January 2 Koto Address
On behalf of the Myoshin-ji Hokkeko, I would like to thank Reverend Kimura and Reverend Natsui for conducting today’s OKO Ceremony and allowing us the opportunity to show our appreciation to the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. As always, Reverend Kimura’s lecture was inspiring and informative. I am sure that it has helped us to strengthen our determination for Kosen Rufu.
Welcome to the first OKO ceremony of 2012! It is good to see so many members here today, it really feels like our Hokkeko organization is growing.
I hope that you all have made your fresh new determinations for this “Year of Advancing Kosen Rufu through Shakubuku”. We have been given new practical points for our practice from the High Priest Nichinyo Shonin for the year. I hope that you will use these points to help you achieve your objectives for this year.
To help you accomplish the second practical point, the Priesthood and the Hokkeko Officers and are planning some additional events this year. We are in the process of planning and organizing our first Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Seminar. This has been tentatively scheduled to be held on a Saturday afternoon in March. Please plan to bring your Shakubuku’s so they can come and find out about Nichiren Shoshu, hear our member’s powerful experiences, receive a lecture about True Buddhism from our Chief Priest, have a chance to ask questions and if they want, they can participate in a Gojukai Ceremony during evening Gongyo which will held after the event. There will be more details about this event announced in the coming weeks. I am telling you about this now so you can start making make plans to bring your guests.
On another note, I would also like to remind everyone that this is a good time to make a determination to create great fortune by making Gokuyo offerings each time we meet the True Buddha this year. For those of you that may not know, Gokuyo is the act, arising from one’s faith, of making offerings to the Three Treasures of Buddhism.
There are many forms of Gokuyo that we can offer. Making efforts to propagate the true law is one form. Offering ones time and body by working to care for the Temple as we do during our major temple clean ups is another form. Of course, another important form of Gokuyo is monetary Gokuyo. This helps to maintain the Head Temple and the other Temples that exist in various countries. It also helps to develop new Temples and Propagation Centers such as the one recently opened in Panama. Offering monetary Gokuyo is truly a way to contribute to the Kosen Rufu effort that is being made throughout the world.
Our attitude and how we offer Gokuyo is very important. We should always offer it to the Dai-Gohonzon which contains the three treasures, the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood. Offering Gokuyo to the Dai-Gohonzon is the same as making offering to the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. Our the offerings should be made with pure and sincere faith. This will allow us to accumulate virtue and good merit so we can attain Buddhahood. If your intention is not pure and honest when making your offering, no benefit will be gained.
So, let’s keep in mind the importance of doing Gokuyo in it’s many forms and try to do so with pure and sincere faith. We have all accumulated negative karma and by making offerings of ones devotion to the lotus sutra by doing Shakubuku, by offering ones time and ones body as well as making material offerings, we will be able to expiate our personal karmic hindrances and accumulate benefit and good fortune for the sake and prosperity of the True Law.
In closing, I just want to say that I am looking forward to working with all of you in this “Year of Taking Action to do Shakubuku”. I am excited about the new opportunities that we will have to share the joy and happiness of practicing True Buddhism.
Thank you all for listening, I appreciate your kind attention.