The Practice of Gongyo

Gongyo is a japanese word that means “assiduous practice” and refers to a formalized service performed by followers of nearly every Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist denomination. It is often done once or more times a day and consists of the recitation of a sutra passage or passages, a mantra or matras, or a combination of both. Gongyo can be done at a temple and at home, almost always in front of an object or objects of veneration and accompanied by offerings of light, incense, and food.