On April 28, 1253, at the Seicho temple in what is today Chiba prefecture in Japan, Nichiren Daishonin recited Nam Myoho Renge Kyo publicly for the first time. In this way he established the chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo as the essential practice of his teaching, a practice that allows all human beings to develop their innate wisdom.
The Gohonzon embodies the law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in the form of an object of worship (mandala). It is a visual expression of the fundamental Law to which Nichiren became enlightened, the fundamental order that permeates our life and the universe.
There are three basic elements in applying Nichiren Buddhism to daily life: faith, practice and study. These are the primary ingredients in the recipe for revealing one's innate enlightened condition, or Buddhahood. Faith means to believe in the teachings of Nichiren and share his belief that all people have within them the highest potential. Practice means to chant Nam- myoho-renge-kyo, as well as to explain Nichiren's teachings to others. Study means to study and understand the Buddhist teachings.