Through the process of individual “human revolution”--that is, changing ourselves first to create deep peace--we build happiness, strengthen our ties with family and community, and work for justice.
Our straightforward and accessible practice is chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo twice daily, studying the Buddhist teachings, and taking compassionate action. There are no rules by which one must live; we decide for ourselves in our own time how best to create value. Our organization is non-sexist, non-racist and non-homophobic.
For SGI members, Nichiren Buddhism is a practical philosophy of individual empowerment and inner transformation that enables people to develop themselves and take responsibility for their lives and their communities. The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to SGI activities, along with environmental concerns.
The practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is an act of faith in the power and possibility inherent in our lives and in all life; an expression of determination to embrace and bring forth our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to
difficulties and to win over one’s suffering.
At the same time, it is a vow to help others activate this law in their own lives and achieve happiness. When we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the courage, wisdom, compassion and energy that are the characteristics of our inherent Buddha nature appear in our lives.
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) - South Africa is the lay Buddhist organisation for those practising the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin in South Africa and promoting humanism and dialogue for true peace. We have members across the country drawn from all of South Africa’s diverse communities, including in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban as well as in Mpumalanga and in the Eastern Cape.
Under the leadership of its current president, Daisaku Ikeda, the SGI applies the practice of Nichiren Buddhism to modern times, promoting a cultural, educational and religious network of global citizens pursuing nonviolence. Today the “international value-creating society,” has more than 12 million members in 192 countries and territories around the world, practising in accord with local cultures with the aim of creating a better world by supporting each other in creating happier lives.
An experience of one of our members in applying her faith and practice in her daily life:
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Every month SGI-SA produces a monthly magazine, Life to Life. The editorial from our latest edition can be found here:
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