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 IkedaTuesday, March 9, 2010
The fundamental spirit of Buddhism is that all people are equal. A person is not great simply because of his or her social standing, fame, academic background or position in the organization. In the world of faith, the truly great are those who spread the Mystic Law and strive for kosen-rufu, who actively work for the sake of Buddhism and the happiness of others. Supremely respectworthy are those who champion the cause of kosen-rufu.
Daily gosho quote
From the Writings of Nichiren DaishoninTuesday, March 9, 2010
Our contemporaries think of the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo only as a name, but this is not correct. It is the essence, that is, the heart of the Lotus Sutra. . . . Those who seek the heart of the sutra apart from its title are as foolish as the turtle who sought the monkey's liver outside the monkey, or the monkey who left the forest and sought fruit on the seashore.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 861This is What I Heard Written to the lay priest Soya Jiro on November 28, 1277
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.