The SGI-USA is the American branch of the SGI network, with more than 2,600 neighborhood discussion groups and nearly 100 SGI-USA centers throughout the country.
The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, tocreate value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.
Our philosophy is rooted in the concept of “human revolution,” a process of inner transformation through Buddhist practice. It is a process that leads us to develop our character and to act not only for our personal fulfillment but also for the betterment of society.
The Burlington District of the SGI serves the greater Burlington, St. Albans, and Plattsburgh (NY) area. Many forms of Buddhism emphasize silent meditation techniques (such as Zen). We practice Nichiren Buddhism which emphasizes experiencing your Buddha-nature through chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo before the Gohonzon. If you are interested in learning more about our practice check out our "What We Do" page. Also we invite you to come to a meeting and see for yourself what this practice is all about. Our meeting schedule can be found on the "When We Meet" page.