SGI Canada Newsletter, No.12 - October 23, 2020
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 12
October 23, 2020
Welcome to the twelfth 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.
SGI President Ikeda’s November Editorial “Transforming Hardship into Happiness and Joy”
In his November editorial in Daibyakurenge (Soka Gakkai’s monthly study magazine), SGI President Ikeda highlights the efforts of Women’s Group members:
They forge ahead on the path of mentor and disciple without harbouring any doubts in their hearts, dauntlessly facing the onslaughts of the three obstacles and four devils and the three powerful enemies, which the Daishonin warned would arise. They pray and strive to staunchly protect their beloved families, fellow members, precious friends, and the Soka Gakkai.
Please always remember that it is thanks in no small part to the genuine faith of our women’s division members that we can proudly and triumphantly celebrate our organization’s 90th anniversary.
Please CLICK HERE to read the full editorial
The 90th Anniversary of The Soka Gakkai
November 1 General Meetings and November District General Meetings Celebrate
90th Anniversary of Founding of Soka Gakkai
SGI members around the world will commemorate Soka Gakkai Founding Day in November.
On November 18 1930, two years after beginning to practise the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi published his book Soka Kyoikugaku Taikei (The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy). His colleague and disciple Josei Toda was very involved in the editing and publishing of the book. Mr. Toda was listed as the publisher, and the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai (Value-Creating Education Society) was named as the publishing house. The name was later changed to Soka Gakkai (Value-Creating Society) and the organization expanded far beyond its original purely educational goals to take on the mission of promoting Nichiren Buddhism in Japan and around the world. November 18, 1930 is recognized as the founding date of the Soka Gakkai.
Ninety years later, Soka Gakkai has members in 192 countries and territories, and has won the respect and trust of people everywhere.
Commemorative General Meetings on November 1
To celebrate this significant anniversary, SGI Canada will be holding online commemorative general meetings across the country on November 1. They will be held by region or area, depending on the local regional organization. These meetings will feature presentations on the significance of the 90th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai and a special video from the recent SGI Canada Youth Festivals, which will include performances, experiences and the history of the President Ikeda and SGI Canada.
For more details on the meeting in your community, please contact your local leaders.
District General Meetings throughout November
November is our traditional month for District General Meetings. These meetings are great opportunities for us to reach out to everyone in the district, and particularly to those guests and members who may sometimes have difficulty attending.
Like the November 1 Commemorative General Meetings, this year’s District General Meetings will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. They will also offer us a chance to look back at how much we have been able to achieve this year, and to rededicate ourselves to a year of great victories in 2021.
Special SGI Canada Kosen-rufu Contribution
We are continuing to accept donations to the Special SGI Canada Kosen-rufu Contributions. Contributions can be sent by mail (cheques or money orders). In addition, SGI Canada will soon be launching an online portal through which donations can be made by credit card. The launch date will be announced shortly.
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
Toronto, ON M6E 3R6
Please include your full name and your mailing address.It would be helpful if you also filled out and included an SGI Canada Contributions form (Please CLICK HERE for the form).
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!
NPC Planning Session for 2021 on November 28
The Soka Gakkai and SGI theme for 2021 will be announced in November, and on November 28 the SGI Canada National Planning Committee will meet to plan for our activities in 2021.
Next year will be the 40th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s second visit to Canada in 1981, which he wrote about in the “Bells of Dawn” chapter of The New Human Revolution, Volume 30, published in the October issues of our publications.
We received a profoundly inspiring message from President Ikeda on the 60th anniversary of his first visit to Canada in 1960, which we published in the last (October 9) issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, and which will appear in the December issues of our publications. It was this visit in 1981 that set the course for SGI Canada’s development into the future. Next year will therefore be a very important year in which SGI Canada will take another major step forward in advancing Canadian kosen-rufu.
Kicking Off 2021 on December 6
Following the NPC Planning Session, major announcements will be made on the SGI theme for 2021, and to announce SGI Canada’s goals and direction, at the December Kosen-rufu Meetings, to be held on December 6.
Let’s have warm and encouraging meetings in November to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai—inspired by our wonderful Youth and Future Division members—in which everyone can “shine like the rainbow of hope!”
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 November 6, 2020. See you then!