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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 54 - June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 54

June 13, 2022


Welcome to the 54th 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.




New SGI Canada General Director and Executive Advisor appointed

A new chapter opened for SGI Canada on June 5, 2022, when SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba announced the appointment of Glenn Turner as SGI Canada General Director and Tony Meers as SGI Canada Executive Advisor.

The appointments were announced at a special online SGI Canada Commemorative Leaders Meeting. Attending from Japan with General Director Oba were SGI Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI General Executive Officer Shinji Shimizu. More than 1,200 leaders from across Canada attended the meeting.

Also appointed were new national Future Division leaders for the Young Phoenix Group: Young Men’s Young Phoenix Group Leader Harold Hunter, and Young Women’s Young Phoenix Group Leader Megumi Takahashi.

The meeting also commemorated the 41st anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s second visit to Canada and the 35th anniversary of “A Rainbow over Niagara,” his poem to the members of Canada. 

SGI President Ikeda’s Message to SGI Canada Commemorative Leaders Meeting

In his message to the June 5 SGI Canada Commemorative Leaders Meeting, SGI President Ikeda refers to a famous passage in Nichiren Daishonin’s letter “The One Essential Phrase”. Nichiren compares the unfathomable power of the Mystic Law to call forth and make shine the life state of Buddhahood in all living beings, no matter what their circumstances, to “a lantern lighting up a place that has been dark for a hundred, a thousand, or ten thousand years” (WND-1, 923).

Recognizing that we are living in deeply troubled times, President Ikeda calls on the members of SGI Canada to send brilliant rays of hope, revitalization and courage to the hearts of each and every individual. He encourages us to grow and expand our people’s network for good beyond Canada’s borders—convinced that kosen-rufu is synonymous with building a world of peace—to brightly illuminate and inspire global society. 

SGI Canada receives new Mottoes

To initiate this important new departure for SGI Canada, President Ikeda presented SGI Canada with three Mottoes:




SGI Canada Mottoes

Canada, courageous and true to the great vow for kosen-rufu
Canada, united and fostering an endless stream of capable individuals
Canada, ever-advancing and blazing with hope


Full coverage of the June 5 meeting will appear in the August issues of our publications.



Young Lions Group General Meetings: "The World is Yours to Change" 

The Young Lions Group will hold their third Annual General Meetings by region or area throughout the month of June. The theme of the meetings is "The World is Yours to Change." Sensei says, in the book with the same title: 

It is a challenge that goes to the very heart of human civilization. And it is my sincere wish that each of you—as young people, as the rising generation—will meet this challenge with great energy and courage. There, indeed, I perceive the light of a limitless home. It is with this immense sense of hope and expectation that I share with you this thought: The world is yours to change. (The World is Yours to Change, p.5) 

We are looking forward to vibrant, cheerful meetings throughout Canada, filled with the big smiles of our young successors! 

Youth & Young Phoenix Group General Meetings: “Shining Suns of Youthful Victory!”

Congratulations to our new national Young Phoenix Group leaders Megumi Takahashi and Harold Hunter!

Each area in SGI Canada will hold its own Youth and Young Phoenix Group General Meeting online on the weekend of June 18/19 or June 25/26. 

The theme for the General Meetings is “Shining Suns of Youthful Victory!”. This theme comes from Ikeda Sensei's inspiring message to the Young Phoenix Group General meeting held in June 2021: 

All of you have embraced and are learning the unparalleled Buddhist philosophy of absolute respect for the dignity of life at a young age. Your mission and good fortune are boundless and immeasurable. You are all successors of the Soka Gakkai who will shoulder the twenty-first century. You are shining suns of youthful victory who will light the way forward in the future. The more hardships and sufferings you experience, the more you can understand the struggles of others, the more you can develop your inner strength and capability, and the more you can embrace those around you with warmth and compassion.

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 June 24, 2022. See you then!