Recorded in the Memorial Book are the anniversaries of the
deaths of Nichiren Daishonin and all of the successive High Priests,
acknowledgment of the religious persecutions the Daishonin endured, and the
anniversaries of the deaths of your own deceased relatives and friends.The book is set up so that you can offer
memorials of gratitude each day. The Memorial Book (Kakocho)
is used to assist
us in offering benefit or merit to the deceased each day during morning and
evening Gongyo.All Nichiren Shoshu
Temples have a Memorial Book at the altar.Smaller sized versions are inscribed for lay believers by the Chief
Priest of their local temple.It is
recommended that all believers have a memorial book.It is placed to the left side of the offering
table in front of the Butsudan.
of the Memorial Book is numbered to correspond to a day of the month.For example, the page numbered 20
corresponds to the
twentieth day of each month of the year.Just before beginning evening Gongyo, turn the page to the one numbered
for the next day.Then, repeat the
memorials on that page at morning Gongyo of the numbered day.
who have a Memorial Book should offer the memorial section of the Fifth Prayer
in the following manner.After ending Shodai
, and chanting Daimoku
Sansho, continuously strike the bell:
1.Silently offer your deep
gratitude for the Daishonin and successive High Priests as they are noted in
the Memorial Book.
your gratitude for the religious persecutions the Daishonin endured as they are
noted in the Memorial Book.
prayers in memory of and gratitude for the lives of the deceased (including the
parents of the Daishonin) as they are noted in the Memorial Book.
4.Offer prayers for
your deceased relatives and friends as written in the first part of the Fifth
Prayer.When finished, stop striking the
bell and chant Daimoku Sansho.
a Memorial Book, believers request an application from their local temple.This application will have a place to write
the names of one’s deceased family and friends.The Chief Priest will inscribe the requested names in the book.When a new name needs to be added, the book
should be given to the Chief Priest to make the inscription.Please check with your local temple staff
regarding appropriate Gokuyo.