SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 65 - November 11, 2022
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 65
November 11, 2022
Welcome to the 65th 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 message: “Win through the Shared Spirit of Mentor and Disciple”
In his message to the Nationwide Young Men’s Division Leaders Meeting, held at the Toda Memorial Auditorium in Tokyo, on October 2, 2022, SGI President Ikeda encourages us to continue to talk to everyone around us:
On October 2, 1960, I embarked on my first overseas trip, my mentor Josei Toda’s photograph tucked in my breast pocket. While engaging in constant dialogue with my mentor, I called forth and brought together one youthful Bodhisattva of the Earth after another. Today, you are the vanguard of the youthful Bodhisattvas of the Earth worldwide who are following in their footsteps.
The Daishonin declared: “At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, but then two, three, and a hundred followed, chanting and teaching others. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well. Does this not signify ‘emerging from the earth’?” (WND-1, 385).
People with whom you share a profound karmic connection, who are ready to “spring from the earth,” are waiting for you to talk with them. They are waiting to hear your confident voices. I call on you now to joyously and magnificently demonstrate the principle of “emerging from the earth” (WND-1, 385), for the happiness of others, a harmonious society, and a peaceful world!
 Line from an impromptu poem composed by President Ikeda on August 14, 1947, when he first met Josei Toda.
The entire message will be published in the January edition of New Century.
Happy District General Meetings!
Throughout the month of November, District General Meetings will take place across Canada to commemorate November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day.
Thank you for all your efforts to prepare for your District General Meetings. Your visits with members and friends – whether in person, by phone or online – are all amazing causes for your own happiness and for the growth of your district. Let’s reach out to everyone and make these District General Meetings the most successful and encouraging that we have ever held.
Going paperless with your official income tax receipt
You now have two options for obtaining the official income tax receipt for your donations to SGI Canada:
- SGI Canada can mail the receipt to you
- You can go paperless and download the receipt yourself from the SGI Canada website
Choosing to download the receipt yourself will allow SGI Canada to reduce its use of paper and devote more resources to activities for members. Once you choose to go paperless, you will no longer receive a receipt in the mail from SGI Canada.
In order to go paperless and download the receipt yourself:
- Sign in to your SGI Canada account at https://sgicinfo.org/portal/login. (If you do not have an SGI Canada account yet, please see the instructions below)
- On your personal information page, you will see a section titled Official Tax Receipt
- Click on the button in front of Your current option, and follow the instructions
You can change the way in which you receive your income tax receipt at any time between March 16 and December 30 each year.
Your tax receipt for 2022 will be available online by February 28, 2023.
Have you set up your online account yet?
SGI Canada members now have access to an online portal in which they can create their own personal SGI Canada accounts, subscribe to publications and make secure online donations.
Members can also use their online account to read the English and French-language publications to which they subscribe, and access their tax receipts and personal information.
How to set up your online account:
- Go to the SGI Canada website at sgicanada.org and click on the Online Portal button near the top right corner of your screen.
- Click on I have not created an online account and then Submit
- Fill out the personal information fields and click on Submit
- You will receive an email from email@example.com . The email will confirm your username and password (which you can change once you log into the site the first time). For assistance with setting up your account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once your username and password have been confirmed, you will be able to log into the online portal from the SGI Canada website at any time.
Many SGI Canada members have already registered. We hope you will also take advantage of this convenient method of making online donations, subscribing to SGI Canada publications, and reading them online.
Third SGI Online Study Lecture still available
SGI Canada members and friends are still able to watch the third SGI Online Study Lecture given by SGI Vice-President Hiromasa Ikeda.
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 lecture will be available for viewing until November 21 (11.59pm Japan Time). In Canada, the lecture will close on Monday November 21 at:
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.
SGI Canada Online Bookstore closed in December for inventory audit
SGI Canada’s popular Online Bookstore will be closed from December 4 to January 2 for the annual inventory audit. If you are hoping to order books or other items before the end of the year, we encourage you to visit the bookstore as early as possible this month. You can visit the Online Bookstore at: https://sgicanada.myshopify.com/
We remind you that the bookstores at SGI Canada centres are closed until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding.
We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to email@example.com. Please note that the next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on November 25, 2022. See you then!