SGI Canada Newsletter, No. 86 - August 25, 2023
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 86
August 25, 2023
Welcome to the 86th 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: “Shining Our Light as Bodhisattvas of the Earth for the Happiness of the People”
In his September editorial in the Daibyakurenge study magazine, SGI President Ikeda writes about the importance of Buddhist study:
“Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study” (WND-1, 386)—this is one of the eternal guidelines of the Soka Gakkai.
How highly Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, would praise the noble efforts of all of you, my friends around the world, who are preparing for Buddhist study exams or participating in study courses with eager seeking spirit.
All that you are learning as you study Nichiren Buddhism together with fellow members—each of you taking time out of your busy schedules while dealing with all kinds of personal challenges—will be engraved deeply in your lives and become a source of immense joy, good fortune, and benefit.
In September 1950, when I was working frantically to transform the dire situation of my mentor Josei Toda’s businesses, I copied a passage from the “Medicine King” (23rd) chapter of the Lotus Sutra in my diary: “This sutra can cause all living beings to free themselves from suffering and anguish. This sutra can bring great benefits to all living beings and fulfill their desires” (LSOC23, 327–28). These words are a declaration that the Mystic Law is the supreme and ultimate teaching for relieving the sufferings of all living beings.
I felt as if I could hear the loud voice that issued from the magnificent assembly of the Lotus Sutra, calling out: “You must spread [the Lotus Sutra] abroad widely throughout Jambudvipa [the entire world] and never allow it to be cut off” (LSOC23, 330).
Retreating was not an option. I resolved to support my mentor, who was leading the propagation of the great Law, and first do everything I could to break through the immediate obstacles that stood in our path.
As Soka Gakkai members, we read the Daishonin’s writings and the Lotus Sutra, and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the happiness of ourselves and others. We base our lives on the ultimate truth of the universe. When we view our problems from the vast perspective of life encompassing past, present, and future and the worlds of the ten directions, what incredible courage and wisdom and powerful life force well up within us to embrace and overcome them!
The complete editorial will be available in the October 2023 New Century.
Wildfires in B.C. and N.W.T.
Thank you for your concern about the safety of SGI Canada members in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia during the current wildfires. We can confirm that there were no members living in Yellowknife at the time of the evacuation. In Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, some members have had to leave their homes, but everyone is safe. Local SGI Canada leaders are in close contact with all members, and chanting sessions have been organized to pray for those affected by the wildfires.
Men’s Group General Meetings
Men's group members at the SGI Canada centre in Quebec City
Men’s Group General Meetings are being held throughout August and September. Please ask your local leaders about the meeting closest to you.
In his message to the meetings, SGI Canada Men’s Group leader Ian Mattinson explains the theme:
This year, the men’s group will be continuing with the theme of "Building Peace Through Dialogue." The senior men’s leaders across Canada agreed that this theme captures the most essential activity we can initiate going forward in this year, and on toward 2030. In the book of daily encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda For Today & Tomorrow, the entry for May 16th reads:
Day in and day out. Today and again tomorrow. Moving of one's own accord to take action, to meet with people and conduct dialogues. This is what Shakyamuni did. Herein lies the correct way of life for human beings and the path of true honour for a Buddhist. This is the rhythm of the SGI's advance—an advance founded upon the same principles practised and espoused by Shakyamuni and the original Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin.
The entire message can be found in the August 2023 New Century.
SGI CANADA INTRODUCTORY EXAM 2023
Young women's group members from Ontario West Area
The SGI Canada Introductory Study Exam will be held on Sunday, October 29. The exam is intended for new members or anyone who did not write the 2019 SGI Canada Basics exam; youth and Future Division members; and interested friends. Please note that some young children may find the study material difficult to read. You do not have to be an SGI Canada member in order to take the exam.
To register for the exam, simply complete the short form at:
You can also use the QR code below by pointing the camera of your smartphone at it and tapping the “Open website” message that appears on your screen.
The exam will focus on topics from “Basics of Nichiren Buddhism in the New Era for Worldwide Kosen-rufu”. If you have not yet received the study material in a pdf document, you can obtain it from your district leaders.
A printed booklet of the study material will be available (in English, French and Chinese) through the online bookstore at https://sgicanada.myshopify.com
More details on the exam will be available in the coming months in NEW CENTURY, ère nouvelle, Chinese New Century and in your district.
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 September 8, 2023. See you then!