SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 43 - January 5, 2022
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 43
January 5, 2022
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President Ikeda’s New Year’s Message for 2022
Hearts Ever Youthful and Filled with Limitless Hope
Congratulations on the start of the Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress, overflowing with fresh, vibrant energy!
Today, as we scale a new summit of worldwide kosen-rufu toward our centennial in 2030, new members with deep karmic bonds are emerging joyously all around the globe, and our movement for peace, culture, and education continues to go from strength to strength.
Amid many serious challenges facing humanity, you, my treasured friends, have been chanting more strongly than ever for the safety and security of your societies and uniting more strongly than ever to take action for the happiness and well-being of others. Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, would surely applaud your efforts.
In times of difficulty, the way of Soka is to summon forth the “heart of a lion king”1and challenge our situation based on the “strategy of the Lotus Sutra”2—that is, faith in the Mystic Law. By transforming our karma into mission and winning over all obstacles, we demonstrate the great beneficial power of the Mystic Law. We make the place where we are right now the stage for an ever-unfolding drama of joy and dynamic progress.
The key to tapping this latent power within our lives is prayer infused with a deep vow for kosen-rufu. It is chanting the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. And it is uniting solidly with our fellow members in the spirit of “many in body, one in mind.”
Nichiren Daishonin states: “Great joy [is what] one experiences when one understands for the first time that one’s mind [or life] from the very beginning has been a Buddha. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest of all joys.”3
Filled with the unsurpassed joy of recognizing the dignity of our own and others’ lives based on our shared potential for Buddhahood, let us make dynamic strides in our human revolution, which directly advances kosen-rufu and world peace.
This year will mark the 75th anniversary of my first encounter with my mentor, Josei Toda,4 and the start of my journey united in the spirit of oneness of mentor and disciple. Mr. Toda often used to say: “In life, hope is crucial. As long as you have hope, you can move forward. You can take on any challenge. You can make it through.” I also recall him saying: “Those who can live out their lives with a youthful spirit, a youthful life condition, are truly admirable.”
Let’s continue to warmly encourage, foster, and forge ahead together with our youth division and Future Division members—the treasures of the Soka Gakkai and all humanity—our hearts ever youthful and filled with limitless hope.
My wife and I are praying even more strongly for the health, long life, happiness, security, success, and victory of you and your families.
Best wishes to you all!
New Year’s Day, 2022
1 WND-1, 302.
2 WND-1, 1001.
3 OTT, 211–12.
4 The first encounter took place on August 14, 1947.
SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial: “Each District Is an Ocean of Blessings and Wisdom”
In his January editorial for Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praises our districts, which he describes as “oceans of blessings and wisdom”:
We must never forget that the district is the starting point for fresh dynamic progress in our movement.
In this age when the cold eyes of mistrust and prejudice callously wound and divide so many, our compassionate eyes and warm encouragement as Soka Gakkai members are all the more important.
In The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, the Daishonin states: “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has these two elements of blessings and wisdom” (OTT, 218).
Chanting with a vow to compassionately spread the Mystic Law, let’s fill our lives to overflowing with blessings and wisdom. Uniting with our men’s and women’s district leaders, let’s strengthen our bonds of trust in an atmosphere of warmth and open heartedness, and create unending waves of kosen-rufu in this Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress!
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