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SGI Canada Newsletter, No.10 - September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 10

September 25, 2020


Welcome to the tenth issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, a bi-weekly summary of news, upcoming events and encouragement. The SGI Canada Newsletter replaces the previous SGI Canada Online News. All subscribers will automatically receive the SGI Canada Newsletter from now on. If you are not subscribing, 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 subscribers.





World Youth General Meeting on Sunday, September 27 - “Rise Up Together”!

The World Youth General Meeting will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 27 at 12.50pm Japan Time. A recorded stream will be available for SGI Canada on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET, 5:00pm AT and 5:30pm NT. All SGI Canada members, their families and friends are encouraged to participate. For those who are unable to participate at this designated time, the recorded stream will be available for 24 hours, from 8:00pm September 27 until 8:00pm September 28 (Japan Time).

The link for the World Youth General Meeting is:


The World Youth General Meeting will be of great historic significance. We therefore want to ensure that all members from all divisions participate, especially youth and Future Division members (Young Lions Group and Young Phoenix Group). Let’s reach out to all the members in our districts, to our families and to our friends, enabling 10,000 Canadians to participate in this historic event!

For more information, see the official site for the World Youth General Meeting. 

Canadian youth members play major part in World Youth General Meeting

Young Canadian members have been very involved with the upcoming World Youth General Meeting:

Only one week until SGI Canada Youth Festivals - “Shine as the Rainbow of Hope”!

Registrations still open

Young Phoenix and Youth Division members and their friends can still register for the SGI Canada Youth Festivals on October 3 and 4. To register, please visit https://www.youthfest.ca/ or https://www.festivaljeunesse.ca.

For invitations to the Youth Festivals that you can email to family and friends:

Let’s encourage all Young Phoenix Group members (13 - 17 yrs old), Youth Division members and friends to participate, aiming at bringing 2000 young people together across Canada.

For more information, please visit  https://www.youthfest.ca/ or https://www.festivaljeunesse.ca  

“Soka Districts Are Beacons of Happiness” - SGI President Ikeda’s October Editorial

In his October editorial in the Daibyakurenge study magazine, SGI President Ikeda highlights the crucial role of districts:

Today, when division and isolation are rife in the world, members in our districts, despite various hardships, continue to stay in touch with one another, deepen their unity, and wisely persevere in creating value toward the ideal of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land” in their communities. By weathering this challenging time, our districts, beacons of revitalization, of human harmony, are certain to shine all the brighter and even illuminate global society.

Please click here to read the full editorial.  

“Many victories and many celebrations!” - Message from SGI Canada Student Division leaders 

2020 has been an extraordinary year, presenting many challenges and as such, many opportunities. We have faced struggles related directly to COVID-19, the isolation of social distancing, and have been locked down in our physical geographies. As we roll into the last quarter of the year, students are also resuming school in various capacities, exploring the new media of online learning and socially distanced class rooms. 

Amid these trying times President Ikeda sent the Young Phoenix Group, the Student Division and the Youth Division members a message in July to kick off the first-ever National Student Division Online Meeting. In it he writes, “Our solidly united force of young people who are enthusiastically growing together and positively moving forward is the brightest and most powerful force in the world.” As we all try to adjust to a new normal, let’s allow our mentor’s encouragement to inspire our daily efforts. Let’s remember that we are not alone in any of the struggles we face. If we are experiencing an obstacle, someone else is also experiencing a similar obstacle. When we reach out to our peers and offer sincere encouragement with our hearts directed toward empowering each other, we are in turn encouraged and feel empowered to overcome our own challenges. 

Embracing the SGI spirit of never giving up, in this year of numerous struggles we have achieved many victories and many celebrations! On Sunday, September 27, we will all be able to participate in the first-ever World Youth General Meeting. And on October 3 and 4, we will hold our SGI Canada Youth Festivals. Youth all across Canada will present an hour of the most amazing experiences and performances, commemorating the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada on October 11-13, 1960. We have worked tirelessly to put together these first-ever online regional Youth Festivals, with the tremendous support of our friends in the men’s and women’s groups. Congratulations, Youth of Canada! 

Special Commemorative District Discussion Meetings in October

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada in October 1960, SGI Canada will hold special commemorative discussion meetings. Part of these meetings will be studying from the excerpts from The New Human Revolution that are published in the October issue of New Century, Ère nouvelle and Chinese New Century. In the excerpts from Volume 1 and Volume 30, President Ikeda writes about his first visit to Canada in 1960 and his second visit in 1981. 

SGI Canada Women’s Group leader Helen Izumi-Choi interviewed in Seikyo Shimbun

The front page of the September 22 edition of Seikyo Shimbun (Soka Gakkai’s daily Japanese-language newspaper) featured an extensive interview with SGI Canada Women’s Group leader Helen Izumi-Choi.

The issue also showed a screen-shot of the June Women’s Group/Young Women’s Group leaders’ meeting in Eastern Region.

Click here for the Seikyo Shimbun article. 

Beverly Glenn-Copeland takes Manhattan!

Musician and SGI Canada member Beverly Glenn-Copeland is the subject of two recent stories in the New Yorker and the New York Times. Both articles mention Glenn’s Buddhist practice and describe his struggles and victories as an artist, “making music for a generation of listeners who had yet to be born.” in the words of one journalist. 

Click here to read the New Yorker article. 

Click here to read the New York Times article.


Upcoming events

New price for Ère nouvelle and Daibyakurenge effective in November

Starting in November 2020, there will be a minimal price increase for Ère nouvelle (French language) and Daibyakurenge (Japanese language) magazines, due to increased costs of mailing and production. The new amount will automatically take effect in November.

The new monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) prices will be:

Ère nouvelle - $6.00

Daibyakurenge - $8.00

The new annual subscription prices will be:

Ère nouvelle - $72.00

Daibyakurenge - $96.00

Subscribers who are currently paying by Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) will see the price adjustment in their account starting in November 2020. There is no need to fill out a new form. Those who have already paid for an annual subscription, will not see a price change until they renew.


We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to postmaster@sgicanada.org . The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on October 9, 2020. See you then!