Nam (devotion) means to fuse one's life with the universal law;
Myoho (Mystic Law) is the fundamental principle
of the universe: the Dharma;
Renge (lotus flower) refers to the lotus, which blooms and seeds at the same time,
symbolizing the simultaneity of cause and effect; and
Kyo (sutra, or teaching of a Buddha) broadly indicates
all phenomena or the activities of all living beings.
Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo helps us to manifest Buddhahood in our own life, eradicate the bad karma we have accumulated,
and frees us from illusion. It is totally egalitarian in that it can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, any time. It is the
most fundamental part of the practice of Buddhism, which expresses the ultimate truth of life and allows each individual to
tap into her innate enlightened nature.
When we chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, the seed of Buddhahood planted deep
within us awakens. Gradually, all of the negative causes we have made in the past are eradicated and replaced. SGI members
report positive changes in their daily life experiences as a manifestation of correct faith and practice. Illnesses are cured,
family relations improve, various bad circumstances are overcome, and bad habits are ended. This is our karma changing for
the better. Gradually, we are able to see that our own happiness is interconnected to the happiness of all others.
Million Daimoku Chart from Etherbods