To celebrate the significant milestone of the Soka Gakkai’s 90th anniversary, SGI Australia is proud to present a collection of youth-led projects showcasing the experiences of our pioneers and our youth division members.
These projects are driven and led by youth across the country and supported by the Men’s and Women’s leaders.
Youth members from across the country have reached out to pioneer members in their respective states in dialogue to express appreciation and to learn from their pioneering and contributive spirit. Together they have experienced a mutual connection of encouragement in their journeys of faith.
In addition, youth members from different states were invited to share their experiences and their Buddhist practice via video clips.
This website also showcases artistic expressions by youth based on the theme of “What does it mean to you to be part of a peace movement.” These artworks were originally collated as part of the 2020 Oceania Peace Conference. Our Future and High School groups have also contributed to the website by sharing photos of their activities.
Please click on the link below to the website. We hope you will enjoy this presentation prepared for the 90th anniversary celebration. https://sgianationwide.wixsite.com/events
Nichiren Buddhism & SGI
Soka Gakkai, literally translates as “value creation society”. Members of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) throughout the world strive to reveal the life state of Buddhahood or enlightenment and enact the creative and compassionate potential in life. In so doing, we challenge ourselves to create thriving and peaceful families, work places and communities. The ultimate goal is, through the process of inner reformation (often referred to as human revolution), to create peace and spiritual prosperity in society. This is usually referred to by the Japanese term kosen-rufu.
Soka Gakkai bases itself on the teaching and practice established by Nichiren Daishonin, a Buddhist priest and philosopher living in thirteenth century Japan. Nichiren revealed a direct means for all people to become happy through the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (the title of the Lotus Sutra, a teaching expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha of India). It is a universally accessible practice that activates the inherent Buddha nature or creative life-force existing in all life, and enables each person to positively transform their life and relationships.
SGI Australia supports each person in gaining benefit from this practical and humanistic way of living through offering personalised guidance as well as opportunities to train and take responsibility for personal growth and social contribution. Toward this end SGI Australia emphasises participation in group discussion meetings and promotes peace, cultural and educational activities; also collaborating with like-minded organisations and educational institutions.