What do you see when you look at the world around you?
Do you see suffering?
Are you struggling?
Do you see or feel hope?
What state is our world in?
Are you treasured or respected where you are?
Based on lives of action and purpose, there is every reason to believe that the world can change for the better and that it is possible to become happy, even in the midst of struggle and pain.
SGI Buddhism aims to give people not only the ability to transform their lives, but the belief that this is even possible; to help people see that the world doesn’t have to be as it is.
On March 17th 2018 we are holding a meeting of 6000 young people and young adults across three venues in the UK: Bristol, London and Manchester. Why are we doing this?
We want to create an opportunity so likeminded young people can come together in a shared commitment for peace, whatever their background, race or religion
We want to share with society the vision, purpose and experiences of our Buddhist practice
We want to inspire hope in the hearts of every single young person in the UK
Through this meeting we are expressing the global vision of the SGI, which is captured by this short poem by SGI founder, Daisaku Ikeda entitled “This is Your Age”:
This is your age
The future rests in your hands
I hope you will make the twenty-first century truly wonderful
Please make it a century in which the life of each individual is cherished and respected to the utmost.
A century without discrimination, without bullying, war or murder.
A century in which no child cries with hunger, in which no mothers or children take their own lives in despair.
A century without environmental destruction.
A century free from academic elitism, greed and materialism.
A century in which human rights are upheld as the most precious treasure.
A century of true democracy, in which the people hold corrupt political leaders to account. A century in which the people exercise sound judgement and pay no heed to the lies of the mass media.
I hope you will make it a century in which each of your precious dreams come true and your unique individuality blossoms to the fullest.
To realise these goals, it is vital that you achieve victory, that each of you grow into people of philosophy and compassion, into people who possess both real ability and the sincerity to understand the hearts of others.
Your victory will be the victory of the twenty-first century.
You are our only hope.
SGI-UK is a socially engaged Buddhist movement for peace. It is one of the many organisations in 192 countries and territories throughout the world which together make up SGI (Soka Gakkai International). Soka means the ‘creation of value’ and Gakkai means ‘society’. SGI is a movement based on Nichiren Buddhism. It is a broad humanistic movement for the benefit of humanity, engaging with other institutions, associations, groups and individuals who wish actively to create a better world.
SGI United Nations liaison offices located in New York, Geneva and Vienna actively support UN processes. They promote activities to raise public awareness of global concerns and the search for better solutions, working together with other NGOs. SGI also works in partnership with likeminded organisations that hold a shared commitment to humanistic social action, including recent Nobel Prize winning anti-nuclear abolition campaign ICAN.
In 1961 Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda, visiting Europe for the first time, laid the foundations of the UK movement for peace, culture and education, encouraging the handful of people who were practising here at that time. SGI-UK has grown steadily, and there are now over 650 local groups throughout the UK.
Local groups hold discussion meetings each month to which everyone is invited. If you want to find out about the nearest group to you please contact us through this site or go to http://www.SGI-UK.org
Soka Gakkai International is a worldwide society for the creation of value founded upon the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin.
SGI-UK is a Registered Charity No. 1104491 Company Limited by Guarantee No. 5114516. Registered in England & Wales.
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