In Society

THE VISION

For members of SGI, Buddhahood is a high state of life anyone can cultivate. It fosters an active involvement in society on the basis of fundamental respect for the dignity of life.

THE 2018 PEACE PROPOSAL

Toward an Era of Human Rights: Building a People’s Movement. The year 2017 proved to be a turning point for peace and disarmament. A series of negotiations at the United Nations finally led to the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in July; to date it has been signed by more than fifty states. Once it enters into force, the Treaty will follow bans on biological and chemical arms to complete the international framework prohibiting all weapons of mass destruction.

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TRANSFORMING THE WORLD AROUND US

The phrase “Kosen-rufu” refers to a process through which there is broad acceptance of the principles of Buddhism around the world. Kosen means to “widely declare.” “Widely” implies speaking out to an ever-greater number and ever-broader spectrum of people. Like a cloth unfolding, it spreads out and covers all. So rufu means to flow freely, reaching all.

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PEACE

SGI contributes to important issues in the wider world, and demonstrates how ordinary people can effect change.

SGI-UK annual peace proposal

annual peace proposal

Every year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda publishes a peace proposal which explores the interrelation between core Buddhist concepts and the diverse challenges global society faces in the effort to realize peace and human security. For the past 7 years members of SGI-UK who are academics have organised an annual Peace Proposal Symposium and have invited academics who are not members to meet for a day to discuss the key themes in the annual Peace Proposal.

Interfaith

SGI-UK is involved in inter-faith at the local, national and international levels . SGI-UK is playing an active role in the UK`s Network of Buddhist Organisations

Supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

SGI has a longstanding and deeply held conviction on the need to prohibit all nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. SGI-UK is an active partner with Religions for Peace.

CULTURE

Nothing is more powerful than culture which makes us fully human

(Reaching Beyond)

Visual Art

The gallery images come from works by members of SGI-UK displayed at Taplow Court.

Song

The Glorious Life Chorus comprised of members of SGI-UK,  with its repertoire of unique songs expressing fundamental respect for the dignity of life, takes the movement out into British society

Music

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, longstanding SGI members, have been developing jazz which expresses the dignity of life

EDUCATION

...allow me to re-emphasis the global challenge that faces us: the creation of a human society that serves the essential needs of education. When defined as those activities that foster the talents and character of human beings, `education` is in no way limited to classrooms but is a mission that must be undertaken and realised by human society as a whole

(Soka Education. By Daisaku Ikeda. Pg 107)

SGI-UK pedagogy

Pedagogy

The founder of the Soka Gakkai, Mr Makiguchi developed an educational pedagogy based on the creation of value.

SGI-UK educator's group

Educator's Group

Members of SGI-UK who are educators meet together, share experiences, and encourage one another to develop humanistic education where they work.

SGI-UK schools

Schools

SGI-UK`s national centre at Taplow Court is host to visits from local schools.

Resources

The great challenge in life is to make the distinction between our ability to be the Buddha, and therefore wise, compassionate and courageous, as opposed to the ability to muddle along as the ordinary ‘common mortal’ at the mercy of fear, doubt, delusion and other aspects of what Buddhism calls fundamental darkness.

Exhibits

SGI-UK holds a number of exhibits communicating in easy to read and accessible ways this vision of peace, culture and education as opening practical paths to peace both for individuals and organisations. Anyone interested in using an exhibit please contact SGI-UK

What members do

All members of SGI-UK, as individuals, by virtue of their human revolution and the cultivation of the high state of life of Buddha, are creating peace, culture and education. This is not something that only SGI-UK as an organisation does. Here a number of members of SGI-UK share their experiences of `making a difference`

BBC Radio 2

Since 2014 our general director, Robert Harrap, has talked on BBC Radio 2s `Pause for Thought`

Ecological sustainability

SGI has developed the Earth Charter as a tool for engagement with sustainability issues within faith and inter-faith communities

FIND YOUR LOCAL MEETING

You can use this to get in touch with people practising near you. They will be able to explain about the local activities and you can discuss how to go to a local meeting to find out more.