What is the significance of offerings in Buddhism?
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Many of the letters Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his believers begin with expressions of gratitude for their sincere offerings. He praises them for their support of his activities to share the humanistic teachings of Buddhism. Making sincere offerings to further the work of the SGI-USA is also a profoundly significant and important act, because it supports the activities of SGI-USA members and our efforts to share the values and practice of Nichiren Buddhism in our communities. It is a cause to help to build a more peaceful world, in which every personís life is viewed as precious, while increasing our own happiness and good fortune as well.
As Nichiren Daishonin writes:
Still greater are the benefits arising from ten or twenty contributions, or from five years, ten years, or a lifetime of contributions. They are even beyond the measure of the Buddha's wisdom...When one encounters this sutra, one will overflow with happiness and shed tears of joy. It seems impossible to repay one's debt to Shakyamuni. But by your frequent offerings to me deep in this mountain you will repay the merciful kindness of both the Lotus Sutra and Shakyamuni Buddha. (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, pp. 1026–27)
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SGI-USA provides various opportunities to make contributions. Participation is entirely voluntary.
Contributions can be made during the May Commemorative Contribution activity from April 26th through June 1st. Members may choose to make contributions during this time to commemorate both the founding of Nichiren Buddhism, on April 28, and Soka Gakkai Day, on May 3.
Sustaining contributions can be made in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or once-yearly installments.
General contributions can be made online at https://portal.sgi-usa.org/portal, or any time you visit your local SGI-USA community/activity center.
Financial contributions can be made in these ways:
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The SGI-USA is an independent, religious nonprofit organization. For that reason, the contributions we receive from members and friends are vital to support our kosen-rufu activities. They allow us to operate and staff our current centers and to open or renovate new Buddhist Centers across the country while setting aside a portion of these funds to invest for the future. In the past few years, your contributions have enabled us to further build and strengthen our SGI-USA network of peace, provide improved services and support to our members, and helped us to make new friends in communities across the United States.
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May Commemorative Contribution Activity:
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