Soka Gakkai International

Combining spiritual activities with social programs, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is an international Nichiren Buddhist network with over 80 registered constituent organizations in 192 countries. It is arguably the world's largest socially engaged lay Buddhist association. SGI’s founder, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, was a Japanese author and educator intent on reforming education in pre-WWII Japan. He founded the movement in 1930. Following Makiguchi's death, Josei Toda applied Makiguchi's views to the lifelong pursuit of self-awareness, wisdom, and development, as well as the betterment of society as a whole. SGI runs programs focused on peace and disarmament, human rights, sustainable development, interfaith dialogue, humanitarian action, education, and cultural exchange; it also supports the work of the United Nations in these areas. SGI Quarterly magazine focuses on positive social action and the work of SGI members, and the organization often sponsors lectures, conferences, and cultural events. 

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