Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a lay Buddhist association with more than 12 million members in 192 countries and territories worldwide. The SGI movement has its roots in the teachings of Nichiren, a Buddhist monk, who lived in the 13th century Japan. Nichiren’s teachings are based on the message of the Lotus Sutra, considered the highest teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historic founder of Buddhism.
The central message of the teachings is that every individual has the power to overcome life’s inevitable challenges by bringing about a fundamental transformation in the depths of his or her own life, called human revolution. This self-motivated inner change sets off ripples of positive change that ultimately transforms the community, society and the world.
In Nichiren Buddhism, individual happiness is closely linked to the happiness of others. SGI members strive in their everyday lives to live with confidence, create value under any circumstance, and contribute to the welfare of their families, friends and society at large.
These values are epitomized in the SGI Charter, which upholds the sanctity of life and the creativity of the human spirit. The SGI Charter embodies the ideals of global citizenship, the spirit of tolerance and the safeguarding of fundamental human rights. SGI members put these ideals into practice through the active promotion of peace, culture and education.