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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This is the Honzon, or the true object of worship

"A Stupa of treasures is hanging in the sky above the Saha-World of the Eternal Buddha. The letters Myohorengekyo are seen in the center of the Stupa. On either side of the letters are seen Buddha Sakyamuni and Many-Treasures Buddha. Buddha Sakyamuni is accompanied by the four Bodhisattvas and Manjusri and Maitreya are sitting in the lower seats. All the other Bodhisattvas, including those taught by the historical Buddha Sakyamuni and those who have come from the other worlds of the ten quarters are also on the ground. This shows that these Buddhas are the manifestations of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni and that the worlds of theirs are manifestations of the Saha-World of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. We should worship all these Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in this arrangement. This is the Honzon, or the true object of worship. This Honzon was not revealed during the lifetime of the Buddha except when he expounded the eight consecutive chapters (XV to XXII) of the Lotus Sutra."  -- The True Object of Worship

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