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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 39 - November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 39

November 5, 2021


Welcome to the 39th 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.



This Month

Second SGI Online Study Lecture now available

SGI Canada members and friends are now able to watch the second SGI Online Study Lecture by SGI Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka.

Mr. Morinaka’s lecture is largely based on two of SGI President Ikeda’s lectures -- “The Shared Struggle of Mentor and Disciple” and “It Is the Heart That Is Important” -- from the series The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World: A Religion of Human Revolution. These articles were originally published in the May and June 2019 issues of New Century, and in the June and August 2019 issues of Ère nouvelle. It is not necessary to have read the articles recently in order to get full benefit from Mr. Morinaka’s lecture.

The online lecture is open to SGI Canada members and their friends. Members should now have received study notes with the excerpts that Mr. Morinaka explains in his lecture.

The lecture and study notes are also available in French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Thai and Indonesian. Local leaders can organize showings of the lecture in these languages and supply the study notes in response to requests.

District level and up leaders can show the online lecture in district meetings and at additional meetings and showings at all levels.

The lecture will be available for viewing until December 31. We encourage leaders to make as many opportunities as possible for members and guests to view the online lecture and to have discussions together after viewings.

Please consult your local leaders to see when the lecture will be shown in your location.

District General Meetings in November to commemorate November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Throughout the month of November, our annual District General Meetings will take place across Canada to commemorate November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. Let’s reach out to all the members in our districts and our friends and make our District General Meetings successful and encouraging for everyone!

Young Men’s and Young Women’s General Meetings on November 6

This Saturday we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Young Women’s and Young Men’s Days. These meetings will be nationwide online meetings and are open to all youth division members, guests, and Young Phoenix Group members. Please check with your local youth leaders for the links.

Young Men's Meeting:

Date: Saturday, November 6

Time: 1:00pm PT / 2:00pm MT / 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET / 5:00pm AT / 5:30pm NT 

Young Women's Meeting:

Date: Saturday, November 6

Time: 1:00pm PT / 2:00pm MT / 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET / 5:00pm AT

2021 Special Lecture at Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship

The Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship (SERC-GC) at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto is excited to host its fourth annual Special Lecture online on November 18 from 7:30pm-8:30pm ET.

The special lecture is an exciting tradition allowing students, faculty and the general public the opportunity to hear from experts in Soka education and global citizenship.

This year, SERC-GC welcomes Dr. Hiroko Tomioka. Dr. Tomioka is a professor at Soka University in Japan, as well as an esteemed member of the Ikeda Research Institute for Soka Education. She will be speaking about Soka education founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s unique pedagogy, its historical context, the foundation and purpose of Soka education, as well as the dynamic processes of positive societal contribution and transformation.

The Special Lecture is open to everyone. To register for the 4th annual SERC-GC Special Lecture with Dr. Tomioka, please click here.

 For more information on SERC-GC, please click here.



SGI Canada member wins Urban Hero Award

SGI Canada member Honey Novick is a Star Metroland Media 2021 Urban Hero Award winner in the Arts category, People's Choice. Ms. Novick won the award for her work as a singer and poet in Toronto’s marginalized communities, and in particular for her participation in the Friendly Spike Theatre Band.

In the November 2021 issue of New Century, Ms. Novick notes how she turns to SGI publications for inspiration: 

For me, all the publications are like friends who offer guidance and direction. They are right here when I need assurance. I have depended on all the magazines, newsletters, books et al for the duration of my practice, as they offer inspiration and clarity. I can go to friends for many things but the writings of fellow members, the guidance of Sensei, touch my spirit. (New Century, November 2021, p.16)

For more information on Ms. Novick’s Urban Hero award, please click here.


Note: SGI Canada Online Bookstore Closed in December for Inventory Audit

SGI Canada’s popular Online Bookstore will be closed from December 1 to January 3 for the annual inventory audit. If you are hoping to order books or other items before the end of the year, we encourage you to visit the bookstore as early as possible this month. You can visit the Online Bookstore at: https://sgicanada.myshopify.com/

We remind you that the bookstores at SGI Canada centres are closed until further notice because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your understanding.


We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to contact@sgicanada.org. The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on November 19, 2021. See you then!