What are the benefits of practicing Buddhism with other people?

The practice of Buddhism focuses not just on benefiting and developing oneself, but on the needs of others as well. Through exchange, dialogue and contact, people at any stage of their practice can learn more than they can by practicing in isolation. Newcomers are always encouraged to raise questions. Buddhist practice is not easy, requiring self-discipline, and seeing one’s own life clearly can be tough—this is why support from others is important as people strive to bring out their highest potential. Through the extensive network of the SGI organization, people can receive encouragement, build links of friendship and support, and offer support to others. As a group dedicated to achieving a positive change in the world, the SGI is also able to have more impact than individuals acting alone, for instance through awareness raising exhibitions or community-based projects.

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