For the Biginners

Gohomon – Dharma Discourses of HBS

Dharma discourses in HBS is known as “Gohomon” which is seemingly similar to the common Sermons or Preachings yet the content of a Gohomon is to guide the followers in the faithful practice path of Odaimoku.

Word “Ho” in this term means the doctrines of the Buddha, while the word “Mon” means the entrance. So, Gohomon is the entrance into the realm of faithful practice and the guidance system to ensure we encounter benefits as we walk along that path. 

We cannot simply excel in any field without a standard philosophical vision and guidance, no matter how much extremely we try to master it. Same applies to our faith & practice. We shall go stray and lose the bearings of our path and shall ultimately deviate from the goal of enlightenment if we ignore the road signs along our path. The road signs that show us the way is Gohomon.

We can never ignore the connection between Gohomon and our Faithful practice. Listening to Gohomon ensures us the realization on the existence of faith and how we should execute it. We can listen to Gohomon whenever we visit a HBS temple for morning service or for an Oko session at a household of a follower. Listening to them enable us in recognize the correct path to accumulate merits and encounter benefits. This path opens as we pure-heartedly listen to, accept and execute the guidance from Gohomon in our daily lives.

A Gohomon is at utmost importance to the practitioner- listener whilst the preacher-monk is highly responsible for the same. Thus a Monk (Kyomu) dedicates entire life to research & learn Gohomon and apply it to themselves as well in their life-long mission of propagating the Odaimoku.
We find the below phrase in the Lotus Sutra,
「聞法信受」In faithful practice, listening to Gohomon, believing it pure-heartedly, accepting and upholding it in your heart, then practicing it in reality comes first.

We come across two terms quite often when we listen to Gohomon. These two terms are “Kyoke” (Propagation) & “Shakubuku” (eliminate one’s false believes). In HBS, the practice of “Kyoke & Shakubuku” is considered equally important as same as the recitation of Odaimoku. We shall discuss about this practice of Kyoke & Shakubuku in our next article.