SGI Canada Newsletter, No.14 - November 20, 2020
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 14
November 20, 2020
Welcome to the fourteenth 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.
“Spreading Waves of Hope and Victory” - SGI President Ikeda’s December Editorial
SGI President Ikeda’s December editorial in Daibyakurenge (the Soka Gakkai monthly study magazine) deals with triumphing over the obstacles in our daily life:
In one of his letters, Nichiren Daishonin commends a disciple who had shown dedicated faith in a time of social turmoil, when people were undergoing great suffering and distress. He writes: “Surely you are sowing good seeds in a field of fortune. My tears never cease to flow when I think of it [your sincere devotion]” (WND-1, 1134).
I take these words as praise for all our noble members who have persevered with unwavering dedication to kosen-rufu in what has been a challenging year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To read the complete text of the editorial, CLICK HERE.
SGI President Ikeda’s Poems Commemorating November 18, the 90th Anniversary of the Soka Gakkai
November 18 marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. To commemorate this day, SGI President Ikeda wrote and shared the following poems:
Through the oneness of mentor and disciple,
we have realized the Buddha’s intent,
our Soka movement spreading
across the globe.
May your encouraging, sunny voices,
the sound of revitalization
and the light of peace,
touch people’s hearts even more deeply.
Young lions, filled with the joy
of Bodhisattvas of the Earth
from time without beginning,
win and forge vibrantly onward,
transforming great evil into great good.
Members’ Online Portal Now Open
SGI Canada members now have access to an online portal in which they can create their own personal SGI Canada accounts and make secure online donations by credit card. Members can also make requests to update their information.
In Phase 1 of this initiative, members can read English publications to which they subscribe, make contributions, and access their tax receipts and personal information online. In the second phase, to be introduced in 2021, additional features will become available.
Please note that the online versions of New Century, Soka and From Today Onward are available as an extra feature for subscribers to the print versions of these magazines. There is no online-only option available at this time. The online versions are formatted for smartphones, tablets and computers, and are not downloadable. Online versions of Ère nouvelle and Chinese New Century will become available to subscribers in the future.
How to set up your online account:
- Go to the SGI Canada website at www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com .
- 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.
- In future Newsletters, we will post tips on how to use the portal more effectively, and we will let you know about new features as they are introduced.
Soka Gakkai Global Website Launched on November 18
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai, the new Soka Gakkai Global website was launched on November 18. This new site www.sokaglobal.org features:
- Content in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese
- Regular news stories from around the world
- Guidance, encouragement and introductory videos
- Study material
Youth Festival Videos Now Available
All seven of October’s very successful Youth Festivals are now available for viewing online. You can watch your own region's festival, or any other festival if you wish. We ask that you not share the links on any social media platforms, as we would like to ensure that only members and guests have access.
The links are being distributed to local district leaders, who are forwarding them to the members in their districts. The links will be open until December 6. Each video is approximately one hour long. We hope you enjoy!
COVID-19 update #11
While the recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines are very encouraging, the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in many parts of the country and around the world, and it is clear that we are in the middle of a second wave of the pandemic. It will be some time before widespread vaccination allows us to relax our guard. We hope that all SGI Canada members will continue do their best to keep themselves and everyone around them safe.
We would like to remind you that all in-person SGI Canada activities remain suspended until further notice. This includes individual home visits as well as larger meetings. Additionally, we ask you to please follow the local public health guidelines in your respective communities.
Our actions to keep everyone safe are part of our Buddhist practice and will lead to great benefit. In his message to the 47th Headquarters Leaders Meeting in November, President Ikeda says:
The drama of human revolution is one in which the greater our struggles and efforts for Buddhism, others’ happiness, and the welfare of society, the more we are able to accumulate treasures of the heart and attain a boundless state of life filled with “the greatest of all joys” (OTT,212), and to help others do the same.
“Absolutely, indestructibly happy” - Tina Turner on her Buddhist Practice
In the current issue of Tricycle magazine, American pop star Tina Turner talks about how practicing Buddhism has allowed her to overcome all of the obstacles in her life:
The most important thing is to never give up. No matter what. When we choose hope over despair, we have already won. “Winter always turns to spring” is one of my favorite sayings from Nichiren. The trick is that we have to do our part to help it along.
Buddhism has taught me that hidden inside of our challenges are the lessons we must learn in order to break through to a better life. As hard as that might be to grasp in the midst of difficult times, when we can see our problems from that perspective, things naturally change. Then even the impossible becomes possible.
For the complete interview with Tina Turner, CLICK HERE.
District General Meetings This Month
Thank you for all your efforts to hold inspiring and enjoyable District General Meetings this month. As you invite your family and friends, please remember to not post meeting links on social media or anywhere else in public view.
First-ever Nationwide Korean-Language Meeting
SGI Canada will be holding its first-ever nationwide Korean-language meeting on Sunday, November 29 at 10:00am Pacific Time,11.00am Mountain Time, 12:00pm Central Time, 1:00pm Eastern Time, 2:00pm Atlantic Time, and 2.30pm Newfoundland Time. The meeting will feature experiences, performances and planning for future activities. All Korean-speaking members and guests are welcome. For more information, please contact Ricky Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org .
December 6 Kosen-rufu Meetings to Kick Off the ‘Year of Hope and Victory’
The December 6 Kosen-rufu Meetings will feature announcements about SGI Canada activities in 2021, the “Year of Hope and Victory.” The SGI Canada National Planning Committee (NPC) will hold a Planning Conference on November 28 to discuss guidelines from Soka Gakkai for 2021 and to plan our activities in the coming year.
Note: SGI Canada Online Bookstore Closed in December for Inventory Audit
SGI Canada’s popular Online Bookstore will be closed from December 1 to January 3 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 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your understanding.
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 December 4, 2020. See you then!