we believe in the Gohonzon and chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, we are able to manifest our life condition of Buddhahood and fuse it with the Gohonzon. When we can attain this state of enlightenment within our lives, we can achieve unshakeable happiness and overcome the difficulties and sufferings in our lives.

The ultimate Gohonzon – the Dai-Gohonzon – was inscribed by Nichiren Daishonin on 12th October 1279, for the sake of saving all mankind. It is enshrined at the Head Temple, Taisekiji, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, and has been preserved and protected by the successive High Priests to this very day. Many believers in Japan and from all over the world travel to Taisekiji to worship the Dai-Gohonzon throughout the year.

 

信仰的对象 — 御本尊

正法之用意,在于引导一切众生成佛,从而根本地救济备受世间苦恼的人们。日莲正宗的信仰对象,我们称为御本尊。御本尊具有御本佛日莲大圣人悟达的生命。
人人生命奥底中均具有至尊的佛性。当我们相信御本尊并唱诵「南无妙法莲华经」时,我们的生命就能与御本尊的佛性合为一体,进而涌现我们的佛性。一旦我们的生命转换成佛的生命时,环境也将随之相应转变。
通过涌现生命中的佛性,即开显成佛之境界,我们将能克服人生中的种种困难,而获得永不崩溃的幸福。
为了救济一切世人,日莲大圣人于1279年10月12日图显了根本究极的御本尊,我们称之为大御本尊。大御本尊安置于日本富士山山麓的总本山大石寺,并在历代御法主上人的严护之下安奉至今。一年到头, 都有许多日本及来自世界各地的信徒前往大石寺参拜大御本尊。

 

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