Autumn Training Course Inspires SGI Canada Leaders
By Glenn Turner, Ottawa
SGI Canada representative leaders at the
SGI Autumn Training Course in Japan
From November 13 to 20, eight SGI Canada members took part in the SGI Autumn Training Course in Japan, which coincided with the opening of the World Seikyo Centre, the headquarters for all Soka Gakkai publications. Course participants were able to visit the new building and share in the week-long celebration of the success of Seikyo Press since its foundation in 1951.
Highlights of the week included a lecture by Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka on President Ikeda’s article “The shared struggle of mentor and disciple” (see New Century, May 2019, pp.26-32); chanting at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu; and the 44th Headquarters Leaders Meeting held on November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day.
The Canadian group also attended an exchange meeting in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, where SGI Canada representative Kumi Hardin gave her experience of transforming her relationship with her father and gaining the confidence to truly encourage other people.
In his remarks at the end of the training course, Soka Gakkai President Harada spoke of the significance of discussion meetings and encouraged members to see them as models for dialogue and peaceful development in the world.
The SGI Canada members returned home determined to take personal responsibility for the growth of kosen-rufu in Canada.