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March 20, 2020

Update #3
March 20, 2020

To all leaders and members of SGI Canada:

Over the past week, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread at an accelerated rate around the world, causing schools, businesses and many organizations to close. The goal is to “flatten the curve” through social isolation, working from home wherever possible, and not travelling. It is an unprecedented global crisis, and it has no doubt given rise to heightened levels of stress and worry.

SGI Canada is bringing the following updates on the ways we are coping with the situation, as well as guidance from SGI President Ikeda to study and share. From now on, we will be posting all these materials on our website, and references to them on social media. The English and Chinese-language materials will appear on the English side of our website, and the French materials will appear on the French side.

SGI President Ikeda’s Encouragement
The following excerpts were published in recent issues of the Seikyo Shimbun:


The Women of Soka Are Bright Suns of Hope and Peace
(Excerpt) To be published in June 2020 New Century

Countries around the world, including Japan, are making all-out efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Let us chant the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even more powerfully, praying together in one heart for an early end to the outbreak and a return to normality.

Also, with deepest gratitude, my wife, Kaneko, and I are praying earnestly for the good health and safety of all our noble “uncrowned heroes” who deliver the Seikyo Shimbun newspaper each day, as unfailing as the sunrise.

(Translated from the March 3, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)



Winter Always Turns to Spring
(Excerpt) To be published in May 2020 New Century

The medical profession and society as a whole in Japan and around the world are making great efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). I have deepest gratitude for the countless individuals who are working tirelessly day and night on various fronts in this challenge. I am also chanting wholeheartedly with a fervent prayer for the quickest possible end to this threat and a return to normality and safety.
          The eminent British historian Arnold J. Toynbee (1889–1975) said that those living in an age of crisis must become pioneers of a better age, striving to find positive solutions and thereby turning the age into one of achievement.[1]
          I am confident that our valiant young Bodhisattvas of the Earth will join hands with friends the world over and work together with strength, wisdom, and optimism to create a better age.
          Let us once again engrave in our hearts the famous passage from “The Opening of the Eyes,” which I have shared so many times with our members in Tohoku, Hokkaido, and all around the globe: “Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbor doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood” (WND-1, 283).
          Facing “various difficulties” time and again, the mentors and disciples of Soka have never forgotten these words at crucial moments and have steadfastly pressed on. That is why we have been able, quite naturally, to manifest our Buddhahood.
          As we continue to triumphantly overcome each difficulty arising in our path, let us extend throughout the world an ever-growing movement to unlock the life state of Buddhahood, the highest life state of all humankind!

(Translated from the March 11, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)


One-Two-Three Campaign
At the time of the SARS epidemic in 2003, President Ikeda sent a message in which he referred to a campaign initiated in Hong Kong and Taiwan, called the “One-Two-Three Campaign.” SGI Canada would like to adopt this same campaign in battling the COVID-19 coronavirus. The campaign is comprised of:

Today, we can also use Internet-based media and video-conferencing to extend our reach even further, being able to see each other’s faces, individually and in groups.

Following is the excerpt from President Ikeda’s message, which was published in the June 13, 2003 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun:

SGI President Ikeda’s Message

Advance with Vigor along the Path of Your Mission

(The following is the text of SGI President Ikeda’s message to a nationwide prefecture leaders conference, held at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, on June 13, 2003.)


Changing Poison into Medicine

Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism is the eternal law of life and the universe, and the path of absolute happiness.

          Everyone faces problems, and issues they have to challenge. However, if we confront these while basing ourselves on faith, we can definitely change poison into medicine. We can overcome everything, and in the end gain the victory of having led a life of deep satisfaction. Buddhism enables us to win no matter what difficulties we may encounter. I hope all of you will have courage, remain steadfast in your faith, and become happy.

          Soong Ch’ing-ling (Song Qingling; 1892-1981), the wife of Sun Yat-sen, once said: “Only those who do not fear hardship may reach the peak of happiness.”[2]

“One-Two-Three Campaign”

Since last year, several regions of the world have been afflicted by the disease known as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). I pray for the repose of all those who have lost their lives to this illness, and I am praying earnestly for the earliest possible eradication of this disease.

          In SARS-stricken regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Canada, our fellow members have been working together and encouraging one another as they combat this epidemic. A number of our members are among the doctors and nurses who are battling valiantly on the front lines with a dedicated sense of mission to save people’s lives.

          Also, large gatherings have not been held for a long time now in SARS-affected areas. SGI members have responded by using the telephone and other means to stay in touch, talking with friends and fellow members and spreading hope.

          Of particular note, our members in Hong Kong and Taiwan have devised what they call the “One-Two-Three Campaign.” “One” means to chant at least one hour of daimoku each day. “Two” means to read the Daishonin’s writings and study SGI publications for at least 20 minutes a day. “Three” means to encourage at least three people over the phone each day.

          Since the start of the health crisis, many people are staying home in the evenings and not going out. Because of this, even friends and members who previously had been difficult to contact are now within reach by telephone, making it possible to carry out heartfelt conversations. The situation has been turned into an opportunity to further strengthen and increase the bonds of friendship.

          I have also heard that since entire families are staying at home, parents have been able to take the time to teach their children how to do gongyo. And I’ve been told that in households shared with those who are not SGI members, these non-members have used some of their time at home to browse through SGI publications and books, thereby deepening their understanding of Buddhism.

          These efforts to spread hope by telephone have drawn wide praise from many people in society.

          Our fellow members, undefeated by any adversity, are actively making valuable contributions to their communities and to society.

          In his writings, the Daishonin clearly indicates: “Myo means to revive, that is, to return to life” (WND, 149). There are no deadlocks with the Mystic Law. Even if our situation right now may be painful or trying, we continue to make efforts for the sake of the Law, for the happiness of others, and for the welfare of society. These efforts and the history they create will later come to shine with increasing brilliance.

          The greater the hardships we go through, the stronger we become, the more we grow as human beings, and the more meaningfully we live our lives. All of our hardships are transformed into treasures. Such is the world of faith. It is not a matter of immediate results. Our lives will come to be filled with the immeasurable fortune of what is called “inconspicuous benefit.”

(Translated from the June 17, 2003 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)


Suspension of Activities and Centre Closures
SGI Canada’s in-person activities will continue to be suspended and our centres will continue to be closed until at least the end of April.

New Members
Individuals have decided to join SGI Canada during this period, and we encourage their decisions to be celebrated at district video meetings and Kosen-rufu video meetings. Let’s do our very best to encourage each person!

Keeping Connected
It is more important than ever that we connect and communicate with each other more frequently. At this time, we can’t look forward to seeing each other at meetings, so we must be proactive and reach out to everyone, making special efforts to telephone elderly people and those who do not have computers or access to the Internet. As we send our prayers to our families, friends and fellow members, let’s imagine their faces, one by one, and take the initiative to reach out to each individual.

Basics Exam Results
We have printed individual sealed cards with the results of the Level 1 Basics of Nichiren Buddhism Study Exam. These cards were to be handed out to each participant at district meetings this month. As this is not possible right now, and in consideration of not adding to the workload of postal workers during this time, we invite participants to email the SGI Canada Study Department at study@sgicanada.org . We will reply with your exam mark. When it is possible, we will distribute the exam result cards.

Subscriptions and Contributions
Subscriptions: If you or someone in your local organization wishes to subscribe to our publications at this time, please download and print the subscription form on our website, and then mail the form with payment (cheques only) to:

SGI Canada
2050 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
Attention: Carina Fong

Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP): Payments can be made by VISA Credit Card (not VISA Debit card) only and Debit chequings account. Forms could be emailed to: postmaster@sgicanada.org 

Annual Subscription: Any credit card accepted.

Forms available:

English and Chinese: http://sgicanada.org/publications

French: http://sgicanada.org/fr/publications

Contributions: If you or someone in your local organization wishes to make financial contributions at this time, please send a cheque (no cash please) to:

SGI Canada
2050 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
Attention: Mai Ogushi

A Brief Message
The world has entered a new reality that has made President Ikeda’s 2020 Peace Proposal all the more relevant. Titled “Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity,” he states, “The foundation of [first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo] Makiguchi’s thinking was an awareness that this world is, more than anything, the site of shared living.”

We are in a situation today in which our cooperation and care for each other is crucial to the lives of countless others, possibly in places far from where we are living. As practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism and fellow members of the worldwide SGI family, our individual initiative in reaching out and caring for one person—especially since we can’t meet physically—can become a crucial factor in how that person is able to cope and feel hopeful. Let’s generate hope in our hearts through our powerful chanting of daimoku; and let’s create great waves of hope and encouragement through our self-motivated efforts to reach out to others, stretching ourselves beyond our previously assumed boundaries. Whenever we think of someone, let’s call that person right away or as soon as possible.

As the staff and responsible leaders of SGI Canada, we will redouble our efforts to support all the members and keep you informed of new developments and encouragement. 

Thank you very much,

Tony Meers
SGI Canada General Director


[1] Cf. Arnold J. Toynbee, “Can We Learn Lessons from History?” in Democracy in the Atomic Age: The Dyason Lectures 1956 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1957), p. 16.

[2] Translated from Japanese. Soong Ch’ing-ling, So Keirei Senshu (Collected Writings of Soong Ch’ing-ling), translated from Chinese by Fumiko Niki (Tokyo: Domesu Shuppan Co., Ltd., 1979), p. 416.








為應對這個情況,加拿大SGI 會向大家更新訊息,並分享可讓大家學習的池田會長指導。從現在開始,所有這些的材料,將於我們的網站上發布,並在社交媒體上加以引用。中英文資料將放在網站的英語版,而法文資料將放在法語版。









(摘文) 將刊登於新世紀2020年6月版




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隨筆 「人間革命」大放光明

冬必為春  (將刊登於新世紀2020年5月版)














以下是2003年6月13日 《聖教新聞》中池田會長的指導摘文 :



全國縣長會議 (節錄)
































 ( 摘自2003年6月13日 全國縣長會議池田會長指導)






於這段期間,如果有朋友想加入加拿大SGI ,我們鼓勵大家在地區會(視像會)、或廣宣流布會(視像會)中一起舉行和慶祝。讓我們盡能力鼓勵每一個人!









SGI Canada
2050 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
Attention: Carina Fong







供養:如果你或你所屬地方的學會有人想做供養, 請把支票 ( 不可以用現金 ) 寄給 :

SGI Canada
2050 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
Attention: Mai Ogushi



世界已進入一個新的現實環境,它讓池田會長「2020年的和平宣言」顯得更見相關。在名為 「建設人類的共生時代 」的和平宣言中,他說:「牧口(初代會長牧口常三郎)的想法,就是對「世界最重要的意義,就是共生的場地」的認知。」(意譯)