Welcome to the Heart of England SGI members website. Here you will find information on the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the SGI organization and details of how to get involved in Buddhist activities in the West Midlands.
SGI in the Heart of England
We are a group of lay practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism living in the West Midlands - Birmingham, Coventry, the Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and nearby areas.
As Nichiren Buddhists we are also members of the Soka Gakkai...
The Practice of Nichiren Buddhism
There are three basic elements to the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, chanting the phrase Nam-myoho-renge-kyo; studying the teachings of Nichiren; and making efforts to proliferate the teachings of Buddhism to achieve the ultimate goal of peace...
Nichiren Daishonin was a 13th Century Japanese priest who, at the age of 15, devoted his life to finding the ultimate teaching of Buddhism. After many years of study that centred around the oringinal teachings of the first historically recognized...
The Meaning of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Means "mystic law" - it is called mystic (myo) because it is difficult to discern. Ho means all phenomena. Myoho means that all phenomena and the ultimate law are one.
"It is simply the mysterious nature...
Our Shared Humanity video
This is a video made by SGI to explain what we're about and has been uploaded to YouTube.
Gandhi / King / Ikeda video
A video clip celebrating the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Daiseku Ikeda (president of the Soka Gakkai International).
Interview with local member, David Izen
Local SGI member, David Izen, was interviewed by Stuart Linnell on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on 17th Jan 2010. Here is the full excerpt from the programme, in which David explains the basics of Nichiren Buddhism and also gives the public...
An SGI-UK member on Japan's recent earthquake
One of SGI-UK's members was recently invited to Channel 4's 4thought programme, explaining how faith can help with the consequences of this tragedy:
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku IkedaFriday, July 24, 2009
Our lives are our own. It is not for someone else to dictate to us how we should live them. All that awaits those who allow themselves to be continually swayed by what other people say or do is unhappiness. We simply need to have the self-belief to be able to say: "This is right. This is the path I will follow. I am content." Happiness is born from such inner fortitude. Moreover, those who earnestly devote themselves in accord with the Mystic Law cannot fail to realize lives of total fulfillment.
Daily gosho quote
From the Writings of Nichiren DaishoninFriday, July 24, 2009
The Great Teacher Nan-y?ºeh has stated, "If one sees a foe of the Lotus Sutra and yet fails to censure him, one becomes a slanderer of the Law and will fall into the hell of incessant suffering." Even a man of great wisdom, if he sees such a person and fails to speak out, will fall into the depths of the hell of incessant suffering, and as long as that hell shall endure, he will never escape.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1021Letter to Akimoto Written Akimoto Taro Hyo-no-jo on January 27, 1280
Leamington Peace Festival
We will be having a stall at Leamington Peace Festival on June 16-17th. Please look out for us and stop for a chat and pick up some of the free literature about the practice we'll be...
Coventry Green Fayre
We will be having a stall at Coventry Green Fayre at the Memorial Park on 23rd June, showing the Seeds of Change exhibition.