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         Soka Gakkai Buddhism:     more books (82)
  1. Dictionary of Buddhism by Soka Gakkai, 2008-09-30
  2. The Liturgy of the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin by Soka Gakkai International, 1992
  3. Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism by Richard Hughes Seager, 2006-03-16
  4. How Soka Gakkai Became a Global Buddhist Movement: The Internationalization of a Japanese Religion by Daniel A. Metraux, 2010-01-14
  5. The Lotus and the Maple Leaf: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in Canada by Daniel A. Metraux, 1996-06-28
  6. Soka Gakkai: From Lay Movement to Religion (Studies in Contemporary Religions, 3) by Karel Dobbelaere, 2001-09-15
  7. Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and Conversion by Phillip E. Hammond, David W. Machacek, 1999-05-20
  8. Global Citizens: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in the World
  9. The Soka Gakkai Buddhist Movement in Quebec: The Lotus and the Fleur De Lys (Canadian Studies) by Daniel A. Metraux, 1997-11
  10. The International Expansion of a Modern Buddhist Movement: The Soka Gakkai in Southeast Asia and Australia by Daniel A. Metraux, 2001-01-10
  11. The Soka Gakkai Revolution by Daniel A. Metraux, 1994-11-08
  12. Courage (Buddhism For You series) by Daisaku Ikeda, 2006-11-01
  13. Soka Education: A Buddhist Vision for Teachers, Students & Parents by Daisaku Ikeda, 2001-05-01
  14. Love (Buddhism For You series) by Daisaku Ikeda, 2006-11-01

21. Happiness Central
Offers essays and testimonials about practicing buddhism in America as a soka gakkai member.

22. Buddhism In Surrey And West Sussex - Daisaku Ikeda- A Profile
Toda, later the second president of the soka gakkai, was an innovative educatorwho was deeply committed to the ideals and practice of Nichiren buddhism.
Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was born on January 2, 1928, in Tokyo, Japan. His family's business was producing a form of edible seaweed. His interests include poetry, art, music, philosophy and photography.
Mr. Ikeda is a Buddhist thinker, author and educator who believes that only through personal interaction and dialogue across cultural and philosophical boundaries can human beings nurture the trust and understanding that is necessary for lasting peace. To date, he has traveled to more than 50 countries in pursuit of this ideal, holding discussions with many distinguished political, cultural and educational figures.
Ikeda was seventeen when the Second World War ended in 1945. His four elder brothers had been drafted for military service, and the eldest was killed in combat. The anguish of those days left an indelible impression on the young Ikeda and prompted his life-long endeavor to root out the fundamental causes of human conflict.
In 1947, Ikeda met Josei Toda, the man who was to become his mentor and play a decisive role in shaping the course of his life. Toda, later the second president of the Soka Gakkai, was an innovative educator who was deeply committed to the ideals and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. During the war, he was imprisoned together with the first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi-who later died in prison-by the authorities because of their opposition to Japanese militarism. Upon his release in July 1945, Toda dedicated his life to the development of the Soka Gakkai and the realization of a humane society.

23. SGI-UK Heart Of Southwark Chapter
Information and meetings on the buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, soka gakkai and nam myoho renge kyo based in south east London Camberwell District.
SGI-UK Heart of Southwark Chapter
Thank you for visiting our new unofficial website. Although very basic at the moment, we aim to expand as time goes on. You will see our schedule for each month, along with an explanation as to what each meeting is about. If you would like further information about Nam myoho renge kyo, the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, Soka Gakkai International, and how you begin to practice in your local area - then please e-mail me at Thank you. Robert Brown SGI-UK Heart of Southwark Chapter Buddhism for All
Camberwell District Schedule

Burgess Park District Schedule

Peckham Rye District Schedule
Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and other titles

The Soka Gakkai Worldwide Family Soka Gakkai webpage
Soka Gakkai International Public Information Site

SGI Worldwide Centres

SGI Australia
SGI Yugoslavia

24. SGI - Features
VIEWS ON SGI. Articles. Around the World. SGI's global activities for peace,education and culture. The soka gakkai Dictionary of buddhism Published.
FEATURES Introduction SGI QUARTERLY Current Issue Previous Issues VIEWS ON SGI Articles
Around the World SGI's global activities for peace,
education and culture
The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism Published
The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism was published on November 18, 2002, in commemoration of the Soka Gakkai's 72nd anniversary. The 1,000-page dictionary, which contains more than 2,700 entries including cross references, is a major revision and expansion of A Dictionary of Buddhist Terms and Concepts , published in 1983. There are virtually no other English-language dictionaries of Buddhist terms with so many entries.
In 1952, the Soka Gakkai published the Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu (The Complete Works of Nichiren Daishonin), a publication project initiated and supervised by Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai. Since that time, translation into various languages of Nichiren's writings has been progressing steadily.
In the fall of 1999, the Soka Gakkai published

25. Welcome To This Is Toni's Place - SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL - ALTAR
Studying and practicing buddhism, specifically the buddhism of NichirenDaishonin, assures one's life will experience a human revolution.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
My practice of the buddhist faith has added a very profound dimension to my life. Studying and practicing buddhism, specifically the buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, assures one's life will experience a human revolution. That for me has truly been a fact. And because of my practice, at this time in my life, I am realizing the wonderful benefits that this Buddhism promises. Oh yes, there have been obstacles. Many of them and they are to be expected. However, with faith, study and practice my life is filled with peace and with great happiness. This addition to my web site is a dedication and an appreciation of the Buddhism of Nichren Daishonin. It is a part of my work toward attaining Buddhahood. Most of all, I hope that you will enjoy your visit. Our world needs Kosen-rufu.

The Butsudan (Japanese: Buddha House) is the cabinet where you enshrine your Gohonzon to protect it.
The butsudan or cabinet is usually made of wood.
It can range from a simple, plain design to elaborate finishes and hardware.
Every believer should endeavor to keep the butsudan dusted and clean and make it an attractive place for the Gohonzon.

26. Welcome To This Is Toni's Place - SGI - BUDDHISM TERMS
soka gakkai INTERNATIONAL (SGI) Literally Society for the Creation of Value ; thename of the international lay organization of Nichiren Daishonin's buddhism.
Sorry, your browser doesn't support Java(tm). BUDDHA ESHO FUNI GOHONZON GONGYO ... SOKA GAKKAI BUDDHA
One who perceives the true nature of all life and who leads others to attain the same enlightenment.
The Buddha nature is inherent in all beings, and is characterised by the qualities of wisdom, courage, compassion and life force. ESHO FUNI
This is an illustration of the Buddhist principle of the oneness of life and environment (Jap. esho funi). Esho is a contraction of the words eho (environment) and shoho (self). Funi is an abbreviation of nini-funi (two but not two) and funi-nini (not two but two). What this actually means in practice is, fortunately, less complicated than the literal translation suggests. BUDDHA ESHO FUNI GOHONZON GONGYO ... SOKA GAKKAI GOHONZON
The scroll or mandala to which practitioners of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism chant. Honzon means "object of fundamental respect" while Go means "worthy of honour". Nichiren Daishonin inscribed the Gohonzon as an embodiment of his own enlightenment. Most often Gohonzons take the form of a paper scroll inscribed with Chinese and Sanskrit characters in black sumi ink. Down the centre of the Gohonzon in bold characters are the words Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Nichiren representing the state of Buddhahood while the other smaller characters represent the various facets which comprise life as a whole. The intent of our practise of chanting to the Gohonzon is to reveal the state of Buddhahood which exists in each person and which Nichiren Daishonin taught could be revealed by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon and teaching others to do likewise.

Nichiren buddhism stresses the inseparability of earthly desires and enlightenment ofthe SGI Quarterly with permission from soka gakkai International Office
What is Soka Gakkai? Philosophy History ... Organization
PRAYER IN BUDDHISM Prayer is central to the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI members often relate experiences of "offering earnest prayer," or "praying from the bottom of my heart." They also speak of having their prayers "answered." What do SGI members mean when they make such statements? The Webster's Third International Dictionary defines prayer as "a solemn and humble approach to Divinity in word or thought, usually involving beseeching, petition, confession, praise, or thanksgiving." In what way does the Buddhist understanding of prayer accord with this definition, and how does it differ? Prayer appears to be a universal human activity. There is evidence to suggest that humans have been engaged in some form of "prayer" since the earliest days of our species. As soon as humans developed a consciousness of their relative powerlessness before the forces of nature, the precariousness of their existence and their own mortality, they no doubt began giving expression to intense feelings of petition, praise or thanksgiving. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has written that religion grew from prayer; that the sentiment and act of prayer precedes the forms that different religious traditions have since given this primordial human act. Buddhist prayer likewise may be thought of as a focused expression of these same sentiments of yearning, commitment and appreciation. It is, however, distinguished by the fact that Buddhism locates the divine within the life of the individual practitioner. The purpose of Buddhist prayer is to awaken our innate inner capacities of strength, courage and wisdom rather than to petition external forces.

28. SOKA GAKKAI TODAY: Philosophy
Nichiren buddhism, therefore, is not an ascetic or reclusive religion but a sociallyengagedphilosophy that brings about Copyright (c) soka gakkai 1996-2003.
What is Soka Gakkai? Philosophy History ... Organization
Buddhism: An Overview
Buddhism is the body of religious teachings attributed to or associated with Shakyamuni (also known as Buddha, Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha). The exact dates of Shakyamuni's life remain unclear; Buddhist scholars, however, generally agree that he lived between the fifth and seventh centuries BCE.
According to tradition, Buddhism began when Shakyamuni sought a way to transcend human suffering, in particular the four sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death. In a moment of profound religious inspiration, he awakened to the fundamental reality of life and the universe, a condition known as enlightenment or Buddhahood. Based on this realization, Shakyamuni taught a way for all people to overcome suffering by challenging negative or difficult circumstances thereby fulfilling their potential.
In the 50 years he is believed to have spent preaching in India, Shakyamuni left behind many teachings that were committed to writing in later ages and called sutras. Some sutras point out that the basic causes of suffering are attachments to transient phenomena such as fame and wealth; he urges followers to break their ties to mundane desires and the impermanent world. Others, in particular the Lotus Sutra , hold that people can overcome suffering by learning to control desires and direct them toward positive ends.

29. "WAR & PEACE" By Steve Sonoda - Soka Gakkai And Buddhism Of Nichiren
the soka gakkai works for the elimination of war and affliction, and establishmentof lasting stability, peace and prosperity, based on the buddhism of
updated April 2001 Voice of Sonoda ***NICHIREN SHOSHU NEWS UPDATES*** Demand for Apology from the Priesthood for their Support of the War Dangers of Nuclear Technology: Faustian Deal of Our Era ... Taisekiji's Secret Deal

30. Soka Gakkai International (SGI) And Buddhism Of Nichiren: Quest For Peace
the soka gakkai works for the elimination of war and affliction, and establishmentof lasting stablity, peace and prosperity, based on the buddhism of Nichiren
Links Around the World Soka Gakkai Japan Toda Institute of Peace and Policy Research SGI-USA San Jose District, California ( Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Warchild Helen Caldicott's Home Page Physicians for Social Responsibility International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Peace Action Abolition 2000 "You can help rid the world of nuclear weapons - it can be done, it must be done" Soka Gakkai International Public Information Site ( Soka University Educational Network ( Soka University Kansai ( Associazione Italiana Soka Gakkai ( Clearing Up the Clearing House Watch Buddha's Complete Listing of SGI/Nichiren Shoshu Links Return to Index Page

31. Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhism In San Jose Links
Official Sites. soka gakkai INTERNATIONAL {SGI} SGIUSA. Boston Research Center forthe 21st Century. soka gakkai Brazil (Portuguese). soka gakkai Italy (Italian).
Official Sites
Local Sites
Silicon Valley Territory Site Kansai Soka School Unofficial SGI Site Houston Community Center ... Fort Collins Tucson (currently unavailable) The SGI-USA Club at Teachers College SGI-UK Unofficial Site What's Going on in SGI Orange County Charlotte Chapter SGI-USA (unofficial) ... Africa Newsletter (Unofficial)
Personal Sites / Issue Sites
The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (Uploaded Gosho by Will Kallander) Clearing Up the Clearing
H ouse ... Have you been away from SGI? Welcome home! (by Kathy Ruby
Related Sites
The Institute of Oriental Philosophy SAVE THE SHO-HONDO LINUS PAULING EXHIBIT Victory over Violence ...
To submit a site, please send a note to the WEBMASTER with the complete URL. Only SGI and related sites will be posted

32. Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhism In San Jose
soka gakkai International USA (SGIUSA) is a lay organization of believersof Nichiren Daishonin's buddhism in the United States.
The Soka Gakkai International is a tremendous asset to the World in terms of Peace, Culture and Education. In the United States the organization is called SGI-USA.
Soka Gakkai International USA (SGI-USA) is a lay organization of believers of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism in the United States. Its parent organization, the Soka Gakkai (Value Creation Society) was founded in 1930 and achieved phenomenal growth in the postwar era under its second president, Josei Toda. Under the Soka Gakkai's third president Daisaku Ikeda, currently the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an umbrella organization that links the organizations of 115 countries with 14 million members.
The SGI is recognized as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) by the United Nations. It has participated in and supported many U.N. activities. Since 1982, the SGI has co-sponsored several exhibitions with the U.N. in dozens of cities around the world on topics such: Nuclear Arms, Global War, Human Rights, Children's Rights and the Environment. The purpose of these exhibitions is to call attention to the need for pooling our wisdom to find solutions to the global problems that confront us. The Youth in the organization have also been involved with campaigns to aid refugees of various countries.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has also founded 7 educational institutions including Soka University , the Min-on Concert Organization, and the Fuji Art Museum , He has received awards and honorary degrees from institutions and universities around the world, including the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award and has submitted proposals for nuclear disarmament to the U.N. yearly since 1960. Mr Ikeda also holds dialogues with hundreds of international leaders and educators, in order to create bonds of friendship, bridging barriers between countries through culture and education and promote a perspective of "one worldism."

33. Group Type Links: Eastern: Buddhist: Soka Gakkai
culture and education based on the philosophy and ideals of the buddhism of Nichiren. This is an organization site. Unofficial soka gakkai International (SGI
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Victims of Soka Gakkai International Association
Victims of Soka Gakkai International Association, as an organization, is concerned about alleged human rights violations.
Victims of Soka Gakkai Association
Clearing House for Information on Soka Gakkai
A 'Clearing House' for information on the pseudo-religious, Japanese political group, Soka Gakkai.

34. SGI South Africa: Intro To Nichiren's Buddhism: The SGI And President Ikeda
encounter with second soka gakkai president, Josei Toda, who was to become his mentorin life. Under his tutelage he cultivated the ideals of buddhism and also
oka akkai nternational outh frica Navigate: the site


Human Revolution
The future
The Soka Gakkai International
"Soka Gakkai" means "Society for the Creation of Value". The SGI is an international lay organisation of Buddhists following the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin . It has some 12 million members in 163 countries. There are two aspects to the SGI. The first is its support of the Buddhist practice of its members. The spreading of Buddhism, teaching those who are interested, is the responsibility of individual Buddhists. The second aspect of the SGI is its relationship with society. The SGI does not directly promote Buddhism as a public organisation, but seeks to transmit its spirit through education, cultural exchange and activities in support of peace, such as educational campaigns about the threat of nuclear weapons. As an Non-Governmental Organisation of the United Nations, it supports the UN and UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees).
History of the SGI
The SGI has its roots in the Soka Gakkai. Originally founded as an educational society in Japan in 1930 by first President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the Soka Gakkai was rejuvenated as a general lay society under the leadership of second President Josei Toda after the second World War, who led it through rapid expansion to nearly a million families in the fifties. In 1959, Daisaku Ikeda became the third President of the Soka Gakkai, founding the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in 1975.

35. Welcome To SGI South Africa
Provides current news and events coverage with schedules and background of beliefs and history.Category Society Religion and Spirituality South Africa......Official website of SGISA, the soka gakkai International in South Africa,those practising the buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin in South Africa.
oka akkai nternational outh frica
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How do you build true happiness, vitality, wisdom and compassion, courage and confidence, in the course of ordinary, daily life?
This is the question Nichiren Daishonin answered 700 years ago when he revealed the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo This page is the official Internet home of those practising his Buddhism in South Africa. We belong, with millions of others, to the international lay Buddhist organisation called the Soka Gakkai International , or "international value-creating society". The SGI strives for peace through culture and education. SGI South Africa's diverse members number about 300, organised into several groups in the nation's major cities. Sunday, March 30 - 10:15PM
Latest news
(SGI news here) President Ikeda's 2003 peace proposal published Friday, March 14, 2003 - David Every year, SGI President Ikeda publishes a peace proposal exploring 'the interrelation between core Buddhist concepts and the diverse challenges global society faces in the effort to realize peace and human security.' His 2003 peace proposal is entitled

36. True Buddhism Budismo De Vale
websites soka gakkai International USA — the buddhism of NichirenDaishonin flowers in America! (updated only occasionally). soka
True Buddhism ... Budismo de Vale
U S A Community Centers and SGI members posting personal websites... Soka Gakkai International - USA
(updated only occasionally)
Soka Gakkai International Public Information Site

Voces Unidas de Houston
latest update, January 7, 2002: There have been infrequent updates to the local webpage because
Junior-Senior High School members have a Houston website at HSD with news and updates
through Sheldon Humroy Lopez and activities pictures on both websites. San Jose Community Center Silicon Valley Territory Site SGI-USA/Tucson SGI-USA/Phoenix in the valley of the sun...

Charlotte, N.C.
is on-line between the Appalachians and the Atlantic among southern pines...
Check in on their activities towards post-Hurricane-Floyd recovery! A new site in 1999 has been posted for Omaha Community Center serving Nebraska, and parts of Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota; webmaster Likman Wong

37. Soka Gakkai USA Of Pittsburgh
Contact information for soka gakkai-USA in the Pittsburgh area.Category Society Religion and Spirituality Pennsylvania......SGIUSA of Pittsburgh. (soka gakkai International). The buddhismof Nichiren Daishonin. SGI-USA practices the buddhism of Nichiren
SGI-USA of Pittsburgh
(Soka Gakkai International)
The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin
SGI-USA practices the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin (Japanese, 13th century). This is a Mahayana tradition based on the Lotus Sutra, and our practice involves chanting and focusing on a mandala called the Gohonzon. We believe that all beings possess the Buddha nature and can realize it through this practice. With several hundred members in the Pittsburgh area, we have numerous meetings throughout the area every month. We also carry out a variety of activities to promote world peace, culture, and international understanding. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.
Group meetings
Numerous meetings are held throughout the area and at our Community Center in Greentree. Contact the Community Center for more information.
World Peace Gongyo
We meet at our Community Center the first Sunday of every month to chant for world peace. You are very welcome to join us!
SGI-USA Pittsburgh Community Center 2121 Noblestown Road
For more information about Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI:

38. Hurst, Jane Review Of Soka Gakkai In America: Accommodation And Conversion. By P
As a researcher of the soka gakkai and Nichiren buddhism since 1973, I hopedthat my own qualitative data gathered from a primarily Religious Studies
ISSN 1076-9005 Obtain a paginated version of this review
Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and Conversion . By Phillip Hammond and David Machacek. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999, xvi + 224 pages, ISBN: 0-19-829389-5, US $45.00.
Reviewed by
Jane Hurst
Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Gallaudet University
It was with great interest that I opened up Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and Conversion . As a researcher of the Soka Gakkai and Nichiren Buddhism since 1973, I hoped that my own qualitative data gathered from a primarily Religious Studies perspective would be verified by the extensive statistical data collected and analyzed by Phillip Hammond and David Machacek. I was relieved and pleased to find that not only were our bodies of research in essential agreement in most major areas, but also that their detailed and mathematically sophisticated statistical approach taught me many things that qualitative data and less scientific sampling did not. My only reservation is that this study attempts to explain what is a deeply personal spiritual experience for practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism from a purely social scientific perspective, although admittedly this is their purpose.

39. What Is The Soka Gakkai International?
Daisaku Ikeda, third president of the soka gakkai, became the first SGI president,a of each country by spreading understanding of the buddhism of Nichiren

40. Introductory Information
Provides study materials, history, philosophy, and practice overview.Category Society Religion and Spirituality Nichiren soka gakkai...... SGI study site, please drop a short note to SGIUSA, SGI-USA Website, SGI-Canadaand soka gakkai-Japan and let c. What is the buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin ?

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