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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 33 - Aug 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

Welcome to the 33rd 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 Daisaku Ikeda’s message:

My True Disciples of the Young Men’s Division—Hold High the Banner of “Winning Based on Buddhism!”

Young men in Japan commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Young Men’s Division with a nationwide meeting in Tokyo on July 11, 2021. In his message to the meeting, SGI President Ikeda praises the efforts of this new generation of youth:

On the eve of the young men’s division’s establishment, my mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, said to me: “Start your struggle as a group leader on the front lines, and lead our organization toward the realization of kosen-rufu!” 

“I’m counting on you!” he declared, and then urged me: “Work for the happiness of all humanity! To achieve that, it is important that the Soka Gakkai continue to exert itself, generation after generation, for kosen-rufu and the establishment of the correct teaching for the peace of the land.” 

I have devoted the past seven decades to fulfilling this mission my mentor entrusted to me. And it gives me tremendous pride that my true disciples in the young men’s division have inherited this commitment and are now taking full responsibility for our movement. 

When Shijo Kingo overcame adversity to demonstrate great actual proof of faith, Nichiren Daishonin expressed his delight, exclaiming: “I feel as relieved as if the day had finally broken after a long night, or as if I had returned home after a long journey. Buddhism primarily concerns itself with victory or defeat. . . . For this reason, a Buddha is looked up to as the Hero of the World” (WND-1, 835). 

My young friends, holding high the banner of “Winning based on Buddhism,” make your invincible spirit shine ever brighter! Continue to achieve one victory after another in your human revolution—in the spheres of your daily lives and endeavors in society—and share those experiences with others.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message

Annual Men’s Group Meetings – “Happiness for Oneself and Others”

The Men’s Group Annual Meetings will take place across Canada from August 15 to September 19. They will commemorate Men’s Division Day, August 24, the date when Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai in 1947, ten days after meeting Josei Toda at a discussion meeting and resolving to become his disciple. The theme of the meetings will be “Happiness for Oneself and Others”, and the goal is to reach an attendance of 1,000 men’s group members and friends.

The meetings will be held by district, chapter or area, as decided by each region and area. Please contact your local Men’s Group leaders for more information.

Let’s do our best to reach out to every person, deepening our bonds of faith and encouragement, and expanding our network of friends!

SGI Canada Members’ Online Portal

SGI Canada members now have access to an online portal in which they can create their own personal SGI Canada accounts and make secure online donations by credit card.

In Phase 1 of this initiative, members can also read English publications to which they subscribe, and access their tax receipts and personal information online. In the second phase, to be introduced at a later date, additional features will become available.

Please note that the online versions of New Century, Soka and From Today Onward are available as an extra feature for subscribers to the print versions of these magazines. There is no online-only option available at this time. The online versions are formatted for smartphones, tablets and computers, and are not downloadable. Online versions of Ère nouvelle and Chinese New Century will become available to subscribers in the future.

How to set up your online account:

  1. Go to the SGI Canada website at sgicanada.org and click on the Online Portal button near the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Click on I have not created an online account and then Submit
  3. Fill out the personal information fields and click on Submit
  4. You will receive an email from accounting@sgicinfo.org . The email will confirm your username and password (which you can change once you log into the site the first time). For assistance with setting up your account, please contact support@sgicinfo.org .
  5. Once your username and password have been confirmed, you will be able to log into the online portal from the SGI Canada website at any time.

Many SGI Canada members have already registered. We hope you will also take advantage of this convenient method of making online donations, receiving online versions of SGI Canada publications, and other features to be added in the coming months!

Haven’t received your publications yet?

If you are experiencing delays in receiving your SGI Canada publications, it is usually due to delays in the mail and your publications will arrive shortly. However, if they are very late and you are worried that they may have gone astray, please contact: postmaster@sgicanada.org to report the problem.

As a subscriber to New Century, Soka and From Today Onward, you have access anytime to the online versions of these magazines through the Online Portal (see above).

We would like to remind you that it takes two months to start or change a subscription because of the production schedule cycle. If you will be changing your mailing address, please advise your local leaders or postmaster@sgicanada.org as far in advance as possible.

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.

 

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 27, 2021. See you then!

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