SGI Canada Newsletter, No.11 - October 9, 2020
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 11
October 9, 2020
Welcome to the eleventh 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.
The Historic World Youth General Meeting, September 27
The first-ever online World Youth General Meeting was held on September 27 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of October 2, World Peace Day, the date in 1960 when Daisaku Ikeda, the third president of the Soka Gakkai, began his first trip overseas for worldwide kosen-rufu, five months after his inauguration on May 3. Twenty Canadian youth representatives participated in a 4,000-member chorus from around the world, named "The New Human Revolution Chorus." Julia Brewer, a high school student from Calgary, shared her dream for the future. The Canadian youth were among the thousands of youth participants from around the world, and the meeting was watched by many SGI Canada members and friends across the country.
One friend from Ottawa said he was struck by the participants’ “devotion to something greater than themselves. Their commitment and enthusiasm was authentic, and in these troubled COVID times it was impressive and reassuring to see the faith and resolve of so many.” Over the course of the campaign to prepare for the meeting, SGI members worldwide recorded having over 2.2 million dialogues about Buddhism with other people.
Please click here for President Ikeda’s message to the World Youth General Meeting.
SGI Canada Youth Festivals “Shine as the Rainbow of Hope” over Canada
SGI Canada Youth Festivals, commemorating the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada, were held in seven cities across Canada on October 3 and 4. The presenters touched the hearts of their fellow youth with finely-crafted performances and moving personal experiences. Each meeting was a blend of local and national content, produced by teams of dedicated young volunteers across Canada. The members of the Young Phoenix Group (ages 13 to 17) were featured as performers, emcees and speakers, while the older youth supported their younger brothers and sisters by helping them prepare and work behind the scenes. A total of 1,139 Young Phoenix and youth division members participated in the festivals.
These festivals mark a new departure for the Young Phoenix Group and youth division as capable individuals who will take leading roles in SGI Canada as we begin the decade leading to the Soka Gakkai’s centennial in 2030.
SGI President Ikeda sent the following message to the Youth Festivals:
Heartfelt congratulations on the holding of your youth festivals commemorating the 60th anniversary of Canadian kosen-rufu. My wife and I are earnestly praying for each of you, our SGI Canada Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division members, for your good health, your splendid development, and for everything to go well for you, as well as for the happiness of your families. Please take good care of your health. Three cheers for the members of our SGI Canada Young Phoenix Group and Youth Division!
Recordings of the Youth Festivals will be available online for everyone to watch over the course of the next month. Further details will be announced in the Newsletter and through your local SGI Canada organization.
COVID-19 Update #10
The numbers of cases of COVID-19 have recently reached new highs in several parts of Canada, and there are regular news reports of new infections caused by large social gatherings and failure to adhere to public health guidelines. As members of SGI Canada, we urge everyone to be more careful than ever to help keep the people around us safe and heathy.
We remind members that all in-person SGI Canada activities are suspended until further notice. This includes individual home visits as well as larger meetings. Additionally, we ask everyone to please follow the local public health guidelines in their respective communities.
SGI Canada members have been very successful in finding new and creative ways to encourage people and lead them to happiness, despite the pandemic. In his new message to Canadian members, SGI President Ikeda says:
All of your present efforts and actions for kosen-rufu, and every struggle and hardship encountered in the course of your Buddhist practice, will create abundant good fortune in your lives. Everything is an impetus for our human revolution and for changing our karma or destiny. This is the essence of the great philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism.
Online Bookstore Shipping Costs
SGI Canada’s online bookstore has been open since May, and provides a valuable service to SGI Canada members and friends. You can find books in English, French and other languages, as well as Buddhist altars, accessories, gongyo books and gift items. All items are delivered directly to your door.
Because of the small scale of our online bookstore at this stage, we cannot compete with the shipping costs of major online companies and we have to apply minimum charges for shipping. This means that you may find the shipping charges somewhat high if you are ordering only a few small items. We apologize, but this is beyond our control at this point.
In order to reduce shipping costs, you might want to consider ordering other items at the same time.
For a complete explanation of our bookstore shipping policy, please click here.
SGI Canada Women’s Group leader Helen Izumi-Choi’s Seikyo Shimbun interview available online
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 interview is now available online at the following links:
Facebook Note (Full text of the interview) https://www.facebook.com/notes/soka-gakkai-international-sgi/rising-from-crisis-helen-izumi-choi-of-sgi-canada/1511798729023129/
Instagram story (for 24 hours): https://www.instagram.com/stories/sgi.info/2415903151133334243/?hl=ja
Special SGI Canada Kosen-rufu Contribution
The Special SGI Canada Kosen-rufu Contribution is held twice a year, to commemorate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, and October 12, SGI Canada Day. This year these events were disrupted by the worldwide pandemic. We continue to accept contributions sent by mail (cheques or money orders). In addition, SGI Canada will soon be launching an online portal through which donations will be able to be made by credit card. The launch date will be announced in the coming weeks.
If you wish to make a donation, please make your cheque or money order payable to SGI Canada and mail it to :
2050 Dufferin Street
Please include your full name and your mailing address.
Contributions can also be made anytime. For more information about donations, please contact your area or regional leaders. Thank you so much for your dedicated efforts to support the advancement of kosen-rufu in Canada!
Special Commemorative District Discussion Meetings in October
Our October district discussion meetings will commemorate the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada in October 1960. We have received a message from President Ikeda for these special commemorative district meetings. In his message, President Ikeda speaks of the important role that SGI Canada members have in Canadian society:
Being good citizens of your respective cities and your country, and as global citizens, you have striven hard to contribute to your society with sincerity and tenacity. The leading intellects of Canada with whom I engaged in dialogues over the years have expressed their deep understanding of our SGI movement for peace, culture and education, resulting from their interactions with you. They placed great hopes in our movement, particularly after meeting with youth division members, encouraging us to have great pride in such wonderful young people. From now, even more so, I hope Canada will lead the world in holding aloft the banner of raising capable people of Soka.
First, aiming for the 70th anniversary of Canadian kosen-rufu with youth in the vanguard, let us keep moving ahead together with youthful hearts, harmoniously and in high spirits!
Click here for the full text of President Ikeda’s message.
To support the October meetings, the October issues of New Century, Ère nouvelle and Chinese New Century have all published excerpts from Volume 1 and Volume 30 of The New Human Revolution. In these excerpts, President Ikeda writes about his first visit to Canada in 1960 and his second visit in 1981. Let’s study from these excerpts at our commemorative district meetings and share our experiences and determinations toward the centennial of the Soka Gakkai in 2030!
Toward November 18, the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Soka Gakkai
The event we have working toward all year is November 18, 2020, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. We will celebrate this milestone in our history with special Commemorative General Meetings on Sunday, November 1, and in our annual District General Meetings. Let’s all strive to achieve great victory in our lives and in the lives of our fellow members and friends as we move together with the united determination to advance kosen-rufu, with deep gratitude in our hearts for the three founding presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda.
We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to email@example.com. The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on October 23, 2020. See you then!