SGI Canada Newsletter, No.4 - July 3, 2020
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 4
July 3, 2020
Welcome to the fourth issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, a regular summary of news, upcoming events and encouragement. The SGI Canada Newsletter replaces the previous SGI Canada Online News. All subscribers will automatically receive the SGI Canada Newsletter from now on. If you are not subscribing, you may do so by clicking on the button below. Subscriptions are free of charge and the SGI Canada Newsletter will be emailed directly to subscribers.
COVID-19 update #7
Although some areas in Canada have begun to relax restrictions on public gatherings, we remind everyone that SGI Canada centres across the country remain closed and normal activities remain suspended, in order to protect the health of members, friends and family.
This suspension of activities includes individual home visits, small group meetings, district meetings and any other gathering of members. SGI Canada members should not be getting together under any circumstances.
We thank all members for the responsible and generous way in which they have worked to keep in touch with members and guests while at the same time keeping everyone safe. We have been very successful in moving our activities online and continuing to advance kosen-rufu in Canada.
SGI Canada will continue to monitor the situation and review the suspension of activities over the coming weeks and months
July 3 - Mentor-disciple day
SGI organizations around the world celebrate July 3 as Mentor-disciple day. On this day in 1945, Josei Toda was released from prison and began the rebuilding of the Soka Gakkai. Twelve years later, on July 3 1957, his disciple, Daisaku Ikeda, was unjustly arrested and then imprisoned for two weeks. He was later completely exonerated.
In an editorial to be published in the August 2020 New Century, President Ikeda talks about his first meeting with Josei Toda:
At a discussion meeting two years after the close of the Second World War (in August 1947), I first met my mentor, Josei Toda. He was giving a lecture on “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” and said to those present: “Once we embrace faith in the Gohonzon, it will be no problem for us to attain Buddhahood ourselves. But when I think about our families, our country, and our turbulent world in the 20th century, I wish to rid the earth of all suffering and misery. This is what kosen-rufu is all about. Won’t you join me?”
And together with Mr. Toda, we the youth resolutely raised the banner of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land,” the essence of Nichiren Buddhism, amid the ruin and devastation of postwar Japan.
For the complete text of President Ikeda’s editorial, please click here.
June - Month of Soka Women: Beautiful Unity of the YWG and WG
To commemorate June, the month of Soka Women (June 4 World Ikeda Kayo-kai Day and June 10 Women’s Division Founding Day), the Young Women’s Group and Women’s Group held special online meetings in each region.
Together, we recited the poem, “A Rainbow Over Niagara” given to SGI Canada members by Sensei on June 10, 1987 and truly felt Sensei’s expansive heart and infinite hope for the Canadian members.
We also learned about Sensei’s visit in 1981 and the significance of 1980 and 1987, and were filled with appreciation for our mentor’s tireless efforts. The YWG and WG of Canada united together -- we were all so joyful and full of smiles. We are happy to report that we had a total of 1,018 women join these meetings!
At the general meeting held in Toronto on June 22, 1981, Sensei said:
Zero multiplied by any number, no matter how large, is zero. But the number one can grow limitlessly when multiplied. Kosen-rufu here in Canada began its substantial development from Chairperson Mrs. Izumi standing up resolutely to take action on her own. And now, the organization has grown to the point where we can hold this meeting of nearly a thousand members.
Now, we are determined to become that one person!
Online Bookstore Now Open
SGI Canada’s online bookstore is now open through the link at the SGI Canada website at: sgicanada.org or directly at: https://sgicanada.myshopify.com/. Books in English, French and other languages are available, as well as butsudans, altar accessories, gongyo books, and gift items. All items are delivered directly to your door.
Youth experience from USA
CNN.com has been running a series of articles entitled “Generation Resilient” about how American youth is coping with the many challenges of today’s world. In the July 1 article, CNN asks five students to “share the role that religion is playing in their lives right now”. One of the students, Bella Hanesworth, is a member of SGI-USA and gives a dynamic experience about using her Buddhist practice to overcome all obstacles and fight for justice.
You can read the complete article at this link.
Youth Division festivals in October
Here are the dates and times of October’s Youth Division festivals:
Vancouver – Saturday, October 3 at 1.00pm PT
Ottawa – Sunday, October 4 at 10:30am ET
Toronto – Sunday, October 4 at 2.00pm ET
Montreal – Sunday, October 4 at 2.00pm ET
Edmonton – Sunday, October 4 at 12.00pm MT
Winnipeg – Sunday, October 4 at 1.00pm CT
Calgary – Sunday, October 4 at 2.00pm MT
The Youth Festival website is now ready! Check it out at https://www.youthfest.ca/
We hope you found this newsletter useful. Please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .