Pre-Gohonzon Chanting Buddhists


Pre-Gohonzon Chanting Buddhists

Those who are chanting, but for 'whatever the circumstances may be' haven't gotten their gohonzon yet.

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What is the Gohonzon?

Started by Leaetta May Wacker. Last reply by Deborah Carter Mar 12, 2010. 8 Replies

Since the group is called Pre-Gohonzon, it follows that the intention is to receive and practice with a Gohonzon at some point. If this is the intent, why not share our ideas, our knowledge, or…Continue

Tags: enshrinement, alter, Gohonzon

SGI-USA official policy re: online Gohonzons

Started by Dan. Last reply by Dan Jan 28, 2010. 2 Replies

Just an FYI.  SGI-USA's policy towards online Gohonzons

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Comment by Suki on February 26, 2011 at 10:03am




PS For our health there're a lot of other things that we can to do as well, like - Eating nutritious foods, drinking the right water ( one without all the chemicals & junk ), exercise, proper cleansings of various types,  wholefood vitamins & supplements, getting proper rest, having great friends, keeping thoughts positive, & trying not let stress take over...which is a biggy. ..But anyways just to mention a few, all though I don't really know your medical condition...this is just to mention a few types of action that can be taken...even people with great health can follow to maintain good health.....You might even look into Pranayama. Our practice will give us wisdom on what is the best approach for us, not to mention staying in tune with our bodies.

Love ya Deborah, take care.


Comment by Deborah Carter on August 5, 2010 at 12:18pm
Thanks Suki.
Your comments have always been inspiring and encouraging me to just keep the faith and keep my 'eye on the ball'.
I've been so very busy preparing for the enshrinement ceremony in my home - everything was decided the last minute - and I will write a longer comment on the things that really motivated me to finally say 'yes' to the gohonzon. But it was mainly the understanding of how the gohonzon takes it a step further and deeper, especially for changing things like my family karma. I finally understood that this karma from generations back pre-programs some of my health problems and certain obstacles I have in life, and in spite of the fact that it's way more complicated for me to take in in it's entirety, the only thing needed to change it is faith and practice.
I will definitely let you know - at least by September - what the difference feels like.
Comment by Suki on August 4, 2010 at 3:51am
Congratulations Deborah!!! This is the best desicion that anybody can make in their life. I was never one of those people who would want to shove the Gohonzon down someone's throat...because this is a commitment, that has to come from the heart. Let me know when you can tell the difference of chanting with & without the Gohonzon. I'm so excited for you, it's not the's the practice that keeps our energy life force elevated...people in any organization can be on their own agenda. But SGI focus is kosen-rufu...that's the many in body one in the development of the members through human revolution...which compliment each other...that's where the synergy is suppose to be.

Comment by Deborah Carter on July 20, 2010 at 7:38am
Another insightful and inspiring article about having the gohonzon was by Shin Yatomi, SGI-USA Vice Study Department Leader. Beyond Idolatry and Self.doc
Comment by Deborah Carter on July 20, 2010 at 7:35am
I am happy to announce tha I'll be receiving my Gohonzon next month, in August. It all came out of my giving a presentation called, "Everything I know about the Gohonzon" at the weekly meeting. Since I had been studying it and pondering over it for 3 years before getting it, I wanted to share that information. But it was articles, like the one below, written by former Vice President Tsuji, that really gave me insight on what it meant to have a Gohonzon.
I hope it inspires you too!
Comment by Deborah Carter on March 12, 2010 at 2:31am
I hope it's understood that I have a profound respect for the Gohonzon, even though I ask questions about it.
According to what I've studied about its history, the basis of this practice - which differentiates it from many others - is transparency. Therefore, it should allow for examination with no cause for anyone to feel that the foundation of their own belief is threatened.
Questions and dialogue strengthen transparency.
Comment by Deborah Carter on February 21, 2010 at 6:49pm
My own experience has been that chanting daily,even if it is to a candle or bare wall,is a commitment to world peace through human revolution. I've overcome some incredible obstacles and have recieved countless benefits as well, and it's now 3 years that I'm still 'pre-gohonzon'.
I also encourage the friends that I'm shakabukuing to pray, study, and follow their natural 'time flow' towards receiving their own gohonzon, and a couple of them are more than likely tol be receiving theirs -this year -before I get mine.

The most important thing for me is that when they are starting to chant that they are open to- and aware of- the potential benefits and their transformation that could take place, and not be under the impression that without a Gohonzon, they are 'doing nothing' and it's all just a coincidence. (We get enough of hearing that from non-buddhist peers!)
Comment by Kerry Prew Behrens on January 28, 2010 at 6:37pm
Please do not worry any more Christopher, I have a butsudan and my Gohonzon has been installed, for almost a month now. The print is safely put away as a momento. (I did hang the print in a very beautiful rosewood box on an altar which was unfortunately too small for a Gohonzon, not pinned to a wall, for what its worth.) I am very sorry to have offended. It is not my leader's fault in any way. I was just an over- eager student, so eager to learn its details and meaning. I intended no harm or disrespect.

Can I ask, how are our Gohonzons created, are they copied by hand?
Comment by Dan on January 28, 2010 at 3:59pm
For years the SGI members in Korea were NOT chanting to a Gohonzon and they attest to the many benefits they had. After the Korean govt. laxed their rules about the SGI org in Korea, membes were able to receive gohonzons from Japan.
Comment by Christopher Williams on January 11, 2010 at 4:36pm
Kerry, PLEASE talk to your local district leader, womens div leader, etc.

Chanting to a downloaded photo of a Gohonzon is NOT, repeat NOT cool!!!!

Anyone who photographs and posts photos of ANY Gohonzon is in essence, no in essence, they ARE committing a slander to the Gohonzon. (You're not supposed to even photograph an opened Bustudan either!!!)

I appreciate you're new to this practice but SOMEONE should've already told you that since this is basic stuff.

There are members who chanted to a blank wall for years and years before they could receive.

A major example of a person who had to endure that was Josei Toda, who only had the cold walls of his prison cell to look at for several years when he chanted.

The reason why new members are encouraged to set up a suitable alter for their yet to be given one is to show that they will value and protect it with all of their being.

Printing out and pinning it on a wall shows you're in need of guidence form a leader on the subject and I would encourage to seek it and really study the Daishonin's and Sensei's writing.

Printing out a Gohonzon from the web and chanting to it is a slander no matter how you look at it.

Please get guidence on this because it is a major issue!!!

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