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"Gohonzon" Bestowal Ceremony Held in Brazil

June 2017

On June 11, the Brazil Dharma Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil held a local Gohonzon bestowal ceremony for the first time in 13 years, at which members of 29 households received Gohonzon, our focus of devotion and eternal Buddha Shakyamuni.

Rev. Shoko Mizutani, director of Rissho Kosei-kai International, spoke on the promise of happiness, a new life as a bodhisattva, and awareness of the true nature of life as the meaning of invocation in our focus of devotion. He also quoted from a part of President Niwano's Dharma guidance delivered at the Gohonzon Presentation Ceremony at Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters in Tokyo on May 28, ahead of the onsite June 11 ceremony, saying that the teaching of Rissho Kosei-kai puts emphasis on these three practices: filial piety, ancestor appreciation/veneration, and bodhisattva practice.

At the end of the ceremony, one of the two representatives for of all the receiving families presented the following words of appreciation: "It is definitely difficult for me to express gratitude when I'm feeling dissatisfied, but thanks to this opportunity of receiving the Gohonzon today, Buddha gave me the chance to reflect upon myself and to express gratitude to others. To be honest, looking deeply back on myself so far, I have received many more things from others compared with what I have given to others. I pledge to be diligent in practicing sutra recitation and generosity from now on."

On that same day, about 60 families gathered together at the Brazil Dharma Center to share with other sangha members the great joy of receiving the Gohonzon in unity.


Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.

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