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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 42 - December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter 

Issue no. 42

December 17, 2021

Welcome to the 42nd 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 speech to Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting: “Let’s Create a Symphony of Great Joy!”

On November 16, 1990, President Ikeda gave a speech at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters leaders meeting held at the Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo, Tokyo. Video footage of the speech was broadcast during the most recent Headquarters leaders meeting on November 18, 2021, also held at the same venue as that earlier meeting. In the speech, President Ikeda refers to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which contains the famous choral section entitled “Ode to Joy”: 

Beethoven encountered many forms of adversity: he lost his hearing; he was harassed by traditionalist elements of society; he was the target of envy; and he faced an endless series of problems related to his health, finances, and family life. Yet through it all, he remained undefeated. 

He fought, and he won. He broke through the dark clouds of suffering to attain a life state of joy as bright as the clear blue skies above the clouds. 

The Ninth Symphony is proof of Beethoven’s victory in the final chapter of his life. 

Buddhism also focuses on being victorious, and in such a struggle, there is always opposition and resistance, a succession of problems and difficulties. But true and enduring happiness comes only by triumphing over all those challenges. The same applies to achieving kosen-rufu. That is why I call out to you with all my heart: Be victorious! 

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NEWS

President Ikeda and Mrs. Ikeda Visit Soka University and Makiguchi Memorial Hall

On December 2, President Ikeda and Mrs. Ikeda conducted gongyo at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall to mark the 57th anniversary of the start of the writing of The Human Revolution. They offered prayers for first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and the health, good fortune and victory of all members around the world. They also drove through the Soka University campus, past Soka Women's College and the new dormitory for the ekiden (long-distance relay) track and field team.

 

THIS MONTH

Second SGI Online Study Lecture available until end of December

Over 1300 SGI Canada members and friends have so far watched the popular second SGI Online Study Lecture by SGI Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka. Here are some of their comments:

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. 

New Year’s Gongyo Meetings Across Canada

SGI Canada members and friends will be celebrating the New Year on January 1 (January 2 in some locations). At meetings across the country, members will read Nichiren Daishonin’s “New Year’s Gosho” and a New Year’s message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Please check with your local leaders about the meeting in your area or region.

In the “New Year’s Gosho,” Nichiren Daishonin writes:

The sincerity of making offerings to the Lotus Sutra at the beginning of the New Year is like cherry blossoms blooming from trees, a lotus unfolding in a pond, sandalwood leaves unfurling on the Snow Mountains, or the moon beginning to rise.  (WND-1, 1137)

Thank you!

On behalf of SGI Canada, thank you for all your contributions and efforts for kosen-rufu during this challenging year. We wish you a Happy New Year and great success in 2022, the Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress! 

  

We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to contact@sgicanada.org. Please note that the next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on January 5, 2021 and will feature President Ikeda’s New Year’s Day message. See you then!

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