Daily Practice

Discussion MeetingDaily Practice

The basic Buddhist practice of Soka Gakkai members is chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, reciting portions of the Lotus Sutra (referred to as gongyo) and sharing the teachings of Buddhism with others in order to help them overcome their problems.

The practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo was established by Nichiren (1222–82), a Japanese Buddhist priest who sought to restore Buddhism to its original intended form and identified the Lotus Sutra as the core teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha.

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Troubles and difficulties are an inevitable fact of life. The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at all times the ability to surmount such suffering. This power, inherent in the depths of our lives, is the function of the fundamental Law or principle that underlies the workings of all life and the universe.

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The Gohonzon

Nichiren Buddhism is revolutionary among Buddhist teachings in that it teaches that all people are capable of manifesting Buddhahood in this lifetime, in their present form.

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Personal Experiences [link to Soka Gakkai (global) website]


Daily Encouragement

A noble life adorned with sincerity, wisdom and service belongs to ordinary people who work in the background to serve others.

Daisaku Ikeda, SGI President

Daily Gosho

“Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring. Never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. Nor have we ever heard of a believer in the Lotus Sutra who turned into an ordinary [unenlightened] person.”

Winter Always Turns to Spring