SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 66 - November 25, 2022
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 66
November 25, 2022
Welcome to the 66th 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: “Creating a Groundswell of Peace through Human Revolution and Respectful Dialogue”
In his message to the 11th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting toward Centennial 2030, held at the Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo, Tokyo, on November 12, SGI President Ikeda speaks of the great benefits that we and the people around us can enjoy through our Buddhist practice:
The Daishonin writes: “Please believe that your good fortune will increase, as the sea tide swells and as the moon waxes full, and that your life will lengthen and you will be reborn on Eagle Peak” (WND-2, 354).
As members of the Soka family, each one of us is an expert in accumulating good fortune. In the coming new year, with a powerful life force like the rising tide, let us achieve the great vows we have made for kosen-rufu and our lives, one by one, like the moon waxing full. And striving even more to lead healthy, long lives, together let us make a song of our eternal triumph resound!
Our communities are places with which we share deep karmic ties; they are our provinces where the Daishonin has entrusted us with the propagation of Buddhism (cf. WND-1, 1117). In the places we have chosen to fulfill our vow for kosen-rufu, let’s enfold in good fortune everyone we form a connection with, and joyfully pledge together to create a groundswell of happiness and peace for all humankind!
The entire message will be published in the January edition of New Century.
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.
Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship holds fifth annual special lecture
(adapted from Seikyo Shimbun article, November 17, 2002)
The Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship (SERC-GC), a research institute at the University of Guelph-Humber, held an online lecture on November 17 as part of its series of annual special lectures.
SERC-GC began as a research initiative in 2017 and became a research centre in 2019. Since then, it has been academically exploring the educational ideas of the three presidents of the Soka Gakkai.
The annual special lecture series is held around November 18 every year to commemorate the publication of Founding Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s book The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy in 1930.
This year’s lecture was introduced by SERC-GC Director Dr. Paul Sherman, and featured Kazuhiro Iguchi, an English teacher at Kansai Soka High School in Japan. Mr. Iguchi’s lecture was entitled “Practical Implementation of Soka Education in the Teaching and Learning Environment”.
SGI Canada Youth Peace Committee to hold presentation on 2022 Peace Proposal
Announcement from the SGIC Youth Peace Committee
Peace Proposal Event: The SGI Canada Youth Peace Committee (launched in June 2022) will host a unique virtual event about SGI President Ikeda’s 2022 Peace Proposal!
Guest Speaker: Distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Olivier Urbain, Director of the Min-On Music Research Institute in Tokyo, will present alongside several Canadian youths.
Who Can Attend: The event is geared mainly toward students:
- Student division members;
- Guests who are university and college students;
Save the Date! The event will take place Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST.
Event Details: It will include a special lecture about Ikeda Sensei’s 2022 Peace Proposal, followed by an interactive Q and A session. (The event is free of charge).
Registration: Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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 December 9, 2022. See you then!