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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Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practicepp. 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 variedly changes their Gongyo formats depending on modernity, the most recent being the edition of their liturgy format.
By the 90s, prayers of appreciation for the priesthood were abandoned. Furthermore, when extreme circumstances prevent someone from performing gongyo according to established convention, it is considered by Nichiren Shoshu members to do a shortened version and chant lots of daimoku than to lose daily contact with the Gohonzon. A shorter hymn called the Juniraithe Twelve Praises of Shican be used as well. 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 svi meditations expressing gratitude for the Three Treasures as defined in Nichiren Shoshuand the merit accrued through Buddhist practices.
The rubbing of Juzu prayer beads is prohibited sgo both Gongyo and Shodai or prolonged chanting in Nichiren Shoshu.
It is the act of offering the sutra, daimoku the invocation Nam-myoho-renge-kyoand silent prayers to the Gohonzonthe object of veneration. March Learn how and when to remove this template message.
What is Gongyo?
Archived from the original on February 5, The number of recitations depends on which silent prayer is to be offered. The passage from the hour of the ox to the hour of the tiger therefore symbolizes the transition gonyyo 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: Part of xgi series on.
Sgk that the number of or the length of time daimoku is chanted between the final sutra recitation and silent prayer, is discretionary. Buddhist liturgy is a formalized service of veneration and worship performed within a Buddhist Sangha community in nearly every traditional denomination and sect in the Buddhist world.
August Learn how and when to remove gongo template message. Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi abstracted and modified this word from an earlier classic of Taoism – Laozi’s Tao Te Chingin which gomgyo states: It is done between the eponymous hours of the ox ushi 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.
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 .
Variations on this basic gongyo format, consisting of different combinations of the Expedient Means Chapter and parts of the Life Span of the Tathagata Chapter, are also offered on certain occasions, such as at mid-day meetings, before chanting daimoku for extended periods, and gingyo funerals and celebrations.
The significance of performing Ushitora Gongyo at this 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.
Nichiren Buddhists perform a form of gongyo that consists of reciting certain passages of the Lotus Sutra and chanting daimoku. The central practice of these schools is the recitation of the name of Amidaalso called the nembutsubut in daily practice a Pure Land practitioner will also chant excerpts of the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Lifeparticular the sections titled the Sanbutsuge or the Juseigeand in some temples chanting the entire Smaller Sutra of Immeasurable Life may occur once daily or alternatively only on more formal occasions.
The 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.
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Depending on what practice the practitioner wishes to undertake, it can be done at a temple or at home. In the 70s, silent prayers were added for sig success of the Soka Gakkai itself, and in memory of its first two deceased presidents. During the Sui and Tang dynasties, the buddhist philosophy developed dramatically in central China, and was influenced by Taoism.
Retrieved from ” https: A typical order for chanting gingyo these services is: Ushitora Gohgyo takes place in the Grand Reception Hall of Head Temple Taisekiji and follows the format of the five-prayer morning gongyo service. Views Read Edit View history. Check date values in: Buddhist piety is a common sentiment found in Gongyo among Nichiren Shoshu members. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
All three terms are common Japanese words and none is specific to any particular sect or school. You may improve this articlediscuss the issue on the talk pageor create a new articleas appropriate. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
The Heart of the Lotus Sutra. The first two presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, taught members “not to hire priests to chant, as had long been customary, but to chant for themselves, a change they found both disarming and sti .
Nichiren established no formal procedure for gongyo other than the recitation of the 2nd and 16th chapters of the Lotus Sutra, and at times even just the verse section of the 16th chapter.
The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. It is often done one or more times a day and can vary amongst the TheravadaMahayanaand Vajrayana sects. The word Gongyo originated in ancient China; although nowadays it is more often used in Buddhism, it first appeared in the Taoism classic Zhuang Zi.
The format of gongyo varies by denomination and sect. Hence the format had changed from time to time through the centuries. Each recitation of the sutra passages is followed three “prolonged daimoku ” hiki-daimoku gongyl, wherein each syllable pronounced distinctly and drawn out: