Practice

Discussion MeetingDaily Practice and Discussion Meetings

For SGM members, the ultimate purpose of our Buddhist practice and involvement in Soka Gakkai activities is to allow us to reveal the creative potential in our lives, not only for our personal fulfilment, but also for the development of a peaceful and harmonious society.

SGM members perform a morning and evening practice known as gongyo, which consists of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and reciting portions of the Lotus Sutra. The duration of any particular chanting session is up to each individual. This regular morning and evening ritual is the basis of daily practice, a time when one can reflect on priorities in life and connect with the deeper rhythms of life.

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Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

"When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha.

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Gohonzon

The object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, called the Gohonzon, takes the form of a scroll inscribed with Chinese and Sanskrit characters.

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Daily Gosho

“Being filial towards one’s father and mother means that … one … is always mindful of providing a parent with all manner of good things, and if this happens to be impossible, in the course of a day one at least smiles twice or thrice in their direction.”

The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude