daimoku ［題目］ (): (1) The title of a sutra, in particular the title of the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law (Chin Miao-fa-lien-hua-ching; Myoho-renge-kyo). The title of a sutra represents the essence of the sutra. Miao-lo (711–782) says in The Annotations on “The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra,” “When for the sake of brevity one mentions only the daimoku, or title, the entire sutra is by implication included therein.”
(2) The invocation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in Nichiren’s teachings. One of his Three Great Secret Laws. See also daimoku of the essential teaching.