A New Global Religion – Soka Gakkai International
Globalism is the defining trend of our times, and if this trend is to continue and flourish, what is needed is a brand new underlying spiritual foundation to provide the underpinnings of a new global civilization.
We are in a time analogous to the decline and breakup of the Roman Empire. Christianity provided the spiritual framework for a new and nascent Western civilization.
But we coming into a totally different era, where Western civilization and Christianity finds itself confronted with other civilizations and cultures and religions, none of which are any longer able to provide an ethos broad enough or all-inclusive enough to embrace each and every one of the world’s peoples. We are mired in tribal identities – Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu – and we profess the same lofty ideals, such as love and brotherhood and peace, but the reality is that we are at each other’s throats, as is illustrated most glaringly in the Mideast.
The Soka Gakkai International, or SGI, is an emerging global religion, a Buddhist lay organization whose principals and ideals are capable of uniting everyone on the planet. This is truly a religion for the future. The SGI is now active in 192 countries and territories around the globe, with a growing membership of over 12,000,000 people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicity, races, and sexuality. Leaders from around the world are taking note of the SGI and its current president Daisaku Ikeda.
The SGI is a broad movement for peace, culture and education, but at the heart of this religion is a daily religious practice, open to anyone, based on the Lotus Sutra and chanting the words Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, capable of engendering a profound revolution within each and every person – a revolution aimed at bringing out the greatest potential for happiness within each human being.
The video below relates just one experience from among millions of the enormous transformative power of this practice.
James Hilgendorf’s latest book is “Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age“. He is the author of six other books: “Poems of Death: Time for Eternity“; “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective“; “The Great New Emerging Civilization“; “The New Superpower“; “A New Myth for America“; and “The Buddha and the Dream of America“. All of his books are available through bookstores, and online in paperback or in e-book format at Amazon.com.Visit his website. The author has been a member of the Soka Gakkai International for over 40 years.
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