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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 32 - July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 32

July 30, 2021

 

Welcome to the 32nd 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.

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NEWS

SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial: “Developing Our Movement with Warm, Open Hearts”

In his August editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda notes that we all have a great mission to share Buddhism with others whatever our age or the length of our practice: 

Our great pioneer men’s and women’s division members of the Many Treasures Group continue to take part in every activity or campaign with the spirit to make it a brilliant “memory of their present life in this human world” (cf. WND-1, 64). Their courageous, all-out efforts to expand our movement are contributing to a growing stream of new Bodhisattvas of the Earth emerging all around the globe. 

The vibrant, joyous endeavours of our youth division members are also a source of incredible hope and reassurance.

The Daishonin writes: “Not even the wisdom of the Buddha can fathom the blessings that one will obtain . . . by becoming [Nichiren’s] disciple and lay supporter” (WND-1, 384). 

In August 1955, I spoke with a group of still relatively new members who were beginning to open the way for kosen-rufu in Hokkaido. I told them to advance with the lofty pride of pioneers leading all humanity to the compassionate teachings of the Daishonin. Those sentiments remain unchanged today. 

With warm, open hearts, let’s reach out to others in dialogue and further develop our movement for kosen-rufu! 

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message

Young Women’s and Young Men’s Divisions commemorate their 70th anniversary!

This month, SGI Canada youth division members celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai young men’s division on July 11 and the young women’s division on July 19 in 1951. 

Young men’s members across Canada studied the founding spirit of the young men’s division and President Ikeda’s message to the 4th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, held on July 7 (see “Discarding the shallow and seeking the profound”). 

All the meetings featured small breakout discussion groups, where they shared their personal experiences, victories and challenges. Many new members and friends attended the meetings. Each region has been working hard to foster new leaders who are taking responsibility for encouraging their fellow members.

The young women commemorated the 70th anniversary by holding young women’s members’ and leaders’ meetings by area or region. They took to heart the compassionate words of encouragement that President Toda shared at the founding meeting in 1951: “Everyone in the Soka Gakkai’s Young Women’s Division should become happy down to the last member” (The Human Revolution, Volume 1, p. 595).

In Japan, the anniversary was celebrated at a Nationwide Young Women’s Meeting on July 18. In his message to the meeting, President Ikeda said:

As young people who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and take action based on the Mystic Law, you embody the power “to open,” “to be fully endowed,” and “to revive.” Because of that, you can absolutely overcome every challenge you face, whether in your personal lives or in society, no matter how difficult. You will be able to break through anything and help others do the same.

In times of both joy and sorrow, never forget to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the ultimate rhythm of happiness of the universe. Courageously tap the life state of Buddhahood within you, wisely strive to create and spread harmony and peace from where you are now, and be a guiding light for the joyous renewal of people and places everywhere. 

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message 

The power of words and writing

Have you been inspired by something you read in our publications? Do you turn to an SGI Canada magazine when you need encouragement? We would like to hear from you!

Toward the 40th anniversary of SGI Canada’s publications in October, we are asking you, our readers, to send us a short statement expressing how SGI Canada publications have touched you and made a difference in your life. Selected quotes from readers will be published to encourage everyone, to reinforce the use of our publications in our activities and to inspire each other in sharing Buddhism with our children, our family members and our friends.

Submissions can be emailed to: publications@sgicanada.org

Thank you for your participation and for your support of our vitally important SGI Canada publications. 

Upcoming events

National Student Division Meeting on August 22 at 5:00pm ET

There will be a National Student Division Meeting on Sunday, August 22 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. 

Annual Men’s Group Meetings begin in August

Annual Men’s Group Meetings will be held across Canada from mid-August through September to commemorate Men’s Division Day (August 24), the date when Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai in 1947.

The theme for the meetings will be “Happiness for Oneself and Others.” In the “Bold Advance” chapter of The New Human Revolution, Volume 26, President Ikeda writes:

We cannot become truly happy if we don’t strive for the happiness of those around us too. Our own true happiness is found in practising Nichiren Buddhism ourselves and sharing it with others. That is why we devote our lives to kosen-rufu and establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land. (p.380)

 

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 August 13, 2021. See you then!

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