SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 26 - May 7, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 26
May 7, 2021
Welcome to the 26th 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.
SGI President Ikeda’s Message to 3rd Headquarters Leaders Meeting “Widely Spreading the Light of the Buddhism of the Sun”
In his message to the 3rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Tokyo on February 28, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda highlights the great efforts of members of the Women’s Division:
Nichiren Daishonin writes: “Among all the teachings of the Buddha’s lifetime, the Lotus Sutra is first, and . . . among the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, that of women attaining Buddhahood is first” (WND-1, 930). That is why the happiness and victory of women is the first priority of the Soka family.
Once, addressing a group of women, my mentor, Josei Toda, said with deep feeling: “Where else in the world can we find women who are so concerned for the welfare of the people and so engaged in discussing the future of our world from the 21st century on into the eternal future of the Latter Day of the Law? You are here by your own choice, based on the vow you made in the infinite past.”
Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, is surely aware of all your efforts, and both Presidents Makiguchi and Toda are without a doubt watching over you.
I hope you, the women of Soka, will forge ahead confidently, with ever-greater optimism and pride, camaraderie and good cheer. Striving together in the world’s most beautiful unity in diversity—each of you blossoming in your own unique way—please create a shining century of hope for women, a century of respect for life, of equality, and of peace.
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Video of 3rd Headquarters Leaders Meeting Now Available
The video of April’s Headquarters Leaders Meeting is now available to be shown in Canada. This 3rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting toward Centennial 2030 was held jointly with the Women’s Division 70th Anniversary “Hope” General Meeting and also celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers Day.
In each chapter, area and region there are leaders who are registered to show SGI videos. Please check with your local leaders to find out the arrangements for your location.
The video is available in English right now, and will soon become available in French.
Special SGI Canada Fund
Thank you very much for your contributions to the May 3 Special SGI Canada Fund.
Contributions can be made at any time 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 Continue in May
Our annual SGI Canada Women’s Group General Meetings are well underway. These online friendship gatherings are being held until the end of May. They commemorate the auspicious 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai Women’s Division in Japan on June 10, 1951. In every part of Canada, women are holding online meetings by group or by district with the theme, “Shine with the Great Light of Our Human Revolution.” We are so grateful to have received a heartfelt message of encouragement from SGI President Ikeda specially for these meetings. The women’s group members are standing up with courage, determined to powerfully advance kosen-rufu in Canada by achieving the goal of 2,000 to 3,000 participants across the country.
National Men’s Friendship Meeting, May 23
The first online Nationwide Men’s Friendship Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 23 at 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET, 5:00pm AT, and 5:30pm NT. The goal for participation is 1,000 men’s group members and friends. The meeting will feature breakout groups, enabling men from across Canada to connect and share experiences, to deepen bonds of friendship and faith, and to welcome new friends.
CTV Profiles SGI Canada Member in Victoria
SGI Canada pioneer Eijo Toyonaga is profiled on “Sawatsky Sign-off,” a regular feature at the close of the 11:00pm CTV television newscast in Victoria, B.C.
Adam Sawatsky has been covering Vancouver Island's arts and culture community for more than a decade.
The video can be viewed at:
June Events – Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of President Ikeda’s Second Visit to Canada in June 1981:
First Nationwide All Leaders Commemorative Meeting, Saturday, June 5
The First Nationwide All Leaders Commemorative Meeting will be held as a webinar at 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET, 5:00pm AT, and 5:30pm NT. The meeting will be one hour in length. SGI Canada has more than 1,300 leaders. All leaders at every level, from group leader and above, are invited to participate. For the first time, we will be able to see and hear leaders representing all parts of Canada share their experiences and determinations, and to make our vow together toward 2030.
Leaders will be receiving information soon on how to register for this meeting.
Joint Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division General Meetings, June 19/20
Joint Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division General Meetings will be held by area or region across Canada on the weekend of June 19 and 20.
Toward these meetings, the Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division have launched a Friendship Campaign that focuses on deepening friendships, encouraging members one-to-one, and engaging in Buddhist dialogue.
National Youth leaders are encouraging Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division members to advance based on the following four points:
- Daimoku: challenge ourselves to do gongyo and daimoku each morning and evening.
- Study: Study Sensei’s guidance to Young Phoenix Group members in “Building a Bright Future Based On Our Vow”, Sensei’s 1981 visit to Canada in October 2020 issue of New Century, and study lecture for future division in February 2021 issue of New Century.
- Reach out to younger Young Phoenix, Student, and Youth Division members each day to encourage them as their warm-hearted older “brothers” and “sisters.”
- Engage in compassionate Buddhist dialogue with our friends with a sincere wish for their happiness.
- SGI Activities: Provide opportunities for younger members to participate in SGI meetings side-by-side with us.
- In particular, we will reach out to Young Phoenix members and friends who are new to the practice, and will invite them to participate in our Joint Young Phoenix Group & Youth Division General Meetings in June!
Please note that there will not be a national Young Phoenix Group meeting in May.
Nationwide Young Lions Group General Meetings, June 27
Young Lions Group General Meetings will be held online in local groups across Canada on Sunday, June 27. The Young Lions Group is comprised of children aged 5 to 12. Details will be communicated through the regional Young Lions Group representatives in the coming weeks.
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 May 21, 2021. See you then!