Why is the “B” section of Gongyo so much more
difficult to learn than the “A” and “C” sections?
is difficult to learn the “B” section of Gongyo because it is much longer
than the “A” and “C” sections. The “B” section of Gongyo is written
in prose; however, the “C” section is written in verse. Therefore, it is
easier learn the “C” section.
me explain the reason why we recite the Hoben
chapters during our daily
Gongyo in the morning and evening. In the “Recitation of the Hoben
Chapters,” Nichiren Daishonin teaches:
As I said before, though no chapter of the Lotus
Sutra is negligible, among the entire twenty-eight chapters, the Hoben chapter and the Juryo chapter are particularly
outstanding. The remaining chapters are all in a sense the branches and leaves
of these two chapters. Therefore, for your regular recitation, I recommend that
you practice reading the prose sections of the Hoben and Juryo chapters.
In addition, it might be well if you wrote out separate copies of these
sections. The remaining twenty-six chapters are like the shadows that accompany
a form or the value inherent in a jewel. If you recite the Juryo and Hoben chapters,
then the remaining chapters will naturally be included, even though you do not
p. 10; Gosho, p. 303)
Even though the Hoben
are extremely important, if we only recite the words, this would still be the
Lotus Sutra of Shakyamuni. We would merely be reading the surface meaning of
the words. In the Latter Day of the Law, reciting the Lotus Sutra has a
completely different significance.
Although the words of the Hoben
are the same, Nichiren Daishonin’s recitation of these same words is performed
based on the life condition of the True Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law.
This means that the purpose of our recitation is to reveal and praise the merit
of the Gohonzon of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, hidden in the depths of the passages of
is difficult to learn Gongyo; however, you can gain great merit from the Gohonzon
if you steadily perform your daily prayers.