The Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA is a socially engaged Buddhist community rooted in the life affirming philosophy of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism. SGI is a worldwide lay Buddhist association that is committed to realizing world peace and human happiness based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism that supports the inherent dignity and equality of all people.
The primary practice of Nichiren Buddhism is chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of this Buddhism who lived in 13th century Japan, established the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to enable all people to overcome suffering and bring out the life-condition of Buddhahood inside of us, in this existence, just as they are.
Hear what it's like to be Buddhist in America:
Our community has been a vibrant and diverse part of the Atlanta faith landscape since 1969. We have local community discussion groups throughout metro Atlanta and the southeast U.S. To find out about a local group near you, please contact us.
The Atlanta Buddhist center is currently located on 14th St. on the west side of midtown. (The closest transit is the Atlantic Station shuttle to the Ikea stop). We have introduction to Buddhism meetings every Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:00 am.
Come on out to learn about Buddhism and how to overcome all life's challenges and become absolutely happy through chanting.