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The Buddhism of Nichiren

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The SGI movement has its roots in the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren, a Buddhist monk who lived in 13th-century Japan. Nichiren’s teachings assert that each individual, regardless of race, gender, capacity or social standing, has the power to overcome life’s inevitable challenges, to develop a life of great value and creativity, and to positively influence their community, society and the world.

Nichiren’s philosophy originates in the teachings of Shakyamuni, the historical founder of Buddhism who lived in India some 2,500 years ago. Nichiren discovered that the Lotus Sutra contains the heart of Buddhist teachings and the truth to which Shakyamuni was awakened. This sutra reveals that a universal principle, the Buddha nature, is inherent in all life. It affirms that all people are capable of attaining enlightenment.

Nichiren taught that the Lotus Sutra’s title phrase Myoho Renge Kyo encapsulates the universal truth to which Shakyamuni was enlightened and that by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and exerting themselves in both faith and practice, people could perceive and manifest the Buddha nature in their own lives.

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