What is Gongyo?

Literally, gongyo means “assiduous (constant) practice.” In Nichiren Buddhism, gongyo means to recite part of the Expedient Means (2nd) chapter and the verse section of the Lifespan (16th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in front of the Gohonzon. The recitation of the sutra is the preparatory practice which helps to manifest the benefits of the primary practice, chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Gongyo is performed each morning and evening, and is the most fundamental practice of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.