The Practice of Gongyo

The Japanese word gongyo literally means "assiduous practice." In the practice of Nichiren Buddhism it means reciting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and portions of the second chapter Expedient Means and the sixteenth Life Span chapters of the Lotus Sutra in front of the Gohonzon. This is the fundamental practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which is performed morning and evening.

The Liturgy of Nichiren Daishonin
The portions of the Expedient Means and Life Span Chapters of the Lotus Sutra recited in the practice of Gongyo.

See also the literal translations of these sections.

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The Origins of Gongyo
While Nichiren Daishonin emphasized the importance of daily reciting the "Expedient Means" and "Life Span" chapters, he never mentioned a specific format. Over the centuries, the format of gongyo has changed several times. This describes those changes from the Daishonin's day to the present, to the extent that they are known.

See Also:
About the Object of Devotion - The Gohonzon