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SGI Canada Newsletter, No.20 - February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 20

February 12, 2021

 

Welcome to the 20th 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.

 

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NEWS

SGI President Ikeda’s Message to 1st Youth Division Leaders Meeting

“Brim with the Great Joy of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth”

In his message to the 1st Youth Division Leaders Meeting on January 31, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda encourages us all to take on life’s difficulties with courage and joy:

The young people of the 21st century are facing truly daunting challenges. And those who are dedicated to a profound mission in their youth are certain to face no end of hardships and problems. They may also encounter obstacles, blocks, and slumps.

But by continuing to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, “regarding both suffering and joy as facts of life” (cf. WND-1, 681), you can definitely transform your situation, changing all poison into medicine.

Today, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, many young people the world over are anxious for the future, filled with despair, or gripped by feelings of helplessness and apathy. At such a time, you, our young Bodhisattvas of the Earth, brimming with “the greatest of all joys” (OTT, 212), are leading positive, upbeat lives as you seek to deepen your wisdom and take action for the cause of good. You are a source of boundless hope illuminating the future of humanity.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full message

 

SGI Online Study Lecture now available in English, French, Chinese, Japanese and other languages

SGI Canada members and friends can now watch the first “SGI Online Study Lecture” by SGI Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka in English, French, Chinese, Japanese and other languages.

Mr. Morinaka’s lecture is based on SGI President Ikeda’s lecture from the series The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, titled A Religion of Human Revolution—“The Heart of a Lion King”. The original lecture was published in the July 2018 edition of New Century. Copies of the original article as well as other supplemental material for Mr. Morinaka’s lecture have been sent out to all members.

District level and up leaders can show the online lecture in district meetings and at additional meetings and showings at all levels.

The lecture is available for viewing until March 31. We encourage leaders to make as many opportunities as possible for members and guests to view the online lecture and to have discussions together after viewings.

Please check with your local leaders to find out when you can view the lecture in your location.

 SGI Canada Members’ Online Portal

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.

In the first phase of this initiative, subscribers have access to online versions of SGI Canada’s English-language publications, and can access their official donation receipts for income tax exemption and their personal information online. In the second phase, to be introduced this year, 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:
  1. Go to the SGI Canada website at sgicanada.org and click on the Online Portal button near the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Click on I have not created an online account and then Submit
  3. Fill out the personal information fields and click on Submit
  4. You will receive an email from accounting@sgicinfo.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 support@sgicinfo.org.
  5. 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.
  6. For more detailed instructions, please check the manual prepared by SGI Canada (Click HERE)

Many SGI Canada members have already registered. We hope you will also take advantage of this convenient method of making online donations, receiving online versions of SGI Canada publications, and other features to be added in the coming months. 

Official Donation Receipts for 2020

Donations made directly to SGI Canada

SGI Canada issues official donation receipts for all contributions made directly to SGI Canada. This includes payments made through the SGI Canada online portal, as well as payments to SGI Canada by cheque or credit card, and monthly Pre-Authorized Payments (PAP) by credit card or direct withdrawal.

Official donation receipts for 2020 will be mailed out this month. Canada Post advises that service is improving, but customers should still expect some delays in the delivery of mail. Thank you for your patience as you wait for your receipt.

You can also download and print your 2020 receipt through the SGI Canada online portal (see above).

 
Donations made to SGI Canada through Canada Helps

If you made a donation to SGI Canada through Canada Helps, your receipt for that amount will be provided to you by Canada Helps. When Canada Helps receives and processes donations to SGI Canada, they are responsible for issuing the official receipt for those donations. If you made additional donations to SGI Canada directly, the receipt we issue would only include those donations, and would not include donations made through Canada Helps. When you file your income tax return, you would therefore need to submit both receipts in order to include all of your donations.  

Thank you so much for your sincere support of Canadian kosen-rufu!

 

Upcoming Events

SGI Canada Young Women & Women’s Online Friendship Activities in February

The young women’s group and women’s group members across Canada are excited to hold informal online “Getting to Know You” gatherings throughout the month of February, to deepen bonds of friendship and commemorate Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda’s birthday, which is on February 27. These virtual meetings will be held in creative ways such as “tea party” or “birthday party” formats, and will also be used as an opportunity to study Mrs. Ikeda’s message to encourage one another. The young women and women are determined to strongly unite and become a force for happiness and peace in this important first year of the decade leading to 2030, the 70th anniversary of Canadian kosen-rufu and the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai.

 

National Young Phoenix Group Meeting on February 21 at 4:00pm ET

We will be holding our monthly national Young Phoenix Group Meeting on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00pm – 4:30pm ET by videoconference.

We welcome all Young Phoenix Group members (13-17 years old) as well as youth division members and guests.

Please contact your local youth leaders to register for the meeting and get the online link.

 

National Student Division Meeting on February 21 at 5:00pm ET

There will be a national Student Division Meeting on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm ET by videoconference.

We would like to connect student division members across the country to study together and share encouragement. Hope to see you there!

Please contact your local youth leaders to register for the meeting and get the online link.

 

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 February 26, 2021. See you then!

  

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