The SGI, The Soka Gakkai International, or value creating society, is based on the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, a 13th century reformist monk who brought Buddhism back to it’s fundamentals, as taught by Shakamuni Buddha, the originator of Buddhism.
The SGI International now exists in 192 countries. Each country has it’s own leaders but the international organization is headed by President Daisaku Ikeda, who has written and taught about Buddhism for 60 years.
The SGI-USA is the American branch of the SGI network. In the US there are almost 100 SGI-USA Buddhist centers and 2600 neighborhood discussion groups.
The discussion meeting is the core activity for Nichiren Buddhists. Through these meetings people come together for Buddhist prayer, study and discussions of how Buddhism can be applied to the challenges we all face every day
Practitioners, through their Buddhist practice, work towards being able to create value in any circumstance, develop their character and to manifest their highest potential – wisdom, compassion, courage and integrity.
This is accomplished through a process called human revolution, an inner transformation which not only allows for personal fulfillment but also contributes to the betterment of society and to the well-being of friends and family.
Members use the challenges they have in life to expand and deepen their inner lives. Ultimately members learn never to be defeated in life and come to live with unshakeable happiness.