The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), founded in January 1962 by Daisaku Ikeda (President of the Soka Gakkai International), is dedicated to preserve and bring to light through scholarly research, the rich reservoir of universal wisdom that exists in Oriental philosophies for people throughout the world to tap in finding solutions to global issues facing humanity.
As Buddhism has over time, gradually become formalized and ceremonial, losing sight of its fundamental mission of liberating people from suffering, the core of the IOP’s activities is in the research of the Lotus Sutra, which is regarded as one of the most important sutras in Buddhist thought and Mahayana Buddhism.
In addition to the Lotus Sutra Exhibition, the IOP also conducts integrated research in diverse academic fields including Western philosophy and natural and social sciences through scholarly exchanges, public lectures and symposiums for researchers around the world to share and discuss their studies on addressing contemporary problems.
The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a community based Buddhist organisation that was established in 1975, with the aim of promoting peace, culture and education centered on respect for the dignity of life and based on the humanistic philosophy and ideals of Nichiren Buddhism.
Soka (创价), in Japanese means value creation, and this describes the core spirit of Buddhism- that each individual is capable of developing his or her full human potential. Based on this spirit, the SGI is committed to building a lasting culture of peace based on dialogue and non-violence.
As a non-governmental organisation with formal ties to the United Nations, the SGI also collaborates with other civil society organisations, intergovernmental agencies and faith groups in the fields of nuclear disarmament, human rights education, sustainable development and humanitarian relief.
The Singapore Soka Association (SSA) is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI). SSA was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organisation that aims to promote understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
SSA is committed to promoting cultural, educational and humanitarian events that benefit the community in Singapore. Apart from performing in the annual National Day Parade and Chingay Parade since 1981, some key community events of SSA include interfaith activities, humanitarian relief, active volunteerism and youth engagement.