We are the members of the SGI-USA (Soka Gakkai International-USA) in the Richmond Tri-Cities area of central Virginia. Members of the SGI-USA practice the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin for personal happiness and for development of a peaceful society. To learn more about the basics of Buddhism.

Our goals are to contribute to peace, culture, and education based on the philosophy and ideals of Nichiren’s Buddhism. One central aim of SGI-USA activities is to promote humanistic dialogue based on Buddhist principles.

There are approximately 200 members of SGI-USA in the greater Richmond area including Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights. We generally meet in individual's homes since we do not yet have a SGI community center; however, we do hold a monthly World Peace Gongyo meeting on the first Sunday of each month in a public location.

We encourage you to view a 20-minute film titled, Our Shared Humanity: An Introduction to the SGI Buddhist Movement to help answer the questions:

What is the SGI?
What are the SGI's philosophical underpinnings?
Who are its members and what do they do?

For more information on activities of the SGI-USA Richmond Chapter please email


The following activities are held routinely on either a district or chapter level. Most meetings begin with the SGI members chanting and reciting portions of the Lotus Sutra for the first 15 minutes or so. Guests are welcome to attend and all events are free of charge.

World Peace Prayer Meeting:
Generally held the first Sunday of each month. These larger meetings often include presentations on Buddhist principles, experiences, performances and encouragement.

District Discussion Meeting:
Generally held monthly at the home of an SGI-USA member. Meetings will often include explanations of Buddhist practice, experiences and study of Buddhist principles. This is a great opportunity for guests to learn about Buddhism and ask questions in a small group setting.

Study Meetings:
There is usually at least one study meeting each month with a focus on studying the writings of Nichiren Daishion and the basic principles of Buddhism. "Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism." The True Aspect of All Phenomena by Nichiren (1273).

Chanting Sessions:
At these meetings people chant together for most of the meeting time which could be an hour or more. An excellent way to "catch the rhythm" of chanting!

For more details on upcoming activities near you please contact us by


English Language
World Tribune (weekly newspaper; e-ditions available)
Living Buddhism (monthly magazine; e-ditions available)

To subscribe, renew, or to submit a change of address please go to SGI-USA Publications