SGI Canada Newsletter, No.22 - March 12, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 22
March 12, 2021
Welcome to the 22nd 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.
Memorial service for Mrs. Elizabeth Akiko Izumi celebrates her victorious life
An online memorial service was held on March 6 for Mrs. Elizabeth Akiko Izumi, SGI Canada’s pioneer leader, who passed away on February 25. The memorial service featured moving tributes from her family and representative SGI Canada colleagues.
Mrs. Izumi’s family received a message of condolence from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife, Kaneko. Messages were also received by the family from Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, and several other senior Soka Gakkai and SGI leaders. Many fellow members and friends sent messages. During the service it was announced that the Soka Gakkai Award of Highest Honor has been conferred on Mrs. Izumi. The certificate accompanying the award reads in part:
Elizabeth Akiko Izumi,
With a lofty sense of mission and courageous efforts based on the mentor-disciple spirit of the three founding presidents, you have made invaluable contributions to the growth and development of the Soka Gakkai. Your noble role in helping build this great citadel dedicated to human happiness will be forever engraved in history.
The memorial service brought together family, Soka Gakkai members, and friends from all over Canada and around the world.
The May editions of New Century, Ère nouvelle and Chinese New Century will carry a tribute to Mrs. Izumi’s efforts for kosen-rufu in Canada.
SGI President Ikeda’s message to 2nd Headquarters Leaders Meeting “Embodying Unity in Diversity Based on the ‘Great Wisdom of Equality’”
In his message to the 2nd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Tokyo on February 28, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda speaks of the great strength of the Soka Gakkai’s diversity:
Our Soka castle of capable people is bound together by the ties of mutual respect, perfectly reflecting the Daishonin’s words “You should respect one another [as Buddhas do]” (WND-1, 757). It is also defined by unparalleled unity in diversity based on the “great wisdom of equality” (LSOC11, 209–10). It is a realm where individuals freely reveal their unique capacities in accord with the principle of “cherry, plum, peach, and damson blossoms” (cf. OTT, 200) while striving together in common purpose “with the spirit of many in body but one in mind, transcending all differences among themselves to become as inseparable as fish and the water in which they swim” (WND-1, 217).
That’s what makes our movement a model of spiritual solidarity that the world, today filled with growing division and isolation, is earnestly seeking.
Please CLICK HERE to read the full message
SGI Online Study Lecture available until March 31
SGI Canada members and friends still have opportunities this month to watch the first “SGI Online Study Lecture” by SGI Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka. The SGI Online Study Lecture will be available until March 31.
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 online lecture can be shown at district meetings or at any other meeting at any level. 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.
The lecture is available in English, French, Chinese, Japanese and other languages.
Please check with your local leaders to find out when you can view the lecture in your location.
March 16 Kosen-rufu Day Commemorative District Meetings
This month we are commemorating March 16 Kosen-rufu Day – the day in 1958 when 6,000 youth gathered with second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda to inherit the mission for kosen-rufu. This was the time when President Toda entrusted the future leadership of the Soka Gakkai to his disciple, Daisaku Ikeda.
As part of our March 16 Kosen-rufu Day Commemorative District Meetings, we would like to focus on President Ikeda’s message to the 1st Youth Division Leaders’ meeting (in January). The message urges all of us to accomplish our mission:
No matter what challenges you may face, please continue to tap your brilliant inner wisdom for creating value and to deepen your compassion for treasuring and respecting each person. Please continue to forge bonds of trust and friendship in your communities and societies, joining with your fellow young global citizens around the world to create a network where each person can shine in their own unique way.
Please CLICK HERE to read the full message
Young Phoenix Group Meetings in March
This month, we will be holding Young Phoenix Group Meetings for all Young Phoenix Group, Student Division and Youth Division members at the area level for the first time!
Please contact your local youth leaders for more information.
Women’s Group General Meetings begin in April
SGI Canada women’s group members will be holding General Meetings in districts and groups throughout April and May. The meetings will feature introductions to Buddhism and experiences, as well as a message from SGI President Ikeda.
Please check with your district women’s group leader for more information.
We hope you found this newsletter beneficial. Please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next SGI Canada Newsletter will appear on March 26, 2021. See you then!