The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a lay Buddhist movement linking more than 12 million people around the world. SGI members integrate their Buddhist practice into their daily lives, following the Lotus Sutra based teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist priest.
Just as the lotus blooms in a muddy pond, all people can manifest the Buddha nature — inner resources of courage, wisdom and compassion that can equip them to overcome life’s challenges and lead happy and fulfilling lives. As “engaged Buddhists,” SGI members aim to create value in any circumstances and contribute to the well-being of others. Their practice sparks a process of ongoing inner transformation and empowerment known as “human revolution.” The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to SGI’s activities.
History of SGI-Hudson Valley
SGI members began practicing Buddhism in the Hudson Valley area in the 1960’s, attending small meetings locally and driving to NYC for larger activities.
When we moved into our Activity Center in White Plains, NY in 2003, we had 800 members, 19 districts and 75 leaders to assist the member’s practice.
We expanded our Center in 2012 with 23 districts and double the membership and leadership. Our geography covers Westchester and all the counties in Eastern New York State up to Saratoga as well as overlapping areas in the Bronx, northeastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Members come together to share the benefits of the practice locally by district or in even smaller groups or units. Many diverse activities happen mostly on the weekends, and can be cultural, age or gender based, or study related.
All activities focus on creating a peaceful society through individual development and happiness.
Larger introductory meetings are held every Tuesday evening at our Center in White Plains and a monthly gathering with a video to connect to the international membership takes place every first Sunday of the month at our Community Center.