By Reverend Raido Hirota
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the Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai
Translated and edited by Udumbara Foundation staff.

Traditionally we've been told that we should focus on the character of myo
when chanting to
Gohonzon. I would have to say the central focus of the
entire Law should be on
myo. Myo means mystic or mysterious. This is not to
be confused with magic; it has nothing to do with magic. But
myo suggests
something difficult to understand. We call this Law mystic or mysterious
because, although we possess the Law, we hardly understand it. What is
mystic or mysterious about the Law is that all human beings  possess not one
world, but the
Ten Worlds. Each one of the Ten Worlds also possesses the
Ten Worlds. The mutural possession of the Ten Worlds means that Buddha
exists in all the worlds.

In the
Lotus Sutra Shakyamuni says this Law is "difficult to believe and
difficult to understand." Most people think that this phrase means the teaching
is theoretically so profound that it cannot be understood. However, from
Daishonin's viewpoint, "difficult to believe and difficult to understand" means
the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds is difficult to comprehend.
Gohonzon represents the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds. On Gohonzon
Daishonin wrote that this mandala is the rarest of all objects of worship, for
what has been inscribed here has never been realized before.
Ho means Law. The Chinese character for Ho has two components. The
component on the left has three dots, signifying water. The right component
means moving away. Together these two components indicate water moving
away. So even if human beings try to change the Law, they can't touch it or
get a hold of it. Hence they can't modify it.  That is what the character
Ho --
the Law -- implies. It is absolute and unchanging.