Silent Prayers

In the morning:

Face the Gohonzon, sound the bell, and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times (group chants in unison) to begin. Then, out of respect for the protective forces, chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times again (group chants in unison). Then offer the first silent prayer.

In the evening:

Face the Gohonzon, sound the bell and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times (group chants in unison). Proceed with the recitation of the sutra.

First Silent Prayer

Appreciation for Life's Protective Forces (shoten zenjin)

I offer appreciation for the functions in life and the environment (shoten zenjin) that serve to protect us, and pray that these protective powers be further strengthened and enhanced through my practice of the Law.

Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times. Then proceed with the recitation of the sutra.

Second Silent Prayer

Appreciation to the Gohonzon

I acknowledge my debt of gratitude and offer profound appreciation to the Dai-Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws, which was bestowed upon the entire world; to Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law; and for Nikko Shonin.

I acknowledge my debt of gratitude and offer appreciation to Nichimoku Shonin.

Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times.

Third Silent Prayer

For the Attainment of Kosen-rufu

I pray that the great desire for kosen-rufu be fulfilled, and that the Soka Gakkai International develop in this endeavor for countless generations to come.

I acknowledge my debt of gratitude and offer appreciation for the three founding presidents—Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda—for their eternal examples of selfless dedication to the propagation of the Law.

Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times.

Fourth Silent Prayer

Personal Prayers and Prayer for the Deceased

I pray to bring forth Buddhahood from within my life and accomplish my own human revolution, change my destiny and fulfill my wishes in the present and the future. (Offer additional prayers here.)

I pray for my deceased relatives and for all those who have passed away, particularly for these individuals: (Sound the bell continuously while offering prayers.)

Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times.

I pray for peace throughout the world and the happiness of all humanity.

Sound the bell and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times to conclude (group chants in unison).