Open Door Day 2017

Open Door Day Programme, Sunday, 22 October, 2017

14:00-14:30 Recitation of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and reading of a passage from the Lotus Sutra

14:30-15:15 Presentation of Daisaku Ikeda’s 2017 Peace Proposal entitled "The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering In a New Era of Hope"

15:15-15:30 Interreligious Choir

15:30-16:00 Recitation of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and reading of a passage of the Lotus Sutra

16:00-17:00 Dialogue and question/answer session over the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin

Lotus Sutra Exhibition from 14:30 to 17:00

The SGI-Belgium library will be open from 15:30 to 17:30



- Monthly question and answer sessions take place at our center

- Monthly discussion meetings on Buddhism take place everywhere in Belgium

To find out more on the date and place of the meetings, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Siddharta Gautama, or the Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, lived in India approximately 2500 years ago.  He was a prince of the Shakya tribe who came from northern India. 

Observing the sufferings of birth in a troubled world, sickness, old age, and death, even though he himself was young and healthy, Shakyamuni became aware of the fact that they constituted inescapable aspects of human life.

He therefore renounced secular life in order to search for a solution to these fundamental sufferings.  His princely life was full of all the luxuries anyone could hope for.  Nevertheless, Shakyamuni would remember later that he had never experienced any joy from all those luxuries, conscious that such pleasures were nothing more than vanity.  He thus began to search for a true philosophy that would elucidate the meaning of life for all human beings.

tree rootsHe travelled throughout India for more than forty years, sharing his enlightenment, defending peace, and teaching each person how to give free expression to their unlimited potential.

Shakyamuni taught that each human being was intrinsically endowed with a pure life state that perfectly embodied this eternal Law (also called Dharma), the most noble and essential quality permitting individuals to lead a life worthy of a human being. He observed that it is self-contempt, attachment to desire, and destructive selfishness that prevent this naturally pure life state from emerging. Shakyamuni taught people how to break through such illusions in order to awaken to the sacred nature of their own life and to fully express their unique potential.

Shakyamuni also emphasized that awareness of the dignity of our own life translates into respect for the dignity and value of the lives of others. His teaching is one of compassion, of developing the spirit and action of concerning oneself with others, born of the awareness that the value of another human being is the same as our own.

In his work entitled “The Three Kinds of Treasure,” Nichiren, who had assiduously studied the teachings of Shakyamuni, forcefully declared, “The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his behavior as a human being.”  (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, Soka Gakkai, 1999, p. 852).