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SGI Canada Newsletter, No.9 - September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020

SGI Canada Newsletter

Issue no. 9

September 11, 2020


Welcome to the ninth 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.





Invitations to World Youth General Meeting and SGI Canada Youth Festivals now online

Invitations are now available for the upcoming World Youth General Meeting (September 27) and SGI Canada Youth Festivals (October 3 and 4) at the links below:

World Youth General Meeting

SGI Canada Youth Festivals


Only two weeks until World Youth General Meeting - “Rise Up Together”!

The World Youth General Meeting will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 27 at 12.50pm Japan Time. A recorded stream will be available for SGI Canada on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET, 5:00pm AT and 5:30pm NT. All SGI Canada members, their families and friends are encouraged to participate. For those who are unable to participate at this designated time, the recorded stream will be available for 24 hours, from 8:00pm September 27 until 8:00pm September 28 (Japan Time).

The World Youth General Meeting will be of great historic significance. We therefore want to ensure that all members from all divisions participate, and especially as many youth and Future Division members (Young Lions Group and Young Phoenix Group) as possible are able to participate. Let’s reach out to all the members in our districts, to our families and to our friends, enabling 10,000 Canadians to participate in this historic event!

For more information, see the official site for the World Youth General Meeting.

See the new song for the Youth of the world - “Eternal Journey with Sensei (Song of Our Vow)” -- on YouTube. 

Only three weeks until SGI Canada Youth Festivals - “Shine as the Rainbow of Hope”!
Registrations now open

Registrations are pouring in for the SGI Canada Youth Festivals on October 3 and 4. To register, please visit https://www.youthfest.ca/ or https://www.festivaljeunesse.ca.

The Youth Festivals will be held in seven locations across the country over two days:

Vancouver – Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm PT

Ottawa (Eastern Region) – Sunday, October 4 at 10:30am ET

Toronto – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm ET

Montreal – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm ET

Edmonton – Sunday, October 4 at 12:00pm MT

Winnipeg – Sunday, October 4 at 1:00pm CT

Calgary – Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm MT

Let’s encourage all Young Phoenix Group members (13 - 17 yrs old), Youth Division members and friends to participate, aiming at bringing 2000 young people together across Canada.

For more information, please visit https://www.youthfest.ca/ or https://www.festivaljeunesse.ca


“Paving the Way to Changing the Destiny of Humankind through Our Own Human Revolution” - SGI President Ikeda’s Message

In his August 26 message to the 46th Headquarters leaders meeting in Tokyo, SGI President Ikeda refers to the importance of doing human revolution and taking on the mission of a Bodhisattva of the Earth: 

The decade from the Soka Gakkai’s 90th anniversary to its centennial in 2030 will be crucial. We must be even more determined to show victorious proof of our own human revolution, to transform all great evil into great good, and to effect a powerful change in the destiny of all humankind.

The upcoming World Youth General Meeting (scheduled to be held on September 27) will mark the hope-filled start of that far-reaching journey of mentor and disciple. With our beloved young global citizens of Soka in the lead, let’s summon forth the boundless life force of Bodhisattvas of the Earth, expand our network of good friends, and proudly fulfill our vow of mentor and disciple!

Please click here to read the full message. 

“Illuminate the World with the Sun of Your Youthful Vow” - SGI President Ikeda’s September Editorial

In his September editorial in the Daibyakurenge study magazine, SGI President Ikeda points to Nichiren Daishonin’s “casting off the transient and revealing the true” at Tatsunokuchi as absolute proof of our own ability to reveal our true identity and guide the world to happiness:

A nation cannot hope to recover or enjoy peace if its citizens are overwhelmed by anxiety and feelings of helplessness. It is vital for individuals to embrace a correct philosophy and awaken to the inherent dignity of their lives. 

That is why the Daishonin declares, “The votaries [practitioners] of the Lotus Sutra are like Mount Sumeru, the sun and moon, or the great ocean” (WND-2, 525), and calls on his disciples to succeed in “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land.” 

It is close to 750 years since the Daishonin “cast off the transient and revealed the true.” As we now confront this great crisis of the 21st century [the coronavirus pandemic], countless young Bodhisattvas of the Earth are emerging joyously throughout Japan and around the world to fulfill their vow from time without beginning and expand the network of our lofty cause.

Please click here to read the full editorial. 

SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers’s message to all members

SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers sets out our direction and goals at this significant time.

Please click here to read the message. 

COVID-19 update #9

As children return to school and authorities continue to warn of a possible second wave of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we do our part now to defeat the pandemic.

We remind members that all in-person SGI Canada activities are suspended until further notice. This includes home visits and small-group meetings as well as larger gatherings. Additionally, we ask all members to follow the guidelines of their local health authorities.

As President Ikeda says in his September Daibyakurenge editorial: “In both life and society, it is in times of great crisis that we can bring forth tremendous inner strength and open the way to a new age.”

This is our opportunity to show our families, friends and neighbours the power of our practice to overcome all obstacles, and the depth of our commitment to the health and happiness of everyone around us. 


Upcoming events

New price for Ère nouvelle and Daibyakurenge effective in November

Starting in November 2020, there will be a minimal price increase for Ère nouvelle (French language) and Daibyakurenge (Japanese language) magazines, due to increased costs of mailing and production. The new amount will automatically take effect in November.

The new monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) prices will be:

Ère nouvelle - $6.00

Daibyakurenge - $8.00

The new annual subscription prices will be:

Ère nouvelle - $72.00

Daibyakurenge - $96.00

Subscribers who are currently paying by Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) will see the price adjustment in their account starting in November 2020. There is no need to fill out a new form. Those who have already paid for an annual subscription, will not see a price change until they renew. 

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 September 25, 2020. See you then!