What is SGM
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) is an organization that promotes peace in society through cultural exchanges and humanistic education, based on the life affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. “Soka” means creating value. As Buddhists engaged in society, we believe that all human beings, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social standing, have the power to overcome life’s challenges and develop a life of immense value.
Since its inception in 1984, SGM has conducted its activities based on the following guiding principles:
• To promote good values and morals among its members
• To contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the country
• To foster friendship, family happiness, racial harmony and peace
• To contribute to culture, social welfare and education
Coming from all walks of life, SGM members joyfully engage in various activities where they develop gratitude, compassion, a sense of responsibility and service to the community. In leading contributive lives, they discover their own capacities for empowerment and improvement.
Like the beauty of a flower, it can be appreciated by people from all walks of life, regardless of race, language, religion and tradition. We believe cultural exchanges help our creative potential as human beings bloom, and form a golden bridge between people. We encourage the blossoming of the flower of culture by organizing various cultural events. We also actively participate in state and national level events, as an expression of our commitment to contribute to the well-being of society.
We also believe that education is a life-long pursuit of self-awareness and development of wisdom and character. It nurtures our ability to think critically and make informed choices, but most importantly, it enhances our appreciation for life itself. Through educational activities, we seek to foster awareness of our shared responsibilities for the future of our country, and for the peace of all humanity.
If a person is hungry, we should give them bread. When there is no bread, we can at least give words that nourish. To a person who looks ill or is physically frail, we can turn the conversation to some subject that will lift their spirits and fill them with the hope and determination to get better. Let us give something to each person we meet: joy, courage, hope, assurance, philosophy, wisdom, a vision for the future. Let us always give something.
Daisaku Ikeda, SGI President