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SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 57 - July 22, 2022

July 22, 2022

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 57

July 22, 2022


Welcome to the 57th 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.




SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s Honorary Doctorate Acceptance Speech

The University of Minnesota (UMN) awarded SGI President Ikeda an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the 2022 commencement ceremony of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, held on May 14, 2022, at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SGI Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa received the honour and read the acceptance speech on the SGI leader’s behalf. In this excerpt, President Ikeda speaks of the important role played by university graduates: 

Allow me first to extend my heartfelt felicitations to the proud graduates of the University of Minnesota who have overcome so many challenges, including those arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, to arrive at this moment of celebration. 

As a founder of a university myself, and having shared the years of growth with that institution, I know the profound emotions with which one sends off graduates year after year. There is a passage from a Buddhist text which I, together with our alumni, always cherish. It describes a “departure that is not a departure.” That is, even if we leave and are physically apart, in our hearts we are always free to return and reunite. 

The Mississippi River, which runs through your campus, has its headwaters in the state of Minnesota. From this source, it ceaselessly flows off and away, and yet, its waters remain connected, in a continuous stream as it enriches vast expanses of land. 

In the same way, I believe that each graduate, fused with the life of the university and drawing on it as an inexhaustible wellspring of the spirit, will go on to create new value for humanity as you flow, lives brimming with wisdom and vitality, out into society, the world, and the future. And you will do this in exquisite communion with your fellow alumni. 



New SGI Online Study Lecture

In 2021, we were able to watch two SGI Online Study Lectures, presented by SGI Study Department Senior Adviser Masaaki Morinaka. They were a tremendous success across Canada and around the world. 

SGI has just announced a new online lecture, to be presented by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda. It will be available for viewing from August 20 to November 21, 2022 (Japan Time). 

The lecture will be in two parts, each 29 minutes long, and will be available in 12 languages, all available starting from August 20. The lecture is titled “Learning from The New Human Revolution”. 

Further details will be announced as soon as they become available. 

Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity for members, family and friends!


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 August 5, 2022. See you then!