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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 41 - December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 41

December 3, 2021

 Welcome to the 41st 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

SGI President Ikeda’s Message to 5th Headquarters Leaders Meeting: “Making Dynamic Progress through Compassion and Wisdom”

At the 5th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting toward Centennial 2030, held in Tokyo on November 18, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda shared three calligraphies that he had inscribed in gratitude and admiration for Soka Gakkai members around the world. In this passage from his message to the meeting, President Ikeda speaks of his third calligraphy:

Lastly, as we prepare to embark on the “Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress” (in 2022), I wish to share with you a calligraphy reading “The Wings of Wisdom for Kosen-rufu.” 

The phenomena of the universe are in constant flux, never still for an instant. The Mystic Law is the ultimate principle for moving everything in a positive direction. The great Buddhism of human revolution that we practice teaches to us activate this transformative power in our own lives and urge others to do the same. It enables us to overcome any apathy or inertia in our hearts “day by day and month after month” (WND-1, 998), make dynamic strides in our lives, and create a better world. 

The lay nun Sennichi was a sincere disciple of resolute faith who brushed aside criticism in the spirit of “Let them say what they will” (WND-1, 626), while supporting fellow practitioners and fostering successors. In a letter to her, the Daishonin writes: “[The Lotus Sutra] is superior to all other sutras. It is like the lion king, the monarch of all the creatures that run on the ground, and like the eagle, the king of all the creatures that fly in the sky” (WND-1, 929–30). 

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the February Campaign in which I led the way to dynamic progress in our movement for kosen-rufu to repay my gratitude to my mentor. Let’s make our courageous lion’s roar of the oneness of mentor and disciple for justice and humanity resound in our troubled world. Let us spread wide our wings of compassion and wisdom to embrace and encourage our suffering friends, and soar in the sky with regal majesty and pride. 

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message

 

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s Editorial: “The Boundless Power of Faith”

In his December editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda speaks of the power of faith to transform our world:

Faith is the deepest, noblest, and most powerful conviction—unshakable, inviolable, and unyielding. 

The starting point of his great struggle to spread the Mystic Law, Nichiren Daishonin says, was his “resolve to withstand the harshest trials” (cf. WND-1, 895). Inheriting this spirit and forging ahead bravely and vigorously in Buddhist faith and practice has been the pride of Soka mentors and disciples since the time of our first and second presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.

These past two years, with the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic and the various related restrictions on social activities, have represented a real test for our kosen-rufu movement—one that could have meant stagnation or decline. But in each country and territory throughout the world, our members’ commitment to faith never faltered or wavered. Unable to hold in-person meetings, they used their wisdom and creativity to find ways to stay in touch and support one another, deepening their unity of purpose and advancing with determination. 

Praying for people’s safety and the welfare of society, our members sent forth the light of “changing poison into medicine” and shone as beacons of hope and victory in paving the way to a more humane and peaceful world. The Daishonin would surely praise their sincere efforts.  

Please CLICK HERE to read the full editorial

 

NEWS

2022 – Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress: Theme and SGI Activity Guidelines

The Soka Gakkai’s theme and activity guidelines for 2022 have been decided as follows:

Theme: Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress

Next year, we will be commemorating 75 years since Ikeda Sensei took up faith in Nichiren Buddhism, 70 years since the February Campaign, and 50 years since the Toynbee-Ikeda dialogue. The year 2022 will also mark the start of the fourth bell in the second set of Seven Bells, which began at the start of the 21st century, in 2001. At this important new point of departure, and as we head toward our glorious centennial, next year’s theme embodies our determination for the SGI to make even more dynamic progress, with the youth taking the lead in this effort.

As activity guidelines, we would like to focus on the following 4 points: 

  1. Widely share this Buddhism and engage in shakubuku with youth taking the lead
  2. Challenge ourselves in human revolution based on gongyo and daimoku
  3. Study Buddhism and Ikeda Sensei’s guidance, and apply them to our daily lives
  4. Foster capable individuals by expanding our efforts to encourage others

 

This Month

Second SGI Online Study Lecture available until end of December

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. 

 

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 17, 2021. See you then!

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