Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) is the Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a global association of grassroots organisations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people. Over 12 million SGI members in 192 countries and territories are engaged in their ‘human revolution’, drawing inspiration from the humanistic life philosophy of the Japanese Buddhist sage, Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282).
At the core of the SGI’s movement for peace is the ideal of education for global citizenship. Through a wide range of activities, the SGI seeks to foster awareness of the social and environmental responsibilities we all share for the future of our planet. This is education in the broadest sense of the word, and it is not limited to classrooms or to any particular age group.
And through cultural exchanges and direct interactions with people, the SGI organisations seek to advance the search for common values such as tolerance and coexistence despite differences and to strengthen our sense of common humanity.
Established as a registered society in January 1986, and working in consonance with the guiding principles of the SGI, BSG too has sought to create an environment of peace through cultural, educational and community-related activities. What sets these initiatives apart is the humanistic spirit of ‘reaching out’ through ‘heart-to-heart’ dialogue, as practised by the founding president of SGI, Dr Daisaku Ikeda.
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. Based on the message of the Lotus Sutra, considered the highest teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historic founder of Buddhism, Nichiren’s teachings assert that each individual, regardless of race, gender, capacity or social standing, has to power to overcome life’s inevitable challenges, and to positively influence their community, society and the world.
Nichiren’s Buddhism promotes individual empowerment, at the same time stresses the connection between one’s own happiness and the happiness of others. It teaches that the greatest personal satisfaction and fulfillment in file is realized by working for the happiness of others.
As lay believers and "engaged Buddhists," SGI members strive in their everyday lives to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstances and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.
The core philosophy of the SGI can be summed up by the concept of “Human Revolution”. This is the idea that the self- motivated inner change of even a single individual positively affects the larger web of life.
These values are expressed in the SGI Charter, which embodies the ideal of – World Citizenship, the spirit of tolerance and the safeguarding of fundamental Human Rights. SGI members strive to realize these values through the active promotion of Peace, Cultural and Educational activities.