Evening Okyūji and Okankin—practice in token of our gratitude we could live peacefully through the day under the protection of the Gohonzon

Evening Okyūji and Okankin—practice in token of our gratitude we could live peacefully through the day under the protection of the Gohonzon

As well as morning Okyūji, we, HBS followers, also serve the Gohonzon before dinner in the evening. Morning Okyūji is to pray for avoiding curses and living peacefully and quietly through the day, while evening Okyūji is to express our thanks to the Gohonzon for the protection at the end of the day.

Just like in the morning, first, dust the Gokaidan (the dwelling of a Gohonzon) briefly. You do not need to polish in the evening because you have once done it in the morning. If you have not done cleaning in the morning on the grounds that you were pressed for time, do both dusting and polishing in the evening. Next, offer an Obuppan, the first bowl of white rice that you boiled for dinner, and then have an Okankin. After finishing the Okankin, you may take away both the Obuppan and Ohatsu-mizu that is offered in the morning and have them.

The Ohatsu-mizu that absorbed voices of the Odaimoku, Namumyohorengekyo, both in the morning and evening changes into Okōzui. Okōzui (or Okosui) literally means “water offered to the Gohonzon,” and there are lots of Kudoku (merits of the Odaiomku) in it. It is sacred water having mysterious effects that especially cure your disease. A lot of HBS followers receive many Genshō-no-Goriyaku (the manifest evidence of rewards) by having Okōzui. People who have never had Okōzui can scarcely imagine how wonderful the power of the merits is.

When you got paid, received your report card, or got or bought some food special and delicious, offer it at the Gokaidan in an Ohatsuho*(1) spirit before evening Okankin. The offering represents your gratitude for the constant protection of the Gohonzon, and you will accumulate more Kudoku through the offering.

*(1) Ohatsuho
Honmon Butsuryu Shu places great importance on the spirit of Ohatsuho. Hatsuho generally means ripe rice ears presented to God (Shintō and Buddhist deities) before the autumn rice harvest. In HBS, offerings of food and drinks or money that we bought or gained at the beginning of the month or year are called Ohatsuho. These offerings in an Ohatsuho spirit represent followers’ gratitude for the protection of the Gohonzon.

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