SGI Buddhists believe that all people have the power to lead lives of great value and creativity and to positively influence their communities, society and the world. Nichiren Buddhism stresses that the greatest fulfillment in life is found in working for the happiness of others.
SGI-USA strives to contribute to American society in significant ways, as it has for five decades. Areas of focus span culture, peace activism, disaster relief, sustainability, and education. To learn more, review the annual SGI-USA Activity Report and check out the latest news about SGI-USA community initiatives.
As a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with formal ties to the United Nations, SGI is actively engaged in awareness raising and education toward the realization of sustainable development, human rights and peace, including nuclear disarmament. Click here for news about SGI community initiatives around the world.
Culture of Peace Resource Center
The United Nations has defined the Culture of Peace as “a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.” The brilliance of the Culture of Peace is that every single woman, man and child can contribute to creating it. SGI-USA has opened Culture of Peace Resource Centers in major cities throughout the United States and sponsors programs such as the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series to support the mainstreaming of the values of the Culture of Peace into people’s daily lives. Click here for the latest videos, transcripts and lecture schedules from the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series and other Culture of Peace-related resources.
Peace and Disarmament
SGI-USA is dedicated to promoting a culture of peace at the grassroots. The abolition of nuclear weapons is a key goal of SGI worldwide, and it aims to raise awareness about this crucial issue through a number of projects. These include exhibitions such as “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” and “Everything You Treasure – For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” petition drives, the “People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition” campaign, and the “Our New Clear Future” initiative launched by SGI-USA youth. SGI groups also run workshops on nonviolence as part of the“Victory Over Violence” project.
SGI-USA promotes sustainable living through education using original tools and resources created by SGI in support of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–14). The Amazon Ecological Conservation Center affiliated with SGI-Brazil is involved in environmental education, reforestation and creating an Amazonian seed bank. Local SGI organizations often engage in practical local efforts such as clean-ups or tree-planting initiatives. They also use resources such as the“Seeds of Hope” exhibition created by SGI in cooperation with Earth Charter International. SGI’s commitment to sustainable development is explained here.
Human Rights Education
SGI-USA’s activities to promote human rights education focus on respect for the equality and dignity of all people and treasuring each individual. The SGI exhibition “Toward a Century of Humanity: An Overview of Human Rights in Today’s World” toured in eight countries in support of the UN Decade of Human Rights Education (1995–2004). SGI also contributed to launching the UN’s World Programme for Human Rights Education in 2005, and in 2006, SGI joined with other NGOs to form the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning in Geneva. The SGI representative to the UN in Geneva, Kazunari Fujii, currently serves as chair of this group. Most recently, in 2012, SGI, together with the Human Rights Education Associates and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, jointly produced a 28-minute film titled “A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education” to raise awareness about the importance of human rights education. SGI representative Kazunari Fujii explains SGI’s commitment to Human Rights.
Victory Over Violence
The “Victory Over Violence” campaign was launched in 1999 by youth of the SGI-USA in response to the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. Its purpose is to help young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence and understand that shifts in their attitude and behavior can make a difference. For more resources and information about how to get involved in this effort, visit VOV.com.
- Soka University of America
- Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research
- Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue