SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 60 - September 2, 2022
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 60
September 2, 2022
Welcome to the 60th 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 Editorial: “Imparting the Power for a ‘Health Revolution’ around the Globe!”
In his September editorial in the Daibyakurenge study magazine, SGI President Ikeda describes the correct attitude for overcoming the “devil of illness”:
When I was young and battling illness, I was struck by a passage in Nichiren Daishonin’s writings: “Through illness, [the Buddha taught] the power [of Buddhism]” (WND-1, 631).
I realized that my painful illness had profound meaning. I resolved not to be defeated and to win over it without fail. My illness was a test to show the tremendous benefit of the Mystic Law and manifest the boundless life force of a Bodhisattva of the Earth in my life and help others do the same.
How powerfully the Daishonin encourages disciples afflicted by illness! I can’t help but be deeply moved by his words: “I am as concerned about the illness of your wife, the lay nun Toki, as though it were I myself who is ailing, and day and night I pray to the heavenly gods that she will recover. . . . I am beseeching the gods of the sun and moon that they will guard her life even at the cost of their own!” (WND-2, 666).
Embraced in the Daishonin’s compassion, our precious members of Soka have challenged the devil of illness head-on, praying together and encouraging one another.
Nichiren Buddhism is a teaching of supreme reason. It offers concrete wisdom for both mental and physical health.
Let us reaffirm the importance of following the Soka Gakkai’s basic guidelines for a healthy life, such as: doing an invigorating gongyo, contributing to the welfare of others, leading a balanced and productive lifestyle that is aligned with the rhythm of the universe, and eating wisely. In addition, particularly since we are striving busily each day to carry out our profound mission, let’s all make sure to get sufficient sleep.
It is also crucial to be attentive to changes in our health condition and seek prompt medical evaluation and treatment should any problem arise, so that we may protect the precious vessel of our life dedicated to kosen-rufu. As the Daishonin observes: “Early treatment by a skilled physician can cure even serious illnesses, not to mention minor ones” (WND-1, 954).
The entire editorial will be available in the October edition of New Century.
The Times of India Publishes Article by SGI President Ikeda
On August 24, the 75th anniversary of Daisaku Ikeda joining the Soka Gakkai, The Times of India published an article by President Ikeda titled “A jewelled canopy of human solidarity.”
An excerpt reads:
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the diverse spectrum of problems people face. As such, the crucial question we must ask ourselves is how each of us can become that hand of support extended to those facing hardship, how we can strengthen the kind of relationships where we can share in each other’s joy at having overcome our respective ordeals.
The Times of India is the largest English-language newspaper in the world (by circulation), and has a readership of over 3,000,000.
Third SGI Online Study Lecture now available
SGI Canada members and friends are now able to watch the third SGI Online Study Lecture given by SGI Vice-President Hiromasa Ikeda in two 29-minute segments.
Mr. Ikeda’s lecture is entitled “Learning from The New Human Revolution” and is based on passages from several volumes of The New Human Revolution. It is not necessary to have read these volumes recently in order to get full benefit from Mr. Ikeda’s lecture.
The online lecture is open to SGI Canada members and their friends and family.
The lecture and study materials 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 materials 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 November 21 (11.59pm Japan Time). 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 French content at sokaglobal.org
The sokaglobal.org website has just released its “At a glance” page in French. The page provides a short description of the Soka Gakkai’s history and activities.
Nationwide Korean-language meeting on September 18
All Korean-speaking members and guests are invited to a nationwide Korean-language meeting on Sunday September 18. The theme is “Let us be the protagonists for Canadian kosen-rufu toward 2030” and the meeting will feature experiences from across the country, study and a question and answer session with SGI Canada Women’s leader Helen Izumi-Choi.
The meeting will begin at 10.00am Pacific, 11.00am Mountain, 12.00pm Central, 1.00pm Eastern, 2.00pm Atlantic and 2.30 Newfoundland.
For more information, please contact your regional leaders or email email@example.com.
We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on September 2, 2022. See you then!