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  1. The Flower of Chinese Buddhism (Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism) by Daisaku Ikeda, 2009-11-01
  2. Japans New Buddhism :Soka Gakkai by Kiyoaki Murata, 1971
  3. Buddhism: The First Millennium (Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism) by Daisaku Ikeda, 2009-06-01
  4. The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography (Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism) by Daisaku Ikeda, 2008-10-01
  5. Nichiren Shoshu and Soka Gakkai - Modern Buddhism in Action by Seikyo, 1972
  6. Nichiren's Lions: A Global Journey through Soka Gakkai Buddhism by Richard Hughes Seager, 2006-01-01
  7. Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism by English Buddhist Dictionary Committee, 2002
  8. Japan's new Buddhism;: An objective account of Soka Gakkai, by Kiyoaki Murata, 1969
  9. The Soka Gakkai Dictionary on Buddhism by Various, 2002
  10. Japan's New Buddhism: An Objective Account of Soka Gakkai by Kiyoaki Murata, 1971
  11. The Soka Gakkai Dictionary on Buddhism by Soka Gakkai, 2002
  12. The Liturgy of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin by Soka Gakkai International, 1998
  13. The Liturgy of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin by Soka Gakkai, 1995
  14. The Liturgy of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism - by Soka Gakkai -, 2004

1. Chanting At Soka Gakkai
a choir singing Beethoven and songs from The Lion King is nearly unthinkable,but it's just another indication of how much soka gakkai buddhism defies our

Chanting at the Soka Gakkai
by Jeff Wilson
Ever join a brass band as part of your practice, or chant a mantra in hopes of getting a better car? Or have you taken part in massive Dharma cheerleading rallies, or sung songs written to extol the virtues of your sensei? Or have you perhaps worn an official polyester suit on pilgrimage to your sect's holiest temple, or formed a link in an acrobatic human pyramid to celebrate Buddhism? No? Well, then chances are you're not a member of Soka Gakkai International, one of the most common forms of Buddhism practiced in America today. Probably no other Buddhist group in America is as consistently misunderstood as Soka Gakkai, both by other Buddhists and the public at large. To be fair, much of the problem lies with SGI itself, an organization that has dabbled in militant sectarian rhetoric in the past. But adherents of Zen,

2. Bocking, Brian. Review Of A Time To Chant: The Soka Gakkai Buddhists In Britain,
A review by Brian Brocking in the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics of "A Time to Chant The Category Society Religion and Spirituality History and Scholarship...... A Time to Chant is an excellentlywritten, dispassionatesociological account of soka gakkai buddhism in the United Kingdom.
ISSN 1076-9005 A Time to Chant: The Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Britain . By Bryan Wilson and Karel Dobbelaere. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1994. Pp. xi, 267. ISBN 0-1982-7915-9 (cloth), $39.95. Reviewed by Brian Bocking
Study of Religions Department Bath College of Higher Education A Time to Chant is an excellently-written, dispassionate sociological account of Soka Gakkai Buddhism in the United Kingdom. Everyone who reads JBE has heard of Soka Gakkai, and several million people-mainly in Japan but also in many other countries of the world-belong to the movement and regularly practice individual or group daimoku (chanting of the title of the Lotus Suutra "namu-myoho-renge-kyo") and gongyo (recitation of sections of the Lotus Suutra The overwhelming majority of members of SGI-UK are in no doubt that the practice of Buddhism delivers the results that it claims, and mostly here and now. According to Wilson and Dobbelaere "of the 96 per cent who chant for particular goals, only 3 per cent said that those goals had not been realized" (195). The goals SGI Buddhists aim at are immensely varied, ranging from acquisition of specific sums of money to compassion towards others and the spread of Buddhism world wide. Soka Gakkai appears able to encompass all of these disparate aims, to foster in its members a spirit of independence and enterprise and, despite the apparently highly individualistic nature of the basic chanting practice, to mobilize the majority of members into collective activities promoting personal, social, cultural, environmental, and spiritual uplift on a global scale.

3. WebRing: Hub
Kiyojan's Site for Members of Soka Gakkai Switzerland Information, links andstories dedicated to the soka gakkai buddhism not only for Swiss members.

4. Article
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism emphasizes the importance of the priest, whilesoka gakkai buddhism sees the priest and the laity as equal. Rev.
SGI-USA Florida Region
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Afgani-American's Response to Sept. 11

Letter from Linda Johnson
SGI faulted in September 11 attacks
The following article is from the Flushing (N.Y.) Times (The URL is at the Bottom of this article):
Buddhist temple places blame for Sept. 11
By Alexander Dworkowitz October 25, 2001 A Buddhist temple in Flushing is circulating pamphlets suggesting that practices by a rival Buddhist group and moral decay brought about the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. The October issue of Emyo, the bimonthly newsletter of the Buddhist temple Nichiren Shoshu Myosetsuji at 143-63 Beech Ave., discusses the views of the High Priest Nikken Shonin. It was distributed to the nearly 2,000 members of the temple in early October. "Viewing these things from a broad perspective, it is disregard for our correct Buddhism that has given rise to various heretical Buddhist teachings functioning as poison, and as a result many people are suffering," Shonin was quoted as saying in the newsletter. The pamphlet, which was written in Japanese and translated into English, goes on to say that "terrorism in the United States is the omen of world war.... The slanderous members of the Soka Gakkai must truly fear this punishment."

I found unshakable happiness within myself by embracing soka gakkai buddhism. Insoka gakkai buddhism, these requirements are met to my satisfaction.
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Taken from the 08/19/2000 The Plain Dealer Cleveland, OH
"Your father didn't teach you right; that's your problem," I am told. It's late January 1999. I sit in a small, maternity-ward meeting room at Hillcrest Hospital. I nurse my baby girl while sharing childbirth stories with two other postpartum moms. The three of us are black. Our talk turns to religion. I say I'm Buddhist. Next thing I know, my Baptist-preacher father is being called a bad parent. He isn't around to defend himself. Almost 13 years ago I emerged from a life of hellish suffering. I had been in and out of battles with eating disorders, suicidal depression and substance abuse, and I had dropped out of college. I found unshakable happiness within myself by embracing Soka Gakkai Buddhism. If I had talked to that mother on the maternity ward a bit longer, maybe she would have blasted me for choosing a religion that's not "black enough," like others have. When I'm labeled a cultural sellout for not being Christian, I reply that, like many blacks, I believe Jesus may have had African ancestry, but most folks believe Jesus lived in the Middle East. That area is not known for having much American-style, "it's-a-black-thing" flavor.

6. SGI Home Page
By Clark Morphew, Staff Writer soka gakkai buddhism has spread worldwide sinceWorld War II. But Dunlavy says Soka Gakkai is a different kind of Buddhism.
SGI News and Information
Saturday, February 21, 1998 - Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN)
Their Chants for Change
By Clark Morphew, Staff Writer Soka Gakkai Buddhism has spread worldwide since World War II. Though prayer meetings take place monthly in St. Paul, adherents chant daily for among other things peace and nonviolent social change. ``A great revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.'' "The Human Revolution,'' a history [sic] of Soka Gakkai International They worship in a quiet neighborhood in St. Paul inside a white concrete building, but their Buddhist origins emerged from the violence and ruins of World War II. The religion is Soka Gakkai International. It is one of perhaps 1,000 branches of Buddhism. Since World War II, it has steadily grown in membership in 128 countries. The local Soka Gakkai community has about 450 members across the Twin Cities. They worship together once a month in a building on Eustis Street on the western edge of St. Paul. Only the letters SGI identify the building as a place of worship. But inside on the first Sunday of each month, about 50 people gather to chant and contemplate life. The Twin Cities' Soka Gakkai leader is Howard Dunlavy, a native Minnesotan who discovered the religion at a critical juncture in his life.

7. Metraux Chapter On The SGI
Chapter 10. The soka gakkai buddhism and the Creation of a Harmonious andPeaceful Society. By Daniel A. Metraux An excerpt Buddhism and Society.
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Books on Buddhism and the SGI
Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia
Ed. Christopher S. Queen and Sallie B. King. Published in Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996, ISBN 0-7914-2844-3 (pbk). Chapter 10
The Soka Gakkai:
Buddhism and the Creation of a Harmonious and Peaceful Society
By Daniel A. Metraux An excerpt: Buddhism and Society Cultural activities (defined as the activities that people perform in their everyday lives, ranging from ordinary human relationships to education, politics, and the arts) form an important part of the Soka Gakkai movement. The Soka Gakkai is unique among the new religions in Japan in the depth and scope of its sociocultural activism. Gakkai activities range from education and culture to politics and publishing. The Gakkai never enters a new field in a temporary or token manner. It always commits its considerable resources and skilled leaders to each new enterprise and invests in careful long-term development. The emphasis is on quality and durability. An example is Soka University near Tokyo, which opened in 1971 as a very small institution but which has grown steadily in size and quality ever since. The result of this careful planning and development is that Soka has become one of the better universities in Japan. Similarly, the Komeito is now an established and powerful political party, Soka Gakkai-sponsored cultural events attract world-famous artists, and its newspaper, the

8. Welcome To SGI-USA.ORG
Combines study resources for the complete English works of Nichiren (Gosho) and full English translation Category Society Religion and Spirituality Nichiren soka gakkai......soka gakkai International (SGI)USA is an American Buddhist association that promotesworld based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana buddhism.
Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA is an American Buddhist association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism. Our members reflect a cross section of our diverse American society, representing a broad range of ethnic and social backgrounds This Web Site is maintained by The Soka Gakkai International-USA. The National Headquarters is located at 606 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401. Voice: 310-260-8900, Fax: 310-260-8917.
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9. Soka Gakkai Expose
Testimonial questioning the allegience of believers with religions that supplant the views of the Category Society Religion and Spirituality buddhism Nichiren...... today's pure pop people. But what is soka gakkai, Nichiren Shoshu buddhism,or True buddhism all about anyway? In Japan, soka gakkai
Note: me with regard to printing or reproducing this article in any form. CONSUMER BUDDHISM: NSA, PATRIOTISM, AND AMERICA by Harry S. Pariser Former member Veronika Fleming is singularly outspoken concerning her reasons for leaving the sect: "I got not so much bored as disenchanted. It's really great to get together and chant, but when they start hounding you to do it, it's a bit much. They spend as much as three hours a day chanting. I'd rather spend the time playing music." Touching her fingers to the sides of her forehead, Veronika states "They only see the world through the perspective of 'Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo'. I read the World Tribune. Half of it is crap! It's like these good Christian beliefs that I grew up on, and I just don't need that in my adult life...Buddhism, not chanting, is a way of life; Buddhism takes years. It's pretentious to call yourself a Buddhist just because you chant. So what does all this mean? The abilities of chanting as a valid form of spiritual development is not the issue here; all of the Nichiren sects chant as do members of the Pure Land, and chanting predates recorded history. At question is the belief that worship of a relic, allegedly entrusted with magical powers, can bring material gain. At issue here is the question of whether one allies oneself with an organization which stresses that only its beliefs and its beliefs alone are correctan organization which subjugates the individual's development of an independent, well informed political and social conscience and substitutes the organizational point of viewor if one should strive for spiritual development on one's own, placing morality above materialism. It is a question that each of the organization's followers would do well to search their own hearts for an answer to.

10. Buddhism Of Nichiren Daishonin
Unofficial. Brief overview of Nichiren buddhism and the soka gakkai.
Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin Interested in Buddhism but didn't know where to look?
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Wanted something 'more' in your life but wasn't sure quite what that 'more' was?
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Most people in the world today who practice the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin are members of an organisation called SGI (Soka Gakkai International).  Soka Gakkai literally means Value Creation, therefore it the Buddhist Society for the Creation of Value.
All SGI activities are based on the teachings and the individual practice of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin.  This 13th Century Japanese sage centred his philosophy on what is traditionally thought to be one of the last recorded teachings of the first historically recorded Buddha (variously known as Guatama Siddhartha or Shakyamuni Buddha) which was named the Lotus Sutra.  The Lotus Sutra declares that all living beings regardless of gender or intellectual capacity, can attain the enlightened state of life within their given lifetime. 
In common with other Buddhist teachings, individual enlightenment is grasped through the profound realisation of the inseparability of the individual and their spiritual and physical environment and their ability to powerfully influence both.

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12. About Soka Gakkai International
soka gakkai president was Tsnesaburo Makiguchi and the second soka gakkai presidentwas of each country by spreading understanding of the buddhism of Nichiren
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What is the Soka Gakkai International?
The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is an international association of more than 12 million members in Soka Gakkai constituent organizations in more than 180 countries and territories around the world. The SGI is administered by a board of directors and a committee of standing directors, and it commissions the Soka Gakkai of Japan to carry out its secretarial functions. The organization was founded in 1975. Daisaku Ikeda is the current SGI president. The first Soka Gakkai president was Tsnesaburo Makiguchi and the second Soka Gakkai president was Josei Toda The SGI aims to realize the absolute happiness (enlightenment) of individuals and the prosperity of each country by spreading understanding of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282). Toward that end, the SGI engages in various activities to promote peace, culture and education based on Buddhism. Nichiren Buddhism , on which the activities of the SGI are based, places special emphasis on the sanctity of human life and, as a natural outgrowth of this, on peace. Lasting peace can only be realized by challenging and overcoming the inner impulse toward hatred and violence that exists within all people. Buddhism terms this inner impulse the "fundamental darkness of life." It is the dynamic process of self-reformation through the practice of Buddhism, that results in the rejuvenation of the individual and society, and forms the core of SGI's vision for a peaceful world.

13. Questions And Answers On Temple Issue
Pamphlet published by the soka gakkai InternationalUSA, which attempts to outline key elements of the ongoing rift between the soka gakkai and Nichiren Shoshu.
Introduction to Buddhism FAQ's on Buddhism The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin From India to America: A History ... The Library
Questions and Answers on the Temple Issue
A Pamphlet Published by the Soka Gakkai International-USA, 1997.
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    This pamphlet attempts to outline some key elements of what has become known in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) as the "temple issue" events and information related to Nichiren Shoshu's attacks on the SGI, and its continued efforts to undermine SGI's movement. When the priesthood of Nichiren Shoshu began a series of measures against the SGI at the beginning of this decade intended to disband and destroy the organization, it may have been shocking and disturbing, but it was not surprising from the standpoint of Nichiren Daishonin's teachings and of history. Many incidents and events going back to the Soka Gakkai's inception before World War II indicated that within the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood there existed the potential for hatred and jealousy toward lay believers. It was evident in the attitude and behavior of more than a few priests. As the Gakkai's growth and influence increased, so did the number of priests who harbored such an attitude until, eventually, it reached the office of high priest.

    14. Geshu
    Unofficial and maintained by Amsterdam members. Features Dutch and English introduction to buddhism and the soka gakkai, meeting schedules, articles and study materials, and discussion forum.
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    15. Reaffirming Our Right To Happiness
    Justification for the conferral of Gohonzon by the soka gakkai and rebuttal of Nichiren Shoshu objections to this practice.
    Introduction to Buddhism
    FAQ's on Buddhism

    The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin

    From India to America: a History
    The Library
    Reaffirming Our Right to Happiness
    On the Gohonzon
    Transcribed by
    High Priest Nichikan
    Published by SGI-USA
    Contents Behind the SGI's Decision To Issue the Gohonzon Rebutting the Nichiren Daishonin Shoshu Priesthood's
    Condemnation of the Soka Gakkai Conferral of the Gohonzon
    Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About ... The Recent History of the Conferral of the Gohonzon
    Behind the SGI’s decision to issue the Gohonzon
    On September 7, 1993, adopting a proposal from Sendo Narita, the chief priest of Joen-ji, a temple in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, the SGI announced that it would start issuing Gohonzon, reproduced from a Gohonzon transcribed in 1720 by Nichikan, the 26 th high priest of Taiseki-ji, to its members worldwide. Many SGI members who practiced without the Gohonzon since Nichiren Shoshu’s refusal to grant them the Gohonzon were overjoyed at the news. And many others, filled with hope, have been looking forward to a bright future of the spread of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism ad a flourishing of the Soka Renaissance toward a world that embraces truly humanistic ideals.

    16. Nichiren Buddhism
    Comprehensive Nichiren resource provides a searchable version of Gosho, a soka gakkai study curriculum and a guide to the practice of gongyo. Nichiren Daishonin's buddhism. NEWS FLASH Most materials have moved to the Online SGIUSA Library to further the development of knowledge of this buddhism for its members.
    Faith Practice and Study Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism
    Most materials have moved to the Online SGI-USA Library additional details
  • SGI Study Curriculum and Materials - Study materials compiled by SGI-USA in order to further the development of knowledge of this Buddhism for its members.
  • Entrance Elementary Intermediate Advanced ... Gosho - (Literally Honorable Writings ) Letters written by Nichiren Daishonin to his disciples to encourage them and teach them the correct way in which to attain enlightenment. Searchable
  • Excerpts from Nikko Shonin's Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings Ongi Kuden Metadata Index Mobile Study Aids Unofficial Message Board (hosted at Yahoo) Songs Archive
  • Suspended above the palace of Indra ( Jpn. Taishaku ), the Buddhist deity who symbolizes the natural forces that protect and nurture life, is an enormous net. A brilliant jewel is attached to each of the knots of the net. Each jewel contains and reflects the image of all the other jewels in the net, which sparkles in the magnificence of its totality. In concert with the above imagery, this site participates in the

    17. From India To America: A History
    Research site to enable scholars and students to learn more about the soka gakkai International (SGI).
    Introduction to Buddhism
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    The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin

    From India to America: a History
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    From India to America: a History
    The Soka Gakkai International
    Religious Roots, Early History and Contemporary Development
    About the Resource Guide
    Since 1991 the SGI has gone through dramatic changes as it has become an engaged lay Buddhist community in society. In response to increasing interest and demand for classroom teaching material, this Resource Guide was designed to present a current look at the changes and events shaping the development of the SGI in the United States. Over the last two years, the Resource Guide has proven a useful classroom tool in introductory courses on Buddhism, Asian Religions, World Religions, Japanese Religions, and Contemporary Religious Movements in America. This web presentation is an effort to make the Resource Guide more widely and easily accessible. Many thanks to the SGI-USA Academic Affairs Department for their concerted time and energy in developing the Resource Guide. Send comments on the Resource Guide to

    18. The Infography About Buddhism -- Soka Gakkai
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    19. Buddhism-SGI - ICQ Interest Groups -
    Moderated realtime chat room for those interested in the buddhism practiced by the soka gakkai.

    20. Buddhism In Surrey And West Sussex - Soka Gakkai International
    soka means value creation; gakkai, society. development of humanistic cultureand education based on the tenets of Nichiren Daishonin’s buddhism.
    Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist association founded in Japan on the premise that human beings inherently possess the ability to create value in their lives and, therefore, are able to live life to the fullest while contributing to the welfare of society. "Soka" means value creation; "Gakkai," society. SGI founding principles 1. To work for the prosperity of society as good citizens, respecting the culture, customs and laws of the country where they reside. 2. To promote the development of humanistic culture and education based on the tenets of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. 3. To support the United Nations’ efforts for world peace by working towards the goals of the abolition of nuclear weapons, the universal renunciation of war in accordance with the spirit of the U.N. Charter, and the solution of the problems of poverty, oppression and environmental degradation which threatens our planet.
    Daisaku Ikeda

    Daisaku Ikeda, third president of the Soka Gakkai, was nominated as the first president of SGI, a post he continues to hold. Under his leadership and guidance the SGI has developed and expanded throughout the world.

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