Are there dietary or lifestyle restrictions?
No. We hope that you actively continue your practice to the best of your ability. We ask that you treat the organization and
your follow members with courtesy and respect. Only in an extreme case in which an individual might abuse the teachings of
Nichiren Daishonin, the organization, or fellow members, would the individual's membership status be reviewed.
What is the membership pledge?
In the process of becoming an SGI-USA member, we ask you to make a pledge based on your understanding of the fundamentals
of Buddhist practice.
First, you will be asked to embrace the Gohonzon throughout your life. By joining the SGI
and receiving the Gohonzon, you are taking a great initial step toward your goal of a happier life. Persevering in your practice
makes that possible. This portion of the pledge signifies the sincerity of your commitment to try your best to do so.
Second, you will be asked to exert yourself in the basics of faith, practice, and study as taught by Nichiren Daishonin,
within the SGI-USA movement. This pledge indicates your understanding and determination to make efforts to carry out the full
practice to the best of your ability.
Third, you will be asked to abide by the guidance of the SGI as it relates
to the practice of faith. This indicates that you recognize that the SGI faithfully upholds the Daishonin's Buddhism and that
your desire to share in this movement for the happiness of all people. This pledge in no way interferes with the rights and
responsibilities of individuals to make their own decisions with regard to their personal lives.
Where do you meet? How often? What do you do?
We usually meet in member's houses and community centers. Currently, our district meets for a monthly planning meeting, one
discussion and study meeting each week, and a monthly Gosho study meeting. We also meet on the first Sunday of each month
for World Peace (Kosen Rufu) Gongyo, a meeting where we specifically chant for world peace.
At discussion meetings,
we recite gongyo and chant daimoku. Following gongyo, specific Gosho or other material is studied and the meeting is opened
Are there Buddhist holidays?
Members of SGI-USA come from all different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and continue to celebrate holidays from their
own cultures. For example, a member with a Jewish background might light candles on Chanukah, while members of Christian background
might exchange Christmas gifts. In addition, there are days that have special meaning in Buddhism and SGI, such as the anniversary
of SGI's founding or New Years Day. We meet on those days and perform gongyo.
What types of Buddhist ceremonies are there (marriage, etc.)?
SGI Members receive the Gohonzon in a Gohonzon conferral ceremony. They can get married in a Buddhist marriage ceremony. They
can be memorialized after death in a memorial ceremony.