SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 34 - Aug 27, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 34
August 27, 2021
Welcome to the 34th 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 Daisaku Ikeda’s Editorial:
Together, Let’s Scale a New Mountain of Kosen-rufu!
In his September editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praises Soka Gakkai members and compares their efforts for kosen-rufu to those of Nichiren Daishonin:
Nichiren Daishonin declares that he was able to overcome the numerous life-threatening persecutions he experienced because he recited passages from the Lotus Sutra daily and held fast to the vow he had made to the Buddhas and heavenly deities:
So long as a practitioner of the Lotus Sutra remains unwavering in faith, free of all false alliances, entrusting himself wholeheartedly to the Lotus Sutra and practising in accordance with the Buddha’s golden words, he will without fail be able to prevent disaster and prolong his life in this present existence, to say nothing of in the life to come. Splendid recompense will be his, and he will fulfill his great vow to broadly proclaim and propagate the Lotus Sutra [the great vow for kosen-rufu]. (WND-2, 460)
Since the time of our first and second presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, the mentors and disciples of Soka have striven with “unwavering faith, free of all false alliances,” in exact accord with this passage and just as the Buddha teaches. And today, our members everywhere continue to show proof of good fortune and benefit in their daily lives and enjoy the “splendid recompense” of inner victory.
This is unquestionably the path of “faith for absolute victory,” borne out, above all, by each of our member’s personal experiences of gaining benefit through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
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Audio version of 2021 Peace Proposal now available
The Daisaku Ikeda website (daisakuikeda.org) now offers audio files of both the synopsis and the full text of President Ikeda’s 2021 Peace Proposal “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis”. Some articles on the home page are also available in audio, and more content will be added in the future. The audio files are available only in English at this time.
World Peace Day / SGI Canada Day General Meetings on Sunday, October 3
The annual general meetings commemorating both October 2 World Peace Day and October 12 SGI Canada Day will take place online on Sunday, October 3, with the times to be scheduled by each region.
October 2, 1960 is the date when SGI President Daisaku Ikeda set out on his first overseas journey for peace, five months after his inauguration as third president of the Soka Gakkai on May 3, 1960. He visited the United States, Canada and Brazil. He planted the seeds for kosen-rufu in Canada by visiting Toronto from October 11 to 13.
President Ikeda was greeted at the airport by Mrs. Akiko Elizabeth Izumi. She was not a member of the Soka Gakkai at the time, but her mother in Japan was a Soka Gakkai member. Knowing there were no members in Toronto at the time, she asked her daughter to greet President Ikeda. Mrs. Izumi was inspired by President Ikeda’s warmth and consideration, and she subsequently decided to practise and become a member, going on to become the first leader of the Canadian organization. President Ikeda wrote about his first overseas journey in The New Human Revolution, Volume 1.
President Ikeda visited Niagara Falls on October 12. On seeing the powerful cascade of the waterfall and the beautiful rainbow it produced, he reflected, “The monumental and unceasing flow of water seemed somehow symbolic of the advance of kosen-rufu, while the shimmering rainbow it gave rise to represented boundless hope.” He then said to the accompanying Soka Gakkai youth leader:
The rainbow above this waterfall would disappear in an instant if the flow of water were to stop. Similarly, the rainbow of hope in our lives shines only when we advance energetically toward kosen-rufu. People who never lose hope have the strength to remain undefeated by any difficulty. Once a person loses hope, however, life becomes dark. I want to create a rainbow of hope in the hearts of the world’s youth. (pp. 183-84)
As the Canadian kosen-rufu movement expanded across the country, President Ikeda designated October 12 as SGI Canada Day. Ever since, we have held general meetings across Canada to commemorate World Peace Day and SGI Canada Day. On this occasion, we have our twice-annual SGI Canada Special Kosen-rufu Contribution. The other occasion is May 3 Soka Gakkai Day.
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 September 10, 2021. See you then!