SGI-USA statement on the recent Oklahoma tragedy
SGI-USA is shocked and saddened by the serious destruction and loss of life wrought by the killer tornado that struck Oklahoma this week. The leadership of the Oklahoma SGI-USA are monitoring the situation closely while supporting local emergency team efforts. SGI-USA members across the nation are offering prayers for the injured, families who have lost loved ones as well as those who have been displaced from their homes. We sincerely hope all those affected by this tragedy will complete the path to recovery and normalcy as quickly as possible.
Nichiren taught that by correctly carrying out the practice of Buddhism everyone is able to bring their individual life into harmony with the greater life of the universe. The result of this is that one is able to experience greater wisdom, courage, life force and compassion (the qualities of this life-essence). This, practically, is what it means to manifest Buddhahood, or an enlightened life condition. SGI members believe that this process of inner spiritual transformation or "human revolution" not only leads to individual empowerment and constructive action but is the surest way to direct humankind's energies toward creating a peaceful and prosperous world.