SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 27 - May 21, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 27
May 21, 2021
Welcome to the 27th 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 editorial: “Victory Is Certain!”
In his June editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda writes about the profound impact of our efforts for kosen-rufu:
All people have problems, and our society also faces countless issues that we must grapple with together. Against that background, the genuineness of the members of the Soka family, engaged in committed, courageous, and sincere efforts for the happiness of others and the welfare of society, shines with the warm radiance of the Buddhism of the Sun. Bringing revitalizing light to the hearts of those racked by suffering, we are making steady strides together in our human revolution.
The human flowers of Soka, cheerfully encouraging one another and dauntlessly overcoming every obstacle, are now blossoming all around the world.
The growing numbers of people who are awakening to the value of our inspiring network of Bodhisattvas of the Earth is a source of hope for transforming the destiny of humankind.
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National Men’s Friendship Meeting, May 23
I'm excited to remind you again of our historic first-ever National Men's Group meeting this coming Sunday, May 23 at 1:00pm PST, 2:00pm MST, 3:00pm CST, 4:00pm EST, 5:00pm AT and 5.30pm NT! The theme is "Respect for the Dignity of Life and Human Revolution." The national content will feature two experiences with language accommodation for French, English and Chinese. The highlight of the gathering will be facilitated breakout-room discussion that will offer all attendees the chance to participate in conversations about the questions and guidance below. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
SGI Canada Men’s Group Leader
Questions for discussion
- Is there a goal you’ve achieved, a challenge you’ve taken on, or a significant change you've made through practising Buddhism?
- What has been your experience practising for other people (in particular, sharing Buddhism)?
Guidance from The New Human Revolution, Volume 26, p.381
“In the course of life there may be painful times and sad times and even times when we lose hope. But by chanting to the Gohonzon, we can bring forth strength and limitless life force. And as we continue to chant and share Nichiren Buddhism with others, we naturally come to transform our karma and accumulate great good fortune in our lives. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ourselves and teaching others to do the same are the driving force for persevering through the harsh realities of society.
“In the realm of faith, all the struggles and hardships undertaken for the sake of the Law and kosen-rufu become great benefit and good fortune. In fact, those who have suffered the most will become the happiest. This is the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.”
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.
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
During SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s second visit to Canada in June 1981, 1,000 members from all across the country gathered in Toronto for a general meeting with Sensei, which marked the beginning of a new chapter in Canadian kosen-rufu.
Today, SGI Canada has more than 1,300 leaders. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of that historic moment and to kick off our new campaign toward 2030, SGI Canada invites all of our leaders at all levels to join our First Nationwide All Leaders Commemorative Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
The 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.
Leaders from all parts of Canada will share experiences and determinations, and together we will make a vow toward 2030, the 70th anniversary of the kosen-rufu movement in Canada and the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai.
All leaders are encouraged to register in order to participate in this historic event! Please check with your area leader for registration information.
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.
Please note that there will not be a national Young Phoenix Group meeting in May.
Nationwide Young Lions Group General Meetings, June 26 - 27
Young Lions Group General Meetings will be held online across Canada on the weekend of June 26 - 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.
Second online SGI Study Lecture to be held in October
In February and March, we were able to see and hear the first SGI Online Study Lecture, presented by SGI Study Leader Masaaki Morinaka. It was a tremendous success across Canada and around the world.
SGI has just announced the second online lecture, also presented by Mr. Morinaka. It will be available for viewing from October 23 to December 31, 2021 (Japan Time).
The lecture will be 40 minutes in length and will be available in 12 languages, all available starting from October 23.
The study material will be based on SGI President Ikeda’s lectures “The Shared Struggle of Mentor and Disciple” and “It Is the Heart That Is Important” from the lecture series “The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World: A Religion of Human Revolution.”
Further details will be announced as soon as they become available.
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 June 4, 2021. See you then!