Soka Gakkai International is one of the largest Buddhist communities in the world. It has around 12 billion followers in 192 nations. This community focuses on the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism. He was a Japanese priest in the 13th century. The followers of this community meet regularly at discussion groups where they share the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism and The Lotus Sutra that was founded by the creator of Buddhism Shakyamuni Buddha. The members also meet regularly to recite chants and mantras to give them inner peace and bliss.
Soka Gakkai Indonesia – bringing Buddhists together on a common platform
Buddhism is one of the 6 officially recognized religions in Indonesia. In fact, it is the second oldest religion in the nation. Most of the followers of Buddhism here are Chinese however there are many people from different religions that are turning towards the non-violent tenets of Buddhism in the nation.
Understanding life and bringing in positivity
People in Indonesia are like most people living in other nations. They too have their inner fears and challenges that they wish to conquer. It is here that the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism come in to help them. The tenets of Nichiren Buddhism was introduced in Indonesia in 1960. The meaning of the word Soka means “value”. The community focuses on the introduction of the core values and principles of Nichiren Buddhism so that a person is able to receive a positive direction in life. The community works on a large scale to bring in good for the society as a whole. If one person transforms, he or she is able to promote positivity in the environment and enables him or her to help others in the society as well.
Living life in a simple and positive way
For the members of Soka Gakkai Indonesia, Buddhism is a positive and practical way of life. It brings in self-empowerment and change in an individual. With the tenets of Buddhism, a person is able to bring in courage and identify what his self-worth is. In this way, the person is able to contribute positively to the society and be a valuable presence in the lives of friends, family and the community as a whole. Thanks to the teachings and guidance of The Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, the members here have experienced positive changes. They have attained wisdom to improve their quality of life. Clarity of actions and mind have improved. They have also learnt to improve inner qualities and potential. They are better equipped when it comes to handling challenges and the problems they face in life better!
The Soka Gakkai Indonesia community regularly holds events and workshops. The members share their experiences with one another on a regular basis. They exchange views and thoughts with one another. They practice meditation and recite mantras so that they get inner peace. Like their counterparts in the rest of the world, the members here believe in non-violence and nuclear disarmament. They believe in forgiveness and living in harmony with fellow human beings.