SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 24 - April 9, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 24
April 9, 2021
Welcome to the 24th issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, a bi-weekly summary of news, upcoming events and encouragement. If you are not subscribing to the SGI Canada Newsletter, 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 you.
May 3, 2021 – Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of President Toda’s Inauguration
This year’s May 3 Soka Gakkai Day & Soka Gakkai Mothers Day marks the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of Josei Toda as the second president of the Soka Gakkai.
In his inaugural speech on May 3, 1951, President Toda vowed to achieve a membership of 750,000 households in his lifetime, a figure no one believed was possible—except one young man—President Toda’s disciple, Daisaku Ikeda. Through the shared vow of mentor and disciple, this inconceivable achievement was reached by the end of 1957.
On March 16, 1958, President Toda bequeathed the mission for worldwide kosen-rufu and a world without nuclear weapons to the youth division, and specifically to his unsurpassed disciple and successor, Daisaku Ikeda. On April 2, 1958, President Toda passed away.
SGI Canada will hold May 3 Commemorative Meetings on Sunday, May 2. We will also hold our May 3 Special Kosen-rufu Contribution. Although the meetings will be held online, contributions can be made through SGI Canada’s Online Portal at https://sgicinfo.org/portal/login .
Contributions by cheque can also be mailed to SGI Canada Headquarters at:
2050 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M6E 3R6
Women’s General Meetings in April and May
Through April and May, the annual Women’s General Meetings will be held by district across Canada, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the women’s division on June 10, 1951. The theme of the Women’s General Meetings will be “Shine with the Great Light of Our Human Revolution.” Our attendance goal for these online meetings is 2,000 to 3,000 women’s group members and friends across Canada.
Please check with your district women’s group leader for more information.
April study podcast now available
The podcast guide to April’s study material is now available online at https://www.sgicanada.org/buddhism/buddhist-study-podcasts
Every month, SGI Canada’s Study Department prepares a podcast highlighting the major points and guidance from that month’s study article. The podcasts are intended to support the district study meetings as well as individual study, and are available in English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. Texts of the podcast scripts are also accessible online.
This month’s study is entitled “Those Battling Illness Will Attain Buddhahood—Defeating the Devil of Illness with the Lion’s Roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”. It can be found in the March issue of New Century and Chinese New Century, and the April issue of Ère nouvelle.
Young Phoenix Group meetings
Toward our June Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division General Meetings, we are determined to focus our efforts toward deepening friendships, give our all in encouraging members and guests one-to-one, and engage in Buddhist dialogue with our friends.
In order to give our time and attention to encouraging members and having Buddhist dialogue, we will not hold national Young Phoenix Group meetings in April or May 2021.
National Student Division Meeting on April 18 at 5:00pm ET
There will be a national Student Division Meeting on Sunday, April 18 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm ET by videoconference.
We would like to connect student division members across the country to study together and share encouragement. Hope to see you there!
Please contact your local youth leaders to register for the meeting and get the online link.
We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on April 23, 2021. See you then!