The term honzon, or object of devotion, means that which is respected or revered as fundamental. The Daishonin manifested the Gohonzon as the object worthy of supreme respect that all people should take as a fundamental standard.
In praying to the Gohonzon, the awareness that it is a graphic expression of Nam-myoho- renge-kyo, the very life of Nichiren Daishonin, is the key. As the Daishonin states, “I, Nichiren, have inscribed my life. . . . The soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 412). The Daishonin manifested the supremely noble entity in his own life that is the foundation of life, the object of utmost veneration. At the same time, he recognized that the same supremely noble entity exists in the lives of all people.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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