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Welcome to the Heart of England SGI members website. Here you will find information on the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the SGI organization and details of how to get involved in Buddhist activities in the West Midlands.

SGI in the Heart of England

We are a group of lay practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism living in the West Midlands - Birmingham, Coventry, the Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and nearby areas.

As Nichiren Buddhists we are also members of the Soka Gakkai...

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The Practice of Nichiren Buddhism

There are three basic elements to the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, chanting the phrase Nam-myoho-renge-kyo; studying the teachings of Nichiren; and making efforts to proliferate the teachings of Buddhism to achieve the ultimate goal of peace...

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Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin was a 13th Century Japanese priest who, at the age of 15, devoted his life to finding the ultimate teaching of Buddhism. After many years of study that centred around the oringinal teachings of the first historically recognized...

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The Meaning of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Myoho

Means "mystic law" - it is called mystic (myo) because it is difficult to discern. Ho means all phenomena. Myoho means that all phenomena and the ultimate law are one.

"It is simply the mysterious nature...

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Our Shared Humanity video

This is a video made by SGI to explain what we're about and has been uploaded to YouTube.

Part 1:

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Gandhi / King / Ikeda video

A video clip celebrating the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Daiseku Ikeda (president of the Soka Gakkai International).

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Interview with local member, David Izen

Local SGI member, David Izen, was interviewed by Stuart Linnell on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on 17th Jan 2010. Here is the full excerpt from the programme, in which David explains the basics of Nichiren Buddhism and also gives the public...

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An SGI-UK member on Japan's recent earthquake

One of SGI-UK's members was recently invited to Channel 4's 4thought programme, explaining how faith can help with the consequences of this tragedy:

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Daily guidance

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku IkedaSunday, July 26, 2009 Faith is perseverance. The key to victory in any struggle in life is persistence. That is why Nichiren Daishonin stresses the importance of having faith that flows ceaselessly like water rather than faith that flames up briefly like fire. To advance continuously, it is important never to become exhausted. Carrying out activities until late at night does not equate with strong faith.

Daily gosho quote

From the Writings of Nichiren DaishoninSunday, July 26, 2009 Faith in this sutra means that you will surely attain Buddhahood if you are true to the entirety of the Lotus Sutra, adhering exactly to its teachings without adding any of your own ideas or following the arbitrary interpretations of others. The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1030Letter to Niike Written to Niike Saemon-no-jo in February 1280

Leamington Peace Festival

We will be having a stall at Leamington Peace Festival on June 16-17th. Please look out for us and stop for a chat and pick up some of the free literature about the practice we'll be...

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Coventry Green Fayre

We will be having a stall at Coventry Green Fayre at the Memorial Park on 23rd June, showing the Seeds of Change exhibition.

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