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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 28 - June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 28

June 4, 2021


Welcome to the 28th 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.





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.

National Student Division Meeting on June 13

There will be a national Student Division Meeting on Sunday, June 13 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.

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 (June 27 in Eastern Region).

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.

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.

COVID-19 update #14

Across Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic is still our major public health concern. Local public health measures and vaccinations are lessening the risk of becoming sick but new variants continue to appear, and the danger of infection remains high, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

SGI Canada members have successfully moved their activities online, most recently holding many Women’s Group General Meetings across the country, and a National Men’s Group Friendship Meeting in May. In the spirit of the Lotus Sutra, members have found ways to encourage the people around them and help keep them safe, regardless of difficulties. We need to keep up these efforts.

We would like to remind you that all in-person SGI Canada activities remain suspended until further notice. This includes individual home visits as well as larger meetings. Additionally, we ask you to please follow the local public health guidelines in your respective communities.

Because the situation is so changeable, we cannot say at this point when we might be able to resume in-person activities. We will continue to monitor events and make decisions based on our commitment to the safety of all members of SGI Canada and their families and friends.

In his editorial in the May 2021 editorial of Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President says:

The areas where you are working for kosen-rufu are places you have chosen as a result of deep karmic connections from the infinite past. They are the stages for carrying out your mission based on your vow.

Therefore, I hope you will make each scene and act in your life part of an unfolding drama of victory, imparting hope and courage to those who are suffering and transforming karma into mission.

SGI Canada member Spencer West gains 3,000,000 Tiktok followers

Well-known motivational speaker and disability activist Spencer West -- who is also an SGI Canada member -- has recently discovered Tiktok, and has become a hit. In a May 26 BBC interview, he explains how he is using social media to encourage and educate people.

For the BBC interview, please click here.

For Spencer West’s experience, please click here.


We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to postmaster@sgicanada.org. The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on June 18, 2021. See you then!