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24. Ojyogyo

  The Buddhism preaches “four sufferings and eight pains”. We’re doomed to face four sufferings of birth, aging, illness and death. Ojyogyo is chanting the Odaimoku to help people suffering. For instance, the Ojyogyo has cured a lot of people of their intractable diseases our modern medical science can’t deal with.


*1. Ojyogyo: お助行

*2. four sufferings and eight pains: 四苦八苦

*3. birth, aging, illness and death: 生・老・病・死


Gohomon words

23. Oko

  We regularly chant the Odaimoku and listen to a Gohomon with other practitioners at home (Oko). The Oko is also called “a training hall for spreading the Odaimoku”. Conversations about benefits, practices and more are exchanged after the Oko. In addition to chanting in this temple, the Oko is also important for brushing up our minds and accumulating merits.


*1. Oko: 御講


Gohomon words

22. united in minds, while separated in bodies

  We can’t receive manifested benefits through practicing alone. Being different from each other, we can solidly be united and support each other. Needless to say, cooperativeness among the practitioners is indispensable. In this Josenji temple, all of us are daily chanting the Odaimoku for accumulating the merits together.


*1. united in minds, while separated in bodies: 異体同心


Gohomon words

21. correspondence between the Buddha and our minds

  Chanting the Odaimoku whole-heartedly is of great importance for realizing the correspondence between the Buddha and our minds and receiving many manifested benefits. However, if we’re chanting the Odaimoku absent-mindedly or chanting while sleeping, the benefits will naturally be minimized. The Buddha is seeing into our minds all the time.


*1. correspondence between the Buddha and our minds: 感応道交

*2. manifested benefit: 現証御利益


Gohomon words

20. saha world

  A place we’re living is called “saha world”, which is full of conflicts. In this saha world, we’re living our lives as if walking in the darkness. “The future is a closed book”. However, chanting the Odaimoku illuminates the darkness, ensuring protections by the guardian kings of heaven both night and day.


*1. saha world: 娑婆世界、私達が住んでいるこの世界

*2. guardian kings of heaven: 諸天善神