I once came upon a video on YouTube depicting monks (Is that the appropriate term ?) of the Nichiren Shu school doing a ritual blessing called "Gokito". I later learned that before this blessing is dispensed on the laity the monks undergo strenuous training called "Dai Aragyo" to purify themselves and prepare them to learn how the ritual is done. Does Nichiren Shoshu's rituals include the gokito ceremony or is it something that only Nichiren Shu practices ?
Does the Kempon Hokke school also practice the ritual ?
And my biggest question what does it mean ?
The clicking of those instruments they have in their hands and the motion they click them in; what does it symbolize and what are the instruments called ?
What is the religious ornament hung around the priests neck ? What does it symbolize ?
Sorry if I ask too many questions but I'm really curious and want to learn
The videos that I referred to:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-MI4JRABTAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4LTbQ0HBushttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmssBzTj ... ure=relmfu
"Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever." - Nichiren Daishonin