Naitoku shinko is to practice without Gohonzon.

In teachings that preceded and followed the Lotus Sutra,
we , the common mortal, and the Buddha are separate
beings. So we pray to Buddha, or we beseech Buddha to
help us, to save us or to protect us. But when we come
to the Lotus Sutra, we learn that the Buddha is within
us, and that we have to develop our
Buddha-nature,which we do by chanting. We must go
inside ourselves for salvation, we must not seek outside
ourselves for help and protection.
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo includes ichinen sanzen (all
worlds, all things, in one being--in one moment of
thought). That means that the world of Buddha also
exists within one being. So we need not search for
Buddha or god outside ourselves. We must look inside
and realize that we have Buddha-nature. This is how
one practices
naitoku shinko (seeking faith without
By Reverend Raidou Hirota
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