SGI Canada Newsletter, No.23 - March 26, 2021
SGI Canada Newsletter
Issue no. 23
March 26, 2021
Welcome to the 23rd 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 Editorial
“Seikyo Shimbun—Banner of Joy and Inspiration”
In his April 2021 editorial in Daibyakurenge (Soka Gakkai’s monthly study magazine), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praises the work of the Seikyo Shimbun daily newspaper and all Soka Gakkai publications around the world:
Mr. Toda and I, mentor and disciple, studied the following passage from Nichiren Daishonin’s writings: “The Lotus Sutra . . . is known as a sutra that was preached in accordance with the Buddha’s own mind. Because the Buddha’s mind is an excellent mind, persons who read this sutra, even though they may not understand its meaning, will gain inestimable benefit” (WND-1, 1128).
Mr. Toda declared that he hoped that, in the same way, the Seikyo Shimbun would be a paper embodying the mind or spirit of the Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. He wanted the Seikyo Shimbun to overflow with the compassion to guide all people to happiness, the courage to denounce injustice, and the wisdom for putting faith into practice in daily life and Buddhism into action in society.
And he entrusted the youth with the task of producing, with their youthful passion and energy, a newspaper unprecedented in the history of Buddhism and the written word.
Seven decades have passed since then. To date, the online edition of the Seikyo Shimbun has been accessed in a total of 206 countries and territories, and some 90 sister publications of the newspaper have appeared around the globe. Together with these publications, the Seikyo Shimbun serves as a driving force for the magnificent development of worldwide kosen-rufu and as a banner uniting our great network for peace, culture, and education led by global citizens who share the mission of Bodhisattvas of the Earth.
I am certain both the Daishonin and Shakyamuni would be delighted by this, and that the papers’ contributions would also be applauded by those who have waged a struggle of words throughout history.
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COVID-19 update #13
It has now been over a year since SGI Canada closed its centres and suspended all in-person activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 12 months, SGI Canada members and their friends have made extraordinary efforts to keep in touch and encourage one another through online meetings and phone calls. With public health officials across the country warning of multiple variants of the virus and a third wave of infections, we need to continue doing activities in the safest possible way.
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.
President Ikeda says that we can all be proud of our efforts in the face of difficulties:
Capable individuals are fostered in the course of taking action for kosen-rufu. They are forged through experiencing hardships.
With the global citizens of the youth division as our flag bearers—each a young Bodhisattva of the Earth developing admirably and rising to life’s challenges—let’s strengthen our vow to realize the Daishonin’s ideal of establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land as we continue advancing together like a waterfall—fierce, unflagging, unfearing, merrily, and proudly.(Message to 2nd Headquarters Leaders Meeting, February 7, 2021)
Last week for SGI Online Study Lecture!
SGI Canada members and friends still have one week 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. A second lecture by Mr. Morinaka will become available later this year.
Women’s General Meetings begin in April
Through April and May, the annual Women’s General Meetings will be held by district across Canada, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the women’s division on June 10, 1951. The theme of the Women’s General Meetings will be “Shine with the Great Light of Our Human Revolution.” Our attendance goal for these online meetings is 2,000 to 3,000 women’s group members and friends across Canada.
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 April 9, 2021. See you then!