GUIDE TO DAILY PRACTICE – Offering food to the Gohonzon

03 Feb

I seldom cook and eat rice but do I need to cook to offer rice to the Gohonzon? Instead, is it ok to offer bread to the Gohonzon? How about other types of food?
我很少煮饭和吃饭,是否需要煮饭向御本尊供奉饭? 是否可以供奉面包或其他食品?

Basic understanding of the presence of the Gohonzon in the home
Once the Gohonzon has been enshrined in our home, our house becomes the Gohonzon’s home and we live together with the living Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin.
Whenever you enter or leave the home, always chant three times as an offering of greeting to the Gohonzon. In the event of fire or natural disasters, we need to protect the Gohonzon first.

Offering foods
It is important to keep in mind that the Gohonzon has first priority of food in the house.
If you cook rice, you need to offer rice to the Gohonzon first before you eat. If you don’t cook it in the morning, whenever you cook it for the first time in the day, you need to offer it to the Gohonzon first. You don’t need to cook rice specifically for the purpose of offering it to the Gohonzon if you don’t eat it at all later. The cooked rice should not contain various ingredients of meat or chicken such as sticky rice ball or clay pot rice. Meat, chicken, fish and odoriferous vegetables or fruits such as onion, garlic and durian are not allowed for offering. You may offer fresh plain bread after baking or buying. As for any other offerings, the water cup always needs to be placed on the highest and most central position on the altar.

Instructions on offering the rice
After the plain rice is cooked, the first portion should be offered to the Gohonzon. This rice is called “Rice for the Buddha”. The rice can be placed in the space between water cup and the table. After placing the rice, chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo three times followed by reciting
a silent prayer: “I offer my deepest gratitude to the Three Treasures of the Buddhism of Sowing. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

Then ring the bell three times and chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo three times, then remove the rice soon. Do not leave the rice for a long time. You can then eat the rice that you offered.

Ideally, if you cook rice, after offering the water in the morning, do morning Gongyo first and offer the rice, then have your breakfast.

I sincerely hope that you will accumulate a lot of benefit by your sincere offerings and serving of the Gohonzon

offering

家中安奉御本尊的基本常识

一旦御本尊被安奉在家里,我们的家就成为御本尊的家,我们就与生身之佛日莲大圣人一起生活。每当进门或离开家时,总要向御本尊三唱题目以表尊敬。万一发生火患或自然灾难时,则需先保护御本尊。

供奉食物
所以要记住,家中的御本尊是第一优先得到食物的供养,是为重要。

若你煮饭,你需要在吃饭之前先向御本尊供奉饭。若是早上没煮饭,那在一天内,第一次煮饭后,要即时供奉。如你根本就没吃饭,就不必特地煮饭来供奉御本尊。不可将掺有肉类或其他配料的米饭如糯米粽子或砂煲饭来供奉御本尊。此外,肉、鸡、鱼以及有气味之蔬菜或水果如洋葱、大蒜与榴槤等,一概不可用来供奉御本尊。你也可以供奉烘焙后或买来的白面包。至于其他的供品,水杯总是被置于佛坛中央的最高处。

对供奉饭的指示

饭煮好之后,应该把第-勺盛起的部分供奉予御本尊。此饭称为“佛饭”。可将饭置于水杯与桌子之间的地方

安放好饭之后,题目三唱,接着观念:“为南无下种三宝御报恩谢德御供养,南无妙法莲华经。”

然后敲钟三下,再次题目三唱,接着把饭取下。别将饭搁得太久。

你可以食用你所供奉的饭。

理想的情况是,如果你有煮饭,在早上供奉水以后,就做早上勤行,接着奉上米饭,才吃早餐。

我真诚地希望通过你诚心地供养和侍奉御本尊,将能从中累积无量之功德。