The focus of devotion used most often in Nichiren Shu is a scroll called
the Mandala Gohonzon. It was first inscribed by Nichiren Shonin
on July 8, 1273 while he was in exile on Sado Island.
The Odaimoku runs down the center of the Mandala Gohonzon and the
names of various Buddhas, boddhisattvas, protective "deities" and important people in Nichiren Shonin's lineage surround it.
The Mandala Gohonzon is used by most Nichiren Shu temples as the center point of the altar, and it is also used by Nichiren Shu
members in their butsudan.
The Gohonzon may also be represented by a statue of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni (sometimes flanked by the Boddhistavas of the
Earth), a statue of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni and Taho Buddha flanking a tower inscribed with the Odaimoku, or just the
The Mandala Gohonzon is used to help focus our chanting and represents
the Buddha nature within us.