Reverend Gen Oikawa
Reverend of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of San Jose
San Jose, California

The altar at home, the gohonzon, is a branch of the temple. The people can practice even when they don’t go to the temple. They can still have a sacred time any time and any day. As a minister of the temple, I can pray at the temple during the day. I sit at my gohonzon in my house in the mornings and the evenings. I meditate, chant the Lotus Sutra, and chant Nam myoho renge-kyo, which is our main practice.


Phillip J. Rudko

Fine Arts
Brooklyn, New York

My altar came from the Kalmuck Russian culture where I grew up thirty years ago, in southern New Jersey. The triads on my altar are Russian, and there is an image of Dojge Rolphe, the founder of the Lama Temples in Peking. The Mongols looked toward him for spiritual guidance. I am a warden of a tradition I admire. It is important to preserve cultures and traditions. The altar has been an important part of my life.

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