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There are three basic elements to the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, chanting the phrase Nam-myoho-renge-kyo; studying the teachings of Nichiren; and making efforts to share the teachings of Buddhism. SGI members perform a morning and evening practice known as Gongyo, which consists of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and reciting 2 short portions of the Lotus Sutra.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Buddhism teaches that a universal Law (Dharma) underlies everything in the universe. This is the very essence of life. One could also think of it as the fundamental rhythm of life and the universe. Nichiren identified this Law or essence as 'Nam-myoho-renge-kyo'. He taught that by carrying out the practice of Buddhism EVERYONE is able to bring their life into harmony with the greater life of the universe. The result of this is that one is able to experience greater wisdom, courage, life force and compassion when practising. This means to manifest Buddhahood, or an enlightened life condition.
Buddhahood in Daily Life
SGI members are encouraged to employ their Buddhist practice to squarely confront and overcome the very real challenges of their daily lives, in order to realize and manifest the profound potential of their life and to fulfill their unique life purpose. SGI members believe that this process of inner spiritual transformation or "human revolution," leads to not only individual empowerment but directs humankind's energies toward creating a more peaceful and prosperous world.
SGI members carry out their daily practice at home and meet at regular discussion meetings to study Buddhist principles and how to apply them in their everyday lifes. At these meetings, members also exchange ideas, hopes, challenges and experiences of their Buddhist faith and practice. These small group meetings are a place of mutual encouragement as well as for sharing Buddhist faith with friends.