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.