is the earliest time we can do evening Gongyo? And what is the latest time we
can do morning Gongyo?
There is not a fixed
time for morning and evening Gongyo. It depends on a person’s lifestyle or job
schedule. However, evening Gongyo should be finished by 12 midnight. Morning
Gongyo should be done before 12 noon. It is important to make Gongyo a part of
your daily schedule in order to maintain a consistent practice. If it is
possible, you should do morning and evening Gongyo at the same time everyday.
It is important to understand the significance of morning
and evening Gongyo. Morning Gongyo characterizes the beginning of the day. You
should pray to the Gohonzon as a Bodhisattva of the Earth, whose wish is the achievement
of Kosen-rufu. If you do a fulfilling morning Gongyo, you can start the day
with a fresh and pure mind. You will be able to live the day with fulfillment,
and show actual proof and benefits in your life.
At evening Gongyo, you offer your appreciation to the
Gohonzon, because you have been protected throughout the day by the guardian
deities, the shoten zenjin.
Morning and evening Gongyo are the essential practices in
Nichiren Shoshu, which produce tremendous benefits. Let’s practice Gongyo
consistently, like the flowing water in the Mississippi River that never