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 IkedaMonday, November 23, 2009
If I were to make an allegory, thought and philosophy would be like the heart or respiratory system of the human body. When the heart is sound, the whole body can maintain healthy activity. This same principle applies to both the individual and society. The SGI has a mission to serve as the heart that ensures the healthy functioning of society. Consequently, taking good care of the SGI, (the heart) allows the fresh life-giving blood of humanism to flow to and nourish all areas of society, including culture, politics and the economy.
Daily gosho quote
From the Writings of Nichiren DaishoninMonday, November 23, 2009
You absolutely must not lament over my exile. It says in the "Encouraging Devotion" chapter and in the "Never Disparaging" chapter [that the votary of the Lotus Sutra will meet with persecution]. Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 214Aspiration for the Buddha Land Written to Toki Jonin on November 23, 1271
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.