‘One’s mind is … an objective reality that is inscrutable.’ This corresponds to the attainment of enlightenment in one’s present form [in the Latter Day of the Law].
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists chant to the Gohonzon, the enlightened life of the Buddha. When performing formalities in front of the Gohonzon, our minds should be composed and we should perform every action with the correct solemnity.
Sixty-seventh High Priest Nikken Shonin stated in his guidance:
The most vital thing is to chant Daimoku (Nam Myoho Renge Kyo) with the correct posture, reverently looking at the Gohonzon with your eyes wide open. If your eyes wander here and there, or your body is crooked, or you hold your hands in a slip-shod manner, that is proof that you are already losing the spirit of Buddhist practice.
Learn to Focus Your Mind
Visit our Buddhist Temple this Saturday, July 9th, for a presentation on the core beliefs of Buddhism. Our Chief Priest will teach you how to properly chant and focus your mind. The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes about 3:15 pm.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) our Assistant Priest will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.