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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 40 - November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 40

November 19, 2021

 Welcome to the 40th 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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Encouragement

Soka Gakkai Theme for 2022 – “Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress”

Soka Gakkai announced this week that the theme for 2022 will be the “Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress”.

More details to come!

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s Editorial: A Network of “Human Flowers” Embodying Harmony in Diversity

In his November editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praises Women’s Group members as “champions of happiness and victory”:

Who are the truly admirable people? The time has passed for being dazzled by outward trappings such as status, celebrity, power, and wealth. What matters is embracing a sound philosophy and working hard for others’ happiness and the betterment of society. Such substance and action are inspiring.

That is what makes Soka women who are dedicated to kosen-rufu truly admirable. Upholding the life-affirming principles of Nichiren Buddhism, they strive out of the limelight, warmly supporting friends who are suffering. With unwavering faith, they continue sincerely and steadily to build an ever-growing network of people working for a more humane world.

Let us pay tribute to these unsung heroes—cheerful and smiling, free of pretense or arrogance—as foremost exemplars of humanity, just as the Daishonin surely would. Let us always respect and learn from them, proudly applaud and honor them as champions of happiness and victory. 

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message

 

NEWS

SGI Issues Statement and Launches Exhibition during COP26

On October 31, SGI representatives attending the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), in Glasgow, UK, held a press conference to introduce a statement issued by the SGI. The statement calls for COP26 to deliver on climate issues, strengthen education and provide genuine opportunities for youth participation. On November 1, the exhibition “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality,” created by the Earth Charter International and the SGI, was launched at Websters Theatre in Glasgow. Elizabeth Wathuti, Founder of the Green Generation Initiative and Global South Co-chair of the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council, delivered a speech at the launch, and President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. SGI-UK and the Centre for Applied Buddhism organized a number of events during COP26 including a multi-faith dialogue on climate issues on November 2, and a panel discussion titled “Beyond Rhetoric - Youth Leadership for Climate Action” on November 3. 

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.

 

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 (Japan time) December 31,11:59 pm. 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!

 

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 December 3, 2021. See you then!

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