WHAT IS THE PRACTICE?
The practice can be divided into three aspects.
These are commonly known as faith, practice and study.
The PRACTICE consists of chanting, or invocation of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to the Gohonzon (which is the mandala or object of worship for observing one's own mind) and the recitation, etc. It consists of morning and evening practice, normally carried out individually, or as a family, in our own homes. The recitation of the Hoben and Juryo chapters of the Lotus Sutra is known as Gongyo. Simply explained, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo means devoting our life to the Ultimate Law of the universe. We are encouraged to test its effect upon our lives, so that our faith will grow based on our own experience of the power of the practice.
STUDY is an important aspect of deepening our faith and includes the understanding of the principles of Nichiren Daishonin's teachings (known as the Gosho - delivered as letters to his disciples)and their application to our daily lives.
Through FAITH, intuitively and on a committed level, we apply the teachings of the mystic law to our lives so that we can transform ourselves and our environment: overcoming all sufferings and creating happiness within ourselves and around us. This Buddhism recognises that everything and every person is interconnected in a meshwork of life which reciprocally supports itself in all its aspects. Everything maintains itself at the expense of everything else. By chanting for ourselves and others we bring out the Buddha or enlightened nature in all life and create an opportunity for happiness and creative transformation in human society and our environment. The discussion meetings held in peoples' homes throughout the world typify this spirit and are intended as a forum for openness of dialogue.