Daily recitation of excerpts from the Lotus Sutra is one of the most essential religious practices in which Rissho Kosei-kai members engage. They read them aloud each morning and evening before the Buddhist altars in their homes or at the churches.
Hoza: Circle of Compassion
One of the most important of Rissho Kosei-kai’s religious activities is a unique form of group counseling known as hoza. The members of a hoza group usually sit together in a circle, creating a warm, intimate atmosphere for open discussion. Members share problems and raise questions in the hoza as the other members listen and respond with compassion, trying to understand his or her problem, situation, and emotions.
Sharing the Teachings
“For the sake of the peace and happiness of the people of the world, go into all regions and preach the doctrine,” Buddha said to his disciples. Following that example, members of Rissho Kosei-kai strive to share the Buddha’s teachings with many people.
Memorial Days and Uposatha Days
Rissho Kosei-kai’s monthly memorial days are:
- 4th for the late founder, Nikkyo Niwano;
- 10th for the late cofounder, Mrs. Myoko Naganuma;
- 15th for Shakyamuni Buddha’s entering nirvana.
On these days, in revering the Eternal Buddha as their focus of devotion, members recite the Lotus Sutra wholeheartedly not only to remember and praise the virtues and teachings of the founder and the cofounder, but to express their deep gratitude to them as well.