Soka Gakkai International is a diverse Buddhist community that has the sole mission of spreading world peace and harmony across the world. It follows the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra founded by the creator of Buddhism- Shakyamuni Buddha. This community approximately has 12 billion members from across the globe. There are about 500 chapters in more than 100 centers in the USA. Members meet regularly where they practice chants and meditation together. They also meet to share views and experiences. They believe in the doctrine of non-violence and nuclear disarmament.
Sokai Gakkai is associated with peace and love
The members of this community believe that mankind is here to promote peace and love. They were not created for war and conflict. The community was established by Daisaku Ikeda in 1975 who is an educator, author, Buddhist philosopher and a prominent advocate of nuclear disarmament in the world. The movement focuses on the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism propagated by its first 3 Presidents namely, Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, Jōsei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda. All of them believed in world peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons that only lead to destruction, sorrow and pain. Soka Gakkai is associated with introspection and recognizing the love within the self.
The community has its presence in approximately 192 locations across the globe. The members here learn and practice the principles of Nichiren Buddhism that was established in the 13th century by a priest in Japan. They are also taught about The Law of Karma and are of the belief that the path of Nichiren Buddhism will lead them to complete enlightenment.
Understanding the self with meditation, chants and sermons
The Soka Gakkai International has grown to become an extensive network of followers of Buddhism primarily because there is no discrimination and everyone from all walks of life are accepted into the community. The members here state that the chants and mantras that they recite and practice here has given them strength and courage when it comes to facing life and the immense challenges they face. They get to meet people who believe in the tenets of peace and non-violence. They get the chance and the opportunity to share life, views and opinions with one another. There are workshops and events where everyone participates and this makes them feel a wholesome part of the community.
Soka Gakkai is associated with bringing peace and positivity in life. It does not believe in hate or judgements. The only competition that man faces today is with himself. The mind is restless and stress is predominant in life. This affects people and at the same time. With their teachings and guidance, the members here help everyone to go within themselves and conquer the inner fears and challenges they face. They are able to get peace and tranquility. They can fight their inner vices and demons. Regular chants of Buddhist mantras like Nam Myoho Renge Kho are powerful when it comes to inner transformation. People get the courage and the peace they need for facing life. They are content with themselves and stop competing with others to seek bliss and happiness in life.