Devotional Offerings Reciting the Hoben and Juryo chapters of the Lotus Sutra reveals and supports the great merit of offering Sound Meditation ~ Chanting [ Daimoku ] During morning and evening liturgy meditation we may recite portions of the Hoben (2nd) and the Juryo (16th ) chapters of the Lotus Sutra and chant the Daimoku chanting of the Infinite Title of the Lotus Sutra (Namu-Myoho-RengeKyo). Offering the Chanting [Daimoku] is called the primary practice, while recitation of the Hoben and Juryo chapters is called the supplementary practice. The merit we gain from strongly and consistently performing the primary practice of Sound Meditation is immeasurable and infinite. The fortune we accumulate is so great that its magnitude is often inconspicuous to us, sometimes unable to see our benefits because life is so good that we take it almost for granted.
THE HOBEN AND JURYO CHAPTERS
So, why in our devotional offerings do we recite from the Hobon and Juryo Chapters: Nichiren shares with us: “(Even) though none of the chapters of the Lotus Sutra is negligible, out of all the twenty-eight chapters the Hoben and Juryo chapter are particularly superior and praiseworthy. The remaining chapters are all like the branches and leaves [of these two chapters]. Therefore, for your regular practice you should learn and recite the prose sections of the Hoben and Juryo chapters. (Shinpen, p 303; Ref: M.W., Vol. 6, p.10) and further “The supplementary practice is the recitation of both the Hoben and Juryo chapters. This practice manifests the exceedingly deep merit of the primary practice, as Lye aids clear water in cleaning or salt and vinegar augment the flavor of rice or noodles. This is why it is called the supplemetary practice.” (“On the Ceremonies of This School,” Seiten p.922)
The Hoben chapter is the core of the Theoretical teachings of the Lotus Sutra, and the Juryo chapter is the core of the Essential teachings. For almost 800 years Nichiren Buddhists have chanted and meditated on these the Buddha’s words daily for spiritual sustain-ability and peace.
At one of the Nichiren Temples in Japan, at Taisekaji, the chanting goes on for Twenty Four hours of everyday in a small dedicated Kosen Rufu Temple dedicated to world peace and the growth of Buddha Dharma. It is such a joy to visit and chant there, next to the big Rock which Nikko used to stand on and share the Buddha Dharma before there were any temples. I also, have stood atop this same Rock and shared with Members of this Community, on our First Visit in 1994, we refer to it as the Speaking Rock, and it is now part of our Vancouver Island Nichiren Peace Center Legacy.
As we know, we begin our daily service with recognition of natures blessings, through our water offering: We offer this water, these offerings and our presence here, in devotion to the Buddhist Law of Sowing and express our [my] gratitude whether we [I ] see them or not.” In being here we offer our meditations for the spread of the living philosophy of the Buddha way through faith, practice, study and meditation. We are promised health, happiness, prosperity and wisdom, not a bad return.
We chant that we may erase our negative karma. To daily purify our faith, to continue to learn and realize, what is important, that we may attain the wisdom of Enlightenment even in this lifetime. We chant for the impartial benefits of the Buddha way to spread to our family, community, and to all of mother Earth bringing peace, health and happiness to all. Within our offerings of liturgy, meditation and personal prayer we are able to give thanks for our blessings and the good things this life brings us, even as we meditate of all other people, and our family, friends and those we know who have passed from this life.
Because Buddha Dharma is about personal well being and peaceful means, Buddhists meditate daily that its philosophy, faith and practical proof may expand, that its profound beneficial powers may ever more widely prevail. Not an easy thing in our world of endurance and societal faith. Kosen rufu is a term meaning peace, happiness, spiritual sustain-ability within self, community, country and our world.
We make our offerings and mediate to eradicate negative karma, instead of just living in or through it, without making the necessary changes necessary so that we will not have to repeat our suffering again in another realm. Suffering can be changed into wisdom, this a Master Key to faith. Daily chanting leads to higher levels of consciousness naturally and spiritually. We offer our daily devotions, that peace and happiness last and that we be prosperous. We come to the Buddha, the universal Law and our Nichiren Community for refuge and enlightenment; that through our caring and giving we may help others achieve spiritual sustain-ability and peaceful means. Congratulations on your faith as we nourish each other through our BE-ing!
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully, #N. Henry, Nyudo Buddha