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Soka Gakkai Joju Gohonzon

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Soka Gakkai Joju Gohonzon

A “specially dedicated” Object of Devotion was bestowed on the Soka Gakkai by the 64 High Priest Nissho Shonin, shortly after Josei Toda became president (on May 3, 1951).

In the margin of this Gohonzon are written the words:

“For the Fulfilment of the Great Desire for KosenRufu Through the Compassionate Propagation of the Great Law”.

This inscription clearly expresses the mission of the Soka Movement.

It also bears an additional inscription, reading:

“To Be Permanently Enshrined in the Soka Gakkai"- (Jpn: Soka Gakkai Joju).

The Joju Gohonzon is enshrined in the Hall of the Great Vow for KosenRufu (Shinanomachi, Tokyo).

The Soka Gakkai was conferred on by High Priest Nitatsu Shonin several other Gohonzons to be enshrined in Soka premises.

(Although SGI could use any of these Gohonzons to copy and deliver to new members at the time of crisis with the priesthood (who refused issuing Nikken inscribed Gohonzon) - however, in the continuing tradition of respect to Priesthood, the SGI preferred to priorities Nichikan Gohonzon conferred by the Chief Priest of Narita Temple).

Transfer of Gohonzon to wooden form

“In 1974, the Soka Gakkai asked High Priest Nittatsu for permission to have several of the Gohonzon in its possession, including the joju Gohonzon enshrined at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, transferred into wooden form in order to preserve them. At that time, Nittatsu responded that because these Gohonzon belong to those who received them, they may be transferred into wood in order to cherish them based upon faith, indicating that it was up to the Soka Gakkai if they wished to do so.

Upon obtaining Nittatsu’s permission, the Soka Gakkai proceeded, in 1974, to have eight Gohonzon reproduced in wooden form. The Seikyo Shimbun, in issues dated January 4 and July 17, 1975, reported that the joju Gohonzon at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters and the Kansai Headquarters respectively had been transferred to wood.

The priesthood expressed no complaint or objection to this at the time”. 

http://nichiren.info/buddhism/library/SokaGakkai/Study/Temple/reaffirming.html

Soka Gakkai Joju Gohonzon (now enshrined in the Hall of Great Vow for Kosen Rufu) is also called : KosenRufu Gohonzon.