The Three Great Secret Laws are the principles that
constitute the core and foundation of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. They are the
True Object of Worship of the Essential Teaching, the High Sanctuary of the
Essential Teaching, and the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching.
The True Object of Worship is the
Dai-Gohonzon, inscribed by Nichiren Daishonin on October 12,1279. Within the
Dai-Gohonzon are the person and the Law. The person is the eternal enlightened
life of the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. The Law is Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to
which the Daishonin is eternally enlightened.
The True High Sanctuary is the place
where the Dai-Gohonzon will be enshrined at the time of kosen-rufu so that all
the people in the world can eradicate their negative karma and attain
enlightenment. At the present time it is enshrined in the Hoando Enshrinement
Hall at the Nichiren Shoshu Head Temple, Taisekiji. In a general sense, it also
signifies the place where the Gohonzon is enshrined in local temples and
The Daimoku of the Essential
Teaching is Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. It carries the significance of both faith and
practice. Nichiren Daishonin established the Daimoku of the Essential Teaching
by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo for the first time on April 28, 1253.