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Forever Moving Forward Based on the Gohonzon

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Around two hundred years and more into the Latter Day of the Law, I was the first to reveal as the banner of propagation of the Lotus Sutra this great mandala [the Gohonzon of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo] that even those such as Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu, T’ien-t’ai and Miao-lo were unable to express.

“The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 83

This profound intent of Nichiren Daishonin is embodied in the Soka Gakkai Kosen-rufu Gohonzon[1] enshrined in the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu (in Shinanomachi, Tokyo).

With this Gohonzon—requested by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda—as the “banner of propagation of the Lotus Sutra” (“The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon,” WND-1, 831), the Soka Gakkai has made steadfast efforts to compassionately spread the Mystic Law and realize the Daishonin’s ideal of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land.”

The Gohonzon is the means by which all people can become happy. With the conviction “what is there that cannot be achieved?” (“Reply to Kyo’o,” WND-1, 412), let’s continue moving forward based on chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo infused with a vow for kosen-rufu.

From the May 16, 2019, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.


  1. In addition to the words “For the Fulfillment of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu Through the Compassionate Propagation of the Great Law,” this Gohonzon also bears the inscription “To Be Permanently Enshrined in the Soka Gakkai” (Jpn. Soka Gakkai Joju). As a result, it is commonly called the Soka Gakkai Joju Gohonzon. It is also referred to as the Soka Gakkai Kosen-rufu Gohonzon. ↩︎

Myo Means “to Open, to Be Fully Endowed and to Revive”

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