Soka Gakkai members follow the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, who was born in 1222 in Japan. He taught that chanting the title of Shakyamuni’s Lotus Sutra, nam myoho renge kyo, to the Gohonzon is the practice that enables people in the present age to attain Buddhahood.
Through the belief and practice of Nichiren Buddhism practitioners strive to respect that which is of ultimate value: life itself.
Central to the Buddhist teachings is the law of cause and effect, which states that every cause we make (in thought, word or deed) creates an effect in our own life and in our environment. Through Buddhist faith and practice, members of SGI transform our inner lives and develop the qualities needed to bring about personal fulfilment and contribute to the positive development of society.
The Soka Gakkai International believe that Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, a humanistic philosophy of infinite respect for the sanctity of life and all encompassing compassion, enables individuals to cultivate and bring forth their inherent wisdom and nurturing of the creativity of the human spirit, to surmount the difficulties and crises facing humankind and realise a society of peaceful and prosperous co-existence.
“Those who chant Myoho-renge-kyo, the title of the Lotus Sutra, even without understanding its meaning, realise not only the heart of the Lotus Sutra, but also the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings”Nichiren Daishonin