SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 36 - September 24, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 36
September 24, 2021
Welcome to the 36th 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: Stirring a Whirlwind of Dialogue to Awaken People’s Buddha Nature
In his October editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda speaks of the fall of the Berlin Wall as proof that any obstacle can be overcome:
No matter how huge and seemingly immovable the barriers may be, let’s continue confidently engaging in dialogue with far-reaching voices, like the roar of the “lion king, the monarch of all the creatures that run on the ground” (WND-1, 929). Let us serenely rise above all obstacles, “like the eagle, the king of all the creatures that fly in the sky” (WND-1, 929–30), to build a rainbow bridge to the triumph of human dignity.
There is no wall of fundamental ignorance
the Mystic Law cannot demolish—
with this conviction as champions of Soka,
let’s keep speaking out for peace,
our voices a powerful lion’s roar.
Please CLICK HERE to read the full message
New audio files on Daisaku Ikeda website
17 new audio files have been uploaded to the Profile Section of the Daisaku Ikeda website, beginning with "Daisaku Ikeda: A Biographical Sketch." Other chapters include "Encountering a Mentor," "Assuming the Presidency," "The 1960s—Bold New Beginnings," "Founding the Komei Party," "The 1970s—Dialogue, Breaking New Ground," "Resignation," "Excommunication, Developing Educational Exchange" and "A Question of Motivation."
You can find the audio files at https://www.daisakuikeda.org/main/profile/bio/bio-01.html
Men’s Group Annual Meetings: report from SGI Canada Men’s Group leader Ian Mattinson
I offer my heartfelt appreciation to all Men's Group members and guests who organized and participated in the online Men’s Group Annual Meetings through August and September. I also give my sincere thanks for the effort and support from the women's group and youth division.
In Central and Western Regions, most meetings were conducted at the chapter level, while Prairie Region meetings were held at the area level. Eastern and Quebec Regions held two successful joint meetings, one in French and one in English, across three time zones. I'm proud that each region was able to focus on the best approach to share Buddhism according to its local needs and capacity.
We received a wonderful message from President Ikeda in which he encouraged us with the following:
Willingly facing every hardship along the way with a positive spirit, you have dedicated yourselves to kosen-rufu, creating deep roots of goodness in your lives…
Brimming with pride as great leaders of the people and of society, I hope you will enable many people to form a connection with Buddhism, and will forge ever deeper and wider ties of trust and friendship.
Experiences and dialogue at the Annual Meetings centred on the theme "Happiness for Oneself and Others." There was serious discussion about the many issues that face us as individuals and as a society, and a strong determination to challenge them.
In this period of turmoil, I find it so uplifting and inspiring that the men of SGI Canada are working diligently for the peace and prosperity of their communities. I once again offer my sincerest gratitude to all, including those who were unable to attend but who were connected and supportive.
SGI Canada Men's Group Leader
World Peace Day / SGI Canada Day General Meetings on Sunday, October 3
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 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, visiting Niagara Falls on October 12. President Ikeda later 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.
Special SGI Canada Fund
October 3 will also be the occasion of our second twice-yearly Special SGI Canada Fund contribution.
Members can contribute online using their SGI Canada account at https://sgicinfo.org/portal/login Cheques or money orders can be mailed to: SGI Canada, 2050 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
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 October 8, 2021. See you then!