What is SGI (from SGI.ORG) Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a socially engaged Buddhist movement linking more than 12 million people around the world. SGI members integrate their Buddhist practice into their daily lives, following the Lotus Sutra based teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist priest. Just as the lotus blooms in a muddy pond, all people can manifest the Buddha nature--inner resources of courage, wisdom and compassion that can equip them to overcome life's challenges and lead happy and fulfilling lives. As "engaged Buddhists," SGI members aim to create value in any circumstances and contribute to the well-being of others. Their practice sparks a process of ongoing inner transformation and empowerment known as "human revolution." The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to SGI's activities.
SGI Headquarters is at:
Josei Toda International Center
15-3 Samon-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are SGI members living in 192 countries and territories while there are 90 locally registered constituent SGI organizations.
Each SGI organization upholds the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism which originated in Japan, and functions based on the same objectives and principles as the Soka Gakkai in Japan. Each member organization, however, supports itself and is independently operated.
The Executive Board of SGI consists of representative members from different countries and holds meetings regularly.
In 1995, the SGI Executive Board adopted the SGI Charter, which states the purposes and principles of the Soka Gakkai International and the organization's aim to contribute to peace, culture and education based on the philosophy and ideals of Nichiren Buddhism.
View SGI Charter