For BSG members, Buddhism is a practical philosophy of individual empowerment and inner transformation based on one-on-one encouragement that enables people to fulfil their potential and take responsibility for their lives. BSG members strive in their everyday lives to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstances and to contribute to the wellbeing of family, friends and community.
The source of this empowerment is prayer—chanting “Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo”, which is the title of the Lotus Sutra.
At regular local discussion meetings, BSG members exchange ideas, hopes, challenges and experiences of their Buddhist practice. They also study Buddhist principles and how to apply them to everyday life.
The core philosophy of the organisation can be summed up in the concept of “human revolution.” This is the idea that the self-motivated inner change of even a single individual positively affects the larger web of life. A person previously overwhelmed by their own suffering can manifest the strength and wisdom to solve their own problems, change the dynamics of their interrelations and, further, take compassionate action to help others.
It is this vibrant process of self-reformation––from fear to confidence, from destruction to creativity, from hatred to compassion––and the resultant rejuvenation of human society that forms the essence of SGI and BSG’s vision of a peaceful world.