SGI Canada conducts regular introductory seminars in various cities across Canada. They provide excellent opportunities for people to learn about the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Classes are free of charge. Contact your local SGI Canada centre for details on introductory seminars in your area.
Small Group Discussion Meetings in the Local Community
Every month, local discussion meetings are held in members’ homes. Typically, 10 to 20 people attend. Guests are invited by their friends in SGI Canada to learn more about Nichiren Buddhism in a warm and open family-like atmosphere. Discussion meetings are the most important activity of the SGI worldwide. Based in the local community, they include people of all ages and backgrounds who share their personal experiences with their Buddhist practice and create sincere and open dialogue, learning together while creating a culture of mutual respect and appreciation.
Buddhist Study Meetings
Buddhist study meetings are held once a month at members’ homes. Lectures are also scheduled at SGI Canada centres. Buddhist study is focused on the writings of Nichiren Daishonin. Guests are welcome to attend study meetings as well as discussion meetings.
Meetings at SGI Canada Centres
Once a month, usually the first Sunday, SGI Canada members and guests meet in larger gatherings at local SGI Canada centres. These meetings feature personal experiences, cultural performances and presentations on Buddhism. Regular chanting sessions are scheduled locally and other special meetings are also scheduled from time to time.
Chanting Nam-myoho-renge kyo
Most SGI Canada meetings begin with the daily practice consisting of the recitation of parts of the Lotus Sutra and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in unison for 10 or 15 minutes.
Learning How to Practise
People interested in learning how to practise are gladly helped by members in their local area or at our centres.