By Reverend Raido Hirota
Translated and edited by Udumbara Foundation volunteers
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QUESTION:  What is kechimyaku?

Rev. Hirota:   Some people call Nichiren Daishonin Buddha. Some people call Shakyamuni
Buddha. But Shakyamuni is really not
the Buddha; he was a provisional Buddha. In Nichiren
Shoshu we believe the one who is truly
the Buddha is Nichiren Daishonin, not Shakyamuni. We
say that the Daishonin is the true Buddha, but we don't worship him. We call Nichiren Buddha
because he taught us teachings that were more profound than Shakyamuni's teachings. What
Shakyamuni taught was limited.

Whereas Shakyamuni's believers have gold or wooden statues of Shakyamuni as their object of
worship, believers of Nichiren Daishonin have
Gohonzon as their object of worship, and are
thereby worshipping the
Law and not the person. They are worshipping Namu-myoho-renge-kyo,
not Daishonin. So those who believe in Shakyamuni believe in the person -- Shakyamuni -- and
we who believe in Nichiren Daishonin's teachings believe in the Law. Thus, the basis of
kechimyaku is the Law or Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. Nichiren Daishonin is not the basis of
kechimyaku. It is only the Law that is the basis of kechimyaku.

The Law comes first. The person who studies, perceives and comprehends the Law is Buddha.
This Buddha will teach others.

Those who worship Shakyamuni look towards him and pray towards him. They don't look and
pray towards what he perceived and comprehended. That is why it is incorrect. In
Shoshu we look beyond the person of Nichiren Daishonin to the Law of Namu-myoho-renge-kyo.
It is the Law that embodies all the Buddhist principles. We do not worship Daishonin himself.

Kechimyaku has no relationship to the flesh-body being transferred to Nikko Shonin, just as we
don't pass on what we think or what we feel to our children when we give birth to them.

The Daishonin's teaching is that enlightenment exists in everything. No one but the Daishonin
teaches this. This is the root of
kechimyaku, that enlightenment exists in all living things since time
without beginning. So, while Taiseki-ji repeatedly says they're the only ones who have
in an effort to make people believe what they say is true, they have forgotten that
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo exists in all people and all things.

The spirit of the Gohonzon is not written on the surface of the paper it's on. What is written on
Gohonzon is only representative of the spirit. You have to have an example of that spirit to focus
on, which is why we have Gohonzon. Gohonzon is a representation of the Buddha-spirit.