The practice of true Buddhism
encompasses two aspects.They are jigyo
(practice for oneself)
and keta (practice for the sake of
others). Both are necessary for a complete practice. They are like the two
wheels of a cart, which work in unison to move our lives forward. In order to
attain enlightenment, we must practice both.
Here are some of the aspects of the practice of jigyo
, practice for oneself, which Nichiren Shoshu believers
1.Maintaining a consistent
practice of Gongyo and Daimoku, making sincere efforts with a positive
attitude. For example, even though we may be tired after a hard day’s work, we
never miss evening Gongyo and we accomplish our Daimoku goal.
2.Attending the Ceremonies at
the temple—especially the monthly Oko. Even if we have to drive long distances
to come to the Temple,
we make the effort to attend.
3. Supporting and protecting the
temple. For example, we offer Gokuyo to the best of our ability, and help with
temple clean-up or volunteer work.
4.Studying the doctrines of true
Buddhism by reading the Nichiren Shoshu
Monthly and other NST
5.Going on tozan
Here are examples of
the practice of keta
, practicing for the sake of others for their benefit, and for the
advancement of kosen-rufu.
1.Doing shakubuku—even though
the person may not show interest or come to the temple or a meeting, it is
important to have the courage to talk about true Buddhism to others.
Two Goals of Practice
2.Chanting Daimoku together
with your guests.
3.Teaching someone new how to
4.Bringing a guest to the temple
or to a local meeting.
5.Attending local meetings
ourselves. The Daishonin’s Buddhism is meant to be practiced together with
others. It is not a solitary practice.
The meeting will encourage our guests, but if we don’t have
a guest, we can still attend to give our support. This is part of the practice
of keta. Giving an experience will always encourage the members, and just
talking informally after the meeting to share experiences, will usually inspire
someone.If we support the Gongyo and
Daimoku and do nothing else, it still will help the meeting.
6.Share your experiences with
other members for the sake of mutual encouragement. Help encourage someone who
is struggling to strengthen his or her practice to the Gohonzon.
7.Take responsibility—become a
communicator—call the members and keep in touch.
8.Practice with the spirit of
“unselfishly devoting oneself.”
If a member calls for
encouragement, please encourage him. If a member has trouble with consistent
Gongyo, offer to go to her home and chant with her.If a member without a car lives near you, offer
to give him a ride to the temple for the Oko Ceremony or to a local meeting.
In Nichiren Shoshu the Daishonin gave us instructions to achieve two
1.To attain enlightenment in
our present form (sokushin
2.To establish kosen-rufu.
If we always realize that our own personal happiness is connected to
the attainment of kosen-rufu we will be able to have a complete practice of jigyo
and keta. Even if we achieve our own
personal goals, it would still be hard for us truly to be happy if the society
around us is full of unhappiness.Likewise, our behavior in society should reflect our practice of true
Buddhism. The advancement of kosen-rufu should always be on our minds.
When we have a personal goal, we should pray to the Gohonzon with the
conviction that we want to achieve it for the sake of kosen-rufu, not only for
our own personal edification. Our personal prayers should reflect the sprit of
. For example:
“I am praying for a nice dependable car, so that I can get to the Temple, and the meetings,
and give a ride to a new member.”
“I need to overcome my illness or financial hardship so I can put more
effort toward activities for kosen-rufu.”
“I want to become successful in daily life so that my happy life will
help me shakubuku my parents, brothers and sisters.”
These examples show that good causes in true Buddhism
encompass both practice for oneself and practice for the sake of others.
High Priest, Nittatsu Shonin gave the following guidance:
Whether or not your
prayers will come true depends on whether or not those prayers are connected to
kosen‑rufu. When you are praying to recover from an illness, you must ask for
good health so that you can put forth great efforts in your activities for the
sake of kosen‑rufu. If you are praying to eliminate your financial problems,
you must ask for the resolution of such fiscal strife so that you can devote
your activities to achieve kosen‑rufu. All your prayers must be connected to kosen-rufu
in this way.