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, April 16, 2010
Spending our time doing what we please may bring momentary pleasure, but it will not bring us true and lasting joy. We cannot become great artists or great actors of life-we cannot become great human beings. Literature, music and drama are all to be found in our activities for faith-in our prayers, our challenges to develop ourselves through SGI activities and our efforts to educate others. All value is encompassed in these activities. This is the profound realm of Buddhism.
Daily gosho quote
From the Writings of Nichiren DaishoninFriday, April 16, 2010
[T'ien-t'ai writes:] "As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere. . . . One should be neither influenced nor frightened by them. If one falls under their influence, one will be led into the paths of evil. If one is frightened by them, one will be prevented from practicing the correct teaching." This statement not only applies to me, but also is a guide for my followers. Reverently make this teaching your own, and transmit it as an axiom of faith for future generations.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 501Letter to the Brothers Written to Ikegami Munenaka and Ikegami Munenaga on April 16, 1275
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.