The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life.
Our philosophy is rooted in the concept of human revolution, a process of inner transformation through Buddhist practice.
We believe that happiness is being able to experience profound joy that comes from never being defeated by any problem in life. We use life's challenges as catalysts to deepen and expand our inner lives. True happiness results from our efforts to manifest our highest potential—wisdom, compassion, courage and vitality.
The core activity for all SGI-USA members is the neighborhood discussion meeting that bring people together for Buddhist prayer, study, sharing and discussion of ways Buddhism can be applied to the challenges of daily living.