The precept of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is called the “precept of the diamond chalice” because the power of Myoho-Renge Kyo never can be broken throughout eternity, just like a diamond. In other words, this diamond chalice leads one to attain Buddhahood without fail.*
There are said to be 80,000 volumes of teachings in Buddhism, but they are all condensed into the following three categories:
- kai (precepts)
- jo (meditation)
- e (wisdom)
“Kai” means to stem injustice and to stop evil, and has a more immediate application in daily life.
“Jo” means to concentrate one’s mind to master the profound truth inherent in all life and the universe.
“E” indicates the wisdom to discriminate between right and wrong, good and evil.
The attainment of Buddhahood or enlightenment begins with one’s daily behavior. By enhancing one’s life-condition, one can accumulate good fortune and benefit. Therefore “kai,” or precepts, are an important element for pursuing the correct path of Buddhahood along with “jo” and “e.”
“Gojukai” literally means the ceremony “to receive the precept.” Generally, it is the ceremony for conversion to Buddhism. In Nichiren Shoshu, those determined to start their faith and practice of true Buddhism receive this ceremony from a Nichiren Shoshu priest.
Visit Myosenji Temple to learn how to become a Buddhist. Buddhist practice allows you to change your Karma, change your life for the better, and in turn, help others and the environment we live in. See upcoming dates for our Introductory series on Buddhism.
*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, The Precept of the Diamond Chalice, July, 2019, p.20.