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Buddhism and the Correct Object of Worship


In the Gosho, the writings of Nichiren Daishonin (founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism), Nichiren tells us to “choose the most superior object of worship.” (Gosho, p. 1275)

Generally speaking, each religion has an object of worship in which its teachings, guidelines, and doctrines are embodied. Religions differ because their objects of worship are based on different concepts.

One’s happiness or unhappiness is decided conclusively by the object of worship in which one believes. If one worships an incorrect object, one’s life condition declines, causing suffering and eventual stagnation. The most important thing is to choose the correct object of worship.

In Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, the Gohonzon is our object of worship. New believers can request the privilege of being entrusted with a Gohonzon and set up their own altar at home.

At our next New Members meeting on Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm, our Chief Priest, Rev. Murata, will teach us about the Gohonzon using Chapter 6 of the Basics of Practice book.


Reference: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, Chapter 6, page 36.