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Pioneering Spirit in Thunder Bay

By Stephanie MacAlpine, Toronto
(Photos by Markku Wollstein)


Thunder Bay meeting participantsThunder Bay meeting participants

From November 2-4, practitioners in Thunder Bay met together for the first time. Stephanie MacAlpine, Central Region Vice Young Women's leader and Markku Wollstein, London District Men's leader, travelled from Sarnia, Ontario to support the kosen-rufu activities. 

Over the weekend, we welcomed seven new practitioners to SGI Canada. Everyone gathered to chant harmoniously together, to challenge themselves joyfully in writing the SGI Canada study exam and to forge strong bonds of friendship through small group meetings. Although many were meeting in person for the first time, there was a sense of warmth and familiarity.

Practitioners in Thunder Bay get ready to write the Level 1 Basics of Nichiren Buddhism ExamPractitioners in Thunder Bay get ready to write the
Level 1 Basics of Nichiren Buddhism Exam

The participants said that the visit helped solidify their practice and felt refreshed in faith to overcome their current challenges. They shared their determination to introduce others to this wonderful practice and support the growth of their group.

Up until now, Thunder Bay members have been connecting by video conference with the district in London, Ontario. Newly-appointed Thunder Bay Group Young Women’s leader Neharika Mishra expressed her deep appreciation to be able to meet face-to-face and work for the happiness of others in her community

This visit was truly a new departure for kosen-rufu in Thunder Bay, infused with the pioneering, stand-alone spirit of mentor and disciple. There is no doubt that 2020 will be a year of great growth in Thunder Bay!   

Sleeping Giant mountain in the distance at Thunder Bay harbourSleeping Giant mountain in the distance at Thunder Bay harbour