Buddhist Learning

We study together in order to share the profound and humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. Inspiring in each other the confidence to create a purposeful life, study is an engaged activity through which we continuously deepen our understanding of and appreciation for our life and life itself.

Applying Buddhist concepts to the challenges of day-to-day life enables the truly transformative power of Buddhism to be revealed. The joy of discussing Buddhist concepts serves to deepen one’s own faith while simultaneously contributing to the happiness of others.

The foundation for SGI study material is derived from the Writings of Nichiren Buddhism (WND) volumes 1 & 2. SGI President Daisaku  Ikeda continues to write extensively on these writings and his lectures are widely available. Indigo, SGI Australia’s monthly magazine, provides a constant source of study materials for group discussions and dialogue with friends and study course materials appear in Indigo regularly. These courses are held in groups and facilitate interactive learning, with an emphasis on participation and dialogue. Indigo is available in the SGI Australia bookshops and from our website. Hope for a Brilliant Future is a compilation of President Ikeda’s most recent speeches. It is available at a nominal price to cover printing costs by subscription only and is distributed through your local organisation.

All SGIA members are encouraged to subscribe to Indigo and Hope for a Brilliant Future for access to deeper study and a contemporary expression of the application of Buddhism. A subscription form is  available from local leaders, centre bookshops, our website and the SGI Australia administrative office. As much as possible we cater for members from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds. Currently we are able to provide Indigo supplements and Hope for a Brilliant Future in Japanese, Chinese and Korean (please refer to a subscription form).

A wide range of books are also available for purchase in each State Community Centre bookshop and on-line.

Current Publications

Introductory

Indigo Magazine
The Buddha in Your Mirror

A Winning Life (introductory pamphlet)

The Quotable Nichiren

About the Spirit and Development of Soka Gakkai and SGI

The Human Revolution
The New Human Revolution

Deeper Study

Hope for a Brilliant Future (Compilation of SGI President Ikeda’s recent speeches)
Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Volumes 1 & 2
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings

President Ikeda also produces lecture series on the philosophy of Buddhism and major writings of Nichiren Daishonin, the most recent appear in Indigo, others have been compiled for publication. These include: The World of Nichiren Daishonin’s Writings; The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra; The Opening of the Eyes; On Attaining Buddhahood; and, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life.

History of Buddhism

The Life of Nichiren
Buddhism: The First Millennium

The Flower of Chinese Buddhism

The Living Buddha

A Selection of Dialogues and Major Works of SGI President Ikeda

A New Humanism
Annual Peace Proposals submitted to the United Nations

Choose Life with Arnold Toynbee, Historian

Before it is too Late with Aurelio Peccei, late President of the Club of Rome
Space and Eternal Life with Chandra Wickramasinghe, Astronomer

Choose Hope with David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation