This immanent reading of the Lotus Sutra can be found in many of his letters and treatises where he insisted that the "fundamental object of worship" (Gohonzon
) is, in fact, not some transcendent power but a power that is immanent to our lives.
A particularly interesting case study regarding the change in rituals is MacWilliams's (2006) case study on the Gohonzon controversy.
Techno-ritualization: The Gohonzon controversy on the Internet.
Also reproduced are rituals centered in prayers (daimoku [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] gongyo [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) before the sacred object (gohonzon [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]); the custom of "discussion meetings" (zadankai [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) as a feature to attract new members and keep the constituents cohesive; and the ever-present invigoration of the present spiritual leader, Ikeda Daisaku [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (b.
(2) The Gohonzon is a mandala said originally to have been inscribed by Nichiren [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1222-82) himself.
He was presented with his Gohonzon
, a scroll with Chinese and Sanskrit characters on it.
"Believe it or not, my Gohonzon
, which is my Buddhist scroll that I chant to every day.