Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
Updates and reports from around the world
The SGI was founded on January 26, 1975, but the movement has its roots in 1930s Japan and the struggle against the thought-control of the Japanese militarist government of the time. The Buddhism practiced by SGI members is based on the teachings of the 13th-century Japanese priest Nichiren and his interpretation of the Lotus Sutra.
There are SGI members living in 192 countries and territories while there are 94 locally registered constituent SGI organizations. For a map giving approximate membership statistics click here.
Each SGI organization upholds the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism which originated in Japan, and functions based on the same objectives and principles as the Soka Gakkai in Japan. Each member organization, however, supports itself and is independently operated.
The Executive Board of SGI consists of representative members from different countries and holds meetings regularly.
In 1995, the SGI Executive Board adopted the SGI Charter, which states the purposes and principles of the Soka Gakkai International and the organization's aim to contribute to peace, culture and education based on the philosophy and ideals of Nichiren Buddhism.
SGI Headquarters is at:
Josei Toda International Center
15-3 Samon-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.