Does Nichiren Shoshu teach silent meditation?
There is a principle in general Buddhism called the three
types of learning. They are precepts, meditation, and wisdom. Precepts are
meant to help the people stop evil in thoughts, words, and deeds. Meditation
fosters a focused and tranquil mind. Wisdom helps one conquer illusions and
awaken to the truth. All of the doctrines and practices of Buddhism fall into
one of these three categories.
Silent meditation was an appropriate practice in
earlier forms of Buddhism that suited the capacity of the people in earlier
ages. Now in this period, which we call the Latter Day of the Law, silent
meditation no longer brings benefit. The correct three types of learning in the
Latter Day of the Law correspond to the Three Great Secret Laws revealed by the
true Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. Precepts correspond to the High Sanctuary of
the Essential Teaching. Meditation refers to the Dai-Gohonzon of the High
Sanctuary. Wisdom corresponds to the Daimoku (Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo) of the
Thus, Nichiren Shoshu believers do not conduct
silent meditation, a practice that is not suited to this time period. The
practice of true Buddhism is chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo to the Gohonzon.