On Nichiren’s Gohonzon for Practicing Kanjin
The Ita-Dai-Go-Honzon Issue
The Gain & Loss, Benefit & Punishment,
or Blessing & Curse Inscriptions

The “Gain & Loss Inscriptions” appear on transcriptions of Great Mandalas from Taisekiji, such as the SGI Nichikan, the Nittatsu, and the Nikken. They are located in the top row, on either side of the Daimoku, outside of {flanking}, the two Buddhas and four Bodhisattvas. These are also often said to appear on the Camphor Wood Yashiro Kunishige Dai-Mandara, aka Taisekiji Daigohonzon, aka Ita Mandala.
Question:
According to Kempon Hokke, “None of the known gohonzons inscribed by Nichiren has those phrases” and, “Such phrases never appeared in any other Nichiren gohonzon, and are incongruous with the nature of the gohonzon. (These are the phrases referring to “gain” and “loss”, on either side of the SGI/NST honzons).
Is it true that no authentic Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren bears these admonitions?

That is incorrect. These inscriptions do appear to be on at least six authenticated and published Nichiren Mandalas. In his rebuttal of Kempon Hokke’s claims, Nittatsu asserted that there are six {6] Nichiren originals with these inscriptions. I am fairly certain I have confirmed this. The six are:
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Mandala # 053: inscribed in August 1278 and housed at Kaicho-ji, Kyoto. Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
conferral: 日頂上人: Nitcho Shonin; One of the 6 Senior Ministers
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Mandala # 054: inscribed in August 1278 and housed at Honno-ji, Kyoto. Gohonzon inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
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Mandala # 057 inscribed on November 21, 1278 and housed at Kocho-ji, Okamiya. Mandala inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
Another Nitcho?
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Mandala #059 inscribed on February 2, 1279 and housed at Joko-in, Nakayama. Mandala inscribed by Nichiren, formal style. See Also: 13th Century Mizukagami Portrait at Nakayama Joko-in.
妙心寺境 Myoshinji
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Mandala #60: inscribed on February 2, 1279 and housed at Juryo-ji, Kuwana. Mandala inscribed by Nichiren for Nichimoku. See Also: Nichimoku’s Omandala of 1279.
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Mandala # 65: inscribed in July 1279 and housed at Kocho-ji, Okamiya. Mandala inscribed by Nichiren, formal style.
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Unlike on the Taisekiji transcriptions, these inscriptions are NOT in a prominent position. They are NOT located in the top row, on either side of the Daimoku, outside of {flanking}, the two Buddhas and four Bodhisattvas. They appear to be side inscriptions or notes.
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A Kempon Hokke Hit Piece
From: Sokashoshu.com Nichiren Shoshu’s Honzons
On all the Gohonzons issued by Taisekiji and SGI, we find:
1) Facing it, on the upper right-hand side, a phrase “Jiyaku-Nou-ran-sha, Zu-ha-shichi-bu”, [which] means that to those slander will have their head broken in seven places.
2)Facing it, on the upper left-hand side, a phrase “Yuu-ku-you-sha fuku-ka-juugo”, [which] means that to those who worship, 100% benefit. None of the known gohonzons inscribed by Nichiren has those phrases.

And, “Such phrases never appeared in any other Nichiren gohonzon, and are incongruous with the nature of the gohonzon. (These are the phrases referring to “gain” and “loss”, on either side of the SGI/NST honzons) ” — Let’s recap the so-called dai-gohonzon
Their contentions that “None of the known gohonzons inscribed by Nichiren has those phrases” and Such phrases never appeared in any other Nichiren gohonzon, and “are incongruous with the nature of the gohonzon. ” appear to be erroneous.
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From Refuting Kempon Hokke’s Claims Against the Authenticity of The “Wooden Gohonzon for All Humanity (Dai-Gohonzon)”:
Other Allegations 1: In none of the Daishonin’s original Gohonzon there are such descriptions {sic}as “One who makes offerings will gain good fortune surpassing the [Buddha's] ten honorable titles” and “One who slanders will have his head broken into seven pieces.”
Rebuttal: Six of the original Gohonzon of Nichiren Daishonin have these descriptions {sic]. They are:
1) Gohonzon inscribed in August 1278 (housed at Kaicho-ji, Kyoto). {53}
2) Gohonzon inscribed in August 1278 (housed at Honno-ji, Kyoto). {54}
3) Gohonzon inscribed on November 21, 1278 (housed at Kocho-ji, Okamiya). {57}
4) Gohonzon inscribed on February 2, 1279 (housed at Joko-in, Nakayama).{59}
5) Gohonzon inscribed on February 2, 1279 (housed at Juryo-ji, Kuwana) {60]
6) Gohonzon inscribed in July 1279 (housed at Kocho-ji, Okamiya) {65}

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