Soka Gakkai International (SGI)Jan 13th 2015
The Soka Gakkai International, or ("Value-Creating Education Society"), was founded in Japan in 1930 by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), a reformer, an author an educational theorist, and forward thinker. SGI is an organization dedicated to humanistic education reform that also embodied the religious teachings of Shakyamuni who lived in India around 2,500 years ago leaving the life of luxury on a spiritual quest. His is also known as Siddhartha Gautama Budha on whose teaching Budhism was founded.
Nichiren Daishonin a 13th century Japanese priest, embraced the Lotus Sutra as the key sutra in Shakyamuni’s teachings. The Lotus Sutra carries the condition of absolute happiness and freedom from any kind of fear. The philosophy of Nichiren Budhism awakens each and every one of us to the attainment or the possibility of enlightenment in this life open to All people, regardless of gender, race, social standing, and education. Nichiren Budhism taught that by reciting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo the individual taps into their Buddha nature. Buddhism basis is Faith, Practice, and Study. SGI members chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo usually in front of the enshrined replica of the Gohonzon, the fundamental object of respect, also in their homes, at the center. If traveling, a traveling Gohonzon can also be provided to each member.
The Three Founding Presidents of the Soka Gakkai International
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi revolutionary ideas on human development and religious freedom lead him to prison in the in 1930’s.
Josei Toda, Makiguchi’s disciple also went to prison and was released from prison in 1945. His determination to rebuild SGI increased the organization membership from less than 3,000 to 750,000 before his passing in 1958.
Since May 3, 1960 President Daisaku Ikeda has been able to foster, open and grow the Soka Gakkai International by also increasing the number of cultural and educational organizations. President Ikeda also established several chapters in the U.S.A and South American countries also increasing membership to over 192 countries and 12 million members worldwide.
Brazil SGI membership is the 3rd largest organization. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Portuguese and Spanish Conferences are usually held in April every year in the Florida Nature and Cultural Center.
If you are interested in learning more about SGI practice here in Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center Is located on the South Loop on 1455 South Wabash and is open from 8AM-9PM. Introductory meetings are held every Monday and Tuesday 7PM. Please call the center to confirm @ 312-913-1211.
The Portuguese Language group meets every last Sunday of the month @ 10AM SGI Cultural Center. Please contact BazilChicago.com or the Cultural Center if you need further details.
1.For the first time SGI Youth Brazil and U.S. SGI celebrates first youth exchange in Southern California2.SGI Quarterly Brazil-Austregésilo de Athayde and Daisaku Ikeda meet at Rio de Janeiro airport, February 1993 Culture The Blossoming of Culture.