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Message from SGI Canada General Director

November 12, 2018

It has been just over two weeks since the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and already another mass shooting has occurred in California. As we reflect on Remembrance Day, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, we continue to be faced with what seems like an unending stream of senseless violence and hatred, like an erupting volcano. 

As we struggle with the questions of why these things happen, I would like to share three quotes that we can use as inspiration for our attitude and our actions. 

“Kill the will to kill.” – Shakyamuni Buddha

“ ‘Nonviolence’ does not merely mean to refrain from violence. Violence erupts when one person blames another for a problem or conflict. Conversely, nonviolence is a way of life in which one resolves, ‘Let me be the one to change first.’ If this spirit were to be embraced, how much more at peace would our families and society itself be.”

– Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gakkai International (https://www.ikedaquotes.org/nonviolence/nonviolence477.html

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

– Victor Frankl 

Tony Meers

General Director

SGI Canada