Buddhist liturgy is a formalized service of veneration and worship performed within a Buddhist The concept of gongyō is also common in Japanese Pure Land Buddhist schools such as Jodo Shu and Jodo Shinshu. . SGI-USA. p. vi. ISBN ^ Nichiren-Shu Service Book: Dharma, Nichiren. Soka Gakkai International (SGI) members put into practice the teachings of In Nichiren Buddhism, gongyo means to recite part of the Expedient Means (2nd). For a full explanation of the meaning of the passages we recite in gongyo, it is worth reading SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lectures in the book The Heart of the.
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Buddhist piety is a common sentiment found in Gongyo among Nichiren Shoshu members.
What is Gongyo?
This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat At the time the Soka Gakkai came into being, Nichiren Shoshu laity were not expected to do gongyo themselves; priests did it on their behalf. Gonguo most important gongyo service in Nichiren Shoshu is the Ushitora Gongyo performed daily by the high priest or his proxy when he is unable to officiate.
It is often done one or more times a day and can vary amongst the TheravadaMahayanaand Vajrayana sects. It is emphasized by the Soka Gakkai, however, that more important than the wording of the prayers is the practitioner’s heartfelt intent in doing gongyo and expressing his or her appreciation and desires .
Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practicepp. In larger Pure Land temples, the daily service is performed by priests or ministers, and lay people can optionally attend and recite along if they wish. Members of Nichiren Shoshu may only use Juzu prayer beads with pure white cords and white Pom-Pom ornaments, while Nichiren Shoshu priests use an additional set of Juzu prayer beads with white string tassels which they use towards Kito and Lotus Sutra blessings.
The format of gongyo varies by denomination and sect. The gongyo of Shingon Buddhism differs amongst various sub-sects, but all of them mainly recite the Hannya Shingyothe mantras of the Thirteen Buddhas and other mantras, the Light Mantraand the gohogo ; the saintly name of Kukai. The liturgy mainly consists of chanting or reciting a sutra or passages from a sutra, a mantra especially in Vajrayanaand several gathas.
Currently, after the recitation of the 2nd chapter and the verse section of the 16th chapter, daimoku is chanted for as long as desired, after which all the silent prayers are said to conclude gongyo.
By the 90s, prayers of appreciation for the priesthood were abandoned. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. It is the act of offering the sutra, daimoku the invocation Nam-myoho-renge-kyoand gongyp prayers to the Gohonzonthe object of veneration.
In the Soka Gakkaigongyo is performed to “return to the very foundation of our lives” and “draw wisdom” from inherent Buddha nature and achieves “the fusion or reality and wisdom” . Offering the sutra entails reciting the Expedient Means second and the Life Span of the Tathagata sixteenth chapters of the Lotus Sutra ; the silent prayers are five formal meditations expressing gratitude for the Three Treasures as defined in Nichiren Shoshuand the merit accrued through Buddhist practices.
Each recitation of the sutra passages is followed three “prolonged daimoku ” hiki-daimokuwherein each syllable pronounced distinctly and drawn out: Depending on what practice the practitioner wishes to undertake, it can be done at a temple or at home. Nichiren Shu has many types of gongyo a person can perform. Views Read Edit View history. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The rubbing of Juzu prayer beads is prohibited during both Gongyo and Shodai or prolonged chanting in Nichiren Shoshu.
Some, like Nichiren Shoshu and Nichiren Shu has a prescribed formula which is longheld in their practice use, while others such as Soka Gakkai International gongyoo changes their Gongyo formats depending on modernity, the most recent being the edition yongyo their liturgy format.
Hence the format had changed from time to time through the centuries.
Retrieved from ” https: The significance of performing Ushitora Gongyo at sfi time of day derives from earlier Buddhist teachings that describe the hour of the ox as “the end of darkness” and the hour of the tiger as “the beginning of light,” and ones that describe all Buddhas as having attained enlightenment at this time. This is because chanting as much daimoku as possible is the main practice of the Nichiren Shoshu faithful, whereas the sutra recitations are an auxiliary practice.
The silent prayers currently are: The full Life Span of the Tathagata Chapter is recited only for the second prayer an expression of appreciation to the Dai-Gohonzon ; for all others, only the “verse” portion is recited. All three terms are common Japanese words and none is specific to any particular sect or school.
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The word Gongyo originated in ancient China; gobgyo nowadays it is more often used in Buddhism, it first appeared in the Taoism classic Zhuang Zi. This article needs additional citations for verification. In traditional Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, lay practitioners may also chant a hymn written by Shinran called the Shoshingewhich is not a sutra per sebut expounds the lineage with which Jodo Shinshu owes its beliefs.
The gonyo from the hour tongyo the ox to the hour of the tiger therefore symbolizes the transition from the unenlightened condition of a common mortal to the enlightened condition of a Buddha, so the performance of gongyo at this hour serves as a reminder of the true purpose of Buddhist practice: Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi abstracted and modified this word from an earlier classic of Taoism – Laozi’s Tao Te Chingin which it states: The Heart of the Lotus Sutra.
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