Once we chant Honmon Happon shoken, Jogyo shoden, Honnin-Geshu no Namu-Myohorengekyo, we can accumulate Kudoku—the merits of enlightenment of the Primodial Buddha. Kudoku mainly has two functions; expiating one’s Zaisho and bringing forth good results.
Zaisho is energy that produces unpleasant repercussions. Zai means “sins” that we have accumulated by wrongdoings from the past and Sho means “bad effects” caused by those sins. When people do evil, they never fail to accumulate Zaisho at the same time, which will cause a bad effect in the future at the same level or higher level they’ve done. To Every action like harassing, hating or speaking ill of someone, one must accumulate Zaisho that must cause an equal and opposite reaction to him or her. Zaisho is evergy that is accumulated in our soul and carried over into the future as the soul transmigrated even though the flesh is mortal. In the present world, you might think, “why am I having lots of woeful experiences though others are full of happiness?” This is because your Zaishothat has been accumulated in your mind since long ago in the past is much greater than others’. Erasing Zaisho and preventing from misfortunes are one of the functions of Kudoku.
The other function of Kudoku is producing good results; you will receive “what you want” (your prayer will be answered as you wished). This manifest evidence is called Goriyaku. Goriyaku has two types of its appearances. One is the benefit that you will receive in this life, and another is the benefit that you attain Buddhahood in the future (after death). The more Kusho-gyo (the practice of chanting the Odaimoku) we practice, the more Kudoku we accumulate. Thanks to Kudoku, we live a happy and peaceful life in the present world (e.g. your prayers are answered, you can live your life averting calamities, and so on) and then attain Buddhahood when we die.
Especially the manifest evidence that appears in a visible state in the present world is called Gensho no goriyaku. As I explained above, Goriyaku means “one’s prayer is answered.” Gensho literally means “something clearly appears in a visible state.” For example, mental and physical disorders that doctors have already given up are cured, schoolwork or business is picked up, misfortunes and calamities are averted, and so on. By showing those manifest evidences, The Gohonzon (the object of worship) makes us feel more “What a wonderful faith the Odaimoku is!” and promote and improve our faith. Only HBS members can receive Gensho no Goriyaku because HBS teaches the true teachings of Buddhism and members follows and practice them faithfully.
How wonderful Kusho-gyo is! It is so beneficial and easy to practice, but it is actually so profound. Therefore, HBS members have instructors who teach them about what the true Buddhism is and what HBS faith is, including the Odaimoku, Kusho-gyo, Nichiren Shonin, etc. Those instructors are called Kyomu (Buddhist priests in HBS including me!). Next, I’ll explain about what kind of priest Kyomu are.